Cherokee Phoenix

From the (Hudson, Ohio) Observer and Telegraph

Published March, 12, 1831

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From the (Hudson, Ohio) Observer and Telegraph


1. It is the cause of justice. The Indians contend for nothing, to which they have not, according to the showing of all parties, an absolute right. Their Governments are older than ours. Their right to the soil they occupy, extend far back into the ages of the past; and that right has been acknowledged, and confirmed, in repeated instances, by our Government, which is comparatively in infancy. The Indians have indeed, a better right, to extend her laws over us, and require us to submit, or else remove back to the other side of the ocean, whence we came, than we to lord over them.

2. It is the cause of humanity. These oppressed children of the forest, constitute a part of the human family, and as such, come in for a share of our benevolent regard. They are distressed in their present condition, and know not what to do. They are comparatively few and feeble, while their enemies are many and strong. One wave of affliction after another breaks over them, until they are well nigh overwhelmed with despair. Unless some arm of mercy interpose for their deliverance they regard themselves as lost. Rather than submit to the cruel and oppressive laws of Georgia, they will seek refuge in the grave. Nor can they bear the thought of leaving the land of their birth, where they tasted the first sweets of civilization, and bore the first fruits of a Heaven-born religion, to remove, with all their helpless and decrepid ones, a thousand miles into a barren wilderness, where they would be exposed to the depredations of savage enemies on every side, besides being harassed with apprehensions of actual starvation. They cannot bear the thought. Under these circumstances, they appeal to the humane feelings of this great, and hitherto magnanimous People. And Oh who, who, that does not carry a heart of stone in his bosom, can remain unmoved by the solemn tone of remonstrance, mingled with notes of distress, which they are constantly pouring into the ears of the Nation?

3. The cause of the Indians, is the cause of our common country, and therefore we would espouse it. As a Nation, we shall exist, only in the present state. Of ours, for our National sins, as such, we must be punished while we exist in a National capacity, unless the horrible doctrine be maintained, that Nations, as such, are not responsible for their misdeeds; a doctrine, which is at variance with the positive declarations of God's word, and contradicts the whole tenor of the divine administration, from the days of Nimrod, to the present hour. Where now is Babylon the Great; and where is Tyre, and Sydon, and the Cities of the plain? Where is the Glory of ancient Egypt, of Greece, and of Rome? With these awful visitations of Heaven for National crimes, before our eyes, can we, dare we, venture upon the commission of a deed, which has no parallel, in the dark catalogue of National sins? It is not to be expected, that those who break loose from the individual responsibilities, by which they are held, and trample under foot their most sacred obligations, will feel much compunction in the commission of National sins, or much dread of those terrible judgments, which sweep away the guilty Nations of the earth. That this class of citizens are numerous among us, we are not at liberty to doubt; but, that they constitute the mass of our population, who can believe? Yet if those, who are not included in this class, do not wake up, and put forth a united effort to save the Nation; if they remain inactive, at such a crisis as this, will they not be accessary to the ruin of their country, and by their lukewarmness, awaken the indignation of Heaven? And when through their guilty remissness the Nation is ripe for the judgments of Heaven, what mark will they exhibit, as a sign, for the destroying angel to pass them by?