THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 363.
Petition from Christian Gayner 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.
May 7th, 1673.
To the King's Most Excellent Majesty and His Majesty's
Most Honourable Privy Council
The humble petition of Christian Gayner, the relict of
William Gayner of Leitrim in the county of Longford in
Ireland, deceased and the Assignee of Katherine, her daughter,
Administratrix of your petitioner's said husband, her father.
Showeth that your petitioner's husband was in Anno 1633
employed by the head planters, the owners of the Island of
Tobago alias New Walcheren, Zealanders, to recover the said
Island from the Spaniards and improve the same and being
commissioned by His Highness the Prince of Aurange there-
unto, he performed this accordingly whereby the said Island
becoming considerable, the said owners employed one
Luke Pole, master of a ship called the New Walcheren and
divers other persons, to disseize your petitioner's said husband
(he being Your Majesty's natural liege subject and an alien
to them) of his government of the Island and to place one
Cornelis de Moor, son of John de Moor one of the owners of
the said Island, in the government of the same.
For the effecting of which when the said Luke Pole ai i\ cd
at the said Island in Anno 1636, he invited your petiticlcr's
said husband to dine with him on board his ship who theIcuFLn
going on shipboard was seized uFon by the said .uke Pole,
clapt under the hatches, had irons hung upon him of dijrs
hundredweight, was proclaimed a traitor in the said Island,
displaced of his government and had effects of above
10,000 pounds sterling value taken from him by the said
Luke Pole and his said confederates and after 11 months time
set on shore at the Island of St. Christopher where repairing
to the Governor for relief, upon the addresses of the Head
Planters unto the States of Zealand and the States of Holland
unto the Governor of St. Christophers, it was obtained that
your petitioner's said husband should be remitted into Zealand
Where finding after tedious suits at law at Flushing
against those Head Planters, the owners, and against those
whom they had commissioned to destroy your petitioner's
said husband as above, that he could not have justice done
there, he repaired as was regular, to the Provincial Senate of
Holland where also being failed of justice, your petitioner's
said husband appealed to the High Council of the Supremacy
of Holland and Zealand and Friesland at the Hague who on
the 4th ofJune, 1662 decreed to your petitioner's said husband
all the damages which he had sustained by the want and loss
by taking away his goods which he had in the said ship and
on the Island, to be paid by each of the defendants in solidum,
reserving for such as should satisfy your petitioner's said
husband, the said dues against their fellow senators and
Head Planters whereby they might equalize the charges
amongst themselves, as by the signed decree under the great
seal of the said States (which your petitioner humbly offers
to show) the same may be made manifest.
But however your petitioner's said husband could nevcr
obtain from the said High Court execution of the said decree
upon their goods according to right he ought to have nor
could he ever seize their persons to effect, they being tco
considerable who were concerned.
Your petitioner therefore humbly prays Your Majesty and
the Most Honourable Privy Council that you will be pleased
to cause the premises to be taken into particular consideration
at the Treaty of Peace intended shortly to be had between
Your Majesty, the Most Christian King and the United
Provinces of the Netherlands so as your petitioner may have
execution of the decree according as your petitioner's said
husband ought to have had.
And your petitioner, as in duty bound, shall