THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 312.
A Proclamation by the Governor General of the French Leeward
Islands in America.
Source :-Tobago, a Geographical Description with Natural
and Civil History. London. Anon. (? 1750).
December 7th, I748.
Charles de Thebuies de Levi, de Pestil, de Grimouard;
Marquis de Caylus, Knight of the Order of St. John of
Jerusalem and of the Royal and Military Order of
St. Louis ; Commander in Chief of His Majesty's ships ;
His Governor and Lieutenant General of the Islands of
Martinico, Guadeloupe, Grande and Petit Terre, Deseada,
Marie Galante, the Saintes, Dominica, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent, Bequia, Canaouan, Grenade and of all the
Islands and Islets commonly called the Grenadillos,
Tobago, St. Bartolomew, St. Martin, Cayan and the
Continent comprehended between the River Amazon and
the River Orenoque.
The Island of Tobago commonly called Tobaco, one of
those under Our Government, indisputably belonging to
His Majesty and the property which he has in it having been
authentically acknowledged by Treaties and no Prince or
Sovereign Power whatever laying any pretensions to the
Sovereignty or Dominion of the same, has obliged Us to give
no credit to an information we have received that a small
frigate styling herself English and authorised by certain
pretended powers issued from the Governor of Barbados, has
been about a month since at the Island of Tobago and there
clandestinely stuck up on trees in different parts of the same,
a pretended proclamation importing that Mr. Grenville,
Governor of Barbados, who in the same proclamation calls
himself without any foundation, Governor of St. Lucia,
Dominica, St. Vincent and Tobago with all the other Islands,
Colonies and Plantations in America commonly called and
known by the name of the Charibbee Islands, which Islands
and Plantations nevertheless belonged indisputably to His
Majesty, had ordered the inhabitants of Tobago, who are all
subjects of His Majesty, to quit the same in the space of
thirty days giving them to understand that they must expect
military execution in case of their non compliance.
The nature of such an act and the terms in which it is
conceived put it out of all doubt that it could ever have
proceeded from the Governor of Barbados but that it is the
work of some evil disposed persons and determines us to
waive the demand for satisfaction from the pretended author
thereof who in all probability had no hand in it.
Nevertheless it being necessary to hinder any person of
what quality, condition, nation soever they may be, from
falling into the snare laid for them
We now Declare to all subjects of His Majesty who are
settled upon the said Island of Tobago as well White as
Indian, Negroes, Mulattos, Mestees and all others that it may
concern, that we will defend them against the attempts that
any nation strangers to us, may form against the said Island
and that we will send them such quantity of ammunition and
provisions as they may stand in need of.
We prohibit their having any correspondence or dealing
with neighboring Colonies belonging either to the English,
Dutch or Danes or to suffer any of them to continue among
them or to permit their coming ashore in the said Island of
Tobago until such time as we have sent a Commanding
Officer with regular troops for their protection and defence.
It is Our Will that these presents be read, published and
set up in all the quarters of the said Island of Tobago that no
person whatever may plead ignorance of the same.
Given under Our Seal at Arms and the Countersign of
Our First Secretary.
LE MARQUIS DE CAYLUS.
December 7th, 1748.
By His Lordship's Command,