THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 69.
Letter from Thomas Picton, Governor of Trinidad to Captain King
of H.M.S. "GaitS."
Source : Additional MSS. 36870. British Museum. Published
bv the courtesy of the Trustees of the Biitish Museum.
26th August, 1799.
In answer to your letter of this date, I have the honour to
observe, that in consequence of the danger to which the
Launches trading from this Port to the Coast, are continually
exposed they have at all times been allowed to carry arms
for their protection, and the usual certificate granted them.
I should presume this would be sufficient a proof of their
being employed in the trade, and not fitted out by the Enemy
for its annoyance.
Since I find by your letter that you have arrived at this
Harbour I take the earliest opportunity of communicating to
you that I have been under the necessity of stating to their
Excels the Commanders in Chief and His Majesty's Minister
Mr. Secretary Dundas, that the Island has been wholly
abandoned by His Majesty's ships since the I3th July ; that
a formidable Force was collected at Angostura, and that
ammunition and arms, to a great amount, has been suffered
to pass through the Gulph for the Oronoque, and that I had
strong reason to apprehend a serious attack from that quarter.
I have the honour to be
(signed) TH: PICTON.
Commanding His M. Ship Gaietd.