George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James McHenry, 3 July 1797

From James McHenry

Philadelphia 3 July 1797

Dear Sir

You will hardly stand in need of the inclosed paper to convince you of its writers principles altho’ it may be necessary as a proof of his criminal intentions. It is to be laid before Congress to-day. There are some circumstances that would induce a belief that there is more of French in the plot than British; altho’ Chisholm actually had conversation last winter with the British minister on the subject. I expect more information from Tenessee. The plot of our enemy thickens and the storm in all probability will soon burst.1 Your affectionate

James McHenry


1For the enclosed letter from William Blount to James Carey, 21 April 1797, see David Henley to GW, 11 June 1797. In the letter Blount wrote: “Among other things that I wished to have seen you about was the business Captain [John] Chisholm mentioned to the British Minister last Winter at Philadelphia.” The adventurer John Chisholm, an ex-British soldier and Blount’s personal Indian agent, accompanied a group of Creek chiefs on a visit to GW in Philadelphia in November 1796. While in Philadelphia Chisholm went to the British minister, Robert Liston, and told him of the scheme for having him and his associates lead the Indians in an assault on East Florida if supported by an English privateer and goods (Masterson, Blount, description begins William H. Masterson. William Blount. Baton Rouge, La., 1954. description ends 302–4).

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