THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 368.
Sir Thomas Lynch, Governor of Jamaica lo the Lords of Trade and
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C.O. 49.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
August 29th, 1682.
A week ago here arrived, My Lords, a ship of the Duke of
Courland with his Agent, Mons Hesselberg, the Master and
seamen all Englishmen. They came from Tobago which
that Duke pretends to own and settle and that, for aught
1 see, with His Majesty's subjects for this ship was in distress
at Barbados and there found credit for 50o lbs. to fit her out
and thence she went to Tobago with 135 English passengers.
She was to load wood and then return thither for more but
by bad weather she was driven hither where finding no credit
she must be laid up and sold.
They tell me that some letter of the King's procured them
the faxvour and credit at Barbados which I wonder at, for
every new colony prejudices His Majesty and the Nation and
his subjects settled there are lost.
Tobago is but ,5 leagues south west of Barbados and if a
little settled and secured, it will be sufficiently supplied by the
Dutch that can sell European goods thirty per cent. cheaper
than we and will pay dearer for American goods so that the
Island will by sloops supply Barbados and ruin the trade
The neighborhood of Statia, Saba and Curacoa and the
French Islands to our Leeward Caribee Islands has done the
customs and trade of England, much hurt.
Our French neighbours will not hurt us in that way for
they are the most rafinious and unpracticable people of that
nation. They have piratically taken two or three of our
vessels and a sloop the other day but the ship stopping at
Petit Guavos to deliver a letter, was confiscated.
The French are settled all around Hispaniola but thinly
and only plant tobacco. They intend cruising chiefly and are
so mated that one stays to plant while the other seeks