Two articles discussing the dismissal of General Mitchell for illegal slave trading in Georgia in 1821.
WASHINGTON, (Geo. [Georgia]) May 26. --
[added: 1820] That the laws of the country have been shamefully violated by the introduction of a number of African negroes into this state, is well known to the citizens of Georgia; and that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to trial and suffer an adequate punishment to the offence [offense], is expected by all good citizens; but at the same time we disapprove any step that may have the tendency to influence the opinion of the citizens, and lead them to prejudge in the transaction alluded to, and of which the Courts of the United States, or the National Government have the Constitutional power to take cognizance. Whether General D. B. [David Brydie] Mitchell, is guilty, or not, we will not take upon ourselves to say; but we would wish, for the honor of Georgia, that one who has been her Chief Magistrate, should be found innocent of the severe charges alledged [alleged] against him. When the competent authority shall give a decision on this affair, then will it be the time to consign to infamy those that have participated in this nefarious and [document damaged: di]sgraceful business.
General Mitchell, agent for Indian affairs at the Creek agency, has been dismissed, by the President of the United States, from the service of the government, in consequence of having been engaged in the illicit introduction of African negroes into Georgia, and affording facilities for their transportation into the Alabama state.
ib. [ibid] [added: 1821]