THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 381.
The Commandeur of Essequibo to the Dutch West India Company.
Source:-The Report of the English Commission on the British
Guiana-Venezuela Boundary. Volume III. 1896.
December 7th 1746.
In the month of October last nine soldiers deserted from
Berbice to Orenocque and came to the plantation of Mr Persick
here to get bread but made no show of violence. I was not
advised of this until three days after otherwise I should have
prevented them from going any further.
On their arrival at Orenocque they joined a vessel from
Trinidad which was cruising about there to prevent trade
and captured three canoes from this Colony that were out
fishing. One of which belonging to Your Lordships was in
charge of the salter, H. Cleyman with 24 hogsheads of salt fish;
another belonged to Mr Persick and one to Mr Christiaense.
This Colony has from its very beginning been in possession
of that fishery and has never suffered the least hindrance
or opposition from the Spaniards ; this therefore appears to
me to be a kind of piratical act which cannot be tolerated
especially since the stopping of that fishery would deprive
all our slaves of food ; those belonging to Your Lordships
as well as those belonging to the Colonists being supported
by it. We should then be obliged to buy our provisions for
the slaves from the English at any price they choose to ask
because those people must eat and although they only get
three pounds of fish each 14 days this would soon amount
to a considerable sum if we had to buy it.
The fish which is salted in the Orenocque and which is
incomparably better than the English cod, scarcely costs us,
after reckoning all the expenses, an oortje a pound. Your
Lordships will be pleased to take such measures in setting
this right as may be deemed necessary.
The new Governor is due in Orenocquc in February
next and I shall send there to claim the boats and cargoes
but I am certain that such will be in vain having profited
by the example of the Postholder, Jurge Gobcl whom they
had promised by letter to deliver up, but nothing came of it,
the man now living in the Spanish Village in the Orenocque.