THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 319.
Instructions from the King to Henry Grenville, Governor of Barbados.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 32819.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
October 19th, 1749.
Trusty and well beloved, We greet you well.
Whereas our good brother the Most Christian King, does
call in question the right we have to the propriety of the
Islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica and Tobago under
Now though we are persuaded that our right is justly
founded, yet we have thought fit to agree with His Most
Christian Majesty that the said Islands shall be entirely
evacuated by botn nations until the propriety thereof be
amicably determined by Commissaries appointed for that
It is therefore our will and pleasure and you are accordingly
to signify the same to such of our subjects as shall be found
inhabiting any of our said Islands that they do forthwith quit
the same until the right shall be determined as aforesaid and
that they do comply with this our order within thirty days
from the proclamation thereof in each of the said Islands
respectively under the pain of our highest displeasure and
you are to use your best endeavours that no ships of our
subjects or of any other nation do frequent the said Islands
during the time aforesaid except only for wood and water
But it is our will and pleasure that you do not execute
this our order until the French Governor of Martinique shall
have received the like directions from the French Court and
shall jointly with you, put the same into execution without
any exception and you are hereby ordered to transmit by
first opportunity, a full accounting of your proceedings as
between those of the French in this matter taking care by all
opportunities to inform yourself whether our subjects and
those of the French King, do punctually comply with the
true intent and meaning of the agreement until such time as
the right to the said Llands shall be absolutely determined
And for so doing this shall be your warrant and so we bid
Given at Our Court at Kensington,
October 19th, 1749.
By His Majesty's Command,