THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 335.
The Governor General to the Secretary of State for War.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers War Office.
Published by the courts of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
November 2uth, 1764.
1 arrived here on the 23rd of last month and proposed to
have proceeded in a few days to Grenada but found so strong
a dread of Tobago on the report of its unhealthiness and so
universal a determination of both rich and poor against
settling it, although it is the first object of His Majesty's
Instructions to the Commissioners, that I thought it my
indispensable duty to remain here some time and to do my
utmost to change this spirit into a more favourable one. I am
happy in thinking that my endeavours have not proved
unsuccessful for there is now a foundation laid for settlement
which could never take place to any degree but from this
Tomorrow I sail for Tobago on my way to Grenada with
all persons of this place who are desirous of being the first
settlers and hope to find Lieutenant Governor Brown (whom
I despatched thither on the 9th inst.) possessed of a very
healthy and commodious bay which has been discovered on
the Windward side.
I shall not fail to concert with him the best measures
I can for the reception and healthy accommodation of such
Companies of the Regiment expected from England as it may
he necessary to quarter in that Island; as I shall in general,
Sir, use my utmo.,t endeavours for the preservation of all
His Majesty's Troops throughout the Government, who I
fear have already suffered but too much, not only from the
nature of the climate but also from the badness of lodging
and the unhealthful situation of the places where they have
I have the honour to be at all times with the greatest
respect and esteem,
Your most obliged and obedient, humble servant,
The Right Honourable
WELLBORE ELLIS, ESQ.,
Secterary ofState for War.