THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 447.
A Letter from C. Hamilton in St Vincent
to Thos Fairholme in Tobago. 1784.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 2.
Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.
13th November 1784.
In consequence of hearing that any vessel of mine
would be seized at Tobago because one of them the ot-
her day carried two gentlemen of your Island, up with
a few new negroes they had bought of us here, I could
not comply with your order for the building lime.
Mr Duncan Forbes having bought a sloop here and
being informed by me that you wanted the lime immed-
iately, I prevailed on him to purchase and send up to
you by the above vessel, a load of it.
To show you the difference of opinion between
Monsieur de Vivignes and Monsieur Mongiraud, I beg
leave to enclose you a letter we lately got from our
friend Mr Thornton who saw Monsieur de Vivignes. It
is impossible that the Islands of Martinique and Guad-
eloupe could receive so many hundred negroes,as they
do monthly almost from Dominica, were it not winked
at by the gentlemen in power in the first mentioned Is-
lands. To my certain knowledge an English Gentleman
sold his cargo three weeks ago at St Lucia.
These considerations put it out of all doubt that
Monsieur Mongiraud acts from personal prejudice and
that he is not a friend to the prosperity of His Cath-
olic Majesty's Colonies. He, I assure you, declared to
me that I might bring up any number of negroes I chose
if I paid him half a joe a head.
I hope you will weigh well the matter pending be-
tween Messrs Freeland & Rigby and Mr Jackson, and
prevent me being dunned on so, I must say, shameful
an occasion. That Mr Jackson cannot be justified in
signing Chas Hamilton & Co, is past a doubt.
I beg my best respects to Mrs and Miss Fairholme
and believe me
Your most obedient servant