NEW ECHOTA, July 14, 1832
The Indian war to the Northwest seems yet to be progressing. A great deal is said, in the newspapers, of the cruelty of the savages, which to some extent is no doubt true. Everybody knows what an Indian warfare is. But if you can but see the other picture, you will learn how a Christian and civilized man can war with a savage. The difference is, one knows now to tell his talk ' the other does not. Besides, a great many things are told about the Indians which are sheer false hoods. We have seen an article professing to give an account of the murder of the two young ladies who were lately taken prisoners by the Indians.--It is said their bodies were found, having all the appearance of being greatly abused; whereas it appears that they were returned through the instrumentality of friendly Indians, and that they were, according to late accounts, in Galena. From their own statement, it would seem they were well treated as prisoners, and that no attempts were made to abuse their persons.
We have thought it our duty to say this much. We do not advocate the cause of the Black Hawk, not knowing the precise ground of the dispute, but reasonable men should not be carried too far in their prejudices, by the accounts we have of Indian barbarity. It is enough for us to know that there is cruelty in Indian warfare, and that the white man in past contests with his savage neighbor, has not proved himself a whit more merciful than his antagonist. Does anyone doubt this? Let him recur to the massacre of a friendly town of Creek Indians, by a company of militia, commanded by one Capt. Wright; or let him count the number of razor strops that were taken from the backs of the enemy, at the Battle of the Horseshoe, when the present head of the Government was commander in chief.
It will be seen, from the copious extracts we have given from our eastern papers, that the spasmodie cholera, that terrible disease, which seems to be destined by providence to scourge the nations of the earth, has at length reached the western world, and will soon, no doubt, extend itself into different sections of the United States.
Our Christian friends will perceive from what follows that the Principal Chief has appointed Thursday, the 19th of this month, as a day of fasting and prayer.- What can be more proper! We have need to go to the Ruler of the Universe in this day of deep affliction. We have been too long trusting to an arm of flesh, which has proved to be but a broken reed. 'Put not your trust in Princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help'--But 'happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help'; that God 'which keepeth truth forever; which executeth judgment for the oppressed.'
WHEREAS the crisis in the affairs of this nation exhibits the day of tribulation and sorrow,- and the time appears to be fast hastening when the destiny of this people must be sealed,-whether all has been directed by the wanted depravity and wickedness of man, or by the unsearchable and mysterious will of an all wise Being, it equally becomes us as a rational and Christian community, humbly to bow in humiliation and prayer before Him, who alone can relieve the afflicted and protect the fatherless; and there to implore his gracious pleasure to avert the dreaded evil, that wisdom may be given to direct the Chiefs in the deliberations of their Council, and that the people may be united in sentiment and action for the good of the nation-therefore I have thought proper to set apart Thursday the 19th of this month as a day of fasting and prayer, and to request the religious community of every denomination and all other well disposed citizens of the nation to unite in observing said day with all due solemnity.
Given under my hand at Head of Coosa, Cherokee Nation, the 3rd of July 1832.
By the Principal Chief,
Since the Cherokee country has been surveyed preparatory to a lottery, which the great body of the Georgians, say shall take place shortly, land speculators have been on the alert. They are examining the booty before it is fairly in the clutch of the robber. The following memorandum, which was found lying on a wayside not far from this place, was probably made by one of that class of persons, or perhaps by on of the surveyors.
Lot No. 92 takes McCoy's ferry 91 in the fork of the river 309 very best oak and hickory 310 Do No 14 35 on Snake Creek No. 34 choice on Snake Creek No 66 first quality oak and hickory upland 77 78 very best oak and hickory on Snake Creek 103 104 Do on Snake Creek 139 very best between S. Creek and the river Pigeon No. 29 30 first quality upland 151,152, 137, 138 on the river first quality river land 69 70 very best on S. Creek 33 40 very best on S. Creek 34 first quality oak and hickory upland on S. Creek.
At meetings held in the several towns in Aquohee District, Cherokee Nation the following was unanimously adopted.
Sir:- We have thought proper to take this method to repel certain calumnies, which have been fabricated by certain traitors to their country.
We understand, that two individuals have had the audacity to appear at the seat of the United States Government and to state, that a majority of the Cherokees within the chartered limits of North Carolina and Tennessee, are desirous to remove west of Mississippi, and for that purpose are willing to make a separate treaty with the U. S. Government.
Now Sir, we pronounce these statements to be totally false and we repel with indignation such libels upon our integrity and patriotism.
We are utterly opposed to making any treaty whatever, until the stipulations contained in those already in force to be complied with in good faith.
Let the United States' Government drive out the intruders, abolish the Georgia usurpation within our limits, punish the men who have but up our country into sections for a gambling Lottery. Let them pay our annuities to the treasurer of the Nation. Let them give us the benefit of the reservation of land for the purposes of education. Let them compensate our citizens for the depredations made on their property by citizens of the United States. Let them, as we have done, abide by the stipulations of treaties in the letter and the spirit of them.
ROMAN NOSE In Cherokee
GEORGE BLAIR Tusquity
SHAWNEE JOHN Equonnee
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