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Rev. Worcester Removed From Postal Job, 1831

From the N.Y. Commercial Advertiser
June 1831


On Wednesday we published an account of the removal of the Rev. Mr. Worcester from the Post Office at New Echota, the principal town of the Cherokee Nation. The moment we saw the account of the disgraceful act on the part of the Post Master General, directed, as it must have been, by the President, the conviction flashed upon our mind that it was but the prelude to some further act of aggression, probably of a more high-handed and oppressive description than any that has preceded it in the whole progress of this controversy. Such is indeed the fact, as the reader will learn from the following documents, which we find this morning in the Cherokee Phoenix of the 4th instant. Heretofore the President and his defenders, have attempted to disguise the agency of the General government in advancing the unhallowed schemes of Georgia, by a pretended tenderness of conscience in respect to State rights. But the mask is now dropped. The government of Georgia, equally cruel and unprincipled, having thus far by the covert aid of the President, succeeded in every step of the oppressive course, was at length determined to deprive the Indians of their spiritual guides and comforts–their directors in the march of civilization, and the minister of our holy religion. But one of these, as a matter of convenience, has been commissioned several years since, as the Village Postmaster; and Georgia could not arrest, manacle, and throw him into prison, for the crime of preaching the Gospel to the Indians, without swearing to support her unconstitutional laws, unless his commission should be first taken from him. And this has been done. The weak and passionate tyrant who in an evil hour has been called to preside over the destinies of this nation, has yielded at once to the request of Georgia and now stands before the American people, the naked and undisguised abettor of a measure of cruelty which must cause every American who posses the soul of man, to blush and hang his head. Yes, fellow citizens: The Minister of the gospel–the messengers of peach on earth, and good will to men–the Methodist alike with the Presbyterian–are to be seized and incarcerated, or driven into banishment, not only by the permission, but by the assistance of Gen. Jackson! We call upon Christians of every denomination–we call upon the American people, as one man–to raise their voices against the tyrannical acts–acts, which if allowed to be enforced, without visiting the hears of the authors with the strongest legal manifestation of the public indignation, will cover the American name with reproach in the eye ofman, and render the nation accused in the eyes of Him who hears the ravens when they cry, without whose knowledge a sparrow does not fall to the ground, and who has said "Vengeance is mine."

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