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CIIEBSSiEE PH«EJfIX, MB INDIANS' Ao¥©€ATl.
E. BOITDOTOTT, Editor PRINTED WEEKLY BY JNO. F. WHEELER, At $2 50 if paid in advance, $3 in six months, or $3 50 if paid at the end of the year. To subscribers who can read only the Cherokee language the price will be 52,00 in advance, or 12,50 to be paid within the year. Every subsi liption will be considered as »ontinued unless subscribers give notice to the contrary before the commencement of a year, and all arrearages paid. Any person procuring six subscribers, and becoming Responsible for the payment, shall receive a seventh gratis. Advertisements will be inserted at seven ty-five cents per square for the first inser tion, and thirty-seven and a half cents for «'i'h continuance; longer ones in propor tion. iC7°All letters addressed to the Editor, post paid, will receive due attention. AGENTS FOR 'I HE CHEROKEE PHtENIX. The following persons are authorized to ftceive subscriptions and payments for the Cherokee Phoenix. Messrs. Peirce &l Williams, No t 20 * Market St. Boston, Mass. George M. Tracy, Agent of the A. 8.. M. F. M. New York. Rev. A. D. Eddy, Canandaigua, N. Y. TrfoMAs Hastings, Utica, N. Y. Pollard & Converse, Richmond, Va> Rev. James Campbell, Beaufort, S. C William Moultrie Reid, Charleston, S. C. Col. George Smith, Statesville, W. T. William M. Combs, Nashville Ten. R"v. Bennet Roberts—Powal Me. Mr. Thos. R. Gold, (an itinerant Gen tleman.) Jeremiah Aostil, Mobile Ala. Rev. Ctrcs Kingsbury, Mayhew, Choc taw Nation. Capt. William Robertson, Augusta, Georgia. RELIGIOUS. THE BOOK OF JASHER. The Book of Jasher, mentioned in the following letter, will be regarded as a literary curiosity, & it is even possi ble that it uiay be the one spoken of in Joshua and Samuel. It seems to us barely possible, however; for Jo flcphus and Philo evidently knew no thing of its existence, nor is any ac count of it to be found in the Rabinic al literature of any age. In the tenth and two or three centuries, there were many Jews distinguished for their Jiterary researches, and who kept up connexions so extensive a long the shores of the Mediterranean and in the East, that under this title, had it existed even then, could hardly have escaped them. As to its char acter, due allowance must be made for Mr. Samuel's enthusiasm as a dis coverer.—A*. Y. Obs. To the Editor of the London Courier. Sir—Having seen in your paper of the Bth inst. a paragraph extracted from the Bristol Gazette, announcing that an important and interesting dis covery in biblical literature has been recently obtained, which will excite the attention of the Christian and man of letters, viz: the Book of Jash er, mentioned in Joshua, chapter 10, and 2 Samuel, chapter 1. and it was procured at an immense expense by Alcurin, the most eminent man of his time, from the city of Gazan, in Persia, I beg leave to inform you for the satisfaction of tlfose biblical stu dents who may read your paper, whether Jews or Christians, that I am in possession of the Book of Jasher in the Hebrew language, which I did not procure at an immense expense, but accident threw it in my way in meeting with au liraelite from Bar PRINTED UNDER THE PATRONAGE, AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHEROKEE NATION, AND DEVOTED TO THE CAUSE OF INDIANS. bary, who presented me ivith it with out knowing its value, and I am now ' translating it into* English, and it will ; be published shortly, with the He brew on one side and the English on the other, with notes critical and his , torical—and what is rather extraor dinary, I was this day busily engaged in translation, when a glance at your paper rivetted my attention to this singular and unexpected paragraph, as I had made many previous inquiries coneeruing it to my literary friends, and they had never heard of its exist ance. The Book, it seems, has been preserved by the Jews in the East, and some few copies were print ed in Poland twenty years ago. ft is written in that plain and beau tiful style that will sufficiently testify its great antiquity, and which is the ohief cause of my publishing it, with the Hebrew text attached to it; and however much I venerate the sacred Scripture, and however infinite 1 con sider the distance between this Book and the inspired volume which w£ possess, I am still bold to declare that its language is equally beautiful, and .throughout one hundred and sixty pages it keeps up tiie chaste, elegant, and historical