Cherokee Phoenix


Published September, 6, 1833

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The instruction of the President to his enrolling agents, which appeared in our 28th number, we have been induced to review, and remark upon certain passages that were not fully comprehended by us. The system of measures under which these agents are acting, has for its great object the negotiation of a treaty with individuals, and on this principle, the Government, as a great mountain in labor to remove an atom in its center, by turning on its base, is now making a hopeless and snail pace progress in making treaties with individuals. It appears that the President has given himself to the 1st of January to make a treaty with the Cherokees. But should this contemplation fail, then, in that case, those who have enrolled will cede all their interest in the soil, to the United States. But it appears this cession is only nominal, and the consideration to be given them, depends upon contingencies: by a treaty with those remaining. If no treaty is made to give effect to this cession, then in this case, the emigrants will receive pay for the valuation of their improvements, so fast as Congress makes the appropriations. This is the meaning of the secret letter from the White House, and the President might as well undertake to empty the Pacific Ocean into the Atlantic, as to remove the Cherokees by enrollments, and when he has appointed Georgians who are robbing us of our dearest rights. We repeat again, what we have often said, that no treaty can be made with the body politic of the Cherokees.