26. John Ross to John Ridge, 4 December 1835
You do me unmerited injustice in your remarks. I have not settled upon any fixed course in relation to the duties assigned to the delegation. In their business, the whole delegation are to determine and I am but one of them. it is the good of the whole Cherokee people alone which I desire in whatever may be done therefore I must request you to pause and reconsider your intention of declining to go on with the delegation. Yours very respectfully
25. John Ross to John Ridge, 4 Dec 1835, in Gary E. Moulton, ed., The Papers of Chief John Ross vol. 1 (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985), 378.