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May 21, 1838
May 23, 1838 The roundup of Cherokee's begins
June 2, 1838 The roundup has been completed
Three groups of Cherokee's leave their home lands in June, 1838
This information came form the "Journal of the House of Representatives of the Untied States, 1837 - 1838" found at the Library of Congress.
May 21, 1838 (Monday) The House was busy this day. Following is what was reported as being brought before the House:
Mr. Calvary Morris presented a Memorial of citizens of the town of Marietta and its vicinity, in the State of Ohio, remonstrating against the execution of the treaty lately concluded between the United States and the Cherokee tribe of Indians.
Petitions, memorials, and remonstrance's against the carrying into effect the treaty between the United States and the Cherokee Indians, at New Echota, in the Cherokee country, where presented a follows, viz:
By Mr. Evans: the petitions of inhabitants of Vassalboro, Winslow, and Chesterville, in the State of Main; and the memorial of ten ministers of the gospel in the counties of Somerset and Franklin, in said State.
By Mr. Noyes: the memorials of inhabitants of Bucksport, Cherryfield, and Harrington, in the State of Maine.
By Mr. Davee: the petitions of inhabitants of Levant, Oxford, and Bangor, in the State of Maine.
By Mr. Griggs: the petition of inhabitants of Williamstown and Pittsfield, in the State of Massachusetts.
By Mr. Grennell: the petition of citizens of Enfield, in the State of Massachusetts.
By Mr. Reed: The petition of citizens of the State of Massachusetts.
By Mr. William B. Calhoun: The petitions of inhabitants of North Hampton and South Wilbraham, in the State of Massachusetts.
By Mr. Cushing: The memorials of citizens of Methuen, Dracut, Haverhill, Billerica, and Bradford, in the State of Massachusetts; and of inhabitants of Dover, in the State of New Hampshire.
By Mr. John Quincy Adams: The memorials of Joseph Cleverly and 253 others, citizens of Abinton; of Sarah B. Cummings and 49 women of Newburyport; of Mary Niles and 250 women of Abinton; of Reuben Emerson and 111 others, citizens of South Reading; of J. P. Foster and 25 others, citizens of Salem, all in the State of Massachusetts. Of Horance Hall and 159 others, citizens of Lenox, in Madison County; of Spencer Kellog and 344 others, citizens of Utica; of William Elder and 50 others, citizens of New York; of David L. Ogden and 52 others, citizens of Whitesborough; of W. K. Tibbitts and 114 others, citizens of Whites-town, Oneida county; of R. French and 101 others, citizens of Owsego county; of J. Chamberlayne and 3 others, of the Auburn Banner office; of A. G. Orton and 15 others, citizens of Lisle, Broome county; of Daniel Beebee and 36 others, citizens of Hartwick, Otsego county, all in the State of New York. Of Samuel Seymour, Jr., and 62 others, inhabitants of Norfolk, Letchfield county; of Francis H. Case and 111 others, citizens of Avon, Hartford county; of Anna Battell and 323 women of Norfolk, Letchfield county, all in the State of Connecticut. Of John James and 17 men, and Elizabeth Stuart and 30 women, of Peterborough; of Archibald Burgess and 63 others, citizens of Hancock, in the State of New Hampshire. Of Lot Rider and 91 others, citizens of Brewer; of William Allen, Jr. and 28 others, citizens of Norridgewock; of J. Wingate Carr and 150 others, citizens of Bangor, in the State of Maine. Of C. Hoover and 115 others, citizens of Newark, in the State of New Jersey. Of E. K. Skinner and 115 others, citizens of Massillon, in the State of Ohio.
By Mr. Tillinghast: The petitions of inhabitants of NOrwich, in the State of Connecticut; of citizens of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island; and of the yearly meeting of Friends of New England.
By Mr. Ingham: The Petitions of inhabitants of New London county, in the State of Connecticut.
By Mr. Hall: The Petitions of citizens of Bennington, Chester, Townshend, Windham, and Dorset, and its vicinity, in the State of Vermont.
