THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 26.
Letter from Sir Jonathan Atkins, Governor of Barbados, to the Lords
Commissioners of Trade and Plantations.
i6th March, 1677, from Barbados.
Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial, C.O. 39. Published
by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the Deputy
Keeper of the Public Records.
MOST HONOURABLE :
By my last I advised Your Lordships of a considerable
fleet that Mons. D'Estrees, Vice Admiral of France passed by
this Island for Tobago where they have since made an attack
and have totally destroyed the Dutch fleet though with great
loss on the French part. I have acquainted Mr. Secretary
Coventry with the particulars who I am sure will give
His Majesty and Your Lordships an account of the same
wherefore I shall not give Your Lordships a second trouble.
The French have retaken Cayenne and sent all the Dutch
prisoners to Martinique, they may likewise have Surinam
for the asking. The remainder of their fleet is gone to Grenada
to refit themselves.
The Dutch at Tobago are in a miserable condition, their
provisions being all burnt and if they had not been relieved
from this place they must all have starved. How they will go
home I cannot tell and to stay there till they be relieved from
Holland is almost impossible.
I beg Your Lordships' pardon if this be imprudent but I
esteemed it fit for Your Lordships' knowledge, it being part
of Your Lordships' commands to acquaint you with all things
that shall come to my knowledge in these parts of the world.
Your Lordships' most humble and obedient servant,