THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 257.
Sir George Hill, Governor of Trinidad to the Right Honourable
F. Spring Rice.
Duplicate Despatches No. 29 of 1834. Published by the courtesy
of His Excellency the Governor of Trinidad.
3rd November, 1834.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt by the
last packet of your despatch No. I, dated the loth of
September on the subject of European Aliens immigrating
into this Colony for the purpose of serving as laborers under
indentures, and requiring my opinion on the policy of
encouraging such addition to the population of Trinidad.
I cannot discuss a question so important with satisfaction
to you or with credit to myself in the short time before the
departure of the mail ; it includes points for serious statistical
consideration and shall receive a detailed report, in the
meantime I have briefly to observe that the law applicable
to Aliens has been hitherto loosely observed.
In order to obtain permission to sojourn in the Island
Aliens have been considered liable to be required to give
security for their orderly conduct, and to be exported if they
On the 15th of last July there arrived from Fayal
M ales ... ... ... 29
Females ... ... ... 7
Children ... ... ... 10
and on the 3oth ulto-Thursday last
M ales ... ... ... 32
Females ... ... .. 8
Children ... ... ... 3
These importations were made by a Mr. Searle an
Englishman formerly a merchant in Madeira now a resident
in Fayal to the order of different individuals who engaged
them from him ; and there is an additional number of one
hundred on their voyage and daily expected here. No doubt
it would be desirable if they came here in equal numbers
males and females but I do not see how we can secure this
If the principle be sound that advance towards White
population is preferable to the inhabitancy retrograding
towards Black population then every arrival of White settlers
promotes that end.
The scanty means of supporting life six Stz. per day in
the Azores has induced this emigration from those Islands
which if encouraged will increase and have the effect in so
much of lowering the price of labor here-which is so high
that the usual wages for three days work namely 2/6 Stz. per
diem will support a negro for fifteen days thus securing to
him the indulgence of his prevailing propensity.
How far the increased intermixture of settlers from Europe
would affect the temper of society shall be considered together
with legislative Enactments for the regulation of Aliens and of
apprenticeships whether of natives, of Africans from the
Havannah or of these Azorians.
The mail boat waits-
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient humble Servant,
(Sgd.) F. G. HILL.
The Right Honourable
F. Spring Rice, &c.