THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 272.
A Safe Conduct for La Belle Angelique to Trinidad to collect
Natural History specimens.
Source :-Voyage aux Iles de Teneriffe, La Trinite, Sainte
Thomas et Porto Rico. Andre Pierre Ledru, 181o.
28th June, 1796.
(Translated from the French.)
Monsieur Charreticr, the Agent in London for the French
Prisoners of War having represented to us by order of the
persons who exercise in France the powers of Government,
that there exists in the Spanish Island of Trinidad an
important collection of Natural History specimens belonging
to a Frenchman named Baudin who had collected them after
much research in many countries
And that the said Baudin wishes to bring this collection
from Trinidad to France on a ship of which he will take the
command, named La Belle Angelique of 700 to 800 tons and
fitted out in Havre for this purpose and that the crew will
consist of 50 men with a botanist, a naturalist and a gardener
who will be carried for the purpose of taking care of the
collection and preserving it
Monsieur Charretier therefore has asked for a permission
to authorise this said Captain to carry out the proposed
voyage from Havre to Trinidad and to return from the Island
to France and to guarantee freedom from any delay or
interference by the cruisers of His Majesty which may be
encountered provided that he complies strictly with the terms
of his mission and that he take part in no mercantile
transactions nor in any other affair save that mentioned above
Now we therefore acceding to the above request, order by
these presents all Captains and Commanders of ships and
vessels of war of His Majesty which may encounter this vessel,
to offer no interference nor cause any delay but to allow the
vessel to continue freely on its course
Given under our hand and the seal of the Admiralty
28th June, 1796.
Signed by the Lords of the Admiralty