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Other Americans sought to maintain prewar contacts with family, friends, and business associates in the provinces. John Allan, for example, kept his eye on personal opportunities. He corresponded with friends in Nova Scotia, but concluded that the constant movement back and forth to New England had damaged the revolutionary cause by passing intelligence to the enemy. '' The Americans and the British worked out informal agreements for the exchange of prisoners, so cartel vessels sailed between Boston and Halifax.
At the same time, 38 The Era of Defensive Expansion Britain dabbled with the idea of an Indian buffer state along the northern frontier. This project finally died in the negotiations that produced the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. In the crisis of 1793, the possibility of an Anglo-American war generated a military interest in the provinces. Jeffersonian Republicans believed that the American militia could conquer the Canadas if war erupted, but the Federalists argued that conquest would require considerable exertion.
Albert Gallatin, Jefferson's and Madison's Treasury Secretary, had less hazy views. He read customs reports from the northern frontier that informed him about this borderland. He also asked John Jacob Astor, the New York fur merchant with Montreal partners, to compile an extensive study on provincial development. But even Gallatin failed to appreciate the political implications of borderland Northern Expansion and the Provinces 35 settlement and growth, as his recommendations for military preparations in 1807 made clear.