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Title:[Letter] 1829 Aug. 29, New Town, Cherokee Nation [to] Jno. [i.e., John] Ross / William Carroll: a machine-readable transcription
Author:Tennessee. Governor (1829-1835 : Carroll)

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Date: August 29,1829
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter from William Carroll, Governor of Tennessee (1821-1827, 1829-1835), to John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, dated August 29, 1829. Carroll informs Ross that the President is very interested in the removal of the Cherokees to a territory west of the Mississippi River, specifically in light of recent decisions by certain states to extend their jurisdiction over the Cherokee Nation. Carroll requests a meeting with the principal chiefs and impresses on them the importance of settling these matters peacefully.
Repository:The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville,TN
Collection:State Library Cherokee Collection
Folder: 2

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New town , Cherokee Nation
August 29. 1829.Dear Sir;

I have come into the Nation by appointment of the Secy [Secretary] of War, to see you and other principal men on a subject interesting to the Cherokees as well as the the United States .

It is scarcely necessary to say that the President of the U States feels a deep interest in the removal of the Cherokees West of the Mississippi . This you have been informed of by himself. He believes that it will tend to the permanent advancement of the prosperity of the nation, and will prevent those unpleasant bickerings that are sure to arise from the extension of Jurisdiction by the adjoining States over that part of the nation within their respective chartered limits. Without entering further into a train of reasoning upon this subject, permit me to say that I am directed to make the plain, simple proposition to you. Will you agree to meet commissioners to be appointed by the President, at such time as might best suit the convenience of both parties, for the purpose of discussing the subject of the Cherokees removing West of the Mississippi . You will then have the opportunity of hearing the propositions of the government. If they are such as meet the approbation of the nation, you will, of course agree to them. If

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they are not you will reject them. It is to me a source of much satisfaction to find that the best feelings exist every where towards the US in the nation, and that the circulation of tales of hostile intentions on their part is wholly without foundation. This pleasing intelligence I shall not fail to communicate immediately to the President.

I trust that you will readily agree to meet commissioners for the purpose above mentioned. It is granting nothing on your part, and will evince a disposition to keep up those friendly relations which have so long happily subsisted between the Cherokees and the US and which I trust will not be lessened by any circumstances to come. Receive assurances of my best wishes for the future happiness of the nation over which you preside, and of the regard, with which I am most respectfully

Your friend
Wm [William] Carroll

Mr. Jno [John] Ross Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

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