Although the appeals of the Cherokees had thus far been in vain, the missionaries then working among the tribe decided to brave the wrath of the State of Georgia. They gathered at New Echota, the Cherokee capital, and made public ( December 29, 1830) their view of the controversy.
AT a meeting held at New Echota, December 29th, 1830, the following persons were present:
Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, Rev. Wm. Chamberlin, Rev. Wm. Potter, Rev. S. A. Worcester, Rev. John Thompson, Missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Mr. Isaac Proctor, Doct. Elizur Butler, Mr. John C. Elsworth, Mr. Wm. Holland, Assistant missionaries of the A.B.C.F.M.
Rev. Gottlieb Byhan, Rev. H. G. Clauder, Missionaries of the U. Brethren's Church.
Rev. Evan Jones, Missionary of the American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions
Daniel S. Butrick was chosen chairman of the meeting, and S. A. Worcester secretary.
The meeting was opened with prayer by the chairman.
After deliberate consultation, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted, and ordered to be presented for publication to the editor of the Cherokee Phoenix.
Resolved, That we view the Indian Question, at present so much agitated in the United States, as being not merely of a political, but of a moral nature-- inasmuch as it involves the maintenance or violation of the faith of our country --and as demanding, therefore, the most serious consideration of all American citizens, not only as patriots, but as Christians.
Resolved, That we regard the present crisis of affairs, relating to the Cherokee nation, as calling for the sympathies, and prayers, and aid, of all benevolent people throughout the United States.
Resolved, That the frequent insinuations, which have been publicly made, that missionaries have used an influence in directing the political affairs of this nation, demand from us an explicit and public disavowal of the charge; and that we therefore solemnly affirm, that in regard to ourselves at least, every such insinuation is entirely unfounded.
Resolved, That, while we distinctly aver that it is not any influence of ours, which has brought the Cherokees to the____________________