style as that muc ,% ad mired part of the his tory ol Joseph. It commences with the creation of man, containing very copious accounts of Jewish records, not at all mentioned in Scripture, and reaches as far as Joshua. The two places in Scripture wherein the book ol Jasiier is mentioned, are beautiful ly cleared up throughout this Book, particularly that in 2 Samuel, i, 18 "Also, he bade them to teach the children ofJudah the use of the how; behold it is written iu the Book of Jasiier." It also elucidates many other parts of Scripture, and w ill set right some of the most perplexing parts of chronology. But I do not suppos? it has come down to us as pure as the sacked vol ume—and I have uot the least doubt that some few parts of it are of a la ter date than the body of the Book; but even those comparatively modern parts bespeak an antiquity of upwards of two thousand years. I have already translated one half of the Book, hav ing been encouraged to the task by some Christian friends, who possess a fervant zeal lor the house of Israel, and an attachment to Hebrew litera ture. When I return to Liverpool, which will be shortly, I shall issue forth the ppospectus of the work, and it will be published by subscription I should therefore be glad to hear something more about the copy that Alcurin obtained, and whether it be in the Persian or Hebrew language. Respectfully yours, M. Samuel, of 104 St. James' ) street Liverpool. $ Kelso, Nov- 14, 1828. THE BIBLE A WONDERFUL BOOK. We are accustomed to the sight of j a Bible, that it ceases to be a miracle to us. It is. printed just like other J books. But there is nothing in the world like it, or comparable to it.— The sun in the tirmament is Nothing to it if it be really—what it assumes to be—an actual and direct communi aication from God to r an. Take up your Bible with this idea, and look at it, and wonder at it. It is a treasure of unspeakable value to you, for it con tains-a special message of love and mercy from God to your soul. Do you wish to ctnverse with God? O pen and read it. And, at the same time, look to him who speaks to you in it, and ask him to give you an un derstanding heart, that you may not , read in vain, but that the word may he in you, as good ground bringing forth fruit unto eternal life. Only take care not to separate God from the Bible. Read in the secret of God's presence, and receive it from his lips, and feed upon it, and it wiH be to you as it was to Jeremiah, the joy and rejoicing of any aoe friend NEW ECU OTA, WEDNESDAY APRIL. 8,1829. can give to another, is to consult t*od; and the best turn that any book can do its reader, is to refer him to the Bi ble. Let us seek to know more of the Bible; but, in doing so, let us remem ber, that however much we may add by study to our knowledge of the book, we have just so much true knowledge of God as we have love of him, and no more. Our continual prayer ought to be, that our true notions may be come true feelings, and that our or thodoxy may become holy love & holy obedience. This is the religion of e ternity; and the religion of eternity is the only religion for us—for yet a few days, and we shall be in etarui"" -j. Erskine en the Freeness of the Cr^t By Bisfeop Beveridge, "When the Lord speaks of himself with regard to his creatures, and es pecially his people, he saith, Ij am. He doth noj, -say, I am their light, their life, their guide, their strength, or their tower; but only I am. He sets his hand, as it were to a blank, that his people may write under it what they please, that is for their good. As if he had said, Are they weak? Ihm strength. Are they in trouble? I am Are they poor? I am rich. Are they sick? I am health. Are they dying? lam life. Have they nothing? I am all things: I am justice and mercy: 1 am grace and goodness. lam glory, beauty, holiness, eminency, superem inency, perfection, all sufficiency, e ternally Jehovah! lam whatever is suitable to their nature, or convenient for them in their several conditions. —' I am whatsoever is amiable in itself, or desirable to their souls—Whatso ever is pure and holy; whatsoever is great and pleasant; whatsrever is good and needful to make them happy, that I am. So that in short, God here represents himself unto us as one universal God, and leaves us to make the application to ourselves, according to our several wants, capa cities, and desires; by saying only i;t general, I am." Intemperance a great national evil.