Cherokee Phoenix

We publish on our last page, No. 12 or the papers of 'Wm. Penn' on the subject of Cherokee rights. T

Published November, 18, 1829

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We publish on our last page, No. 12 or the papers of 'Wm. Penn' on the subject of Cherokee rights. Those who have followed the writer thus far, will need no prompting to read the few numbers which remain. It is not our custom to publish so much on any one subject; but we have considered the case in hand as one of peculiar importance, inasmuch as it involves the best interests of the Cherokees, and the reputation of the country abroad. It has been the object of William Penn to show that the government was bound by solemn Treaties, repeated and at various shapes, never to deprive these Indians of their remaining lands, except with their voluntary consent. And if he has not succeeded in his object, then it is impossible to prove that we are bound by Treaties with Great Britain, France, or any other nation;-unless it can be shown that Indians are not human beings, or that compacts with a people of a different complexion from our own, may be broken and violated at pleasure. What gives the subject particular interest at this moment, is the universal expectation that it will be brought upon the floor of Congress at the next sessions, and finally disposed of either according to the principles of equity and good faith, or else in a manner which will inflict everlasting disgrace upon the government and country in which we live.- The manner in which the subject is regarded by others, may be inferred from the fact that these numbers of William Penn, long as they are, have been copied and are copying into not less than fifty respectable newspapers in different parts of the land, and generally with the most unqualified expressions of approbation.

Jour. of Com.