Cherokee Phoenix


Published October, 5, 1833

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We are informed from an authentic source, that a Special Agent under authority from the President of the United States, clothed with full powers, for entering into a treaty with the Cherokees, has arrived at the Cherokee Agency, awaiting the session of the General Council, which convenes at Red Clay on the 2d Monday of this month. We expressed our opinion sometime since, of the difficult position in which the President had placed himself in regard to the Cherokee case, and had adopted a system of operations to enroll the Cherokees, by appointing three agents for that purpose,and finding the progress of this measure, upon the whole, unprofitable, we may safely presume, gave rise to the appointment of the fourth. The disposition of the Cherokees with regard to a new treaty, has been unalterable fixed, from which they will not move, while justice has been loudly complaining of the flagrant violations of the seventeen existing treaties. The Cherokees have been placed by circumstances in a novel and peculiar situation. They have purchased fairly the protection of their rights from the General Government, whose interposition at this crisis, has been refused. The great principles involved, and the value of the property, has compelled the Cherokees, however humiliating it may be, to entreat the Government to re-instate them to their original rights. But in the meantime oppression and agents have increased to enable the Government to force a treaty, while the former is pleading for relief, the latter has likewise made at its object to beg and tease for a treaty. This is the disgusting fruits of the humane policy, and we hope the Commissioner may have full authority to remove the great encroachment on the Cherokees, to the honor of the Government.