Cherokee Phoenix


Published May, 28, 1831

Page 2 Column 1b-2a


The Rev. Cyrus Kingsbury, in a letter to the editors of the N. Y. Observer, dated Mayhew, Choctaw country, April 11th says:

Our long suspense respecting the fate of the Choctaw Treaty has yielded to a certainty, which has brought with it no measure of comfort. Before the news of the ratification arrived, a strong hope was indulged that it would not be confirmed. A delegation which had been sent by order of the Secretary of War to explore the country in the length-and the breadth of it, and which returned about the first of March, brought back a different report from the one first received. It now appears that the proportion of land suitable for agriculture in the new country is small--some, who ought to be good judges say not more than sufficient for one of the Districts. Those who are able will select the best places, and the rest must be satisfied with such as they can get. The Choctaws requested permission to explore the new country before the treaty was concluded, but this privilege could not be granted them. Whatever the consequences may be to them, they must now submit. Notwithstanding, the arbitrary and oppressive manner in which their country has been wrested from them, we hear no angry reproaches against those who have been the occasion of it. At least this is true of that portion of the Choctaws who have been brought under the influence of the Gospel. A deeply pensive sadness is manifest in their countenances, while at the same time it is evident they mean to exercise all the fortitude and submission of which they are capable. But in spite of all their efforts, many of them, and especially mothers, with large families of little children, cannot converse on the subject of removing without being deeply affected. An aged man, a member of our church and who would be respected by respectable people in any society, and who has been all over their country west of the Mississippi, told me last week, that 'he looked for no good when he went there.' Some are determined at all events to stay where they are.