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Date:10/31/2014 2:57:49 AM
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A proclamation was declared that Jean Lafitte was a fugitive from the law. Governor Claiborne made clear that anyone that did business with him at the Temple, or in town, on the island of Barataria or elsewhere would also be held liable for committing a crime. Whether or not this angered the public is not known, but turnout for the Temple DOUBLED in size!

The cat & mouse game continued until one day in November of 1813, musket fire was exchanged when revenuers had come close to trapping the buccaneer. Lafitte & a few men escaped leaving one administrator slightly wounded. Governor Claiborne used this latest infraction of Lafitte firing against government authorities as reason to go before the city council & distribute wanted posters for Jean Lafitte offering $500 for his capture. With letters ablaze, these were posted in all the pedestrian places thoughout the city. Claiborne was hoping for one of Lafitte's own to betray him & was smuggly waiting for just that. His plans to put Jean Lafitte to death would soon come to fruition.
But the next morning the early risers of the city starting their day's morning were treated with a big belly laugh from their favorite corsair. To their surprise, all the posters for Jean Lafitte were gone! Not one remained but instead were replaced with wanted posters to capture Governor William Charles Cole Claiborne for $1500 reward. And it was signed Jean Lafitte!

Regardless of this little bit of whimsy to lighten the situation, what Jean Lafitte did next was going to knock Claiborne back a step or two. At the urging of the governor, the region's Collector of Customs, Monsieur Dubourg, sent an envoy & a dozen armed soldiers to pay a visit to Barataria bearing a firm message from the U.S. government that until the proper taxes were forthwith paid on goods sold at The Temple, there would be no more sales taking place there. Days passed & the representatives didn't return. Claiborne was certain that Lafitte's men had killed them. But, soon the envoy & his protectors returned, bearing large smiles & larger bags of food & gifts as well as nothing but compliments about the gentleman pirate who had wined & dined them, & didn't seem a bad sort after all.

Jean Lafitte had one more play to work out concerning Claiborne. It came in early 1814. Lafitte had tired of havin' to hide out, havin' his bayous trespassed by militia, having his name blistered by Claiborne. He took the governor's distrust of his loyalty to America as great insult...after all, he, Jean Lafitte, who never attacked an American ship! So, he called on the last person anyone in New Orleans, especially Claiborne, would have expected him to go to for help. The city's district attorney, John Randolph Grymes, the man who was supposed to be spearheading the prosecution against him is who he approached! Grymes & Lafitte had known each other for years & despite the governor's opinions, respected each other.
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