THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 35.
Letter from .John Reid in Barbados to Lord Arlington.
January 666 from Barbados.
Source:--Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial, C.O. 20.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rollb and
the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
RIGHT HONOURABLE AND MY VERY GOOD LORD
I wish with all my soul this may find you and all your
relations in good health after the general calamity of that city,
the news of which will be right welcome to your servant.
My last was of lte 21st October giving Your Honour
account of what had passed in this Island. I have by this
opportunity given in my Mss. to the Royal Company, a
large relation of these affairs and because I believe you will
be at the Court of Assistants when the two will be read I
forbear to trouble you with any particulars and I hope to
manage their interests so as that they shall thank Your Honour
for your recommendation.
I beseech Your Lordship be pleased to acquaint the
Lord Commissioner for Prizes that none have appeared in
these parts ; if there had I would have managed His Majesty's
interests with that care that my obligation to his service
Two small frigates with the Governor of Jamaica's
commission and only 80 men in both, took the Island of
Tobago from the Dutch. They were got into their principal
fort before they knew any enemy was near them. There were
18 sugar works on the Island but they have demolished all
and brought away all the Copper and all other goods.
The Lord Willoughby set outabout 300 men to have taken
it and went there but found the work done so they went to
Boromeo (Pomeroon) and Issakeb (Essequibo) which they
took. I believe both forces will join to go and take Berbicius
(Berbice) and Curacoa and then they will have all the Dutch
trade in the West Indies,
I heard some Dutch men-of-war lie to the leeward
amongst the Islands ; a couple of small frigates would secure
My Lord I have desired Mr. Lie to receive my salary fbr
Subcommissionler, the rest of the Lords were most pleased to
promise me /(20 y\car ; I beseech you to favour him in
its recovery, it is for my wilc's maintenance and to put her
in an equipage to come hither.
In my last to Your Honour I gave you account of a house
and plantation here ; if you got it and liked my proposition
then may you be pleased to address me that I may provide
The Island will now supplicate His Majesty for erecting a
Custom House. If it be granted, I beseech Your Lordship
have me in mind to be employed in it, 1 know one word of
yours will do it with the Commissioner of the Custom. I
could discharge any place in it as Commissioner or Contrcller
without prejudice to the Company's business.
I beg Your Lordship's pardon for all my importunities.
I am, My Lord,
Your most humble and obedient servant,