THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 342.
A Petition from the Proprietors of Tobago to the Governor General.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
September I6th, 1767.
To His Excellency ROBERT MELVILL, Esq.,
Captain General and Governor in
Chief of His Majesty's Islands of
Grenada, the Grenadines, Dominica,
St. Vincent and Tobago, &c., &c.
May it please Your Excellency
We who are proprietors of lands in His Majesty's Island of
Tobago being sensible of the many and great difficulties that
attend the settlement thereof, with pleasure embrace this
opportunity of making our grateful acknowledgement to
Your Excellency for your unwearied attention to that desirable
object and of expressing our ardent wishes for the continuation
of the same happy assistance so manifestly tending to the real
service of the Sovereign and the immediate benefit of the
It must no doubt have given Your Excellency great
satisfaction at your late visit to behold large tracts of land
cleared and plantations arising in various quarters which yield
a promising appearance so that this fertile Island will (under
due encouragement) soon grow into consequence and become
one of the most flourishing Colonies belonging to the Crown.
But, Sir, in our present situation exposed as we are to
calamities and dangers incidental to new settlements, it may
not perhaps be unworthy of Your Excellency's consideration
whether there be not a necessity for a Council composed of a
certain number of the proprietors, to make such regulations
as may be deemed expedient under the particular circumstances
of this infant Colony until a regular civil government and
constitutional legislative power be established which is with
all deference submitted by
Your Excellency's most obedient and most
A. J. Alexander.