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Talk by Alexander Martin to the Cherokee Nation
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
Volume 19, Pages 941-942

TO OCONOSTOTA, THE OLD TASSEL, THE HANGING MAW, AND ALL
THE CHIEFS AND WARRIORS OF THE CHEROKEE
NATION FROM GOV. MARTIN.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Brothers:

The goods intended by our beloved men are not yet arrived by reason of the great distance from whence they are to be brought, and the late cold season of winter prevented their carriage; the Time therefore must be postponed ’till warmer Weather for holding the friendly talk with you our younger Brother, according to my wishes,of which you will have notice; I hope in the meanwhile that you will not be impatient on that account or think yourselves forgotten because you have not yet seen your Elder Brother of North Carolina. I assure you still of our friendship and of our beloved Men while you continue to deserve it, especially by such your late peaceable Disposition towards our unruly people, who are daily using you ill, which will fix you always warm in our Hearts.

A String.

Brothers:

I know you are daily injured by some of our headstrong men in settling your lands west of Broad River, I have again directed Colo. Sevier, Colo. Harden and Colo. Christian to send out armed Men and pull down the Cabins and Fences of all persons living on your said Lands, and drive the Trespassers off; and if unruly to confine them as prisoners, which is to be done immediately. I request you will not do any injury to these persons, as we wish to punish them ourselves. Some of the Chickamaugas I am told threaten to kill any

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person found on these Lands shortly; this I hope you will prevent, as the paths and woods would soon be dyed with the blood of the red and white people, which we would be very sorry ever to see, as we are now living like brothers breathing the same air, and looking at the same sky; we wish the same ever to continue.

Brothers, I am informed there are three white men of the name of McDaniel, Campbell and French, who have ben great enemies to all your elder Brothers, now living at or near the Chickamogy Town, and are daily whispering bad words and things into the ears of your Younger Men, by which means our path to that part of your Nation is not open, and cleared; I have to request you will deliver up those Men to Colo. Martin, our Agent, and your Friend, or to any of the Colonels I have mentioned, that they may be punished by us, if things reported of them be true; this I expect you will readily agree to, as it will be full proof of the affection of all your nation for your elder Brother of North Carolina.

A String.