Cherokee Phoenix

We stated in our paper of week before last, a new delegation, through the medium of J. Walker had be

Published February, 2, 1833

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We stated in our paper of week before last, a new delegation, through the medium of J. Walker had been invited to proceed to Washington City.- In accordance with the orders of the Secretary of War, Walker selected 3 other persons with himself to proceed. A day was fixed on for their departure, when one of the members declared, that it was treachery to go on without authority from the Cherokees. A second feigned himself sick. A third, an old warrior, declared he could not visit Washington with a man having no authority, rather than, as the wagoners says is 'stall on level ground,' Walker with the orders from the White House in his pocket, has taken a seat alone, and followed on the cracking of the whip. A law of Congress say, if Government invite a deputation of Indians to Washington, their expenses shall be paid. But as the President has refused to pay the Cherokee Nation their annuities according to treaties, the Cherokees are inclined to the opinion, that the President will construe the former to be a prospective law.


Scarcity of paper compels us to issue but half a sheet this week.


The following remarks are from the New York Spectator on the great fraud of Shadrick Bogan (so called) for obtaining by fraudulent means, as commissioners of the lottery distributing the lands of the Cherokees, taken by the State of Georgia. It appears the impeachment of the gentleman for the offence, has cost him is reputation and liberty. If one rogue reproved another for the same act, we could not wonder; as such, what will they not do? But when a civilized community robs another of their lands in time of profound peace, and punishes its citizens for obtaining by fraud a part of the same lands, it seems to us the whole world cannot furnish such an instance. It is a monster!


It is altogether a mistake to denounce this as 'one of the most stupendous frauds ever practiced upon any community.' It is trifling, both in its extent and its enormity, compared with the FRAUD in which the Government of Ga. is engaged against the Cherokee community. Bogan was endeavoring to compass the robbing of John Ridge-the eloquent ' accomplished Cherokee Chief who was in this city last winter-but the employers of Bogan are engaged in robbing the whole Cherokee Nation of the property. No doubt Bogan deserves the State prison. But what angry bolt of heaven is red enough with wrath, to punish his employers!