Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
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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.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00276
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Publication No. 288.

An Extract from a Report by Captain Cooper of H.M.S. Lynn.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
C.O. 28/18.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.

November i5th, 1724.

Upon my arrival here, which was upon the 3oth October,
I met a French schooner coming into the Bay, upon which
I sent Lieutenant Master on board her to know what she was
and whence she came. Upon his coming aboard the said
schooner, the people informed him that they belonged to
Martinique and came last from Tobago where they had been
turtling and that they had been robbed by an English Sloop
of all their turtle, being 22 in number, their nets, clothes
and several other things and that although the people that
so robbed them, intimated as though they belonged toJamaica,
yet they had great reason to believe they belonged to this
Island and accordingly came here to inform themselves
and make their complaint of their having been robbed.
Lieutenant Master thereupon asked if they knew the
vessel again if they should see her and any of the people
belonging to the said vessel; upon which they answered yes and
accordingly described the vessel to him with the number of
men, withal acquainting him that the Master of the schooner
was gone on shore to the Governor to make his complaint.
Lieutenant Master having signified as already mentioned
to me, I ordered him on board the ship again and waited
until the return of the Master of the schooner from the Governor
who, about some four hours after, came on board my ship
and complained in the like manner as already observed and

desired justice of me in presence of the Collector of Customs
and my Officers and that being apprehensive that the people,
who had robbed him, would make away with his turtle,
nets, clothes and other things they had been robbed of.
desired that I would secure the said vessel which the Master
and his people offered to swear was the same vessel that they
had been robbed by and which indeed proved to be the
very same, until there should be a strict enquiry made into
the matter.

Upon which application of the Master and finding all
circumstances agree as to the information I had received,
at his request I sent on board the vessel to see if anybody
had taken possession of her, imagining that upon the complaint
that had been made to the Governor, especially of such a
nature which I apprehended would amount to piracy, he
would have ordered her to be secured till the people had
made their innocency appear ; but finding only six negroes
and a mulatto man aboard her and without one white person
at all, I ordered a midshipman and four men to take possession
of her and not to suffer anybody at all to come aboard her
till further orders from me ; which was not attempted by
anybody till 24 hours after such possession, everybody for
that time having absconded from her from the sense of their
own guilt.
However in the space of the above-mentioned time,
the Master came alongside the vessel in an insolent manner
and demanded to come on board the vessel menacing that
he would have possession of her that last night but being
refused, returned without making the least application to me
for what reason his vessel was seized or detained.

Soon after the Master of the schooner applied to me
desiring that he might have leave to visit the vessel by which
he had been robbed, which I consented, ordering proper
people to witness what search was made in hopes of finding
some of the effects that he had been so robbed of. Accordingly
search being made, he actually found his own nets, some of
the turtles backs and several other things that he challenged
and offered to depose were his goods that he had been robbed
of by the same vessel and the same people when turtling at
During the time the same vessel was in my possession,
a severe gale of wind came up at south, south west with so
great a swell and continued for five days and notwithstanding
the utmost care and diligence used,- she parted her cables
and was stranded with four or five more vessels, amongst


which number the French schooner likewise shared the same
fate so that the poor unhappy people by coming here to
demand justice for the robbery committed upon them, are
deprived of the only dependance of a comfortable livlihood
and subsistence for their poor families and although wrecked
in a Christian country, have not yet had the least subsistence
to keep them from starving more than what I have supplied
them with myself. I have taken them on board this ship
under my command, they being ten in number, and intend
to transport them to Martinique as soon as possible.

I have thought proper to enclose tor their Lordship's
information certain affitdavits concerning this affair which
I hope, with what I have aheady said, will be approved by
their Lordships and that the steps and methods I have taken
in this affair, have had no other appearance but the discharging
that part of my duty as enjoined by their Lordships and that
I had just cause for seizing and securing the said vessel which
happens since unfortunately, by stress of wind and weather,
to be lost.

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