Cherokee Phoenix

We listened very attentively to the remarks of the special agent on last Thursday, in explanation of

Published October, 23, 1830

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We listened very attentively to the remarks of the special agent on last Thursday, in explanation of his propositions for a compact or treaty. Those remarks, we believe, are correctly reported by our correspondent. It is due to the public, at this time when there is so much excitement on the subject of the Indian controversy, and so much need of correct understanding on the true policy of the Government towards the Cherokees, that not only what is officially communicated by the agent should be known, but also his verbal reasonings arguments. It is the more necessary as another wide step towards the accomplishment of the purposes of Georgia and the General Government is proposed to be taken. We did really understand the special agent to intimate that Georgia would survey the Cherokee country, or so much of it as lies within her charter, and that the President would not interfere; ' furthermore, that the lands thus surveyed would be disposed of by lottery; ' that the individuals of the nation would ultimately be compelled to content for their rights against the fortunate drawers, who would receive their titles from the State. In this we could not have misunderstood the speaker; certainly we can have no inducement to misrepresent his remarks.

We had frequent intimations before that the legislature of the state of Georgia would make provisions for the surveying of the Cherokee lands, during its present session, but that a tacit permission would be given by the President of the United States, for such a flagrant outrage on the rights of a weak and innocent people we had not the least inclination to believe. But if we can credit our ears, ' if the agent has been instructed to say what he has said, the American public have not even dreamt of what the present administration intend to do in regard to the Cherokees.

The propositions of the agent and his remarks on them formed an ingenious step towards accomplishing this object. The former were directed to the avarice of the Cherokees, and the latter to their fears. We should be doing injustice to our countrymen if we were even to entertain the least suspicion of their steadfastness, notwithstanding, what may be supposed, the vulnerable point on which they are not attacked. The great majority of this nation cannot be bought by reservations, nor driven into compliance! If the land is not ours, we wish not an acre it -- we cannot receive it as a boon from Georgia.