THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 405.
The Commander in Chief to thi Secretary of State.
Source:--Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial
C. 0. 28/58.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls
and the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
16th June 1781.
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Upon the 27th hearing that a flying squadron of
the enemy had appeared near Tobago, Sir George Rod-
ney dispatched Rear Admiral Drake with six sail of the
line and some frigates in which I had the 69th Regi-
ment,a flank company of the 60th and a volunteer com-
pany,under the command of Brigadier General Skene,to
succour and relieve that Island.
When the Rear Admiral approached, finding that
the whole French fleet had invested the Island,he a)-
prised Sir George Rodney of it and returned with his
squadron to form a junction with the British fleet.
On receiving the information on the 2nd instant, I
immediately embarked with the Admiral who sailed on
the 3rd with the whole fleet to the relief of Tobago.
Arriving there on the 4th near the Island we sent ashore
an officer to procure the necessary intelligence and
guides to conduct the troops to relieve the garrison.
On his return I was informed that the Island iad capit-
ulated; a circumstance I learnt with much concern but
not having received any account as yet from that quar-
ter,prevents my J i.ii .. Your Lordhip the particulars.
The report of the officer sent on shore,I have the
honour to enclose for Your Lordship.
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I have the honour to be, My Lord,
with the highest respect
Most faithful and obedient, humble servant
The Right Honourable
Lord George Germain.
Secretary of State.