THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 343.
The Commission of the Governor General of Grenada for a General
Council in Tobago.
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.
TOBAGO. By His Excellency ROBERT MIELVILL, Esq.,
Captain General and Governor in Chief
in and over all the Southern Charibbec
Islands of Grenada, the Grenadines,
Dominica, St. Vincent and Tobago in
America, Chancellor, Ordinary and
Vice-Admiral of the same, etc., etc.
To Roderick Gwyn, Esq., His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor
of the said Island, Robert Stewart, James Simpson,
Benjamin Brown, Archibald Kennedy, Peter Campbell,
Michael Croker, John Leith, Charles Irvine, Hugh
Russell, James Duncan and John Hamilton Esquires.
Whereas I am empowered b) His Majesty's Royal
Instructions upon particular occasions and exigencies to
appoint a number of persons residing within the said Island
sufficient to make up a quorum, to be Members of His
Majesty's General Council of the said Island for the purpose
of transacting and doing all necessary affairs and business
within the said Island of Tobago relative to such exigencies.
And Whereas from the increase of inhabitants, the number
of settlements and of slaves placed thereupon, it has become
highly expedient and will be greatly for the benefit and
advantage of the said Island and conduce much for the speedy
settling thereof that a regular system of police should be
established therein as well with regard to the government and
subjection of such slaves as for the general ordering and
government of the said Island which system cannot be amply
be effected but by persons constantly resident within the said
Island of Tobago and perfectly cognisant of the particular
situation and circumstances thereof.
Now Know Ye in order to promote these desirable ends,
I have thought fit and I do hereby in virtue of the power
vested in me and by and with the advice of His Majesty's
General Council of our said Southern Charibbee Islands,
appoint you the said Roderick Gwyn, Esq., Robert Stewart,
James 'impson, Benjamin Brown, Archibald Kennedy, Peter
Campbell, Michael Croker, John Leith, Charles Irvine
Hugh Russell, James Duncan and John Hamilton, in whose
loyalty, integrity and abilities I have especial trust and
confidence, to be Members of the said General Council and a
quorum thereof for the particular purpose only of framing
and preparing such Ordinances as you may from time to time
judge expedient for the good government and order of the
said Island of Tobago, taking care that the same be agreeable
and consistent with the powers vested by the Royal Instructions
in the said General Council, which you are from time to time
to transmit to me in order that the same may be laid before
His Majesty's said General Council at the Island of Grenada
for their advice and consent thereon; to have, hold, exercise
and enjoy during the space of three months from this date or
until my pleasure shall be signified to the contrary within the
said Island of Tobago only, all the powers, privileges and
authority relative to the particular objects of this my appoint-
ment, usually exercise and enjoyed in His Majesty's other
And I Do Further order and direct that in the case of the
death or absence of any of you at any time when business
may require you to sit as a quorum of the said Council, that
the remaining six of you shall be a sufficient number to make
such quorum nevertheless requiring the whole of you to be
present as often as your own indispensable avocations
And in all matters you are to govern yourselves according
to the instructions you shall receive hercwith or hereafter
receive from me or the Commander in Chief for the time
being of these Islands.
Given under My Hand and the Great Seal
of the Southern Charibbee Islands.
At Grenada the fifteenth day of
February, I76e, in the eighth year of
His Majesty's Reign.