THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 387.
Instructions to Lieutenant Colonel Lopinot, A.D.C. to the Governor.
Source:-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial C.O.298/5.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
14th January, 1813.
To LIEUTENANT COLONEL LOPINOT, A.D.C. TO HIS EXCELLENCY.
In consequence of an official notice I have received
yesterday the 13th inst from Don Juan Gavazzo, Commandant
of the Village and Coast of Guiria for His Catholic Majesty
importing that a number of people of colour and vagabonds
of other classes living under the protection of this Government,
have rendezvoused at the Island of Chacachacare with the
intent of attacking the Spanish Continent by a military
expedition under the orders of St. Jago Marino who is the
principal proprietor of that Island, I have deemed it expedient
for His Majesty's service to order you to go to the Island of
Chacachacare and take information on this singular occurrence
of which no suspicion founded has been reported to me.
And as it has been reported that this assembly of vagabonds
is numerous and may be disposed to resist your orders, I deem
it proper to order a detachment of the First West Indian
Regiment to accompany you under the command of Captain
Nixon to be employed as circumstances may require.
On your arrival at Chacachacare you will immediately
repair to the dwelling house of Mr. Marino and make known
to him the object of your mission and should you find
Mr. Gavazzo's complaint founded in any degree, you are
to order immediately the persons assembled (of whatever
class they may be) to disperse and in case of resistance or
insolence, you will apply to Captain Nixon for military aid
to carry your orders into execution doing so with as little
injury to those reflactors as the case will admit ; but should
they quietly submit and repair each to his respective home,
there is no more to be said.
It having been this day reported that the expedition
(as it is called) had already proceeded to the Main in breach
of the repeated orders of this Government respecting neutrality
-should you find it so and that St. Jago Marino has
accompanied it-you will in that case leave his house and
property in charge of Captain Nixon and his detachment
and repair immediately here with your report.
Captain Nixon of course must be there at discretion until
provisions and further orders be forwarded to him.
I am, etc.,
WILL MONROE, MAJOR-GENERAL,
Administering the Government.
On 15th January, 1813, Lieutenant Colonel J. Lopinot
reported that he had been to Chacachacare and found no
expedition nor any sign of such an expedition. Mr. St. Jago
Marino himself was absent but the five principal persons at the
Island denied that any expedition had been there.