The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 49
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
undertaking with halters about their necks, but he later claimed
to infer from Genet's explanation that the rendezvous would be
outside the limits of the United States. At any rate he gave Mi-
chaux, Genet's agent, what the French minister regarded as a
satisfactory letter of introduction to Governor Shelby of Ken-
tucky, ' although ,the letter designedly antedates the last interview
of the two principals.
Notwithstanding careful planning abroad 'and shrewd intrigue
in the United States, Genet's Louisiana expedition lacked the
necessary financial element because of Washington's refusal to pre-
pay any portion of the French ,debt. Few influential men of
means in Kentucky favored the scheme, 'although many joined the
democratic societies organized by Michaux, La Chaise, and other
French agents? Clark may have been measurably justified in his
claim that many were ready to follow his lead. There was certainly
sentiment enough against Spain, but respect for the Washington
administration was likewise increasing. The very rumor of Genet's
and Clark's plans was enough to cause the Spanish governor, Car-
ondelet, great uneasiness, ,and to lead him to deplore the miserable
state of his defenses and the uncertain loyalty of his people." But
the uncertainties and fears of both American and Spanish author-
ities were removed by the disavowal of Genet by his government,
the arrival of his successor, Fauchet, and the proclamation by the
latter, March 6, 1794, that all hostile preparations against Spanish
dominions should cease. The invasion of Florida, Louisiana, or
Mexico, from the Georgia frontier or the Ohio Valley became im-
possible, and another interesting project in Louisiana history re-
That Genet's plan caused Governor Carondelet some uneasiness
has already been mentioned. Late during the next year, in an-
swer to a request for information concerning Louisiana, he ad-
dressed to Godoy a long report,4 during which he emphasized the
serious dangers then threatening Spanish interests in his province.
"Report of the American Historical Association, 1896, 933; American
Historical Review, III 667-670.
2Report of the American Historical Association, 1896, 934; American
Historical Review, III 511-515.
'Carondelet to Alcefdia, 1793, Report of the American Historical Asso-
ciation, 1896, 975.
'The report, edited by Prof. F. J. Turner, is published in the American
Historical Review, II 475, ff.
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