THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 231.
Captain E. S. Dickson, R.N. to Colonel Picton.
Source :-Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton, G.C.B.,
&c., including his correspondence, from originals in possession of
his family,&c., by H. B. Robinson. Second Edition revised, with
additions. In two volumes. London : Richard Bentley, New
Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to His Majesty. 1836.
4th December, 1804.
MY DEAR SIR,
I have received your letter, enclosing Colonel Fullarton's
extract, and should have answered it immediately, but waited
to see the letter you mentioned having sent by Captain
Maxwell, who has not yet come this way.
With respect to the extract in question, it is notoriously
false. I never went on any predatory enterprises whatever:
those undertaken by your orders, and executed by me, were
for the sole purpose of destroying French privateers and
bodies of brigands who had taken post on the Spanish Main,
and threatened the destruction of the Island of Trinidad ;
and I trust my public letter to Admiral Harvey, of the 6th of
December, 1798, stating the account of the expeditions to
Rio, Caribe, and Carussano, which you will see in the
" Naval Chronicle" for that month, printed for J. Gold,
Shoe Lane, London, will refute most fully his assertion. I
have enclosed you a copy of the proclamation I sent to the
commandants of Rio, Caribe, and Carussano, which is
another strong proof that our mission was not to plunder or
bring off cattle, either for ourselves or your estates ; and I
am persuaded that Colonel Mosheim, Major Laureal, and
Captain Champain will feel equally indignant with ourselves
at so gross a misrepresentation of the motives which guided us
on those expeditions. And be assured, my good sir, it affords
me great satisfaction to have it in my power to enable you
thus publicly to contradict insinuations suggested solely to
poison the public mind. With respect to the sentiments of
the inhabitants of the Spanish Main towards you, I can say
with great truth, wherever I had an opportunity of communi-
cating with them, they expressed the highest veneration for
your character, and placed the greatest confidence in your
I am, my dear Sir,
Yours very sincerely,
E. S. DICKSON, Captain, R.N.
Colonel PICTON, &c.