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Re: Joseph Litney/NEY, France, NY, WI
Posted by: Jeff Genet Date: July 04, 2001 at 18:24:04
In Reply to: Re: Joseph Litney/NEY, France, NY, WI by Karl Ney of 190

Karl,
I read the book "Napoleon's Traitor". Very interesting book, and makes a very good argument for Michel Ney escaping to America. However, the facts relating to Mr. Genet being in America are somewhat erroneous. The author states that Genet was in this country before the French Revolution when, in fact, he was with the French legation in St. Petersburg from 1789 to 1792, being recalled at the request of Catharine the Great for his support of the republican cause in France. He came to this country as Ambassador of the French Republic in 1793 landing in Charleston, S.C., and working his way to Philadephia arousing support for the French cause in their war with England and European Empires. He was not received well by Washington and Hamilton hated him (being an English supporter) and he was recalled shortly after he arrived. He was allowed to stay in the U.S. by Washington as he would have lost his head back in France since his party was ousted by the Jacobins. He settled in New York and married Cornelia Tappan Clinton, daughter of George Clinton, first governor of New York and fourth Vice President of the U.S., in 1794. He would certainly have been helpful in Michel Ney's relocation in America being his wife's uncle. It would be interesting to find letters and such his wife, Aglae, would have received and answered. The book, however, presents a very plausable theory on Michel Ney.
Hope this is helpful,
Jeff


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