[Letter] 1841 Sept. 23, Washington D.C. [to] William H. Thomas, Scotts Creek, N.C. / J.K. Rogers

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1841 Sept. 23, Washington D.C. [to] William H. Thomas, Scotts Creek, N.C. / J.K. Rogers
Rogers, J. K.
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Cherokee Indians--Relocation
United States, North Carolina, 35.50069, -80.00032
letters (correspondence)
Letter written by J. K. Rogers to William H. Thomas, dated September 23, 1841, concerning the appointment of (Thomas C. Hindman?) to direct the Cherokees in North Carolina westward. Rogers discusses the sour relationship between John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokees West, and the Eastern Cherokees. Rogers also discusses the involvement of John Ross in Hindman's appointment and exhorts Thomas to prepare the North Carolina Cherokees for resistance to the removal effort.
Digital image of original manuscript, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2000, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], William H. Thomas Papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
4 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, William H. Thomas Papers, box 01, folder 03, document 01.
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Hargrett Library

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Washington DC
Sept. 23. 1841

Dear Sir,
I embrace the earliest apportunity [opportunity] to inform you that through the instrumentality of John Ross, the War Department is about to appoint Thomas H. [unclear text: Higridmond ], the brother in law of Lewis Ross, to assist the Cherokees in N. [North] Carolina, for the purpose of inducing them to remove west. I am fully aware of the justly indignant feelings [deleted text: against ] of the Cherokees in your state against Ross & his influence. He has been a [unclear text: mark ] upon them & the whole Cherokee people. He has sucked their substance cheated them of their rights, & not yet statisfied [satisfied] with what he has done, he seeks to trifle with their rights again Look at the enormus [enormous] sum of their money he has pocketed. $ 800,000 was paid him at the agency in Tennesee for removing [deleted text: [illegible text] ] $ 12,800 & not being satisfied

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with that enormous sum he has come to this place, and but the other day received the additional sum of $ 5000.30, thousand dollars out of the per capita allowance which belongs to every man woman & child both East as well as West. [deleted text: [illegible text] ] that there is only now about Two Hundred & fifty thousand dollars to be divided It is the duty & the interest of the Cherokees in N. [North] Carolina to look to this & to protest against such a profligate expenditure of their funds, in paying such an infamous scoundrel & traitor. Let the Cherokees draw up a strong memorial to Congress setting forth their gri [deleted text: [illegible text] ] vances, and protecting against the act of the War Dept. in expending their funds in the manner & way above specified, and let it be attended to immediately before [unclear text: Hindmans ] arrival in the country. I intend

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to day [today] or to morrow [tomorrow] to bring the subject of [unclear text: Hindmans ] appointment before the President & protest in the strongest terms against his knowing any thing [anything] to do with the affairs of the eastern Cherokees. I hope you will attend to this business promptly & have the minds of the Chirokees prepaird [prepared] to order [unclear text: Hind ] out of the Country should he get the appointmen [appointment] . [illegible text] is here & he helped to assist Ross in getting [document damaged] last claim above mentioned, and is a Ross man to the hab. you must see [unclear text: Welch ] & communicate these facts to him.

In haste, Truly yours,

[Signed] J. K. Rogers Wm. [William] H. Thomas Esqr [Esquire] Scotts Creek NC.

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1824 William H. Thomas Esqr [Esquire] Scotts Creek Haywood County N. [North] Carolina

JK Rogers

Sept 23, 1841
Informing me of Col Hindmans appointment and its object.

[ Note: A Postmark appears on the page.; Washington City D.C.
Sep 23 ]