— Upon our iicitiouai wealth it eats like a canker; upon the heart-strings and life-blood oi' our citizens, it preys like a vulture; it breaks up the very foun dations of immortal intellect; it ma tures depravity into open and fearlul crime; and it buries tile deathless soul in the depths of eternal vvo. A nation of drunkards cannot exist. In temperance would forge chains strong and heavy enough to hold in bondage a nation of giants. Let this evil diffuse itseli through the lamily circle—let it prevail at the polls of your elections— let the drunkard be honoured with a seat in Congress—and feel into the senate chamber—and nod on the bench—and dozt in the jury-box, and liberty is at an end. 1 tremble for the late of my country when I reflect upon the prevailing intemperance of the present day, in connection with the freedom of our institutions and the expression of the elective tranchise. If liberty shall here find her grave, that grave will be dug by drunkards' hahds. If the knell of departed free dom shall here tolk, it will toll amidst the revels of national intoxication. If the march of intellect, in this Western hemisphere, shall be arrested, it will be arrested by the swolen torrent of intemperance; and, then, these'jieav ens will be hung with mourning, and this earth be wet with tears. Should ignorance and despotism and all their attendant evils prevail, they will pre vail through the influence of ardent spirits; and then, this air that is full of songs, will whisper only sighs.— Do you ask where the danger is?— I answer, it is every where. In eve ry city, and through all thg Country, arpsut spirits are tilling tb© channels 4 '/w34/" of death to overflowing. This is the master sin—the giant evil—the burn ing oufse. It is not enough to say, that intemperance is greater than this or that individual calamity. It is prob ably not too much to say, that this sin gle injury upon the physical, intellec tual, moral, and eternal interests of our country, than all those evils which are ordinarily deemed special calami ties, combined together. Yes: mar shal in one dread army, under one flag, all the judgments that ever des olate this devoted world of sin and death—blasting, mildew, hail-storms, I tornadoes, earthquakes, epidemics, lamine, war, conflagration, ship wrecks rapine, murder-blow the trum pet long & loud, & call them to one com qined universal, dreadful —let them bear down withfell purpose &with unwonted wrath, upon this terieslrial citadel of man, and strew their path with ruin as they pursue their onward march: and here is one monster—one plague of plagues—one scorpion of scorpions—one curse of curses, that can, single handed, out do them all.— His name is Legion. His spirit is tierce as a wounded tiger—uncontrol lable as a famished wolf—and malig nant as a desolating fiend. His foot steps must be arrested or the nation is uudone.--JV. S. S. Eeman. The duty of temperate men, espe cially of Christians, in relation to intemperance. It is not enough tor Christians to be temperate; refor mation will never take place, till the members of the church ofGcd banish the bottle from their side boards and their houses. If it is kept at all, in their habitations, let it oc cupy the same shelf with the phial oi laudanum, or the solution of ursnit; and be sure to write Poison upon the label. But Christians must go one step farther. 1 am convinced that deep and thorough reformation can never take place while Christians, for the paltry consideration of a little money, t'uriiisn others with the means ol destroying both body and so il for ever. It is easy to make the stale plea, that men who love to drink, will have their dram, whether Christians sell it to them or not. The same might be said of dealing out poison, i'i any shape, for the destruction of human life. There are other ques tions, far more important, to be set tled. Is it right—is it fdr the glory of God—is it for the good ot ? the church—is it for the salvation of souls? These questions ought to be answered upon the Christian's conscience and upon the book of God. The time must come when a professor of reli gion would blush to publish in the newspaper, that he is a dealer either in wholesale or retail drunkenness—that he is a vender of Cogniac.Brandy, of Jamaica Rum, ahd of Irish whiskey! Would to God, that the merchants in this city would take a stand, on this subject, which would render them an example for the imitation of the world. Let them just resolve, and carry"this resolution into immediate effect, that they will neither buy nor sell another barrel of this article; and this one act would reform city and the surrounding country--it uould renter modern Troy more illustrious than the ancient—it would c.irry down the streams of mercy into the ages of the Millenium— -and continue to do good till the Judgment Day."