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William H. Masterson. William Blount. Baton Rouge, LA: The University of Louisiana Press, 1954, 305.
Even while in North Carolina plotting his scheme against the Spanish, Blount's financial troubles were quite evident, as two arrests were attempted to be made upon him for Allison's debts-- attempts that were thwarted only by his Senatorial immunity. (Once again, his political power had financially helped him).
Masterson, William Blount. pg. 310.
Blount was careful to have printed in Tennessee his efforts in behalf of his constituents since the great conspiracy was to him merely a business matter, and in no way affect his plans for re-election to the Senate in 1799.
George Washington.
"To such complaints against me, if such there are, it may be said by my friends at proper times and places,...that, though I made the treaty, that I made it by the instructions of the President, and, structured to purchase much more land than the Indians wold agree to sell. This sort of talk will be throwing all blame off me upon the late President, and as he is now out of office, it will be of no consequence how much the Indians blame him.
The now thorough Antifederalist observed with alarm the rising military sentiment in Philadelphia, fearing a majority were becoming 'desirous to embrace the present alarm of war to rivet upon the US expense of a standing army and an expensive and useless navy." In his attitude toward foreign relations, Blount revealed one of his most characteristic traits; namely, his clear distinction, when necesary, between political tenet and private advantage. Thus, on the one hand, his conspiracy was directed against Spain and France, and it depended on British cooperation; also, since 1793 he had loathed "Jacobians" and their leveling doctrines. Yet after his break with the Federalists in 1796, he never flinched from admiration of France and disparagement of Britain in their Napoleonic struggles.
Blount wrote his brother, John Grey in September 1793

Masterson, 252
The exigencies of the Northwestern campaign, and especially of the Spanish-American relations, clearly came first in the minds of President and cabinet. Blount therefore became obsessed with the conviction that Spain was in several respects the primary enemy of the West--a conviction of eventful consequences
257 Masterson
The governor expressed his in careful understanding with ihs followers as to candidates. Opposition or loyalty to him and his administration was in fact, a principle issue of all the various campaigns.
259 Masterson
This report (1794 report to Congress) strongly requested a Creek war and reminded Congress that they who had borne a part in the Revolution had suffered two hundred murders and the loss of $100,000 in property since 1791. They warned that **********"Self preservation might induce the frontiersmen to act unautherized by your declaration, for the consequences of which they were not responsible*****."
260 Masterson
Meanwhile, the spring and summer months had witnessed an accelerating tempo in Blount's land operations. The great land boom of 1795 was building up in the East while in the Territory farsighted speculators such as the governor, foreseeing statehood and the possibility of the loss of vast tracts of public domain, hastened to buy on every occassion. Armed with the Tatham's and Williamson's maps, borrowing more and more heavily from every source, even diverting public funds for his private uses.
247 Masterson
They urged that there be built a military post at Muscle Shoals, a post agreed to at the Hopewell treaties but later refused by the Indians. Such an instillation, when supplamented by trading establishments, would divert Chickasaw trade and resulant political affiliations from Spain to the United States.