THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 273.
The Secretary of State to the Officer Commanding His Majesty's
Troops in the Leeward Islands.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
PARLIAMENT STREET, LONDON,
9th September, 1796.
SIR RALPH ABERCROMBY.
I enclose to you by the King's command the copy of a
letter written by me on the 2nd of this month to lhe Lords
Commissioners of the Admiralty by which you will perceive
that although war has not actually commenced with Spain,
it is considered as inevitable.
As instructions in conformity to this letter have been sent
to the Officer Commanding His Majesty's Naval Forces on
the Leeward Islands Station, I am to desire that you will
furnish him with an)y assistance in your power or intelligence
you may receive, to enable him to act upon them. Should
any plan be formed against the possessions or forces of Spain
in which you can take a part or be in any manner useful, it
is His Majesty's pleasure that you should assist and cooperate
with the navy in the execution thereof to the utmost of
I am, &c.,