THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 344.
The Governor General 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.
April i6th, 1768.
I have the honour to transmit herewith to Your Lordship,
a copy of a petition which I received some time since from
the principal proprietors of lands in the Island of Tobago
requesting me to appoint a separate Council for that Island.
I thought it proper and expedient to lay the petition
before His Majesty's General Council for their advice who,
though they thought with me that no separate Council
could be established for that Island according to my powers
from His Majesty unless at the same time the Legislature
should be completed by a House of Assembly, yet they were
unanimously of opinion that in virtue of a clause in my
Additional Instructions dated May 9th, 1764 whereby upon
particular occasions and exigencies I am authorised to appoint
such a number of persons as may be sufficient to make a
quorum in any of the Islands where a sufficient quorum of
the Council are not present, to act pro tempore during such
exigency, I might therefore with propriety appoint a
Committee for the said Island but for a limited time only
and to be renewed from time to time afterwards if found
I have accordingly appointed the Lieutenant Governor
with eleven of the most considerable resident inhabitants to be
Councillors pro tempore by an instrument under the Seal of
the Government, a copy whereof is sent herewith to Your
Lordship, which number in the present state of that Island
is not more than sufficient to support a quorum.
This temporary establishment has already proved a great
encouragement to the resident proprietors and by a renewal
of it from timr to timw, they may have the means of framing
and transmitting hither the heads of Ordinances to be passed
by the Government with the advice of the General Council
for their welfare and good government, I mean, as far as
that can be effected without the support of money which,
as Your Lordship knows, (cannot be raised by the inhabitants
before the compileion of hecir Legislature for which the
number of resident proprietors is not vet sufficient.
But I hope it will soon be so as the Island has really a
great deal of good soil in it and all its present inhabitants are
so industrious and unanimous and free from the ill effects of
factious combinations which has so long distressed and
disgraced two of them, that there is a great prospect of Tobago
becoming soon a valuable Colony.
I have the honour to be with great respect,
Your Lordships most obedient and most
The Right Honourable
THE EARL OF HILLSBOROGCII.