James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Cherokee Deputation, 24 December 1815

⟨   ⟩ 24 December 1815

Dear Sir

⟨   ⟩ Brothers ⟨   ⟩ of us is Comming to See You and ⟨   ⟩ to you as our father and Brothers ⟨   ⟩ for your and ⟨   ⟩ our Brothers and friends and we look to you for our Portection, for our Brothers The white peopel is Coming in and ⟨   ⟩ taken our Land By fors our homes and Stock and ⟨Driving⟩⟨   ⟩ in Stock and we Look to you as our ⟨   ⟩ and frend for you to let us to go on and rais ⟨   ⟩ for our Support for our hunting is goen and fauther portect us as Children as we look to You ⟨as our white⟩ father We obay your Command and portect us father or wee Suffer as Your Children if you hade hourd how we was imposed on you wold pitty us for we have but a Small peas of Land to rais our Children on and we intend to Liv on that We have Sold all we Can ⟨spare⟩ We want this littel peas to rais our Children on for we intend to Live on our Land and rais our Children til it is plas the grate God to take us Then we intend to Leave it to our Children Father we beg you to remove these intrude⟨rs⟩ off our Land all Bu thos tha has a pirmit from the ⟨hed man⟩ and Cornel Meggs the agent So we must Continue as frends and Brouthers and fauther we send ⟨thi⟩s to you By our Chiefs your Brothers

John Lowrey and others

Friend and Brother we have had a large quantity of Stock Stole from us on Battel Creek and we want you if Can find Sum way for us to git our property Back again ⟨   ⟩ when we can See it we Cant git it again and as we Cant Live without Sum ⟨   ⟩ it father if you pleas for us and we will Expect to have it when our frend Comes home ⟨   ⟩ no more But remains you⟨r⟩ frend and Children

DNA: RG 107—LRRS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Registered Series.

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