Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
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Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
completely irregular
Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Publication No. 39.

Letter from Sir Tobias Bridge commanding the expedition to Tobago,
to Lord Willoughby, Governor of Barbados.

22nd December, 1672, from 7obago.

Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial, C.O. 29.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and
the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.

The enclosed papers will particularly inform Your
Excellency concerning our affairs according to your

I bless God we are peaceably possessed of the principal
fortifications of the Island and none to resist us. Some
negroes came in to us voluntarily but not very many and
I have not concluded at present what course to take to bring
in the remainder but am upon consideration to that point.

The addresses that are made to me from the Dutch
inhabitants as also the French, I am now considering of and
shall give them their speedy answer.

My Lord, I am obliged by my articles to send off one
vessel with the Governor and his servants to Carrasaw
(Curacoa), one other is now sent with this express to Your
Excellency and now we shall be strangely straitened to bring
off our own men as also the people of the Island according to
Your Excellency's instructions without some further supplies
of shipping.

Captain Parris is very well able to give Your Excellency
an account of what difficulties we have gone through and of
the success that God hath been pleased to give us.

I am somewhat ill disposed as to health so cannot enlarge
as far as I would but beg Your Excellency's pardon.
Captain Poole hath had hard service with his ship and
hath been very kind to us with as much as lay in his power
for our success ; and Captain Parris hath given us the
best advice he could.
I add no more but that I am in all sincerity, May it please
Your Excellency.

Your Excellency's humble servant,



Sir Tobias Bridge to Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago.
Igth December, 1672.
I do hereby send you this summons requiring of you for the
use of His Majesty of Great Britain, France and Ireland, &c.,
to deliver unto me or my order, the fort of which you are now
Governor and I expect you to answer by the bearer in
four hours time else you and your country will find the
inconvenience of what follows.

I am, Sir,
Your humble servant,


Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago, to Sir Tobias Bridge.
20th December, 1672.
Having received yours I have thought good to return to
Your Lordship this answer that I am bound to stand for my
Master, the Prince of Orange with the States of Holland
being thereto bound in duty before God, so trusting to His
providence I resolve not to deliver our fort without it be
taken by sword. Until such time I take leave of Your
Lordship and rest

Your humble servant,



Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago, to Sir Tobias Bridge,
21st December, 1672.
Your summons yesternight in behalf of His Majesty of
Great Britain being by us prised and considered to better
effect, our desire is that Your Lordship would grant a cessation
of weapons whereby we may with Your Lordship make an
amicable agreement rather than to shed blood, being we are
of one faith and religion, so waiting for Your Lordship's
friendly answer we hold up and rest,

Your humble servant,


Sir Tobias Bridge to Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago,
21st December, 1672.
I was very well prepared and my resolution was to have
attacked your fortification this morning but your civil letter
(sent in with a flag of truce) has so far prevailed with us as
to give orders for a cessation of arms until twelve of the
clock this day.
I shall not be unwilling to make an agreement nor is my
inclination to shed blood (but where necessity compels me)
nevertheless I must observe the commands of my superiors.
I do not think it fitting to make any longer delay in my
proceedings and therefore do forthwith expect what it is you
have to propose to me, otherwise I shall be forced to do that
which is contrary to my disposition.
I expect your positive answer and remain

Your humble servant,


Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago to Sir Tobias Bridge,
2 Ist December, 1672.
Our desire is not to trouble you only that you would gi e
me one barque or sloop to transport myself with my family
(viz.) Christians and such as have occasion to go along with
me, having a safe conduct under Your Lordship's hand fixing
security and that I may have my household stuffs with clothing
and arms for my defence sufficient,


And for the inhabitants of the Island that have occasion
to stay, we desire that they remain in their own possessions
as subjects of His Majesty of Great Britain.
And so hoping that Your Lordship will not think my
request too previous for my part I will not desire the least
thing that may bring me dishonour but out of your generosity
and noble respect you would consider the poor condition of
my officers, being they are poor people, to grant each of them
one hand to help themselves with.
And so desire that you would send the articles confirmed
with your own hand and that those who do go off from the
land with me may have likewise their household stuffs with
their clothing and no molest given to any man or offence
no word but rest
Your humble servant,


Sir Tobias Bridge to Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago,
21st December, 1762.
How civil I have been towards you with my officers and
soldiers since I landed in this Island, our actions can
As to what you desire for a bark or sloop to transport
yourself and family (viz.) Christians I shall be so far civil as
to comply with that also and give security for the same so
soon as I have the fort, &c., delivered into my hands. For
the inhabitants of the Island that are minded to stay, I shall
use them courteously (when they make their addresses to me)
following the instructions of my superiors.
I was always inclined to be very respectful to military
persons being myself employed in these affairs for this 35 years
and therefore your officers may expect such honour and
treatment as become their loyalties.
As for particular articles I think it most convenient being
according to custom that you send two delegates of yours to
treat with two of mine concerning the whole which I desire
may be done within two hours.

I am, Sir,
Your humble servant,


Appointment of delegates by Peter Constant, Governor of Tobago,
2ist December, 1672.

I, Peter Constant, Governor of the Island of Tobago, do
hereby authorise and give full power unto these persons
following (viz.) Wm. Fflamon (William Fleming) and
George Hay (Hayes) to make a final agreement and to
confirm all and such articles as shall be by them made for
the rendering of the Island and fort of Tobago for the use of
His Majesty of Great Britain and what shall be by them done,
to stand in full force and power, I say to render unto the
Rt. Hon. Sir Tobias Bridge Knt., the Island andfortaforesaid

In witness whereof I subscribe in presence of my Assembly
convened whose hands are under as witnesses.

21st December, 1672.

Articles of Agreement for the surrender of Tobago.
21st December, 1672.

As also WILLIAM FLEMING, Secretary.
do this day conclude and agree on the behalf of His Majesty
of Great Britain for the surrendering of the Island of Tobago
with all the fort, ordnance, arms, ammunition and provisions
thereto belonging and appertaining.

Imprimis.-The Governor my Lord Constant, with all his
white servants, household stuff and clothing (plate excepted)
and such other of his countrymen as are willing to go with him
(negros excepted) shall be provided with a convenient vessel
to be transported to the Island of Corosau (Curacoa) always
provided that the said Governor be obliged to discharge the
said vessel and men at Corosau (Curacoa) aforesaid and
furnish the men with provisions for their voyage to the Island
of Barbados.

2. That the Lord Constant be permitted to carry off
12 small arms and 12 swords.

3. That the Lord Constant shall by five of the clock, this
present day deliver up to Sir Tobias Bridge, Kt. or his order,
the chief fort with all the other fortification and all the
ordnance, arms, ammunition and provision thereunto
belonging for the use of His Majesty of Great Britain.

4. That the officers belonging to the Lord Constant
(being eight in number) shall have liberty to transport
themselves with their household stuffs and clothing (plate
excepted) and the Secretary have liberty to carry off with
them one negro and also that George Hayes have liberty to
carry off with him one negro.

5. That the inhabitants of the Island making their
addresses to the Honourable Sir Tobias Bridge, Knight may
expect favourable usage according to their several qualities
and condition.

Finally that these several articles agreed upon aforesaid
being satisfied and confirmed under our hands by order of
the Gocvrnor be forthwith put into execution.

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