THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 323.
Report from Captain Bladwell of H.M.S. Rose to
Francis Htolbourne, Naval Commander at Barbados.
Source :--Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy I,;' her of the Public Records.
May 8th, 1751.
Agreeable to your orders of February I4th, I proceeded in
company with the Aquillon, Monsieur Le Comte de
Roquefouil, Commander, to thfe Island of Tobago where we
arrived on the ()th in Great (olander Bay.
The next morning I went ashore with the aforesaid Comte
and the Commissaries at Little Colander Bay ; there we read
the proclamations on each side for the evacuating the said
Island. There appeared four French fishermen to hear the
same. Monsieur Lcbourne, who was a planter here in July
last, has removed off the Island with his servants and effects
but his sheds are yet standing.
The next day I went in company with the aforesaid
gentleman to Little Rocklion Bay in the said Island and there
read the proclamations again. There were also four French
fishermen to hear the same who had very good sheds and
about half an acre of ground planted with corn, plantains and
other vegetables. I observed to these men that they had no
right to plant anything on this Island and they m:ght expect
that when the next King's ship came 'hat way, the sheds and
other things wou!d be destroyed.
I am, Sir,
Your most humble Servant,