THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 176.
Admiral Gardner to the Secretary of the Admiralty.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Admiralty.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
AT SEA OFF MARTINIQUE,
25th June, 1793.
Admiral Gardner with Major General Bruce had arranged
to attack Martinique. On the 14th of June, troops had
been landed near St. Pierre. On the i6th more troops
had been landed and on the 18th a general attack was intended.
On that day however before daybreak an alarm occurred
amongst the French Royalists who fired upon each other
and Mons Guinat their Commander (late the Governor of
St. Lucia) was severely wounded. The whole Royalist forces
were thrown into confusion and had fallen back from
As a consequence it was necessary for General Bruce to
re-embark the troops on the I9th at Cap. Navire.
The dreadful position of these Royalists was fully realized
and it was recognized as impossible to leave them to the
rage of the Republicans. Humanity dictated the necessity
of relieving them, particularly the women and children.
H.M.S. Ulysses was crowded and the squadron took
600 persons including Negroes and people of colour for
different British Islands. The French ship La Firme took
I,ooo people and the Calypso as many as possible from Bay
St. Anne and both have gone to the Island of Trinidad.
There was every reason to believe that these people
would have fallen sacrifice to the fury and barbarity of the
Republican Party. They were apparently determined to
give no quarter.