Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
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Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
completely irregular
Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00288
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Publication No. 300oo.

Proclamation regarding Small Pox in the Island.
Source :-Red House, Port-of-Spain.

Published by the Courtesy of His Excellency the Governor


WHEREAS, notwithstanding the Proclamation issued on
the Tenth day of November last, it has been found that the
SMALL Pox exists in the Island, and therefore that it may
commit great destruction unless prevented by Vaccination,
And 11'., notwithstanding the Communication made by
His Excellency the Governor, to the Commandants of the
several Quarters, in the Month of April last, there is ground
to believe that sufficient attention has not been paid to His
Excellency's recommendation therein conveyed; and that
for the better security of the Inhabitants of the Colony, it is
necessary to provide for the more effectual extension of the
Vaccine, and thereby ensure the gradual extinction of the
Small Pox.
The Governor and Commander in Chief has deemed it
expedient to Order by and with the advice of His Majesty's
Council, and it is therefore hereby ordered and declared, that
from and after the date of Ihis Notice, it shall be incumbent
on all Persons whatsoever, who have not had the Small Pox,
or have not yet been vaccinated, to take care that they, their
Children, Servants, and Slaves, be Vaccinated forthwith;
for which purpose all Medical Practitioners are required
and ordered, under pain of suspension of their Licenses,
to take every means to extend Vaccination to the utmost
of their power ; and such as reside in the Country will

repair to the Commandants of their respective Quarters,
to determine and fix with them, the best and most effectual
method of proceeding in the same and all Inhabitants are
required to attend, and to cause their Families, Children,
and Servants to attend; and all Proprietors of Slaves are
required to cause their Slaves to attend to be Vaccinated,
at such time and place as may be so appointed.
And Whereas, in several Quarters no Medical Practitioner
is resident; For the better enforcing obedience of this Order,
a Medical Practitioner will be appointed for such Quarters,
who will give notice of his arrival to the Commandant, who
is hereby required to give his utmost assistance in the
furtherance and execution of this Order.
And, in order to prevent any doubts or disputes as to the
remuneration to be made to the Medical Practitioners in
general, for this service, It is hereby ordered, that a fee of
Five Shillings Currency, and no more be charged for each Person
of every age, Vaccinated by a Medical Practitioner, which
charge, the Commandant is required to see, or cause to be
duly and bona fide paid to them in Cash, by the heads of
Families, or Proprietors of Slaves ; and for such Estates as arc
administered by Attornies, Managers, or other than the
Proprietors, the Persons administering are hereby authorised
to pay the same, upon a Certificate being affixed to the entry,
which is hereby ordered to be made in the Estate's book, or
Journal, by the Manager or Overseer thereof, of the names
of the Slaves who have been so Vaccinated, and this charge
is declared to be a charge of preference in the Accounts of
such Estates, in the supplies of the year.
And, as more particularly regards the Town of
Port-of-Spain, the Alcaldes in Ordinary and the Regidors
of the Cabildo, are hereby required to give such Orders to
the Alcaldes de Barrios, and Officers of Police, as they may
consider most effectual for enforcing due obedience to this
Order, within the precincts of the Town and Suburbs, to
concert the most effectual measures with the President of
the Medical Board for the purpose, and to appoint Committees
of their own Members, whose duty it shall be to satisfy the
Cabildo that the Order is carried into complete effect,
throughout the same. And all Medical Practitioners are
hereby required to keep an account of the Names of the
Persons whom they shall Vaccinate, so that they may be
enabled to furnish a report of their progress to the Boards
of His Majesty's Council, for those in the Country, and of
the Cabildo, for those in Town, which they are hereby required
to make every Fourteen Days to the Clerk and Secretary of
those Boards, until this Order shall be deemed to be sufficiently
complied with.

And Whereas, it has been found that some Persons have
been persuaded to allow their Children to be innoculated
with Small Pox, from a belief that the Vaccination is ineffectual
in preventing it, It is right to apprize the Inhabitants, that a
spurious and inefficacious kind of Vaccine matter may be
produced, but that when the Vaccine matter is properly
administered by competent and skilful Practitioners, it has
been satisfactorily ascertained that of 34,369 Persons Vaccinated
by the National Vaccine Establishment, in the year 1816,
only Four had the Small Pox ; and it is a fact, that persons
only imperfectly Vaccinated, when exposed to contagion,
receive the disorder in a mitigated form. It is therefore
necessary to declare, that such Persons, and those who may
have administered the same, are highly culpable and
responsible, as well towards themselves as those that may
become the victims of their blindness and prejudice, and to
the Colony in general, and a Fine of Two Hundred Pounds
Currency is hereby declared to attach to every Person who
shall be detected in innoculating, or in permitting himself,
his Children, his Servants, or his Slaves, to be inoculated
with Small Pox, from and after the date of this order, which
fine shall be recoverable before the Complaint Court of the
Honorable Chief Judge, and doubled on the repetition of
the Offence.
And in case of any disobedience on the part of any of the
Persons of whom any thing is required herein, it is hereby
further ordered, that a Fine of One Hundred Pounds Currency
shall attach to every default, disobedience, or wilful neglect
of any Person so offending, to be recovered in like manner.
And the Members of His Majesty's Council, and of the
Illustrious Cabildo, the President and Members of the Medical
Board, the Commandants and Assistant Commandants of
Quarters, the Alcaldes of Barrios, the Chief and Assistants
of Police, all Medical Practitioners, and all Proprietors of
Slaves, Attornies and Administrators of Estates, Fathers of
Families, and all Inhabitants whatsoever, are hereby required
and commanded to give full and entire force, obedience,
and effect to this Order, as they shall answer to the contrary
at their peril.
Given under my Hand and Seal, at Government House,
in Port-of-Spain, this Twenty-Sixth day of March, in the Year
of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Nineteen.

By His Excellency's Command,

Printed by the Executor and Executrix of Mathew Gallagher,
Government Printer.

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