THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 361.
John Lucas Lyon, Agent of the Duke of Courland, to the King.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C.O. 30.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
April 7th, 1673.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY,
Whereas His Highness the Duke of Courland in the letter
he sends to your royal hands, seems to make chiefly mention
of his pretension concerning the accounts exhibited two years
since of what His Highness had formerly supplied Your
Majesty's occasions with in ammunition, artillery, corn,
vessels, &c., His Highness hath also commanded his agent
most humbly to represent unto Your Majesty that because
there is a strong repo t of great endeavours the Swedish
Mediators use to procure a general peace to Christendom
particularly between Your Majesty and the States General,
His Highness in the first place acknowledges himself infinitely
obliged to Your Majesty for all the royal favors showed him
and his house particularly that concerning the Island of
Tobago which the Hollanders have these 15 years wronglully
detained from him, Your Majesty hath been graciously
pleased on his behalf not only to send two letters at two several
times to the States General but also before this war began, to
recommend his concern s as to that matter to the care of your
then Ambassador to the States, Sir George Downing, which
opportunity questionless would have put a period to this
and all other disputes with them if they had had the grace
to take batter counsel than the) did.
Thus His Highness most humbly entreats Your Majesty to
be graciously pleased to continue your royal pleasure as to
have His Highness' concerns abovesaid in case of a Treaty, to
be inserted in the commission of those whom Your Majesty
shall be pleased to send that so if it shall please God to bless
their endeavours with a happy peace, His Highness may
likewise reap some fruit of the same being persuaded that if
he loses the said advantage, he shall not live to see the day
where he may attain to his Island again.
For although his own son the Prince is at present employed
by them, His Highness declares that as he never gave his
consent to it nor leave to make any levies for the States
General in Courland and Semingallia, so he puts very little
trust in their discretion, they having but lately made him
understand by his Envoy that the same quarrel touching
Tobago requires a legal trial as belonging to or concerning not
themselves but some private persons (meaning the Lambsons
who first disposscd His Highness of the Island) an answer
which he did not expect at a time when the heavy hand of
God still acts against them for such unjust dealings.
His Highness likewise expects to understand that Your
Majesty for the reason abovesaid will not admit any sinister
construction concerning his son having a command at present
under His Highness the Prince of Orange but if he shall be
informed with one word to the contrary, he will immediately
recall him and make known to him his indignation upon such
a resolution he took without his will or knowledge.
JOHN LUCAS LYON,
Agent to His Highness
April 7th, 1673. the Duke of Courland.