John Ross: Address to a General Council of the Cherokee Nation(1839)
Thro. the misterious dispensations of providence we have been permitted to meet in General Council on the border of the great plains of the West. Altho, many of us have for a series of years past been separated, yet, we have not and cannot lose sight of the fact, that we are all of the household of the Cherokee family and of one blood. We have already met, shook hands and conversed together. In recognising and embracing each other as Countrymen, friends and relations, Let us kindle our social fire and take measures for cementing our reunion as a nation, by establishing the basis for a government suited to the condition and wants of the whole people; whereby, wholesome laws may be enacted and administered for the security and protection of property, life and other sacred rights, of the community. Our meeting on this occasion is full of interest and is of peculiar importance to the welfare of our people. I trust therefore that harmony and good understanding will continue...
Source: All John Ross's documents reprinted from The Papers of Chief John Ross: Volume I 1807–1839, Volume II 1840–1866, edited by Gary Moulton, University of Oklahoma Press, © 1985.
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