THE TI I DAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 33.
Letter from W1illiam Lord IVilloughby G'ove) noi oj Barbados to
His Majesty the King.
29th January, 1666, jrom Barbados.
Source :--Public Record Office. Slate Papers Colonial, C.O. 20.
Published by the courtesy of the Mals/oI oJ the Rolls and
the Deputy iKepei oj t1h Publlic Rei' (d,\.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MhAJESTY :
1 was endeavouring to have done Your Majesty some
service in this part of the world Ib making some attempt
upon the Hollander in the taking of the Island of Tobago,
which they had possessed and settled, it being a considerable
place lying just on the way betwixt this Island and that part
of tile Main called Guiana where by Your Majesty's favour
Mr. Laurence Hyde who attends upon Your Majesty's person,
and myself have a joint interest, for which I had fitted out a
fleet of small vessels such as I could hire, consisting of six sails
and manned them with 350 men.
But it was my ill fortune to cole too short, for some of
the privateers belonging to Jamaica who had Sir Thomas
Modyford's commission, were got there some days before me
and had taken in the place so as my design was lost.
I found then resolved to pillage the place and to take all
things from it and go to leave it desolate, which to prevent,
I fell in treaty with then and we came to terms for my stock
was but short and could not go far0 so I came to agreement
with them for a plantation which had a house upon it and
stood near lie fort where there were about four or five guns
planted and have left in it 100 men with a person to command
them, to make good tihe place until I should receive
Your MIajtesty's further pleasure concerning it, what to do
And if Your Majesty please I shall make the further
proposition that if you should think it fit to dispose of the
place to anybody yoiu would be pleased to grant me a lease for
one and thirty years of the Island and all the profits that shall
risee fronl it with the privilege of free trade as in Jamaica.
[ shall undertake the settling of it without any further
charge to Your Majesty and shall hope at the expiration of
my lease, to surrender to Your Majesty, the Island well
settled and improved both to Your Majesty's interests in
these parts as also to the increase of your revenues at home ;
in which I hope, it shall not fall much short of Jamaica,
casting up what you shall have laid out upon it by that time.
In case Your Majesty shall not approve of what I have
proposed but resolve to dispose of the Island in some other
way, I shall then humbly desire that Your Majesty will be
pleased to order me some way how I may be reimbursed ior
the charge I have been at in the shipping, manning and
getting of them forth as also for what further charge I may
be at in keeping of the garrison of Ioo men.
And do earnestly desire to receive Your Majesty's pleasure
herein with all the speed possible.
Your most faithful and obedient servant,