Cherokee Phoenix


Published September, 30, 1829

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This day we commence publishing a series of Essays, signed William Penn, on the claims of our red brethren to justice and good faith from our government. The subject is important, and we hope the constituted agents for the transaction of business with the Indians, or in relation to them, will conduct their agency on honorable principles. Should any rule of proceeding be agreed on, which we should be ashamed to offer to Great Britain as dishonorable, a reproach must attach to the office by whom or by whose authority such a proposition may be made. Let the rule of holy writ, which all agree is a good one, 'As you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them,' govern all our intercourse with these tribes, and our nation will be respected for its equal justice. But if a scheme of mere speculation and cupidity be our course, our policy and our example may be urged against us by another nation, with whom we may hereafter be treating, and the blush of shame for our conduct may confound us. But what is of infinitely more consequence than all this, is, that He who judgeth among the nations, and who abhors the oppressor, will be offended; and in his providence he may say to us, 'The measure that ye met to others shall be measured to you again.'

Christian Watchman