THE TRINIDAD IIISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 234.
A Proclamation by WIilliam Fullarton, His Majesty's First Commis-
sioner for executing the OJfice of Governor of Trinidad.
Source :-Colonel Fullarton's Answer to Colonel Piclon's Pamphlet.
A Refutation of the Pamphlet which Colonel Picton lately
addressed to Lord Hobart. By Colonel Fullarton, F.R.S. Printed
for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, London, 1805.
June I6th, 1803.
Whereas, on the 27th of April, a Proclamation was issued,
signed Thomas Picton, Samuel Hood, stating, that the First
Commissioner for this Go\ lrnment had withdrawn himself
therefrom, and from the ctdutis tlhreof, without His Majesty's
leave, and without permission !fom the said Thomas Picton
and Samuel Hood, or any consultation with His Majesty's
Council of this Island. l'hlerefore, by and with the advice of
His Majesty's said Coumcil. proclaimilng and declaring, in
the name of tlic Junior ( :inmilssiom tliat they considered
the said William lFullarton no longer olliciating as one of
His Majesty's Commissioners in the Government of this
Island, and requiring all persons, Civil and Military, to
govern themselves accordingly.
Now, His Majesty's loyal subjects arc hereby informed,
that the said Proclamation of the 27th of April, contains a
direct violation of the King's Authority, and tends to excite
the Inhabitants of this Island to disobedience and insurrec-
tion ; that the First Commissioner nc\er did withdraw from
his duty, nor act without the King's leave ; on the contrary,
he proceeded on a Survey, and other matters necessary to
enable him to fulfil the objects specified by I-.; Majesty's
Commands. On the I2th of March he stated to the Junior
Commissioners, in writing, the public objects which would
require his temporary absence from Port-of-Spain ; and on
the 2 1th of March, lie laid the communication in question
before His Majesty's Council, who never intimated to him
any objection on this subject.
It is further notified, that a Dispatch, dated the 23rd of
April has been received from the Right Honourable
Lord Hobart, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for
the Colonial Department, intimating that B.G. Picton, having
applied to be relieved from the duties of a Commissioner,
His Majesty had been graciously pleased to acquiesce in
And with a view of providing, as much as possible,
against any misconception of the powers of the respective
Commissioners, his Lordship had His Majesty's Commands
to signify to them, that it was his Pleasure, that the Command
of the Militia should be held solely by Mr. Fullarton, in like
manner as it is held by the several Governors in the West
Indies ; and that, as First Commissioner, Mr. Fullarton,
should represent the Executive Government in the intervals
bet ween the Meetings of the Commissioners in Council, but
subject to the control of the Majority, and making the
opinioiis of such Majority, duly recorded upon the Minutes
of( C(ouncil, tlhe rule of his conduct. All orders that might be
issued in tie intervals betwCeen the Meetings of Council, and
lr tl)e promulgation of which the Public Secretary might
not already have reccivcd instructions, were to proceed from
the First Conmmissioner, and must be respected in the same
lmatier as if they procccded from the Board of Commissioners,
until tlhe sh iuld be revoked by their authority. And if it
should at uan time happen, that the Military Commissioner
should be abs:ent irom the Island, and that no other General
Ollicer should at the time be employed upon the Staff of the
Island, whenever such a case might occur, it was His Majesty's
Pleasure, that the Military Command should devolve on the
First Commissioner, in like manner as it hath been provided
for in all His Majesty's Governments in the West Indies.
The First Commissioner need hardly enjoin the dutiful
and loyal subjects of Trinidad, Civil and Military, to give
due obedience to these Orders of His Majesty.
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