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Date:10/25/2014 7:13:04 PM
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They present to him a stack of letters to read. They're all addressed to him by various members of the Royal Command, even the senior officer of the entire Gulf of Mexico. He reads them slowly goin' over each one completely & thoroughly. His first read urges all Louisianans to either join England's war with the Americans or remain neutral. Those who didn't would face penalties & maybe death. The next series of letters offered Lafitte himself a commission in the Royal Navy plus lands & money untold if he & his colony of buccaneers would lead the English forces through the swamps & assist in their attack on New Orleans.(and we already knows how they likes payin' what they promise a man who joins the Royal Navy!) The final letter, the one most directly written, promised to destroy Barataria if he declined the offer.

These authorized representatives of Great Britain watched his facial expressions intently as he read the letters, especially that last one. They were so relieved when he faced them with a smile. "I will consider this," Lafitte said, "But I demand a little time. Two weeks." The elder Lockyer tried to explain that it was too long. But Lafitte just repeated more firmly, "Two weeks." Captain Lockyer agreed.
"Please help yourself to more wine while I excuse myself" & Jean Lafitte left the room abruptly. Shocked, the others watched as he walked out of the room. While they waited for an explanation for this abrupt departure, several assigned Baratarians came into the room. In their best piratical mood, they led the emissaries back to their dinghy, loathing & cussing & threatening the entire distance.

From his veranda, Jean Lafitte watched his company leave. He turned to Dominique Youx beside him. "They think we are pirates, friend Dominique, who will do anything for a reward. They are so wrong."
Then he went inside & sat at his writing desk to pen a letter to Governor Claiborne.

After the exit of the British entourage from his island, Jean Lafitte penned two communiques one to Governor Claiborne & another to a personal friend, John Blanque, a Creole member of the Louisiana State Legislature warning of the British bargain & ensuring them of his allegiance to the United States.

To Claiborne, he wrote: "This point of Louisiana, which I occupy, is of great importance in the present crisis. I tender my services to defend it; the only reward I ask is that a stop be put to the proscription against me and my adherents...If you were thoroughly acquainted with the nature of my offenses, I should appear to you much less guilty and still worthy to discharge the duties of a good citizen." In promising his loyalty to the country, he also avowed to leave it "instantly" should Claiborne not accept his assistance.
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