THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 423.
The Governor General of Grenada 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.
18th October 1778.
I had the honour to acquaint you in my dispatch of
2nd September that I had acceded to the arrangement
proposed by the Marquis de Bouille under which we en-
gage to restrain our respective privateers from making
descents on shore for the purpose of plunder and to
restore mutually any negroes or effects that might be
carried off in expeditions of that sort.
Notwithstanding this convention which was publish-
ed in all the different Islands, two French privateers
took it upon themselves some time since to break thr-
ough these instructions and to land on different parts
of this Government and to rob the inhabitants of up-
wards of forty slaves.
I immediately sent a flag of truce to the Marquis
de Bouille to complain of this breach of agreement and
had the satisfaction to find that he had already been
informed of the fact and had given orders for the res-
toration of all the negroes which had been landed at
Martinique. As to the rest which had been carried into
Spanish Trinidad, he wrote directly to the Governor
to claim them, got them delivered and sent them down
here to me to be returned to the owners.
At the same time that this conduct does honour to
Monsieur de Bouille's good faith and sincerity, it shows
his weight and influence in the Spanish councils.There
is great reason indeed from every appearance in this
part of the world to suspect the intentions of the Court
In my letter of 24th October last year, I sent to
Your Lordship a particular account of Trinidad and the
settlement carrying on there. It has since proceeded
with vast rapidity being greatly increased in its pop-
ulation by a very numerous banditti of different nat-
ions and different colours who for debts or crimes have
fled from other colonies and found a welcome reception
from Monsieur Falquez.
During a war with France alone,Trinidad is a very
bad neighbour to these Windward Islands but in the case
of a Spanish war, it will be a very dangerous one.
I have the honour to be, My Lord,
Most humble and obedient servant
Lord George Germain.
Secretary of State.