THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 429.
The Governor of Grenada to ihe 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.
17th November 1788.
Various representations from the inhabitants of
this Colony have induced me to make frequent applica-
tion to His Excellency, Don Chacon, Governor of Trin-
idada on the subject of runaway negroes, in most in-
stances with good effect and they have given occasion
to the Spanish Government in that Island to disclaim
either encouragement or concealment of fugitives.
But Your Lordship will perceive from the enclos-
ed papers that Don Davila, Governor of Margarita, de-
clined to deliver up thirteen negroes run away from
this Island, traced to Margarita and there claimed by
their owner, Mr Black. This Governor grounds his ref-
usal on an Order of his Court dated 15th January 1773.
If the order of the Spanish Court, My Lord, con-
tinues in force in that Colony, which I cannot appre-
hend to be its intention from the different conduct at
Trinidada, Your Lordship will perceive the consequen-
ces must be ruinous to many planters in our Islands
and I am sure that I need not urge to Your Lordship
the necessity of a revocation of this order.
I shall confer with the Commodore of this station
when he arrives,on the expediency of applying in form
by a man of war to the Governor General at Caracas to
whom we are referred dy the Governor of Margarita.
If I might be permitted to intrude an idea in fav-
our of extending the Free Port Act to the admission of
rice, grain, poultry, stock of all kinds and cured beef,
called by the Spaniards Tassajo, from the Spanish Col-
onies, it would be very beneficial to the British Is-
lands and be paid for generally in dry goods from Eur-
The above admissions will no doubt be very agre-
able to the Spanish Government and for this indulgence
it might be stipulated that their prohibiting of the ex-
port of hard woods from Trinidada and other Spanish
Colonies, be revoked or the intercourse permitted un-
der a small duty.
I have the honour to be, My Lord,
Most humble and obedient servant
The Right Honourable
Secretary of State.