THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 320.
Instructions from the King of France to the Marquis de Caylus,
Governor of Martinique.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 32819.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the French.
October 2isi, 1749.
MONSIEUR LE MARQUIS DE CAYLUS.
Our good brother the King of Great Britain having
advanced pretensions to the Island of St. Lucia which
incontestably belongs to me and also to Dominica and
St. Vincent, the possession of which is assured to the Caribs
indigenous to those Islands by the Treaty of March 31st, 1660,
it was agreed in 1731 with His Britannic Majesty that until
these pretensions were resolved, these three Islands should be
evacuated as well by the French as by the English and the
orders we sent on the one side and the other were notified
in 1733 and 1735 to the respective subjects living at St. Lucia.
As no further decision has been reached in this matter and
as the King of Great Britain has advanced similar pretensions
to the Island of Tobago, the propriety of which is vested in
me by adequate title, I have agreed with His Britannic
Majesty to submit all these pretensions for early decision by
Commissaries appointed for this purpose by the one and the
other side; pending the decision the said Islands are to be
evacuated by both nations.
I send you this letter so that you may understand that my
wish is that you notify any of my subjects that have settled in
any of these said. Islands of St. Lucia, Tobago, Dominica and
St. Vincent to leave within thirty days from the date of
publication of your orders in each of the said Islands.
At the same time you should not execute these orders
until the Governor of Barbados has received similar orders
from His Britannic Majesty so that conjointly with you, they
may be put into force without exception.
You should take care thalt this is arrivedd out completely
and also take care that foreign vessels do not frequent the
said Islands except for relieving their necd for wood and
water. You should take all necessary measures to prevent the
vessels of my subjects going there save for the same purpose
and you will report to me what has been done to give effect
to my orders and to those of His Britannic Majesty.
May God preserve you.