Council Grounds of the Cherokee
					Reds Clay October 26th 1835

The undersigned, the Principal chief, the assistant Principal chief,
The comittee and council of the cherokee Nation, trust you will
appreciate the purity of their motive for thus addressing you. You 
are aware of the distressing situation in which our country stands. 
We are the earlier possessors of the soil which we still retain but where 
events, which we have had no share whatever in producing surround 
us with alll the anxieties and privations of war, although in a perfect 
state of peace. Various attempts have been made to arrange our 
difficulties,  and upon conditions which may satisfy the people.  
We have been misunderstood, we have been slandered. The 
General Government of the United States has been swayed by 
agents of it's own who do not enter into the feelings of our Nation, 
and who adopt a course in reference to it which has made the 
Nation distrustful. The Cherokees will only put faith in those 
whose devotedness to them has been tried.  They have appointed 
a Delegation to settle their difficulties. To accomplish this they have 
invested that Delegation with the fullest powers. If sources of irritation 
are now avoided, we doubt not all will be accomplished which could 
be desired on the close of the present session of Congress should 
we not greatly misapprehend the feelings of the General Government. 
Under the circumstances we have thought it due to ourselves, to you, 
to the United States, to the interest of humanity to make this 
representation, and to ask that you will submit it to the Legislature of 
which you are the head, and in submitting it, that you will intreat your 
Legislature whatever they may have had the purpose of doing 
regarding those portions of our Nation which border on their 
possessions to abstain at any rate until the negotiatons shall be 
completed from passing any law, or sanctioning any proceedings 
which may further harrass a people so deeply galled that a renewal 
of irrating (sic) measures at a moment so critical, might entirely defeat 
the objects of those who have nothing at heart but the peace and 
happiness of their own countrymen and a permanent friendship 
with yours. 

				We have the honor to be
				Your Excellency's most Obt. Servts. 

			      (signed) John Ross Prin. Chief
					George Lowrey ass. Prin.

To His Excellency			Richard Taylor Prest.
The Governor of the State of		The Committee
Alabama  				Janus Daniel
					Old Fields
					Hair Cansad (?)
					Far (?) Baldrige
					Janus Hawkins
					Nah hoolah
					Thos. Foreman
					John Tinson		
					Joseph Vann
					Daniel Ganter
					George Still
					George Hicks
					James D. Wofford
					Richard Fields
					Going Snake Sp. ___(?)
					A. Campbell
					Money Cryer
					Sleeping Rabbit
					Young Glass
					Soft shell turtle
					Bean Stick
					Walking Stick
					John Watts
					James Spears
					Edmund Duncan
					John R. Daniel
					White path
					James Foster

					William Rogers Clk
					The Committee
					John Otterlifter
					John wane
					Situ wagee
					Sweet water

					Mafis Daniel Clk
					The Council


Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6238, folder 13