By Mr. Slade: The petitions of citizens of Middlebury and it's vicinity; of Starksboro and Hardwick, in the State of Vermont; and of inhabitants of Guilford, in the State of Connecticut.
By MR. De Graff: the memorial of inhabitants of Schenectady, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Parker: The petition of inhabitants of Delaware County, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Bicknell: The petition of citizens of De Ruyter, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Fillmore: The petition of voters of Lancaster, in the State of New York.
By Mr. N. Jones: The petition of citizens of New Windsor, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Corwin: The petition of inhabitants of Cincinnati and its vicinity, in the State of Ohio
By Mr. Gray: The remonstrance of inhabitants of Owego, in Tioga county, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Marvin: The memorial of citizens of Chautauque county, in the State of New York.
By Mr. Hoffman: The memorial of legal voters of the city of New York.
By Mr. Stratton: The memorials of citizens of Woodbury, Camden, and Glousester county, in the State of New Jersey.
By Mr. Ayerigg: The memorial of inhabitants of Hackensack, in the State of New Jersey.
By Mr. Maxwell: The petition of citizens of New Jersey.
By Mr. Yorke: The petitions of citizens of the State of New Jersey.
By Mr. McKennan: The petitions of citizens of the county of Washington, in the State of Pennsylvania.
By Mr. Potter: The petition of citizens of Mifflin county, in the State of Pennsylvania.
By Mr. Naylor: The petition of citizens of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania.
By Mr. Sergeant: Eight petitions of inhabitants of the State of Pennsylvania.
By Mr. Biddle: The memorial of citizens of the State of Pennsylvania.
By Mr. Milligan: The petition of inhabitants of the State of Delaware.
By Mr. Elisha Whittlesey: The memorial of inhabitants of Canfield, Austintown, and Ellsworth, in Turmbull county, in the State of Ohio.
By Mr. Harper: Two petitions from citizens of Putnam and Licking counties, in the State of Ohio.
By Mr. Sheplor: The petition of inhabitants of Wayne and Starke counties, in the State of Ohio.
ORDER: That said petitions, memorials, and remonstrance's do lie on the table.
Mr. Graham, of North Carolina, presented a petition of John Smith of the State of North Carolina connected by marriage to a Cherokee woman, praying permission to purchase and to reside upon a certain lot of land in said State, of which he is now in the occupancy.
Mr. Ridgway presented a memorial of citizens of the State of New York, remonstrating against the enforcement of the Cherokee treaty of 1835.
ORDER: That said petitions and memorials be referred to the Committee of Indian Affairs.
Mr. Joseph L. Williams presented a memorial of Dr. J. J. Morrow, of the State of Tennessee, praying compensation for services rendered as a surgeon in the service of the United States, while stationed in the Cherokee nation east of the Mississippi, in the year 1836.
Mr. Naylor presented a memorial of the yearly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held in Philadelphia, in favor of the Indians in Florida and of the Cherokee.
Mr. Naylor presented twenty-two memorials of citizens of Pennsylvania, in favor of the Cherokee Indians and against their removal, remonstrating against the injustice and cruelty of forcibly carrying into effect the treaty of New Echota.
ORDER: That the said memorials do lie on the table.
Resolved, That we, the Senators and Representatives of Massachusetts, in the name and behalf of the people of this Commonwealth, do most solemnly protest against the prosecution of any war with a view of the expulsion or exterminating of those tribes, and especially do we remonstrate against the forcible execution of a treaty, made with certain persons of the Cherokee Nation, to which a majority of them have never assented, and against which they have earnestly, constantly, and almost unanimously protested, and for the execution of which it is understood that troops of the United Stats are already concentrating, with the avowed purpose, on the part of our rules, of forcing them at the point of the bayonet to leave their farms, their firesides, the homes of their fathers, and the land of their inheritance.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolves to transmitted to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, with a request that they would continue to use their earnest endeavors to bring these wars to a speedy close, and prevent the perpetrations of this great national sin. and the consummation of a course of policy which cannot fail to stain our national character in the view of other nations and of all posterity.
House of Representatives, May 21, 1838