THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 894.
Sir Ralph Woodford to Earl Bathurst. Governor's Authority to ask
for Ammunition to be supplied to Militia questioned.
Source:-The Red House, Port-of-Spain. Trinidad Duplicate
Published by the Courtesy of His Excellency the Governor.
No. 34 PORT-OF-SPAIN
17 June 1814.
Having made application to the Commander of the
forces on the Leeward Island Station to give Orders for the
supply of Ammunition to the Militia, agreeably to the directions
of the Board of Ordinance of the 4th February, I have the
honor to report to Your Lordship that Sir Geo. Beckwith
considers the Expression of Mr. Crew's Letter J" for Service "
as applying purely to the Meeting an Enemy, but as I could
not think it necessary to make an application for a Service
of so unquestionable a nature, but as I had the honor to
express myself to Your Lordship in my first application
" for Practise ; I shall be thankful to Your Lordship to
cause the present difficulties to be remedied.
There are also many certain feasts of the Catholic Church
in which it is usual for the Militia to fire as well as upon
the Royal Birth days for which the allowance would not
I presume be withheld.
As I have reason to apprehend some doubts exist as to
the authority vested in me in what respects the saluting from
the forts, I beg to know how far I may consider the words
of my Commission and Instructions as conferring on me any
power of requiring such services.
I have the honor to be,
Your Lordship's Obedient and faithful Servant,
&c &c &c