Date Original

1820 April 22


Letter from members of the Cherokee, asking Arkansas Territorial Governor Miller to intercede in a conflict between the Cherokees and the Osages.


[Page 1] Cherokee Nation, on Arkansas
To Gov. Miller, April 22nd, 1820
My father,
We have seen you in our council
house and have heard you talk. We thought more
than well of your address and advice to us. We do
not wish to do anything contrary to your inclinations.
If your desire in relation to a settlement between us and
the Osages can be accomplished we shall be glad,
and at all events we shall be grateful for your
friendly disposition and thankful for your endeavors
to bring about a reconciliation between us and our
neighbors the Osages. We wish to have our
differences with that nation settled as soon as possible.
We had made up our opinion and determination
upon this subject under the influence of passion,
which is not extraordinary for men laboring under
a sense of unprovoked unjury from those with whom
why are willing to be at peace, but since we have
seen you we feel relieved; and are willing to watch
the result of your endeavors to make peace be-
tween us and our neighbors the Osages, - We shall
bear you in mind every moment until your return
to us. We wish you to think of us, and hasten a
settlement of this business as much as possible
consistent with your [?], you may rest assured
Letter that
[Page 2] that we will wait your motions before we take any
step to redress ourselves for the wrongs which
we have suffered from the Osages. We are [illegible]
selecting some of our men to accompany you in your
visit to the Osages and they can witness, if that
nation refuse to surrender to us the murderers of our
people, these men whom we send with you are fully
impowered to investigate our difficulties and to
receive restitution for any depredation which we
have suffered from the Osages.
Te-ke-to-ka his mark X
John Jolly his mark X
The Fox his mark X
John Maclemore his mark X
Watermina his mark X
Thomas Maw his mark X
Walter Webber his mark X
John Rogers his mark X
Big Canoe his mark X

Physical Description



Native Americans; Osages; Cherokees


Teketoka, John Jolly, The Fox, John Maclemore, Watermina, Thomas Maw, Walter Webber, John Rogers, and Big Canoe

Geographical Area





MS.000064, Box 1, Folder 2


L.C. Gulley collection, MS.000064


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter from Cherokees to Governor Miller, L.C. Gulley collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter from Cherokees to Governor Miller