THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 434.
The Secretary of State to Lieutenant General Matthews at Grenada.
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 May 1790.
In addition to the troops mentioned in my secret
letter to you of the 6th instant, a further reinforce-
ment is preparing to be sent out to the West Indies in
case of war in order that offensive operations may be
commenced, with as much vigour as possible, against
the Spanish Possessions in that part of the world.
This reinforcement will consist of three battalions
of the Foot Guards amounting to 2,100 rank and file of
the 46th and 51st Regiments of Foot which will be
augmented to 700 rank and file each. They are to sail
from Cork, together with the 16th Regiment of Foot
mentioned in my former letter.
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The 13th and 15th Regiments sailed from Cork, as
I am informed, on the 10th instant. If on their arrival
at Barbados, you should be of opinion, from such in-
formation as you shall have been able to collect, that
this force, which will then be under your orders, is
sufficient to enable you, by a sudden execution, to
acquire possession of the Island of Trinidad before
the arrival of the other troops notified in this dis-
patch, you will immediately on receiving authentic in-
formation of the commencement of hostilities, adopt
the necessary measures for that purpose. But this must
necessarily depend on local information relative to the
actual state of that Island and is liable to be varied
by the measures which the Spaniards may have adopted
for strengthening it during the present discussions.
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I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most humble and obedient servant
Secretary of State.