NEW ECHOTA, MAY 31, 1834
Mr. JOHN V. TITTERMARY, of Philadelphia, is Agent for the Cherokee Phoenix. Subscribers in arrears with this paper, in the State of Pennsylvania, will hereafter make payments to him.
Our present number ends the 5th volume of the Phoenix. We would, on this occasion say to our friends, that we need much assistance in the pecuniary department of this paper, in order to the continuation of this organ of the Cherokees, through which to make known their grievances to the American people. We have a sufficient amount due us for this paper, to enable us to continue it, and we have concluded to stop our operations for a few weeks,say to the 1st of July, for the purpose of collecting funds.
Another reason is: the health of its editor has been in a feeble condition for a long time past, and the warm season having approached, he would avail the opportunity of recruiting himself.
To those of our contemporaries throughout the United States, who have sent their able papers to us, we would return our grateful thanks. For the articles they have copied from our journal,and the indulgence with which we have been treated, in our remarks during our labors, in opposition to the most wicked policy that the wit of man could conceive, to expel the Cherokees from their beloved homes, the cruelly treated Cherokees would return to those kind Editors, all they have - their kindest feelings.
To our Cherokee readers, we would say, DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP; although our enemies are numerous, we are yet in the land of the living,and of our clearly recognized rights. Improve your children, in morality and religion, and say to intemperance now growing at our doors, depart ye cursed, and the JUDGE of all the earth will impart means for the salvation of our suffering nation.
The administration papers expresses some sympathies for the misfortunes of the few emigrating Cherokees, in consequence of the mortality of one eight (sic) of them by cholera, at one time on the Arkansas River. Now we had always believed that this faculty had its foundation in the instinct of all mankind, ' was as natural to present itself on the above occasion, as it is for water to rundown its stream. Now how happens it that no solicitude and sympathy has been felt by the same party, on a fit occasion too, of the cruel treatment of the defenseless Indians here; scourging their backs, shooting the Indians for digging their own gold, and tying Cherokee women with ropes and forcing them to emigrate. We admire the feeling displayed in the present instance, but do not oppress us first, and if the fire be too hot, so that we run and fall unto death, it seems to come with but little grace, to say, that we are sorry for these Indians.