Cherokee Phoenix


Published October, 23, 1830

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Extract of a letter dated Dresden (Ten.) August 16, to the editor of the Kentucky Reporter.

I said in my letter to you of 5th July, the the Indian Bill was doing General Jackson more harm here than anything else; and it certainly is the fact. Hundreds, yes thousands of the honest and intelligent yeomen of the District, are indignant at such a gross violation of a nation's faith, as is manifested in the recent act of Congress relative to the southern Indians, when taken in conjunction with the laws of Georgia extending her jurisdiction over them. The people look at the subject as it is. They are aware that the faith of this nation has been often times pledged to the Indians, that they should be secure in their homes, and in the free exercise of the laws and customs of their forefathers, free from the intrusion or molestation of any state, the citizens of any state, or the United States. The people of this country have eyes and they see -- they have ears and they hear -- they have minds and they understand. Possessed of these faculties, and living in a land of liberty, they never will be deterred from an independent expression of their sentiments upon the Indian Bill, or any other subject of interest to themselves and the nation, for the bare reason that by such an expression they might incur the displeasure of Gen. Jackson and his 'whole hog partizens.' The people in this country, the most of them reverence him as a soldier; but notwithstanding this fact, the cannot, they will not tamely and silently acquiesce in such base and inhuman treatment, even to the Indians, as Georgia and the General Government by the approbation and under the direction of General Jackson, are now carrying on against the Cherokee Indians. What man is there living who has read the appeal to the people of the United States by the Cherokee Indians, but must feel a pungent conviction of their wrongs and sympathize with them in the day of their adversity. If any there be who has read their appeal, and does not feel for their wrongs and sympathize with them in their distresses, I envy not that man his feelings. If Mr. Hall would take the trouble to come to this district, and see and converse with the common people of the country, he would find that there was a majority who reprobated in the strongest terms the treatment towards the Indians. They, the people, rejoice at the fact of Col. Crockett's voting against the Indian Bill -- many men in this country, (Weakly) who will not support support Col. Crockett for reelection, censure, in no measured strains, the Indian Bill, as it is called. Justice and humanity to the Indians cry aloud against it. Some who justify it say that policy and humanity to the Indians recommend it -- to which I say to such policy and such humanity let me always be a stranger. If the Indians from their own free will are disposed to exchange their present possessions for a new home beyond the Mississippi I for one say agreed; but, sir, to force them is downright robbery and treason against the Declaration of Independence, which says, 'that all mankind are created equal -- that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that amongst these is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. As much attached as I am to the political career of HENRY CLAY -- as deeply as is my solicitude for his triumph over his calumniators and his enemies, and his ultimate elevation to the Presidency of the United States, I would not, I could not give him my support, at the ensuing elect for President, or at any subsequent time, if he avowed such sentiments (so foreign to right) as those avowed by General Jackson as to the rights of the Indians. He cannot interfere he says to prevent Georgia from enforcing her laws over the Indians: they must submit to these laws or consent to sell their homes and go into the wilderness beyond the Mississippi.