• Creator
  • Ridge, John, 1803-1839
  • Created Date
  • 1833-09-22
  • Description
  • This is a letter dated September 22, 1833 from pro-removal Cherokee leader John Ridge in Cassville, Georgia to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835). He criticizes anti-removal Cherokee leader John Ross and says that Ross's party must be forced into a treaty. He mentions an upcoming conference with Ross and threatens a "vigorous" course of action if the parties fail to reach an agreement. In the meantime, Ridge says that Cherokee enr... more
    This is a letter dated September 22, 1833 from pro-removal Cherokee leader John Ridge in Cassville, Georgia to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835). He criticizes anti-removal Cherokee leader John Ross and says that Ross's party must be forced into a treaty. He mentions an upcoming conference with Ross and threatens a "vigorous" course of action if the parties fail to reach an agreement. In the meantime, Ridge says that Cherokee enrollment will continue and suggests that the next Legislature pass laws to protect those Cherokees who enroll from the avarice of their Georgia neighbors. Ridge goes on to say that the Ross party has committed many murders upon the treaty party, and compliments Colonel Bishop and the Georgia guard for finding and arresting some of the perpetrators. Ridge also refers to an earlier letter in which he requested that the members of the treaty party, including himself and his father, Major Ridge, would receive special government protection for their property during removal in exchange for signing the contemplated removal treaty. Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local identification number: krc146. Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Keith Read, box 21, folder 28, document 01. less
  • Format
  • 6 pages/leaves