New Echota June 26, 1830
We have received a short Cherokee communication, written by order of a town meeting in Coosewaytee, expressing the feelings entertained by the people of that place, in regard to the present state of affairs. They tell us they are still united and firm in their purpose to continue on the land of their fathers. It may be a matter of interest to our friends and foes to know the state of feeling in other parts of the nation, and whether there has been any discernable change in that feeling since the passage of the Indian Bill. We cannot as yet speak definitely. We apprehend, however, that the Cherokees will continue to be pretty stubborn. Those with whom we have conversed and from whom we have heard, are determined to stay and see whether there is not a remedy in the judiciary of the United States. When that is ascertained, it will be time enough, they say, to come to some other determination. Those therefore who think that the decision of Congress need only be made known to the Cherokees and they will go, are under a great mistake. We speak of the great body of the nation.
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A young Cherokee of our acquaintance has for some time been employed in teaching a School in one of the adjoining States, now in part represented in Congress, by a gentleman, who has, during the late session distinguished himself introducing our character and improvement as a people, and by portraying in lively colours (sic), our ignorance and wretchedness. It does seem therefore a novel thing that a Cherokee should be instructing the children of some of his constituents. This young friend of ours writes to us:
'My School will be out about the 15th day of September next, and I will have about ____ dollars for my year's wages. If I should undertake for another year, I shall get _____dollars. In one neighborhood in this county, the people have offered me _____dollars. If better offers are not thrown in my way, I shall accept of that. The people are backward about education here, and that is the reason I come such poor speed in getting subscribers for the Phoenix.'
It may be proper to observe, that the writer of the above was educated in the nation, and at one of the missionary stations.
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A few days ago the United States' troops stationed near the gold mines arrested nine citizens of Georgia who had come over to dig after they had been once removed. They were taken to Savannah, to be prosecuted according to the intercourse law of the United States. We are very glad to perceive that the national executive intend to give us some protection. The energy exhibited by the commanding officer in this instance is highly commendable, and cannot fail to gain the approbation of all honest and well meaning persons.
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Mr. Webster's speeches.--The National Intelligencer states, that the 'demand for copies of Mr. Webster's speeches in what has been called the great debate in the Senate, has been unprecedented. We are just completing an edition of twenty thousand copies which, added to former editions, will make an aggregate of very nearly forty thousand copies, that will have been printed, also, at other different places throughout the United States, perhaps twenty different editions of these speeches. It is hardly too much to say, that no speech in the English language has ever been so universally diffused, or so generally read.'
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Steam-Boat blown up by Powder.-- The Steam-boat Tigress on the Ohio, at Rockport 200 miles below Louisville, took fire on the cabin roof, and finding it could not be put out, she was run ashore, when from the fact of her having 300 kegs of gunpowder on board, the passengers fled, excepting one or two, who attempted to scuttle her. Not proving successful in due time, they evacuated to a man, and in two minutes she exploded, filling the air with a variety of hardware, which landed on the beach. No lives were lost; all the baggage, books and papers, are gone. She was principally loaded for Cincinnati. Total loss supposed to be from $60,000 to $80,000.
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Mouse Town, 3d June 1830
Mr. John Martin,
Sir-we stood bound to you for a permit for Samuel M'Junkin, therefore this is to inform you, that we can no longer stand for him, as his conduct is such that we do not feel a willingness to be bound for his future behaviour (sic), therefore we will feel ourselves no longer bound for him.
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FROM WASHINGTON.- It is stated to us by intelligent gentlemen of both Houses of Congress, with whom we have conversed during their stay in this city, that the signs of the times at Washington portend anything but peace and tranquility to our present ruling powers. We are credibly informed that the dissatisfaction with the Administration among the Western members was loud and violent, and that the ten Jackson members who came to the federal city from Ohio, eight have returned with a determination never to be again found fighting in such ranks.
In relation to the Indian bill, we have the best authority for saying that the bill would have been rejected by a considerable majority, if the members had received any premonition as to the stand the President would take upon the Maysville Road Bill. The decision was carefully concealed, lest it should endanger the passage of the Indian bill; and in the mean time, all the machinery of party was put in motion to induce the friends of the Administration to subserve the views of the Executive.-It was boldly avowed by some of the party, that they would never have yielded their private judgments to the solicitations of their party friends, could they have dreamed that the President would succumb to the South, and abandon his former established principles, for the purpose of vanity endeavoring to pacify South Carolina and Virginia.