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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 371.
.1 Petition to the King from Captain Poyntz.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C..(. 53.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
To THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
The humble petition of Captain Poyntz and Company in
relation to the settling of a plantation on the Island of Tobago
That the said Poyntz and Company understanding that
His Majesty had granted to the Duke of Courland, the Island
of Tobago under several covenants and conditions amongst
which that none but subjects of the said Duke and subjects
of His Majesty should be permitted there to dwell or inhabit
as by the said grant bearing date the i7th November, 1664
relation thereto being had, doth and may more at large appear
That upon due and mature consideration of which, the
said Poyntz and Company addressed themselves to the
Resident of the said Duke and obtained grant from the said
Duke of 120,000 acres of lands under several covenants and
conditions, relation thereto being had, it doth more at large
That sometime thereafter the said Poyntz and Company
did in St. James Park, acquaint His Majesty of the said grant
and what they did intend towards the settlement of the said
Island and did likewise petition His Majesty to approve such
persons as he thought fit to take their oath of allegiance and
supremacy and to show his pleasure in what colour they
That upon which His Majesty seemed well satisfied in the
matter and referred it to the Committee of Plantations before
whom lieth now the said petition and copies of the aforesaid
That these things being brought to this effort, the said
Poyntz and Company proceeded to put some servants
and goods aboard the Fountain of London, Elias Andrews
Commander, in order to proceed to Tobago; but the said
ship is stopped by order of His Majesty but by whose informa-
tion the said Poyntz and Company know not, being ignorant
of any offence they have done in prejudice to His Most
JNO. POYNTZ. THOMAS POYNTZ.
HENRY COOKMAN. SAM COOKMAN.