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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 412.
The Governor General of Grenada to the Secretary of Stale.
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.
1st February 1776.
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The Legislature has passed an Act for raising the
sum of 20.000 to reward any person who shall discov-
er a cheap and easy manner of destroying the sugar ant
and to pay smaller rewards to those who throw any
light upon the subject; the most interesting that ever
happened in the French or other Islands.
Martinico is to give 50.000 and Tobago 5.000.
None of the rest of the English or French Islands have
as yet followed so good an example nor have the Dutch.
I am very sorry to inform Your Lordship that these
destructive insects continue to carry on a very rapid
desolation wherever they go both here and in Tobago.
The obstacles of fire and water are nothing to them,
they walk over the one as upon dry ground and attack
the other with such ferocity that they extinguish it
with dead bodies. This method of extirpating them by
scattering small fires over the fields has been tried
without success here and in Tobago for two years past.
Their numbers increase prodigiously and though
bushels of them have been destroyed in a night, their
increase is such that the diminution is not observed.
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I have the honour to be, My Lord
Most humble and obedient servant
Lord George Germain.
Secretary of State.