THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 197.
The Governor of Barbados to the Right Honourable Lords Commissioners
for Trade and Plantations.
Source : Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial C.O. 28/25.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
23rd June, 1740.
I hope to have Your Lordship's excuse if I take the liberty
of mentioning for your consideration the Isle of Trinidad.
Your Lordships are already apprised that it is a large
Island, that it affords abundance of timber of all sorts
particularly such as is fit for mills, the building of houses or
ships and produces a great quantity of cacao, the chief
manufacture of it.
Likewise that the inhabitants are chiefly Indians and that
there are near 300 Spaniards with a Governor so that if Your
Lordships should esteem it one of the keys to that part
of the navigation along the Terra Firma of New Spain
that the possession of it would be of considerable use to our
commerce, I should gladly receive Ycur Lordship's sentiments
thereon since I promise myself it may be taken with ease,
even with the volunteers that may be raised in this Island
for that purpose.
I should think myself very fortunate to contribute anything
against the common enemy and add to His Majesty's dominions
a place that may possibly hereafter Lc of service. The only
difficulty I apprehend will be to prc::erve the possession of
it and Your Lordship's commands in that particular 1 will
observe in the best manner I am able.
I will only trouble Your Lordships w:th adding that I am,
Your Lordship's obedient and very humble servant