Cherokee Phoenix


Published October, 19, 1833

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Mr. Hicks:- Sir, I think it my duty to publish a few lines in your paper, as a matter of justice to myself and fellow citizens. I have been informed that a gentleman, a Mr. Wm. Read, who has been a citizen of this Nation, but had relinquished his claim by emigration in 1831, and under the pretention of an emigrating officer, has visited Hightower recently, for the purpose of enrolling some two or three negro families; and one in particular, whose name is Fed, who has a white woman for his wife, and seven children, and it appears that they are about to come under the name of Cherokees, in order to be enrolled, and for the express purpose of having some of my improvements valued. I now forworn all persons engaged in the immediate employ of the United States, against valuing the place which he now lives on, for I claim the same as my right and property, or any other place that is known to be mine.




Mr. Hicks:- Sir, I have been a subscriber to your paper, though not in my own name, and it was with a feeling of regret and sorrow that I read several weeks since a notice in one of our papers, that the Cherokee Phoenix had stopped. When I first subscribed to the Phoenix, my residence was at H_______. I am now located in F_______, about ten miles distance, but I did not leave-without first giving particular directions to have my paper forwarded regularly. I received but two numbers after my removal, and I began to fear that through carelessness, or something worse, or perhaps to save themselves trouble, they had sent the paper back to its original source. This I resolved should never be done with m consent, while a Cherokee remained on his own 'chartered limits.' or the justly complaining notes of the Phoenix were to be heard in our land-but they are acquitted in this matter. The publication of the paper, it appears, has been suspended for a few weeks, and is now resumed. When Mr. B____ was in our part of the country, I subscribed for two years; I now enclose the money for another two years. I wish it hereafter to be directed to Mrs. E. G____, F____.

'When I think of the wrongs of the Cherokees, I am grieved-but when I think of Him whose throne is the habitation of judgment and justice, though clouds and darkness surround him, and read that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much-and then revert to the character and conduct of your friends, the faithful and intrepid missionaries, I do not give up all for lost.

Moses prostrate before his Maker, the Red Sea before him-the mountains on each side, and the Egyptians behind, received no other answer than -'go forward'-and you know the result. It is a vivid picture of your circumstances, and God grant that your triumph, if not as miraculous, may be as complete as was that of his favored people.

With my best wishes for the success of your interesting paper, and a hope that its patronage may be equal to its merits.

Yours respectful.

P. S. Please to consider me a subscriber for life, and when my remittances cease I shall have 'gone to my final home.'