THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 367.
The Governor of Barbados to the Lords for Trade and Plantations.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C.O. 48.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
January 3rd, 1682.
Yesterday there was a vessel that came hither from
St. Lucia who went thither upon design to cut wood but some
of the natives of the place fell upon them and killed four of
them and forced them thence so that I have now given my
commands that no more vessels are to go thither but such as
are furnished with a good number of men with good arms to
justify the labourers that cut the wood against the like attempt
The Duke of Curland has sent a Governor with a couple
of ships and about Ioo men to resettle Tobago which touched
at this place to be provided with some necessary provision but
in case there be not great care taken for speedy recruits to
him, the unhcalthfulness of the place and their wants will
force them to quit it again in a little time though the Indians
.should not attempt them who will not want intelligence of
their weakness nor resolution to improve the advantage.
My Lords, by the next ship that goes hence I shall send
the proceedings of Your Council and Assembly.
In the meantime I am in all duty, My Lords,
Your Lordships most obedient and most