THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No 413.
The Acling Governor of Tobago to the Secretary of State.
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.
30th January 1795.
My Lord Duke
I was favoured with Your Grace's dispatch of Nov-
ember 18th acknowledging the receipt of the several
letters I had the honour to address you and Mr Dundas.
In consequence of some suspicions arising in my
mind that many of the inhabitants of the Colony were
disaffected to His Majesty's Government, I thought pro-
per to issue a Proclamation requiring them all to take
the Oaths of Allegiance and Fidelity on two stated
days. By this measure I am sorry to inform Your Grace
that my suspicions were not groundless as the French
inhabitants amounting in all to about twenty (excepting
three) refused and declared themselves prisoners and
Their determination induced me to call on the Leg-
islature to frame a Bill authorising me to order them
from the Island as their remaining might disturb our in-
ternal peace and be the means of diffusing their horrid
principles among the lower and weaker class of people.
An Act to this effect has deen passed and I immed-
iately sent an express to His Excellency the Commander
in Chief of His Majesty's troops requesting him to rec-
eive them at Martinique or anywhere he thought most
secure. This was refused and he gave as a reason that
there were already too many of a similar description
which he was at a loss how to dispose of.
As soon as proper means can be devised for their
effectual removal from here, I shall most readily em.
I have the honour to be, My Lord Duke,
Most obedient and most humble servant
The Duke of Portland.