THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 399.
Mr. Maingot to H. E. the Governor. Document detailing
Mr. Maingot's services to Government.
Source:-The Red House, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Published
by courtesy of His Excellency the Governor.
13th March, 1816.
I have the honor of informing Your Excellency that
I came into this Island the 6th March, 1786 at which Period
I was appointed Sworn Surveyor under the Spanish Govern-
ment, and intrusted with Commissions to form the Plan of
different Quarters of the Island, I was also employed under
that Government at the Public Works in the Peninsula of
Pointe Gorda, and the Island of Gaspard Grande.
After the conquest of the Colony, Capt. Mallet, Engineer
Surveyor, was sent by General Abercrombie for the purpose
of making a General Map of the Colony, I was employed
with him, and assisted him with the local Knowledge I had
acquired during my residence here.
In the Year 1799 Capt. Mallet was appointed Commissary
of Population, 1 was admitted in his Department as Assistant,
and acted as principal, in his room, when he was employed
in erecting the Barracks of St. Josephs where he resided
about three Years. Mr. Mallet died in January 1803, the same
day I was appointed by General Picton to fill the Situation,
which appointment was confirmed by a Commission delivered
to me by the Commissioners for executing the Government
of this Island in April, 1803 (which Commission was entered
a; l he Secretary's Oflice under Your Excellency's Government.)
In the month of August 1803 I was admitted as Assistant
in the Department of the Surveyor General, having always
the charge and direction of the Office formerly under the
Commissary of Population.
Colonel Rutherfurd Surveyor General went home in the
latter end of 1805 and Mr. Hector McKenzue one of the
assistants was appointed his Deputy, in November 1806
Mr. McKenzie died in his Passage to England, I was appointed
to the Situation of Deputy Surveyor General, by General
Hislop, which appointment was confirmed by Colonel
When the Colonel was appointed [Secretary to the
Government of Gibralter, General Hislop informed me that
he was superseded in his Situation of Surveyor General,
in consequence of which in the several Proclamations or
Orders issued by him, I was pointed out as Commissary
of Population, which Situation I held under the Commission
above mentioned until May 1814, when at Your Excellency's
Gracious Recommendation, His Royal Highness the Prince
Regent, was pleased to confirm my Appointment of
Commissary of Population of this Island.
I have the honor to be
Your Excellency's most obedient humble Servant,
(Signed.) J. E. MAINGOT.
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