A Useful Aegis by Steve Payne
says: what if Alexander Hamilton's dastardly Federalist plot had
succeeded because he orchestrated the arrest of Thomas Jefferson as the
"covert leader of the frenchified faction"? Please note that the opinions
expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1798: on July 11th, on
this day Secretary of State Timothy Pickering and Secretary of War James
McHenry journeyed to Mount Vernon to inform George Washington that the
secret head of the "American Directory", Thomas Jefferson was under arrest
Whilst shocking, the report of the arrest was not entirely surprising
because Washington viewed Jefferson as "one of the most artful, intriguing,
industrious and double-faced politicians in America". Moreover his partner
in crime James Monroe had been dismissed from his role as American Minister
in France on Washington's orders.
Washington on Jefferson ~ "one of the most artful,
intriguing, industrious and double-faced politicians in America"In
fact the former President believed that the actual threat of a French
invasion was simply a mirage. But, primarily out of a sense of duty he
reluctantly agreed to act as the Commander-in-Chief of a Provisional Army of
ten new regiments.
And due to his desire to remain at Mount Vernon, and also considering the
remote possibility of moblization, Washington accepted Pickering's strange
proposal that Colonel Alexander Hamilton (pictured) would be next in
command, or rather "the Chief in your absence" as he put it. This
recommendation struck Washington as somewhat odd since Hamilton had held a
more junior rank to the Chief Artillery Officer in the Contintental Army,
Henry Knox (who had also served as the first US Secretary of War).
Of course within two years it was clear that Washington had been
wrong-footed by a Federalist conspiracy and the appeal to his patriotism and
- yes - sense of nostalgia had been a dastardly ruse. By then "His
Excellency" had succumbed to pneumonia, Hamilton had forced the
"consolidation" and the "Revolution of 1800" was in full swing. Writing in
his memoirs, President Hamilton would later note with some glee that "he
[Washington] was a useful aegis to me".
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