Wednesday September 10, 1828
Volume 1 No. 28
Page 2 Col. 2a
"At a called meeting of the citizens of Montgomery County, Ala. August 9th, 1828 to take into consideration measures for the more speedy acquiring for Alabama the Creek Indian Territory," Mr. Moseley Baker, Editor of the Alabama Journal made a speech. The following short extract will afford a good specimen of his harangue.
They [Indians] themselves know not how to act: the God of their nature has not given them capacity to judge for themselves, save in chasing the wild buck of the forest. The Indian knows not the advantages that would attend a removal. Bound down by the iron mask of ignorance and savageness, he knows not how his state would be meliorated, nor cares not.- Indeed, sir, but very few know a treaty was ever made, or that one is desired; or if they have heard, they have no correct ideas concerning it.- No, sir, but very few should have the appellation of even Indian- they are something less; humanity will pardon me the expression: but, sir, their situation is more abject, more degraded, they are more ignorant, more debased, than the idea of Indian can convey.- As members of the human family, the sun of reason and light appears never to have shed his softening rays over them; they appear to have sunk into a lower state of ignorance and darkness than the dark, barbarous age of the Goths. They are a gang of roving gypsies: they have no homes, no country; they have no firesides; they have no monumental sepulchres (sic) as described by the advocates against their removal, but are wandering in droves throughout every part of our State, subsisting by the humanity of the inhabitants, or living by plundering them of their property.