THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 251.
Sir George Hill, Governor of Trinidad to The Right Honourable
E. G. Stanley.
Duplicate Despatches No. g1 of 1834. Published by the courtesy
of His Excellency the Governor of Trinidad.
No. 19. iIth February, 1834.
On the 31st December, the American Schooner Harmony
Chadwich Master arrived at this Port from Nantucket and
asked permission to take Whales in the Gulph of Paria.
The whale fishery within the Gulph has for some years
past afforded profitable employment to the inhabitants of
this Island and a petition was presented to me praying that
I would not allow the American to participate in it.
I could not find any Act or Treaty authorizing me to
prevent American vessels from fishing in this Gulplh-I did
not feel justified therefore in doing more than refusing to
grant to Chaptain Chadwich a distinct permission or a
recognition of his right to fish warning him at the same time
that he must not make use of our shores or harbors to land
or boil fish in the prosecution of his employment and that
if he kept hovering within three miles of the Coast he must
be obliged to come into Port--He sailed in consequence
for the Shores of the Spanish Main.
I request instructions for my guidance in future in similar
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient, humble Servant,
The Right Hon'ble (Sgd.) G. F. HILL.
E. G. Stanley,
&c., &c., &c.