MEMORIAL OF THE CHEROKEES.
In our first page, we have inserted the memorial of the Cherokees, which we noticed a few weeks since. It is still circulating, but it has already been forwarded to the seat of government, with upwards of three thousand signatures, almost all of which are written in Cherokee characters, affording a most positive and practical answer to the foregoing assertions of Col. McKenney. The memorial was first written in Cherokee, and the English is a free translation. To every reflecting and honest man, the evidence afforded in this memorial, of the unwillingness of the Cherokees to remove, must be sufficient.
Extract of a letter from a Gentleman in Virginia
No man, in this Republic, feels a deeper anxiety, for the success of the sacred cause of humanity, in which you are engaged, so ably, than I do- that of saving from iniquitous destruction, the remnants of the ancient owners of this country-particularly the remnants of the once powerful confederacy, of the Cherokee tribes-who cherished our fathers in time of need, and have been nearly always at peace with us.
Shrink not, my friend, from your hallowed purpose of humanity:-there is, as yet, sufficient virtue and justice in the American people, to arrest Georgian avarice, in its sacrilegious work, of annihilating our red brethren: Arouse that virtue and justice into action, and the omnipotent voice of twelve millions of free people, will say to the destroyer 'what doest thou?'-'thus far shalt thou go, and no further.'
To annihilate the Cherokees, and to wrest from them their property, is not the first scheme of avarice, in which the councils of Georgia have been engaged: the cheek of the indignant historian burns with shame, while his pen refuses to record that stupendous fraud, commonly called the 'Yazoo project.' I allude to the ancient Act of her Legislature, for incorporating the 'Mississippi and Yazoo Land Company'- by which the individual members of her legislature, gave, or if you please, took to themselves, a right to nearly half of Georgia's ancient domain- now constituting nearly half of Alabama and Mississippi States-and divided the iniquitous spoil amongst themselves, and their co-sharpers and swindlers, from other parts of the world, individually.
But, there was virtue enough then, in Georgians, to choke the monster, in its cradle; her people arose in their wrath, and hurled her unfaithful servants from office, and elected just men in their room, who repealed that obnoxious law, and consumed the copies of it, in a memorable bon-fire, and
expunged the traces of it, from her archives.
The law above referred to, applied the motive of avarice, only to the members of the Company:- but the laws of Georgia for taking hold of the Cherokee territory, are more extensive in operation, by converting the spoil into a great Lottery, and giving every man in the State a ticket in it; the touch-stone of avarice is applied like a wand, to every man in Georgia, and hence the apathy of her people, in not rising and wiping away such a foul blot from her escutcheon, as they did in the case above cited.
But, shall Georgia put forth her hand, and rob; and destroy with impunity?- in violence of the treaties and law of the United States, made in pursuance of the Constitution of the United States; which Constitution and the treaties and laws made, 'in pursuance thereof' are the 'supreme law of the land; anything in any State law or Constitution notwithstanding?'- [See Constitution of United States, Article 6th.] The United States' Government dare not suffer it,--the American Nation cannot suffer such a stain to pollute her future history,--the God of eternal justice and of virtue will not suffer it.