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Editor Cherokee Phoenix Resigns, 1832

From The Republican Compiler
Oct. 18, 1832

...From the Cherokee Phoenix...From other matters contained in the same paper, we are induced to believe that the Cherokee nation is seriously disposed to treat.

Mr. Boudinot, the Editor of the Phoenix, has tendered his resignation as Editor, to the Principal Chief, John Ross. We gather from this letter of resignation, that the Editor and the authorities of the Nation are at variance, the former adverse, and the latter favorable, to cession and removal. Mr. Boudinot says:

"Were I to continued as Editor, I should feel myself in a most peculiar and delicate situation. I do not know whether I could satisfy my own views and the views of the authorities of the nation at the same time. My situation would then be as embarrassing as it would be peculiar and delicate. I do conscientiously believe it to be the duty of every citizen to reflect upon the dangers with which we are surrounded; view the darkness which seems to lie before our beloved people; our prospects and the evils with which we are threatened, to talk over all these matters, and, if possible, come to some definite and satisfaction conclusion, while there is time, as to what ought to be done in the last alternative. I could not consent to be the conductor of the paper without having the right and privilege of discussing these important matters–and from what I have seen and hear, were I to assume that privilege, my usefulness would be paralized, by being considered, as I have unfortunately already been, an enemy to the interest of my beloved country and people. I love my country and I love my people, as my own heart bears me witness, and for that very reason I should think it my duty to tell them the whole truth, or what I believe to be the truth. I cannot tell them that we will be assisted in our rights when I have no such hope, and after our leading, active, and true friends in Congress, and elsewhere, have signified to us that they can do us no good."

Here we think are strong indications of the intention of the Cherokees to remove west.

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