Tennessee Documentary History
  Multiple Collection Search     View bookbag 
your bookbag has 0 items 

Title:[Letter] 1824 May 24, Washington, to Colo[nel] Thomas L. McKenney / Jno. [i.e., John] Ross ... [et al.] : a machine-readable transcription
Author:Ross, John, 1790-1866
Author:Hicks, Elijah
Author:Lowrey, George
Author:Ridge, Major, ca. 1771-1839

This work is the property of The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

Date: May 24,1824
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter from a delegation of Cherokee leaders including John Ross, George Lowrey, Major Ridge, and Elijah Hicks, to Colonel Thomas L. McKenney, in the Department of War, dated May 24, 1824. The delegation complains to McKenney about the payment of claims of the Cherokees against white intruders who have stolen and/or damaged Cherokee property. They indicate their dissatisfaction with the response of the U.S. agent, Joseph McMinn, to these claims and insist that the issue be addressed by the War Department.
Repository:The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
Collection:State Library Cherokee Collection
Box: 1
Folder: 23

Page [1]  view page image

Washington City Tennison's Hotel
May 24th. 1824.
To Colo. Thos. [Colonel Thomas] L. McKenney War Deptmt. Ind. [Department Indian] Office
Friend & Brother

We herewith submit before the War Department a list containing sundry Cherokee Claims for property distroyed [destroyed], taken or stolen from them, by citizens of the United States , they were rendered in to us on the leaving eve of our leaving the Nation for this place, under a strong hope that we should have been enabled to have had them disposed of by the government together with those which are now and for many years past been before the War Department; The most of this property it appears has been taken by the intruders, such are the bad effects, under which the Cherokees labour [labor] from this lawless class of your citizens, they [unclear: chose ] are not only ravaged of their property, but every species of vice tending to demoralize the character of man, are introduced among

Page [2]  view page image

by them; as may naturally be supposed, its influence like a contagious disease, has in some extent prevailed among the lower class of our citizens; and it is with all the difficulties and exertion under which a skillful physician necessarily labour [labor] in such a case, that the Nation are anxiously striving to suppress it; but unless the Government under its solemn obligations establish a strict quarantine on the boundaries; The Nation can be but partially successful in preventing the obnoxious evils arising from [added: by] intrusions, from spreading—.

These claims may in some particular be found deficient of positive proofs but this is owing in a great degree to the peculiar disadvantage in which the Indians are placed, being ignorant of the laws of the United States and not having any other evidence than Indians, and likewise unacquainted with the necessary rules & forms by which to establish their claims, they can but go to the person most convenient to them, who can write, and there relate the circumstances attending their loss, and should the person who undertake to make out their claims, prove to be awkward and

Page [3]  view page image

and unacquainted with business, it is imperfectly done; under these such disadvantageous circumstances, has these claims been stated and rendered in to us; and which ought to be borne in mind by those who may have to investigate them; they were not rendered in to the agent, as is usual because the claimants apprehended that they might be laid over like other claims, for a long time before they would be acted upon; and as they had anticipated as we have already mentioned, that we should have been enabled at this time to have had them disposed of— We therefore now submit them with a hope that they, together with those which have for many [added: years] been awaiting the adjudication of the War Department may be disposed of as practicable—

We have the Honor to be respectfully
Your friends & Brothers
Jno [John] Ross
Geo.. [George] Lowrey
Major Ridge
Elijah Hicks

Page [4]  view page image

Washington City May 24th 1824
Cherokee Delegation, East Mississippi .
Submitting sundry claims for property taken from the Indians by Citizens of the U. States .

Colo. [Colonel] Thomas L. McKenney Indian OfficeWar Department

A product of DLPS
To comment or inquire about content, contact UTK Special Collections
To report errors, contact UTK Special Collections