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Title:Letter, 1828 June 20, Head of Coosa [to] Colo[nel] H[ugh] Montgomery / Jno [i.e., John] Ross: a machine-readable transcription
Author:Ross, John, 1790-1866

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Date: June 20,1828
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter from John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, to Colonel Hugh Montgomery, U.S. agent to the Cherokees, dated June 20, 1828. Ross writes regarding several legal cases related to reservations instituted at the court in Jasper, Tennessee. Ross comments on the particularly strong claims of Peggy Shorey and Eight Killer who were abused and dispossessed of their homes by white settlers.
Repository:The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
Collection:State Library Cherokee Collection
Box: 1
Folder: 23

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Head of Coosa CN. [Cherokee Nation]
June 20th 1828.
Colo. [Colonel] H. Montgomery U.S. Agent.

The Eight Killer was here a few days since, And he requested me to inform you that he has been correctly told, the reservation suits which were instituted by Mr. Williams , by order of the Secry [Secretary] of War, in behalf of Peggy Shorey , The Pigion & himself, at the Court in Jasper Ten [Tennessee] , have been dismissed at the late term, in consequence of [added: the] nonattendance [added: of the agents] on the part of the prosecutor on the. The Eight Killer desires his case to [added: be] received as soon as circumstances will permit, and no doubt, the others feel the same solicitude — It is best known to yourself why these cases have been permitted to meet this unexpected fate — of all the reservation claims arising out of the late Treaties, I do not hesitate to say, in my opinion, there is not a single one more strong or just than the claims of Eight Killer and Peggy Shorey

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and the Cruel treatment they recd. [received] from some of the first white settlers, and the manner in which they were forcibly dispossessed of their houses & homes, entitles them to your notice & official attention, and to the justice if not the sympathy, of the government, [added: And] as the Supreme law of the land is in their favor, I hope this appeal in their favour behalf will not be in vain—

I am Sir Yr. Obt. Servt. [Your Obedient Servant]
Jno [John] Ross
for the information & satisfaction of the Eight Killer you will please to drop me a line, respecting his case, and also the other two. yrs. &c [your et cetera]
Jno [John] Ross

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Head of Coosa CN. [Cherokee Nation]
June 24

[unclear] Jno [John] Ross [unclear: PM ]

Colo. [Colonel] Hugh Montgomery U.S. Agent for the Cherokee Nation

Letter from John Ross
26th June 1828
Subject Eight Killer & others
[unclear] received 9th July 1828

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