Cherokee Phoenix

From the Observer and Telegraph

Published December, 31, 1831

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From the Observer and Telegraph.


We invite the attention of our readers to the proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of this place-which may be found in another column. It appears that the meeting ventured to take the responsibility of appointing a county meeting to be held at Ravanna on the 9th inst., to take into consideration the propriety of again petitioning Congress in behalf of the Indians; of asking the repeal of the offensive Post-Office Law, and the abolition of Slavery within the limits of the District of Columbia. These are great objects, and worthy a Nation's regard.

Do not all the reasons which have heretofore availed with the friends of the Indians, remain in full force? Is it not as true at this moment, as it was one year, or two years ago, that they have a right to the lands they occupy-that the peaceable possession of those lands, has been guarantied to them in numerous Treaties, to which the great Seal of the Nation is affixed? And do, they not feel their wrongs as keenly now as they did then? Are not their homes and firesides, as dear to them as ever they were? Would it not be as calamitous now as it would have been then, for them to remove, with all their helpless and decrepid ones, a thousand miles into a barren wilderness? Have a few months disarmed the savage tribes, which wander up and down those regions, of their ferocity, so as to render it safe for the peaceful cultivators of the soil to dwell in their midst? Is it a late thing that 'waters have broken forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert?' In time, what plea has ever been urged upon the attention of Congress in behalf of the Indians, which may not now be urged? If we do not misjudge, there never has been a time in the history of Indian oppression, so favorable for petitioning as the present. There never has been a time when the subject was better understood both in and out of Congress. There never has been a time when the foes of Indian rights so shockingly outraged the moral feelings of the Country. The extremity of which matters have recently been carried, has awakened a sympathy ' stirred upon interest in behalf of the Indians, which no human eloquence could have called into being. Even in Georgia these mad proceedings have produced a reaction in favor of the Indians, which no other agency could have produced-a reaction which has prostrated the power of her infuriate Governor, and transposed the high trust reposed in him, to another. It is solely in defence of Indian rights that our Missionary brethren are immured with felons in the Georgia Penitentiary. Had they taken the oath of allegiance to Georgia, or removed from within her chartered limits, they would, in so doing, have declared their conviction, that Georgia was right and the Indians wrong. But this they could not do with a good conscience. They chose rather to take up their abode in the cells of a Georgia prison. Their case is identified with that of the Cherokees. While then we petition in behalf of the Indians, we uphold these persecuted and suffering brethren in the course they have pursued, and at the same time implore the interposition which will set them free.