REPORT OF A CHEROKEE SOCIETY.
Sent to the Editor of the Philadelphian
by Peggy Whiteman Killer.
At a meeting of the 'Cherokee Female Society for doing good,' held at Col. W. Webber's voted respectfully to forward the report of their first year's operations to Mrs. Mary Ann Ely, of Philadelphia, as a testimony of their respect to her and her husband.
Report of the Cherokee Female Society
for doing good.
Our Society was organized on the 8th of August 1830; more than a year ago. Since then, it has met several times to promote its designs and receive new members. The Society now embraces 40 members in good standing, all of whom understand and appreciate its very worthy object. None of our members have been called away by the stroke of death, because we have been preserved by the goodness of God; for which we desire to render thanks to him. But with much reluctance, we are constrained to state, that the Society has been obliged to expel five members for misconduct. We feel it to be important that every unworthy member should be cut off; that none but the honorable, and those who are resolved to pursue a course of respectability and usefulness may be associated together in this Society.
The Society has kept constantly in view the importance of the 4th article of our Constitution, which requires us to abstain from the use of ardent spirits, and to use our endeavors to persuade our relatives and friends to follow our example. We gladly co-operate with the Cherokee Temperance Society in the good object of discouraging intemperance in our nation, and we sincerely rejoice at the manifest success which has attended our united efforts. This encourages us to continue ' increase our endeavors to promote in every way possible the object of Temperance Societies.
Our Society feel more deeply than ever the importance of the 5th article of our constitution, which requires all our members to avoid dances, balls, plays, and all those assemblies where indecent, wicked and unbecoming behavior is practiced. We are persuaded that those wicked gatherings are the cause of great mischief to our young people, to families and to individual; and we have no doubt, that if all our respective females would keep away from those assemblies, it would very much discourage them.
The 6th article of our constitution relates to a library. For the purchase of a library suited to the improvement of our people, the members of the Society have each contributed to raise a fund. The way of raising this fund is by giving the materials and labor to make cloth, garments, and quilts, which are sold for cash. Since the Society began its operations 20 pairs of socks, 9 yards of cloth, and 8 quilts have been made for its use. The things remaining on hand unsold are here exhibited for inspection. For the articles sold, our treasurer has in possession for the Society ten dollars. Here the Society would gratefully acknowledge the reception of donations from several individuals, viz: Mr. A. Brown has contributed for the use of the Society sawn timber sufficient for a loom; Mr. S. Masters for the library $1.25, a gentleman from Nashville, for the same object $1.61; Rev. Mr. Moore of Little Rock, $1. The whole amount received by our Treasurer in cash for the purchase of a library is $13 87 1-2. The Society would state with much pleasure, the notice they have received that some friends in Philadelphia and Baltimore,* have contributed valuable books for our library which have not yet reached here. The money that can be raised by the Society will be sent by some safe opportunity to a friend at the East to be laid out in suitable books for our library. In this way, year by year, the Society wish to raise money to increase the number of their books. TO accomplish the same object, the Society will continue to solicit donations from the liberal minded persons, both of the Cherokees and strangers. We are sensible that all our success and prosperity, in the great and worthy objects of the Society, comes from God; therefore we desire to render to Him thanks for the success of this first year's exertions, and we would earnestly pray that God would continue to bless our Society and make it the means of extensive ' permanent good to our nation.
By order of the Society, signed,_ PEGGY WHITEMAN KILLER,
Fairfield, West of Arkansas, Cherokee Nation, October 24th 1831
* Note by the Editor.-- The books here referred to, were delivered to order in New Orleans last summer. The delay which they have met with on their way up the Mississippi and Arkansas is matter of regret.