Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
chain. He had fastened one end of it to his breast, and
he desired them to carry the other end and fasten it to
the breast of Moytoy of Telliquo, the great chief, and to
the breasts of all their wise men, their captains, and the
people,´┐Żnever more to be broken or unloosed."
The treaty which followed this interview was pro-
nounced, by both parties, to be one which should endure
while the rivers continued to run, the mountains to stand,
and the sun to shine. Skiajagustah, the Cherokee orator,
made a reply in the figurative language of his people.
We are come hither," he said, from a mountainous
place where all is darkness ; we are now in a place
where all is light. There was one in our country who
gave us a yellow token of warlike honor, which is with
Moytoy of Telliquo. He came to us like a warrior from
you. As warriors we received him. He is a man, his
talk was good, his memory is among us. We love the
great king. We look upon him as the sun. He is our
father ; we are his children. Though you are white and
we are red, our hearts and hands are joined together. We
shall die in this way of thinking. We shall tell our peo-
ple what we have seen ; our children, from generation to
generation, will remember it. In war we shall be one
with you. Your enemies shall be ours. Your people
and ours shall be one, and shall live together. Your
white people may build their houses beside us. We
shall not do them hurt, for we are children of one father."
He laid down a bunch of eagle's feathers as he added:
"These stand for our words ; they are the same to us as
letters in a book to you. To your beloved men we de-
liver these feathers to stand for all that we have said."