Cherokee Phoenix

From the National Intelligencer

Published February, 3, 1830

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From the National Intelligencer.

A large meeting of the citizens of Philadelphia was held in the Hall of the Franklin Institute, in that city, on Monday last, 'to consider the propriety of memorializing Congress that in every measure of the Government, in reference to the Cherokee and other nations of Indians, the faith of the United States towards them may be inviolably preserved.' The Rev. Bishop White was called to the Chair; Mr. Robert Vaux and Mr. H. J. Williams were appointed Secretaries.

In opening the business of the meeting, the venerable chairman said, that what he was now doing was somewhat contrary to the habits of his life, and might be considered by some as not suited to the character and situation he held in society; but for his part he did not consider that the rights of the citizens were merged in the clerical character, though at the same time he was fully conscious of the danger and impropriety which he had always endeavoured (sic) to avoid-of appearing in public as a political clergyman.- The subject which called the present meeting together, was his only excuse for accepting the call to the chair. That subject he said was one of no ordinary interest; it involved motives and concerns of no ordinary character. It appealed to our humanity, to a love of justice, and of right, from a people, who it appeared were to be driven from their homes and from their property by the strong arm of power. It was not superstition to entertain the fear and the apprehension, which no lover of his country could well divest himself of, that such injustice as it appeared to him was now contemplated, might entail upon the country a most calamitous visitation of Providence. The object of the meeting loudly claimed that every heart should feel the importance of the subject and every energy be put forth that would serve efficiently to avert the injustice which was now attempted to be exercised.

The meeting was addressed by several gentlemen, and a memorial to Congress upon the subject was adopted.