January 13, 1831 letter from Cherokee leader John Ross to Davy Crockett:
How the President of the U States can reconcile it to his feelings to withdraw from us the protection pledged by treaty, and to allow the state of Georgia to usurp from us the rights and liberties of freemen and to keep up a standing military force in our country and in time of profound peace too, I cannot understand. . . . his policy towards the aborigines, in my opinion, has been unrelenting and in effect ruinous to their best interests and happiness. And whatever may be the result of our present difficulties and troubles, we are prepared to meet it - but never to remove West of the Mississippi upon lands within the limits of the U States.
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