THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 356.
A Petition from the Merchants of Tobago to the Lieutenant Governor.
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.
February ioth, 1776.
A Petition of the Merchants ol Tobago to
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR YOUNG praying
to be allowed to have representatives
in the Assembly.
This Petition showeth
That His Majesty's Commissioners for the sale and disposal
of lands in the ceded Islands in virtue of their instructions
from the Crown laid out certain parcels of land for towns in
the said Island and in particular the town of Scarborough and
Georgetown in the Island of Tobago.
That Your Petitioners of His Majesty's faithful subjects
have erected considerable edifices and buildings at great
expense in the said towns of Scarborough and Georgetown
and very important lasting improvements are daily being
carried on, as well for the benefits of commerce as for the use
and convenience of Your Petitioners and such strangers as
may happen to come among them.
That the said towns since the first settlement of the Island
have become populous and are daily increasing in industrious
inhabitants, their trade iL also considerable and must necessarily
increase with the settlement of the Colony and although
Your Petitioners form a very considerable part of the inhabitants
of the said Island, at present are not represented in the
General Assembly nor is the commercial interest of the said
Island represented otherwise than by one Member for the
town of Plymouth which, in point of settlement and importance,
is inconsiderable when compared with the said towns and it
being a privilege enjoyed by His Majesty's subjects resident
in the principal towns of all the other Charibbee Islands,
emboldens Your Petitioners to hope for Your Honour's aid
and assistance in endeavouring to obtain a representation by
two Members for the town of Scarborough and one Member
for the town of Georgetotwn in the House of Assembly of
the said Island.
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that Your Honour
will be pleased to take the premises into your consideration
and represent the same unto His Majesty in such way or
manner as to Your Honour may seem most speedy and
effectual in procuring unto Your Petitioners the right of
electing and choosing Representatives to sit in the House of
Assembly in the said Island for the said town at such place
or places and in such manner and form as Your Honour
thinks most proper for that purpose.
And Your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.,
Thomas Williams. Charles Ashwell. John Drysdale.
John Cook. Peter Campbell. Thomas Callow.
James Milne. William Graham. Thomas Porter.
Charles Keith. Jonas Shade. Matthew Stewart.
James Creighton. Hugh Chalmers. John Campbell.