Cherokee Phoenix


Published January, 22, 1831

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This important question becomes one of increasing concern to the people, as the crisis is approaching in out National Congress, at which the honor and faith of our country is to be sustained, or ingloriously stained and abandoned! We have seen in the last session, that the force of the numerous petitions to the unfriended Indians, were so far unavailing. The friends of the country, have therefore to redouble their energies, and by the voice of the people, speaking out from every village and hamlet of our land, not devoted to sectional feelings and gain, constrain the National Representatives to perceive the fact, that the great mass of the nation-the proper sovereign people, will have no part, or lot in the spoil of the poor Indian. This is the more necessary as the bland and measured professions of pure good will and kindness to the Cherokee and other tribes in the President's Message, are at variance with the stern and vigorous opposition actually operating through the measures of the General Government.

It is understood we are soon to be offered for approbation and signature, a printed petition, prepared for the county of Philadelphia. Tho this end it amy possibly be preferred to call a town meeting, and in anticipation of such an event, as near at hand, these few hints are now offered, that our citizens may give the proposition previous consideration. West Chester has already preceded us in this measure, although we hope our feelings and convincements are not behind theirs. German. Tel.