The French Count had made his position clear.
If the government of the Republic of Texas would not make reparations for insults to his own honor, and that of France, the French Gulf Squadron would blockade the ports of Texas, land at Galveston and receive satisfaction.
While his position may have been clear, it was not exactly accurate.
First, Alphonse Dubois de Saligny was no count, no matter what he claimed.
Second, the French squadron in the Gulf of Mexico consisted of one sloop, La Brillante, and it's captain was in the habit of ignoring Dubois de Saligny's communiques.
Still, Dubois de Saligny was the charge d'affaires of France to the Lone Star Republic and Texas needed French aid badly. Nobody wanted to upset the "strutting little fellow with a patch of orders on his coat."
Sam Houston, when introduced to the "Comte de Saligny" and his coat full of medals, stripped off the Indian blanket he was wearing to reveal his battle scarred chest and shoulders, saying, "a humble republican soldier, who wears his decorations here, salutes you."
Then there was Richard Bullock. He owned the only hotel in Austin, a rough log structure with a second story of cottonwood planks. Dubois de Saligny rented a cabin and stables nearby while work was completed on the magnificent French Legation.
Trouble started because Bullock kept pigs...but not very well.
His pigs were constantly breaking out of their pen, raiding Dubois de Saligny's stables for corn and stampeding his horses. Then one day, the porkers got inside the Frenchman's cabin and ate his bed linens...along with some diplomatic papers.
That was enough. Dubois de Saligny ordered his servants to kill the pigs if they appeared again...which of course they did...and they did.
When Bullock found out his pigs were now le porc, he was enraged. He ran down one of the servants on Sixth Street and whupped him good, then threatened to shoot Dubois de Saligny if the pigs where not paid for.
The French diplomat demanded that the Texas government punish Bullock immediately. When Bullock was indicted instead of pilloried, Dubois de Saligny refused to testify or allow his servant to do so. Bullock was released and became the toast of Austin.
Dubois de Saligny, to the dismay of the French Government, abandoned his post for a life of stylish aggrievement in New Orleans.
In 1842, after a year's absence, and after the Texas government pronounced the situation "regrettable," Dubois de Saligny returned to his post and carried out his duties, more or less, until the sun set on the Republic of Texas.