THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 255.
Sir George Hill, Governor of Trinidad to G. Leferre, Esq., M.P.
Duplicate Despatches. Published by the courtesy of His
Excellency the Governor of Trinidad.
24th July, 1834.
The Special Justices for carrying into effect the Provisions
of the act for the Abolition of Slavery and Order in Council
of 5th June, 1834, not having arrived at this Colony I have
made the best arrangements that my judgment suggested to
me for carrying those Enactments into effect without the
immediate aid of the Special Justices from home.
In the Report of the Governor and Council of Government
upon the Model Guiana Ordinance transmitted in my despatch
No. 26 of 6th April it was recommended that Trinidad should
be divided into five districts and that there should be nine
Police Stations with one Special Justice at each Station.
Upon reconsideration however it has been deemed
essentially necessary to divide the Island into Nine Districts
which has accordingly been done by Proclamation, of which
I have the honor to inclose a Copy.
In each of the eight Country Districts I have selected the
most respectable inhabitant residing in a Central situation
to be the Acting Superintendent Special Justice until the
arrival of the functionaries from England-Under these
eight gentlemen I have appointed 92 Special Justices.
One other acting Superintendent Special Justice and
a due proportion of Special Justices have been appointed
for the Port-of-Spain District.
This large number of Special Justices is required on
account of the extent of the Island and the necessity of dividing
the duty as much as possible so that no gentlemen should
be called upon for an unreasonable sacrifice of the time
usually devoted to his own avocations.
I transmit a Copy of the Letter of Instruction addressed
to the Acting Superintending Special Justices-to the Special
Justices, and to Commandants of Quarters.
The Form of Commission adopted was that of which
I had the honor to transmit a copy in my despatch No. 3 of
the 20th instant.
You shall have a detailed Report by the next packet
of all Proceedings here at this important crisis.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient humble Servant,
(Sgd.) G. F. HILL.
G. Leferre, Esquire, M.P,
&c., &c.. &c.