THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 339.
The Governor General of Grenada to the Secretary of State.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
July 26th, 1766.
I am very sorry to inform Your Lordship of the death of
Lieutenant Governor Brown on the gth instant after a very
This is a public misfortune so sensibly felt and sincerely
lamented by the Officers of the garrison and the few purchasers
who have been actual settlers in Tobago that it even threatens
a very detrimental retardment if not a total miscarriage of
that infant Colony unless he be speedily replaced by a
gentleman not only of experience in West Indian affairs but
of known probity, judgement, steadiness and public spirit.
As such in every respect, I have wrote to Mr. Pringle, now
at Dominica, who is next in Council to Mr. Ottley, the present
Acting Lieutenant Governor of St. Vincent and have pressed
him much to accept of my temporary appointment to the
Lieutenant Government for very urgent public reasons and
promised him that if he would undertake this troublesome,
unprofitable and indeed at this season, uncomfortable and
dangerous task, he should have justice done him by my
transmitting the strongest recommendation of him for the
The Gentleman who now commands is the Captain of the
Garrison, to my particular knowledge a very brave Officer
and one who has always been on the very best footing with
me but I could not do him or myself or the public, strict
justice if I represented the rearing of an infant colony on a
civil plan, to be the fittest object of his disposition and talents.
I have the honour to be with the greatest respect,
Your Lordship's most obedient and most