THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 154.
Captain Hurst's Report, 1796.
Source : -Public Record Office. State Papers. Adnmiralty 1318.
Published by courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the Deputy
Keper of the Public Records.
Captain Hurst to Admiral Sir Hugh Cloberr' Chri.'tioln.
H.M. SHIP Zebra, GuiL Or PARIA,
May 18th, 1796.
Captain Vaughan in the Alarm sailed on the i6th and
gave me orders to remain in the Gulf until his return.
On thle 15th I pokee a vessel from Cadiz which had been
out 25 days. From her I learnt that the King of Spain had
returned to Madrid, that the Spanish Fleet was dismantled
and the Army disbanded and in daily expectation of a peace
between England and France.
As a schooner is on the cve of sailing for Martinico I
conceived it my duty to learn the state of Trinidad, the peace
of which had unhappily been broken and the English drove
off to the ships for protection. For that purpose I sent to
the Governor and received the answer which I have the
honour of enclosing. Today I waited on the Governor and
saw all the principal inhabitants and am happy to assure
you that peace and harmony is restored.
I have sent lbr your information the list of British ships
here with the ebia'. wxckly account, state and condition.
I am, Sir, with the greatest respect,
Your most obedient servant,
7The Governor of Trinidad to Captain Hurst.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, TRINIDAD,
Maay i7th, 1796.
The good harmony which subsists between the two Courts
of London and Madrid since a long lime, has not been
interrupted in this Island nor will be interrupted I hope,
although by mistake some persons may have misrepresented
the accident which happened last week which obliged me to
beg Captain Vaughan of the Alarm to restrain sending his
boat on shore for his own security and that of his men in
consideration of the commotion in the town and the motives
which had occasioned it.
That precaution ought to be understood as only personal
to Captain Vaughan and particular to the Frigate Alarm
under his command and by no means general to the rest of
His Britannic Majesty's ships of war as well as merchantmen.
I congratulate you on the occasion of being appointed to
the command of His Britannic Majesty's Ship Zebra and have
the greatest pleasure of informing you that order is on the
point of being re-established as Lieutenant lilburn who
returns with this will inform you.
Assuring you that on every occasion I desire to show you
the greatest attention.
I have, etc.,
JPH MARIA CHACON.