THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 182.
J. Marryatt Esq. to the Governor and Council of Trinidad.
Source : -Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial,
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls an d the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
22nd June, 1809.
The week before last I reminded the Chancellor of the
Exchequer of his promise to recommend to Parliament
that some assistance should be given to the sufferers in the
late conflagration at Port D'Espagne adding a suggestion that
had been given to me by Mr. Black in one of his demiofficial
letters, that as most of the lower classes to whose benefit
it had originally been proposed to appropriate the sums
voted, had already emigrated, a more eligible appropriation
would now be the rebuilding the Government House, Court
House, Protestant Church and Jail which under the present
form of government could not possibly be rebuilt out of
Colonial Revenue and without which neither the business
of Church or State, could be carried on properly.
Mr. Percival with that provident care of the public money
which characterises most Chancellors of the Exchequer,
at first intimated that my grant was unnecessary since the
object originally in view was now no longer attainable but
on my urging that the claim of the Colony to relief remained
the same though the mode of applying the relief might be
varied, he observed that an official application from you
would be necessary together with an estimate of the expense
requisite for completing the public buildings in question.
You will do well therefore to forward such statements previous
to the next meeting of Parliament as are conformable to
your views of the subject and I will take care to call the
attention of His Majesty's Ministers to them in due time.
The completing of the wharf is an object that might
with great propriety be included in your plan as the benefit
of it would be principally felt by the mercantile community
who were the great sufferers in the conflagration and the
same applies to the supplying the Town of Port D'Espagne
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,
Your most obedient Servant,