THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 431.
The Governor 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.
12th February 1788.
I take the liberty of communicating to Your Lord-
ship some ideas that have arisen in my mind relative
to the Free Port Act in Grenada.
This measure, though already productive of very
considerable advantages, will, it is expected, prove
much more beneficial in the course of the next year
as it will be more generally known and understood.
Its operations have been commenced at too late
a period in 1787 for the Spaniards to adopt the plans
which they have now been induced to encourage,of put-
ting large tracts of land into Cotton, the good effects
of which will be felt here and in England in 1789.
Since the permission of this trade took place,the
exports of British manufactures has been very consid-
Some Spanish vessels not finding a market here
for their particular cargoes have proceeded, as I am
informed, to the French Islands but nevertheless re-
turned with cash to purchase British manufactures.
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Without the assistance of that Act we should not
be able to import (at least but in a very small under-
hand and precarious degree) any of the articles fur-
nished by the Spaniards nor to supply them with Brit-
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I have the honour to be, My Lord,
Most humble and obedient servant
The Right Honourable
Secretary of State.