Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
Title: Publication
Full Citation
Permanent Link:
 Material Information
Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
completely irregular
Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00219
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 45882505

Full Text



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.
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.

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs