High handed Tyranny.- We never expected to record a transaction, countenanced by any public authority in the United States so oppressive and inquisitorial as that which is mentioned below. The arrest of missionaries, by an armed force, and on the Sabbath- men who have left the fairest prospects among their kindred for no conceivable object but to benefit and bless an ignorant but inquiring people,-men whose only offence consists in being white instead of red-men whose presence was earnestly desired by the Cherokees on account of the healthful instructions they were imparting, both intellectual and religious,-is, if we are not altogether mistaken, an act wholly unprecedented in the annals of the nation. It furnishes and awful comment upon the downward course of error and oppression.
New York Journal of Com.
From the New York Advertiser.
The editor of the Philadelphia Gazette, who appears to possess a commendable degree of confidence in his own capacity, has taken up the Indian Question, under a belief, as he says, that he 'can throw new light on the subject,' and his object, so far as it is visible, appears to be to show, that the New England people ought not to take compassion upon the Indians, because their forefathers, in the early history of the colonies, treated them as badly as the Georgians do the Cherokees. He says, in allusion to the 'lamentations' in those states over the present state of the Indian tribe,-'Let those who indulge in those forlorn thoughts look back upon their own history-let them mark the treatment of the red men in the days of their fathers.' And to show the propriety of his comparison, he quotes from Mather's Mugnalia, an account of a battle between the Narraganset Indians and the white inhabitants, in a war waged by the former against the latter, in which the white were victorious; and for which, that pious man devoutly acknowledges the overruling hand of Providence. The man must certainly want 'new light' on this subject, who finds a single point of resemblance between this case, and that of Georgia and the Cherokees-between a battle fought by the white people in their own defense in an offensive war undertaken against them, by the Indians, and contrary to the advice of their aged men, and an unprovoked attempt on the part of Georgia to force the Cherokees, by a series of unjust and oppressive measures, to quit their lands and their homes, and explore their way to some distant wilderness that the former may seize those lands for their own purposes. If there were any resemblance between the treatment of the Indians by the New England colonies, and that of the state of Georgia towards the Cherokees. If the former were at that early period as unjust, oppressive, and cruel as the latter- it requires very little 'light' new or old, to estimate the moral worth of a cause of the most atrocious character, which is attempted to be justified solely on the ground that others have behaved as bad as themselves.
The truth, however, is that there is nothing in the history of New England, even during the times when the Indians were numerous and powerful, and constantly threatening them not only with the most horrid barbarities, but with extermination, that bears any just comparison with the policy of Georgia towards the Cherokee now, when there is no war to be feared, no cruelties, no molestation, and no provocation; and when Mr. Clark gets a considerate share of 'new light' on the subject he will find it out.