THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 400.
The Governor of Barbados to the Secretary of State.
Source:.Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls
and the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
11th April 1769.
Having just received the enclosed letter from Ged-
ney Clarke Esq,Collector of His Majesty's Customs for
the Port of Bridgetown, I think it my duty not to lose
the first opportunity of transmitting it to Your Lord-
ship for His Majesty's information on a point which our
neighbours, the Dutch, on the Southern Main seem to
think of the utmost consequence to their settlements.
How far the encroachments of tha Spaniards may
in time affect the trade and colonies of Great Britain,
Your Lordship will be best able to judge. But if the
Spaniards should be disposed to disturb their neigh-
bours,I cannot but think that the Island of Tobago, the
settlement of which is in its infancy, lays very much ex-
posed to any such attempt from the neighboring Span-
ish settlement on the Island of Trindada.
We have here frequent opportunity of receiving in-
telligence both from thence and from the Main but I do
not learn that there is any reason to apprehend immed-
iate danger from that quarter.
However I shall keep a constant eye on that Is-
land and its neighbours.
I have the honour to be, My Lord,
with greatest esteem
Most humble and most obedient servant
Secretary of State.