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Missionaries to Cherokees Sentenced, 1831

From The Augusta (Geo.) Courier
Oct. 1831


At the recent session of the Supreme Court of Gwinnett county, the Rev. J. A. Trott, Rev. Ezra Butler, and Rev. S. A. Worcester, Missionaries in the Cherokee country, were sentenced to the Penitentiary for four years, for disobedience to the laws of this state. Seven other white men received the same sentence for the same offense. Their plea denied the jurisdiction of the Court.

This morning's mail brings us the following news from Milledgeville: Nine of the convicts above mentioned have been pardoned by the Governor, on giving assurances that they would not again violate the laws. Two of the Missionaries, Worcester and Butler, refusing to give such pledges of future good behavior, were committed to the Penitentiary. Mr. Worcester has applied to the Supreme Court.

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