THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No 469.
Mlonsieur de Saavedra, the Intendant General at Caracas, to
Monsieur Roume de St Laurent, the Ordonnateur of Tobago. 1787.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 5.
Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.
Translated from the French.
5th November 1787.
My dear Monsieur
Nothing can give me greater pleasure than a cor-
respondence with you whose talents and qualities ar-
ouse enthusiasm in all who know you.
Much to my regret the affairs of war, the end of
which was due to news from America, took me from
Paris and Madrid from July to October 1782, and so
deprived me of the pleasure of meeting you personally
in the one or other place.
I had nourished a hope that the Spanish Minister
would have obtained in you an illustrious acquisition
and that you would have been employed in the Island
of Trinidad, to the progress of which, you have con-
tributed so much of your knowledge, your experience
and your ability.
This proposal having failed, I learnt with pleas-
ure that Monsieur le Marechal de Castries, whose wide
views and noble character I had learnt to admire in
Paris, had taken you under his protection. I foresaw
that, stationed in Tobago, you would be able still to
be of service to the Spanish Settlements of Trinidad
and the Main which you know so completely.
Let me know your wishes and I shall be happy to
take them as a guide to my actions, in so far as they
may be possible within the austere limits of our Amer-
(He confirms arrangements made to supply
meat, cattle and mules to the Antilles.)
I had intended to visit Trinidad at the end of last
year but was unable to do so from unforeseen difficul-
ties. I doubt whether I shall find another suitable op.
I hope that it will be possible for you to visit
here and that I shall have the honour and the pleasure
of conferring personally with you.
May God prosper you for many years.
With respect and affection
Your humble and devoted servant