The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 66
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
While 'the plot of Chisholm and Blount was in the process of
incubation, there were not lacking shrewd observers to point out
the fallacy of expecting any true cooperation between Canadian
levies and. American frontiersman.1 The sympathies of the latter
could readily be turned into a French channel, but hardly into the
current of British expansion. Shortly before the Blount incident
Col. Samuel Fulton, an agent of the Directory, visited George
Rogers Clark and the Creek Indians, where Chisholm met him.
Upon his return to France he reported that the people of the West
were ready to act for France, if only furnished with arms.2 As
an indication of their desire to arouse a favorable sentiment among
their former friends, the Directory sent a brigadier-general's com-
mission to Clark." That their confidence was not misplaced was
shown by a later letter of Clark to Fulton,4 in which he reports
his refusal to head a British expedition against upper Louisiana
and New Mexico, and his determination to defeat its object. The
boundary commissioner, Andrew Ellicott, reported from the Natchez
district a somewhat different sentiment. There a plan was early
formed to overrun the Floridas and New Orleans if Spain com-
mitted any hostilities against the United States or joined France
in the threatened contest.' Although Ellicott believed that this
movement would have been successful, it would not have been a
movement against France as much as against Spain. Even this
plan might have been checked by that of the French adventurer,
Milfort, to enlist the Creeks in a campaign to drive the Americans
from, the Southwest and acquire Louisiana; or of Dupont de
Nemours and other French scientists to establish a settlement on
the upper Mississippi within Spanish limits.7
Following closely upon the Blount incident come the various
diplomatic complications arising from the so-called X. Y. Z. Affair.
The prospect of immediate war rendered probable an alliance be-
tween Great Britain and the United States against France and her
1American Historical Review, X 576.
'Ibid., 270-271; Report of the American Historical Association, 1903,
'Report of the American, Historical Association, 1903, II 1098.
"Ellicott, Journal, 175.
'American Historical Review, X 271.
'Ibid., 275, note 3; Adams, Life and Works of John Adams, VIII 596.
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