I 23/4/1805. I
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 386.
A Petition from the Council of Government to the Governor of Trinidad.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.C.O.298/2.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
23rd April, 1805.
His Majesty's Council under the Honourable John Nihell
as a Committee of the Whole Council.
To His Excellency Brigadier General Thomas
Hislop, Lieutenant-Governor and Com-
mander-in-Chief of the Island of Trinidad
and its Dependencies, etc.
The Address of His Majesty's Council of the said Island
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY
His Majesty's Council having resolved themselves into
a Committee of the whole Board to take into consideration
the situation of the Colony and the inadequacy of its revenue
to extricate itself from its present embarrassments, have
most seriously and with the greatest attention considered
thereon and find that the only revenue of the Colony is that
which is extracted from the 31 per cent. duties on imports
;Imd exports, being nearly the same as existed at the capture
of the Island by His Majesty's Troops under the command
of the late Sir Ralph Abercromby of illustrious memory
and which was continued by him by his proclamation to
That the revenue had continued dully adequate to all
the wants of the Colony and all the purposes of government
until the appointment of the Commissioners for the
Government of the Island with other officers and large
salaries created such demands on it as swallowed up the
savings of former years.
That the revenue derived from this duty has increased
within the last 12 months from the great attention which
has been paid to the collection of it in conformity to the
instructions received from the Right Honourable Lord Hobart,
His Majesty's then principal Secretary of State for the Colonies.
That the great and spirited exertions made by Your
Excellency since your arrival in the Colony for its protection
and defence and more particularly and conspicuously during
our late apprehensions from the enemy, have considerably
increased our expenses and must have a large debt to be
That the embarrassments of the Colony proceed from a
deficiency in the existing revenue as well as from its
insufficiency to answer demands created by extraordinary
His Majesty's Council therefore in the full conviction of
the good policy of always meeting difficulties and that they
are always lessened by making immediate provision for the
removal of them and that no other means will so well answer
that salutary purpose as a power being vested in Your
Excellency and His Majesty's Council to raise by impost
or otherwise as they may think wise and prudent, a sum
sufficient to the discharge of the demands against the Colony
and for such as may arise in future cases of emergency, beg
leave to address Your Excellency and to request that Your
Excellency will be pleased to represent the same in such
manner as Your Excellency may judge most advisable to
the Right Honourable Lord Camden, His Majesty's Principal
Secretary of State for the Colonies that the same may be
laid before His Majesty for His Royal consideration.