THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 162.
The Secretary of State to the Governor of Trinidad.
Source : -Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
9th July, 1802.
Your letters of the 27th April and of the 2oth and 21st of
May last have been received and laid before the King. They
contain the first official intimation I have received of any
dissatisfaction prevailing in the Island under your government
and I can only observe that the zeal and ability you have
uniformly shown in maintaining the tranquillity and security
of the Island during the very critical period of your command
would alone call upon me to receive any that might be made
with the greatest circumspection.
The sentiments expressed in your letter of the i4th of
December last on the subject of the future constitution of
Trinidad are perfectly in unison with those entertained by
His Majesty's Ministers and you may rest assured it is not
intended to establish in the Island the form of Legislature
existing in the old West Indian Islands until the situation of
it shall be such as to afford a reasonable expectation that the
measure would be advantageous to the real interests both
of the Island itself and of the Mother Country.
The importance of this object has not failed to arrest the
particular and attentive consideration of His Majesty's
Government and in order that they may be enabled to form
a determination founded on the best grounds of intelligence
and information that can possibly be obtained, His Majesty
has thought it expedient to place the Government of that
Island in Commission judging that from the union of Civil,
Military and Naval talents combined in the persons selected
for this service, advantages must arise which cannot be
expected from the labours of any one individual.
The experience of your conduct from the time the Island
was first placed under your charge has induced His Majesty
to select you as one of the persons to whom this important
trust shall be confided and Mr. Fullarton and Captain Hood
have been joined with you in the Commission.
It will still be some little time before all the forms necessary
to complete the public instruments can be concluded but I
make this communication to you in order that you may in
the meantime more particularly direct vour attention to such
measures as in your judgment will facilitate the labours of the
Commissioners in preparing the report which will be required
of the actual Civil, Military and Naval state of the Island and
of improving its resources and providing for its permanent
security and protection.
I have, etc.,