The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 48
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48 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
soon made necessary a policy of intrigue, in order to put into opera-
tion the proposed expedition against Louisiana. In keeping with
his policy was an offer from Clark,' penned in February, 1793,
to take Louisiana with 1,500 men, and with additional assistance,
Pensacola and Santa F6. With the approaches to the latter Clark
claimed to be perfectly familiar.2 In addition, the botanist Andr6
Michaux, already contemplating an exploration of the Missouri un-
der Jefferson's guidance," was ready to turn from the uncertain
field of exploration to what appeared to be the more sure conquest
of Louisiana. He was immediately employed as Genet's agent to
his proposed Kentucky coadjutors, among whom must now be reck-
oned Congressman John Brown and the merchant Charles De
Pauw.4 The personal testimony of these men established the facts,
already surmised that the population of Louisiana was on the
verge of rebellion, the Spanish defenses of the Mississippi lanment-
ably weak, while the Ohio Valley settlers were eager to take ad-
vantage of these circumstances.
With this combination of affairs playing directly into Genet's
hands and threatening to counterbalance the reserved opposition
of Washington, it is important to consider the position of the lat-
ter's Secretary of State. As early as February 20, 1793, through
Col. W. S. Smith, the son-in-law of John Adams, Jefferson may
have known of the earlier plans of 'the Brissot ministry regarding
Spanish America.5 From Smith he seemed to gain the idea that
the French would not object to our incorporating the Floridas. A
month later this led him, with Washington's approval, to direct
Carmichael at Madrid not to guarantee the Spanish colonies west
of the Mississippi, in return for the Floridas, as we might receive
them from France, and in that event must be free to accept.6
In July Genet partially informed Jefferson of his plan. The
Secretary protested that American citizens would engage in the
'American Historical Review, III 665; Report of the American Histori-
cal Association, 1896, 969.
2This claim suggests the possibility that Clark may have obtained in-
formation from Nolan, who was a resident of Kentucky and occasionally
conveyed his droves of Texas horses thither.
'Thwaites, Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, I , In-
'Americal Historical Review, II 666-668.
Ibid., III 655.
'Ford, Writings of Jefferson, VI 206.
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