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1830 Colonel and Mrs. Gold, of Connecticut,
told of their visit to New Echota to see their daughter,
who was married to the editor of The Cherokee Phoenix.

From The Adams Sentinel
Gettysburg, Pa.
July 6, 1830

The Cherokee Indians

We had a visit on Friday last from a gentleman (Col. gold, of Connecticut) and his lady, who were on their return from the Cherokee Nation, where they have spent the last eight months, on a visit to their daughter, who is married to E. Boudinot, Editor of the "Cherokee Phoenix." A great variety of interesting information relative to those people, was communicated to us—all tending to establish the fact, that civilization has made a most unexampled progress in the Nation. The great body of the Cherokees live in comfort, and many of them in affluence and splendor. Since Col, G. has been amongst them, he has witnessed the clearing of lands, erection of buildings, and improvements of various descriptions, progressing with steady pace—The education of their youth is becoming an object of desire and attention ; and religious instruction and general information is gradually finding- its way through the community. A number of letters written by Cherokee children at one of the Missionary schools, were shewn us. They were well written; and the vein of piety running through them all, is evidence that the highest and most important interests of those young immortals, are not neglected by those to whose care they are entrusted.

A large proportion of families manufacture woollen and cotton goods for domestic use, and also for exchange for other articles from abroad; and the wheel and the loom meet your eye in almost every house. Col. G. had with him specimens of their manufactured woollen and cotton goods, which were really excellent, and will bear comparison with those of cotton manufactured here. Our informant states also, that their roads are in fine order—that he was able to travel with his carriage through every part of the Nation. He also attended the meeting of their General Council ; and was astonished at the order and regularity of their business, and the talent displayed by the members. As respects their present perilous situation, they are firm, relying with confidence upon the uprightness of decision of the Supreme Court of the U. States—before which tribunal they hope to have the question brought.

Every thing-detailed to us, relative to the Cherokees, affords strong evidence, that the wandering Indian has been converted into the industrious husbandman; and the tomahawk and rifle are exchanging for the plough, the hoe, the wheel and the loom; and that they are rapidly acquiring domestic habits, and attaining a decree of civilization that was entirely unexpected, from the natural disposition of these children of the forest.

And must they now be driven from the land of their fathers into the wilds of the far—far West ; the march of civilization be impeded—their spirits sunk, and energies weakened, from the disappointment of their hopes—or remain and be the sport of the white man's tyranny, outlaws in the land of their birth ? The latter indignity the noble Indian could not brook : the former injustice and cruelly, may God forbid ! Trenton Gaz.

Joann Anderson Warmack (Mrs. Edward Turner Warmack), 4388 Woodland Brook Drive, S. E., Atlanta, GA 30339-4809 Amended March 10, 2007, for the Herman McDaniel Murray Museum website.

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