THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 297.
Sir Ralph Woodjord to Earl Bathiirs/. Cost of fortifications at Point
Gourde and Fort George.
Source :-Red House, Port-of-Spain. Trinidad Duplicate
Published by the courtesy of His Excellenc tIhe Governor.
No. 41. PORT-OF-SPAIN.
.st August, 1814.
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Despatch
No. 3o relative to the Claims of the Colony upon the Board
I have been hitherto prevented from transmitting to Your
Lordship any Account of the expenses incurred at Point
Gourde, or Fort George, in Consequence of the Accounts
of the TreasurN having been destroyed by the fire in 1808.
but I think it was reported by Major General Hislop in
April 1805 that Chaguaramas had then cost 74,000 Currency,
and Fort George at that early period of its being Commenced.
Large Sums were collected by General Hislop from
The Planters for that undertaking and many thousand days
labor furnished by the Negroes. And at this moment altho'
the only expense incurred by The Board of Ordnance on that
work as appears by the inclosure No. 2 amounts to 768. 4.
Currency, and the remainder consequently by the Colony,
the Officers of The Ordnance proceed in the Buildings without
anv reference to this Government.
I have therefore concluded the whole is under their
Charge, and from the situation in which I have found myself
in relation to The Major General in Command of the Troops,
I have not considered it a part of my duty to inspect or report
upon the State of Defence of that Field Position.
By the inclosures which The Ordnance Officers have
transmitted to me Your Lordship will perceive that the removal
of the Building at Point Gourde took place since my arrival,
altho unknown to me, & that the Valuation was made not
according to the Worth of the Buildings in their original
position, but in that to which it was found convenient b\
The Engineer to transport them.
They would have been of the greatest use to The Colony
at this moment, when a serious appearance of Leprosy has
induced me to order every spot to be examined which might
probably be fit for a Lazaretto, and on which I shall have
the honor of reporting more at large hereafter.
Of the lands alluded to in Mr. Crew's letter which could
not be sold for want of an Act of Parliament, I have had the
honor to request Your Lordship to obtain the Transfer to the
Colony without further difficulty.
The land is without doubt The King's, but if I am not
acquainted with the respective rights of the different Offices
of His Majesty's Government distinctions unknown to the
Spanish Law, and not recognized by it, Your Lordship will
forgive me and will I hope nevertheless be equally disposed
to support my present suggestion.
I have the honor to be.
Your Lordship's Obedient
and faithful Servant,