Cherokee Phoenix


Published June, 2, 1832

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NEW ECHOTA, June 2, 1832

On Saturday last, a certain lawyer from Georgia made his appearance in this place with a Deputy Sheriff at his back who arrested Mrs. M'Coy. The offence, for which she was deprived of her liberty, appears to have been this- Some four or five years ago, a brother had received goods from a merchant on credit to a considerable amount, and Mrs. M'Coy became security for the payment-although a married woman, she was holding some property, independent of her husband; agreeable to the laws of this Nation.- Soon after this contract, her brother emigrated to west of the Mississippi without paying the debt. In 1830 the laws of the State of Georgia were extended over this part of the Nation-when by a law of that State, the property which she formerly held fell into the hands of her husband, Mr. M'Coy, and no more liable to a civil prosecution during the life time of her husband. Yet notwithstanding this, the lawyer above spoken of, had no doubt promised himself with a full success-and accordingly had the lady, arrested by an officer of Georgia, whether with a writ, or by 'word of mouth' we are not able to say. After falling into the hands of the Georgia officer, Mrs. M'Coy was conducted to a house one fourth of a mile from her own, at which place the lawyer had put up. She was then promised an immediate release if she would give up property to secure the debt above mentioned, which she refused to do; but offered a bond with a sufficient security for her appearance at the next term of Court; as might however be expected from one who is going against all law and justice the Lawyer refused the offer and threatened with imprisonment. At length being enquired of whether it was agreeable to the laws of Georgia to deprive a married lady of her liberty by a civil process, while her husband is living? he replied no; but that he had her arrested, for which there was a Cherokee law, which made her liable. When he was asked, if that be the case, was he not subjecting himself to an indictment by the laws of his own State, for executing the laws of the Nation, he said he did not wish to talk any on the subject, but still urged Mrs. M'Coy to give up property, and she should released. About this time Mrs. M'Coy had found out that it was all 'scare crow,' told the Sheriff if he took her a prisoner into Georgia, he must tie her, she was 'determined not to goone (sic) step' without force. When her determination was known, the officer retracted and left their object unaccomplished.

It may perhaps be necessary to state, in conclusion, that during the time Mrs. M'Coy was under custody of the Sheriff she had to sit out of doors, with a sick child in her arms; ' it was until after much entreaty of friends that she was permitted to have a guard and return to her own house.


On account of the indisposition of one of our hands, we are able only to issue half a sheet this week. We would also inform our readers that the Phoenix will be suspended for perhaps two weeks to come, when it is expected that the Editor will again have returned and again resume his editorial labors.

A new edition of hymn books being now in great demand-the printers will improve this opportunity to furnish a supply.