THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 180.
The Governor of Trinidad to the Secretary of State.
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.
14th December, 180i.
Colonel Picton states that he will forward to Lord Hobart
the report of the state of population and agriculture of the
It is important to observe that the English compose about
one-sixth part of the free population of the Island of whom
a great majority are attached to commerce but have no
fixed property there ; the most opulent persons are, in
Under these circumstances he suggests how far it may
be prudent to introduce on a sudden the system of government
which prevails in the old British Islands. He is of opinion
that until the arrival of a large number of respectable English
settlers, the concession of a free legislature would be productive
of serious and even ruinous consequences.
He recommends instead of an elective assembly, the
appointment of a certain number of planters and merchants
with powers possessed by assemblies, for three to five years.
Gradually the present laws could thus be changed.