THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 299.
Sir Ralph Woodford to Earl Bathurst. About Simon Bolivar and
incidents in Venezuela.
Source: -Red House, Port-of-Spain. Trinidad Duplicate
Published by the courtesy of His Excellency the Governor.
No. 183. TRINIDAD,
Ioth July, 1816.
I have the honor to acquaint Your Lordship that the
Spanish Independent Chief Bolivar after remaining 30 Days
at Carupano being unable to advance from the Country,
already desolated, being deserted on his Arrival, was induced
to Quit the Port on the 3oth ultimo in Consequence of an
Intimation given him by Arismendi at Marguarita of a Spanish
Squadron having shewn itself off that Island in which the
Spaniards still hold the Principal Post.
The Emancipation of the Slaves was declared by Bolivar
on the Day after he landed and Santiago Mariio has been
at Guyria with a proportion of Slaves and I am sorry to add
has been joined by some from this Island.
The inclosure will furnish Your Lordship with more
ample information, and I can only express a hope that such
Marauders who without Interest or Support in the Country
for the Purpose of Extortion or Plunder hazard an enterprise
as wild as the present by which they can only intend to create
a Disturbance of the most serious Nature, and affecting every
other Colony, will find a sufficient warning in lhe overthrow
of their Projects and that this Island max be thereby restored
to its former Trade and Commerce, which the Independents
could never maintain and whiich would be entirely lost to
this Colony in the event of a general Independence of the
neighboring Continent and the opening of the Ports.
I have the honor to be
Your Lordship's obedient and