THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 228.
The Secretary of State to the Commissioners of Trinidad.
Source : -Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C.O. 296/4.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
DOWNING ST., LONDON,
20th May, 1803.
I have had the honour of laying before the King the
letters of Brigadier General Picton and Commodore Hood of
the 24th and 28th March and the 2nd of April and the
separate letters of the First Commissioner, Mr. Fullarton of
the 20th and 27th March.
From the communications contained in these dispatches,
His Majesty has judged it expedient for his service to appoint
a Lieutenant Governor to relieve you from the duties of the
Government of the Island.
Colonel Hislop whom His Majesty has been pleased to
select for this important charge, will be the bearer of this
dispatch and I am to signify to you His Majesty's commands
that the administration of the Government should immediately
be placed in the hands of the Lieutenant Governor and that
His Majesty's Commission and Instructions and all public
documents connected therewith should be delivered to him.
The explanations rendered indispensably necessary upon
the subject of several matters recorded in the proceedings of
the Council have induced His Majesty to judge it expedient
to direct me to signify his commands that Mr. Fullarton and
Brigadier General Picton, of whose resignation of the office of
Commissioner His Majesty has already approved, should
forthwith proceed to Europe. The service of Commodore
Hood being required in the line of his profession, His Majesty
directs that he shall remain in the command of the squadron
of His Majesty's Fleet under his charge in the execution of
such orders as he may have received or may hereafter receive
from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
I have only to add that His Majesty has observed with
concern and with great disapprobation the style of personal
invective into which differences of opinion have betrayed the
several members of the Commission and His Majesty
particularly adverting to the expressions recorded in the
Minutes of the Council of the igth March last, has commanded
me to impose his positive injunctions on Commodore Hood
and Brigadier General Picton that they do not under any
pretence, permit themselves to proceed to personal extremities
under pain of His Majesty's highest displeasure.
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, &c.,