Cherokee Phoenix

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Published January, 15, 1831

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From the Gettysburg Star.

To the editor of the Gettysburg Star.

DEAR FRIEND -- Thee will, doubtless, comply with the request made in a resolution passed at a meeting of the friends of the Indians, by publishing the two Essays on the Indian Question, written by a person over the signature of 'Wm. Penn,' as published in the National Intelligencer. Thee will, if thee can find that much room, oblige thy friend and subscriber by inserting the following letter of the founder of Pennsylvania, WILLIAM PENN, to the Indians, in 1681.



'London 18 8th Mo. 1681


'There is one great God and power that hath made the world and all things therein, to whom you and I, and all people owe their being and well being, and to whom you and I must one day given account for all that we do in the world; this great God hath written his law in our hearts, by which we are taught and commanded to love, and help, and do good one to another, and not to do harm and mischief one unto another. Now this great God hath been pleased to make me concerned in your parts of the world; and the King of the country where I live, hath given unto me a great province therein; but I desire to enjoy it with our love, and consent, that we may always live together as neighbors and friends, else what would the great God say to us, who hath made us not to devour ' destroy one another, but to live soberly ' kindly together in the world?

'Now I would have you well observe, that I am very sensible of the unkindness and injustice that hath been too much exercised towards you by the people of these parts of the world; who sought themselves to make great advantages by you, rather than be examples of justice and goodness unto you, which I hear hath been matter of trouble to you, and caused great grudgings and animosities, sometimes to the shedding of blood, which hath made the great God angry. But I am not such a man, as is well known in my own country. I have love and regard towards you, and I desire to win and gain your love and friendship by a kind, just and peaceable life; and the people I send are of the same mind, and shall in all things behave themselves accordingly; and if in any thing they shall offend you, or your people, you shall have a full and speedy satisfaction for the same by an equal number of just men on both sides, that by no means you may have just occasion of being offended against them. I shall shortly come to see you myself. At which time we may more largely and freely confer and discourse of these matters; in the mean time I have sent my commissioners to treat with you about land, and a firm league of peace; let me desire you to be kind to them, and the people, and receive these presents, and tokens which I have sent you, and my resolution to live justly, peaceable and friendly with you. 'I am your loving friend,