CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 22, 2009

Compagnie du Scioto Meeting at Café le Procope: Novel #3A


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

COMPAGNIE DU SCIOTO MEETING AT CAFÉ LE PROCOPE Novel #3A

 

     In 1787 High-level American politicians and military officers succeeded pressing the Scioto Land Grant, a sub-grant of the Northwest Territory Ohio Land Grant, through Congress. In 1788 these men, hoping to reap a fortune from their investment in this land, sent poet/politician Joel Barlow to France to sell a large chunk of it. Joel failed dismally until he met an Englishman, William Playfair, and an aristocrat, a monarchiens, a leader of the National Assembly of France Jean-Jacques d’Epremesmil.
     Hoping to make money in land speculation, William and Jean-Jacques helped Joel craft a land-sale deed that included the formation of a land-sales company, Compagnie du Scioto, on November 3, 1789. Persons joining this company were well-to-do capitalists, military men, noblemen, officials and visionaries. The major participants, many who bought acreage for their own land speculation, became known as The Societe des Vingt-Quatres. Members purchased at least one thousand acres, while Jean-Jacques, realizing the potential for a huge financial gain, purchased 11,000 acres.

January 1790, Paris, France
      Joel Barlow, William Playfair and Jean-Jacques d’Epremesnil occupied a table that offered privacy at the crowded Café le Procope (view photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3298110433/ ) while waiting for Jean Baptiste de la Roche, Louis Des Isles and Charles de Laittre, to join them. The three men waiting, founders of The Societe des Vingt-Quatres, sipped chocolate coffee and examined a pile of advertising pamphlets prepared by their company to entice members of the Second and Third Estates to purchase Scioto County, Ohio, land. Jean-Baptiste was also a member of the society.
     “The sales are picking up,” Joel noted. “These pamphlets really help the situation.”
     “Yes, indeed,” Jean-Jacques said, reading from one. “The climate is like none other. Winters are unknown. They are really mild and healthful with only rare frosts. The country is delightful ”
     “And they have no lions or tigers to molest you?” William asked, responding to a statement in another pamphlet.
     “None,” Joel responded, smiling. “But the venison—it’s abundant. Settlers will never want for fresh meat!”
     “It says here that ‘the hospitable waters of the Ohio commonly yield eighty-pound catfish, and fruit surpassing the banana abounds,’” Jean-Jacque said. “Could that be true? Does tobacco really grow without toil?”
    “I’ve heard so,” Joel said. “The trees are unique. Some yield sugar spontaneously! Others yield ready-made candles.”
     The pamphlets had created rich and instant fodder for public patriotic and political discussions and debates.
     “What about the biting and politically potent visions being spread by the pampheleteers?” Jean-Jacques asked.  “They’ve identified and listed many monarchists and aristocrats hoping to escape to the new world by purchasing Scioto shares…this one,” he picked it out of the pile, “even dubs the debate Sciotomanie.”
     “Many of the names they list are wrong,” William interrupted. “Paris is crazed about this land in America. All this hullabaloo can only help our campaign to sell lands!”
     “It can’t do anything but help us,” Joel agreed.
      Just then the café door opened. William, Joel, and Jean-Jacques watched as four men, Jean Baptiste, Charles, Louis, and a smallish, well-cloaked man, made their way through the throng of dinner patrons to their table.

To continue reading this post click on: Compagnie du Scioto Meeting at Cafe le Procope (Novel #3B) or go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com and scroll down the NOVEL SEGMENTS folder. 

ADDITIONAL READING:

Novel Segments---
A 1786 MEETING IN VERMONT (Novel #1)
THE OHIO COMPANY AND SCIOTO ASSOCIATES LAND PURCHASES (Novel #2)

Other—

WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS: Feb. 20, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) VOL. 2 ISSUE 2 FEB.1, 2009

A Singapore Pine Tree & Kampong Buangkok, Singapore

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

LIZZIE BORDEN—A REENACTMENT

LOBSTER-TALES

LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILLIAN BORDER

NORTHERN BAYBERRY YIELDS READY-MADE CANDLES

Moose, Goose, Deer

PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

THE PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE AND OBSERVATORY

THE SPECTACULAR PENOBSCOT RIVER A Natural Wonder in Maine: Part 1

THE SPECTACULAR PENOBSCOT RIVER A Natural Wonder in Maine: Part 2

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4

VOICES OF WILDERNESS: PEACE MEETING

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