THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 435.
The Council of Grenada to the Governor.
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.
28th June 1790.
To His Excellency the Governor of Grenada.
I am directed by the Council to return to Your Ex-
cellency the thanks of the Board for your communica-
tion of 26th instant, and I am also directed to signify
to Your Excellency that upon application at Trinidada
for a copy of the Proclamation respecting the encour-
agement given to run away slaves in the Spanish set-
tlements, it has been found impossible to secure any
such copy, the Governor and Public Officers having
refused to give any communication upon this subject
as if ashamed of its contents.
The disavowal by Count Florida Blanco of any new
Ordinance or Law upon the subject being in existence,
appears to be merely an evasion for some such law,
ordinance or instruction has for several years existed
in many, if not all, of the Spanish Colonies in Amer-
Although its operation was suspended for some time
in Trinidada by a later order or instruction, yet at
some time last year, the old order, law or ordinance
or one of like nature, was again published and is still
in full force.
Therefore, instead of requiring a countermand of
any particular law, edict, ordinance, proclamation, or-
der or instruction, the description and import of which
may be mistaken, Great Britain has a right to expect
from His Catholic Majesty's justice, a clear and ex-
plicit order to his several Governors to consider all
former orders of the nature complained of,as absolute.
ly revoked and to issue a public declaration in their
respective Governments that in future, no run-away sl-
ave whatever shall be protected against the claims of
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Most humble and obedient servant
President of the Council.