Cherokee Phoenix


Published March, 15, 1834

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We announced last week the suppression of the liberty of our press, by the arrest of the editor by the Georgia officers, and that our paper would not be resumed before the middle of April. The editor having obtained his enlargement at the cost of 60 miles riding, and a bond of two thousand dollars. We shall continue as usual,the regular publication of our paper.


To those persons who have been and continue to be, in arrearage for subscriptions to this paper, we would give a special motive that our pecuniary embarrassments are such that we greatly need advances from them. This request is a matter of right, and not a seeking from the liberality of our friends, that which does not belong to us. We have become in arrears to our printers, and even if one fourth of what is owing us could be liquidated, our embarrassments could be removed. We hope that the printers voice will not be heard as an old song, but as one struggling for liberty, and so sacred in times past to our white brothers, can only be sustained by a small amount of funds, at the present time. All remittances must be post paid to our risk, to the post office at this place, or by safe private conveyance.


The humane policy of Georgia, a few days since, seemed to move in a fine gale. Some few Cherokees had enrolled for emigration, residing beyond the Coosa River, and were notified by the enrolling or rather oppressing agents, that a time had been fixed for their departure west of the Mississippi. Three teams of six horses each from the Agency, had been dispatched for these Cherokees and their baggage, 90 and 100 miles distant. The transporting wagons obtained some baggage and pots, and perhaps had a dozen of their subjects. On their return, the Indians broke ground-the wagons passed here in half speed on their way to the agency to report themselves empty, as the humane policy is of justice.



On Tuesday 10th inst. the Rev. Samuel Worcester ' family removed from their residence in this place, to Brainard, within the limits of Tennessee, Cherokee Nation. The cause of his removal is in consequence of the operation of the late law of Georgia, on white men residing on Cherokee lots. His residence was on a lot embracing several Indian improvements, and is continuance thereon, as by the law would have prejudiced the rights of the Indians to their improvements. The Governor's agent, we are informed, had addressed him an order for his removal, and having already obtained a decision in the Supreme Court, to his right of residence in the Cherokee country, and unavailing to him, perhaps the case was not unlike a man setting out on a long journey on land, and arriving at the ocean, could proceed no farther. Mr. Worcester's improvement was of considerable value, and we expect will be occupied by his oppressors. Rumor states that he expects to proceed on to the Arkansas Cherokees, on a mission, and may be the case of leaving without being dispossessed. If otherwise, the Cherokees had permitted him to reside here and preach, he should have sustained his ground until an authority had taken the premises from him.


'Washington City, Feb. 19th, 1834

'The delegation had a long conversation with the President, the day before yesterday, respecting the abominable law lately passed by the Legislature of Georgia. He professes to believe that Georgia will never attempt to enforce it; because, he said that it will bring the question growing out of it before the United States Courts, and there a decision will be made against Georgia, and then he will be compelled by duty to see it executed to our protection on the lands. I remarked to him that the Georgians had already commenced enforcing the law, and that the Governor was issuing grants for lots of land authorized by that act, and I did not know at that moment whether my family was yet living in my house or had been turned into the woods-that the object was evidently to expel the Cherokees from the chartered limits of Georgia, and if the present state of things will be permitted to go on, that death itself would be preferable to existence. He said that the Cherokees had a right to live on the land as long as they pleased, and that they will never be drove (sic) off; but he could not do anything for them, until the Court should make a decision on the question. That the power of deciding on the constitutionality of the laws, belong to the judiciary, and that his own power extended only to see that they were executed.'