—lbid. ¥ 0 It is not enough that our mechanics, our laborers, our strong men, our gift ed and our youth, are engaged in the great work. Our women must be with us, or toe cannot hope to prevail—our mothers, our wives, and our daughters —the other half, and in such matters, by far the most influential half of our whole population. It is not enough that we confederate together abroad, as men, to discourage the use of strong drink, in our workshops, in our taverns*, or in the highway—to make sobriety one of the qualifications of a rulers—to encourage the cdlture of tlie grape, OJL. 4 * or the use of cheap and gale vviiics that would he accessible to the poor, a/.d not lead to a desire i'or any thing dan gerous to labor night and day tor li.c overthrow of the Destroy, f—ii is ~ot enough that vve do all this, if tl\e niu-s and mothers, and sisters oi our coun try, continue to make our very homos a snare to us, every sociable comi.ig together; every tire-side interview, every joyous event, an excuse lor tan*' pering with the shadow, or play Hie with the skirts of the enemy. As fof what vve may uo— <<n "We but woar Our strength away in wrestUng with the air;" So long as nometf persist in pouring uP drug into lhe c audle-cup of the babe—mingling it , v ith the foot, f the intant substituting lever for health and sorrow tor strength—cour.terJeit ")g the stream of pearl, and hiding t! e treachery with flavor, and color, and petiumc; tor all these things are to be done, before the youthful purity of taste can be perverted. What are we to do, when we have, under one pretence or another, brandy mixed with our very lood—our sauces—our jel lies our cakes and our pies—n ith whatever is intended to be better and richer than usual? What are we to do, as rneir: after we have been macie to relish the flavor of ardent spirit, in this way: from our cradle to our ' g«ave: accustomed to it in our pap: taught in our very childhood, to sit up to the table and throw off a glass of wine, like aman; of Portuguese wine too; such tis lhe Portuguese them, selves i.ev. r drink, for we, like the lVOglish have it with what we call a too:*/to it. in other words, overcharg ed with brandy: in a glass of our own too; for where is the child without a wine-cup of his own? I illy years ago, we had few or no drunkards. Now ive have three hun dred thousand. Fifty years from to-" d3y; il our youth should persevere, taking counsel not to /epro' e the aged; for they were unworthy of (because; not to stay the Destroyer with a wall of brass, or a sword of fiie; not to try the gathered brow, nor the strong arm; but gently, and pa tently to discourage their younger brethren, their associates and ail lhat are with them in the great business of life; I do believe, .judging bv what is already done, that in fifly years from today, this our great national ie proach would be 110 more.—Nail's Ad dress. INDIANS. From the Christian "Watchman. REMOVAL OF THE INDIANS. I his subject is one of great import* ance, not only to the Indians, but to our own country and government. We hope nothing will be done by Congress, I which vyill not bear the strictest scru tiny of the great rule of equity,—'-'As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Feb. 18, Mr. McLean, from the Committee on Indian alfairs, to whom the plan of re moving the Indians westward had been referred, made a Report on the sub ject. In this it is remarked, that the United States Government cannot, in justice to this dependent race, cease to exercise over them a parental guar dianship, and that no-means should be left unemployed, which promise an elevation of their character, and an in« crease of their happiness and prpsper ity. Some assistance has ren dered them, by feeble efforts, to res cue them from vice; "but in doing, this," the Report observes, "we have not fulfilled our obligations which grow nut of our relations to them-'■• The Report then contitwes- r "The condition of the four southern tribe* the Chickasawg, Choctctvg, Cherokee®, and Creeks, has LeccwQ extremlv critical There does ap. pear to have arrived a crisis in wlicfe the salvation or destruction ef thos«t tribes is involve*}. Some of the Ststm