On February 7, 1812, an agreement was reached whereby John Henry would turn over his supposedly explosive papers to the United States government in exchange for the sum of £18,000 ($90,000). The deal had been negotiated by "Comte de Crillon". Henry was to receive the sum of $50,000 immediately. This sum was the entire secret service budget that Congress had voted for the year. The balance of $40,000 was to be paid by Comte Crillon who offered the deed to his ancestral estate of St. Martial in Gascony, France. In a nice touch, the Comte had also made Henry a squire by virtue of the Comte's status as a Knight of Malta. De Crillon also made sure that he received from Henry $1,000 as a gift and a loan of $6,000. The agreement was that the Comte was to be repaid the $40,000 later once Congress had authorized further expenditures. This did not happen as the American minister to France discovered that de Crillon was not in fact a Comte or a Knight of Malta and did not have an ancestral estate of St Martial but was in fact Paul-Emile Soubiran a confidence man on the run from the French police.
Feb 7 1812 Deal with John Henry
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