THE TRINI)AD) HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 164.
The two Commissioners to the Secretary of Stale.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
C.O. 295 5.
Published by the courtesy of te Ma of toe at f lhe Rolls and the
Deprut Keeper of the Public Records.
25th April, 1803.
They report the departure of Colonel Fullarton after a
series of most extraordinary unaccountable conduct on the
Ist of April abandoning the Government without making any
satisfactory communication of his intentions to his colleagues.
The papers of the Government are in confusion and
Colonel Fullarton by his secret intrigues with a miserable
party had weakened every public institution and deprived
the laws of the energy necessary to prompt and effectual
execution. General apprehension of the consequences of
Colonel Fullarton's unwise and impolitic conduct obtained
everywhere throughout the Colony.
Their first occupation is the restoration of order and
confidence. Any ill consequences are arrested for the present
but much cautious attention is still necessary to prevent
the seeds which have been thickly sown from vegetating in
so rank and luxurious a soil ".
They have insisted upon the payment of the 3. per cent.
import and export dues. The embodying of the Militia has
proceeded and they have been under the necessity of sending
out of the Island, P. McCallum for endeavouring to seduce
the Militia from their duty. They are preparing land for the
reception of German settlers.
They have seriously considered the representations of a
number of British merchants and planters herewith sent
forward. As far as possible they have met the inconveniences
and evils complained of. They have established a Court for
the determination of all commercial and transitory suits and
other languages than Spanish are allowed. They recommend
the Act proposed by the Attorney-General (Mr. Gloster) for
assimilating the laws of Mortgages as nearly as possible to
that in the English Islands. This is important as calculated
to remove the principal complaints of the mercantile body.
They do not recommend the immediate introduction of
English laws on llhe application of so small a part of the people.
They recommend a Governor and a Legislative Council
resembling that of Canada and by this means gradually change
They urge that the scheme for providing European
settlers should proceed slowly. They quote the bad example
recently of such settlement in Cayenne. There are dangers
in bringing large numbers of such people until suitable houses
and lands are prepared.
'Thev consider the peninsula of Chaguaramas best suited
for a military post and naval depot. They recommend that
it should be fortified without delay and that 50 pieces of
ordnance, 18 and 2. pounders, sent out. Bricks and lime, etc.,
arc required for reservoirs as there is no spring of water.
They consider it gives great facilities for defence and if
fortified may be rendered one of the most formidable military
points in all the West Indies "