ITHE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 307.
Sir ililliam Myers, Lieutenant General, Commander of the Forces,
to the Lieutenant Governor of Trinidad.
Source : --Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
C.O. 28/ r.
Published by the courtesy of the MAaster of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
I2th December, 1804.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your
letter enclosing the minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting
of the Council held at Trinidad on the 231d November, 1804,
and in your absence. Having very grave doubts whether their
having assembled without being called together by the
Executive Government is strictly legal, I must beg to be
permitted to decline replying to the Minutes transmitted to
me in that shape and my respect for the gentlemen who
composed it, is alone the cause of my taking any notice of it.
It is not uncommon for differences of opinion to arise in
matters of importance whether Military or Civil. Mine
respecting the defences of Trinidad are framed on men who
notwithstanding the opinion formed of their judgment by
the inhabitants of Trinidad, are considered by the Military
and Naval world to be perfectly competent to decide on the
defences for that Colony connecting with it the protection
of the floating property of the Mother Country and the Colonies
and affording if need should be, security for an inferior naval
The project submitted b the late (General tGreenfield
for His Majesty's consideration received His Royal approbation
accompanied b\ his commands to carry it into execution.
In this state I found it on my arrival and taking over command
and some months afterwards I learned from Brigadier General
Hislop that lie had chosen a position in his capacity of Civil
Governor which lie liked better and that he had transmitted
the same for the approbation of His Majesty's Ministers
without deeming it a all necessary to submit his project to
the Commander of the Forces and taking upon himself the
military means to carry the same into execution without
either my concurrence or knowledge which as a Brigadier
General serving in the army, it was his duty to have informed
The Colonial sentiment is certainly in opposition to the
Naval and Military on this important question; however
I may lament this, it shall not cause me to depart from what
1 must solemnly believe to be for the interest of the Mother
Country as well as the security of the sovereignty of the Island
of Trinidad, unless I receive Hiis Majesty's commands for
this purpose and I trust that the Council of Trinidad will
afford the necessary aid for completing the defences of the
I have cthe honour to be, Sir,
Your most humble servant,
W. MYERS, Lt.-Gen.
Commander of the Forces.