THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 315.
The Commandeur of Essequibo to the Dutch West India Company.
Source :-The Report of the English Commission on the British
Guiana-Venezuela Boundary. Volume III. i896.
April Ioth, 1749.
Inclosed is a copy of a proclamation which has been
placarded by the Marquis of Caylus, the Governor of
Martinique, all over the Island of Tobago ; the original of
which was torn down there by Captain Sayer commanding
His Britannic Majesty's warship the Richmond and sent to me
by Mr. Gedney Clarke on the 6th of this month. From this
Your Lordships will see plainly that it is the firm intention of
the French to establish themselves there-an intention which
they have already carried out.
The title of Governor of the Continent from the River
Amazon to the River Orenoquc in which district Surinam,
Berbice and this Colony are situated, and which that Marquis
gives himself, seems to me somnewha strange although the
title itself is of little importance when it is not accompanied
by immediate possession and I would by no means grudge him
the title of Governor of Tobago in the same manner as that
of these Colonies where he has the title and we the possession.
LAURENS STORMS VAN GRAVESANDE.