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Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
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Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
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Volume ID: VID00447
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Publication No 459.

Representations made by the Colonists of Tobago and their Creditors
in England to the Minister of the Colonies against
the Royal Edict of 29th July 1786.

Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 3.

Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.

Translated from the French.

15th September 1786.


The Memorialists have observed carefully the ne-
gotiations which have taken place between the Colon-
ists of Martinique and of San Domingo,with their Cre-
ditors in France. The results show what terrible con-
sequences such a Court of Chancery could occasion in

Is it possible to imagine that the Administration
could oblige all those concerned, to appear before
such an inquisitorial bureau as that commissioned by
the Edict? A form of enquiry unknown to English Law
and to English Lands.

Imagine all the loss of credit which would inevit-
ably result and all the consequent troubles from such
an Edict as that of 29th July 1786, which originated
from such an impudent author as Monsieur Roume de St


In France, they were satisfied that all Authorit-
ies, Merchants, Chambers of Commerce, etc, would
strenuously condemn any such procedure and that the
National Assembly would give its support to a protest.

They represented:-
(1) that there was no law in England which could
oblige anyone to submit evidence of his own guilt.

(2) that the Act of the 12th year of Queen Anne,
does not apply to the Colonies.

(3) that the Act of the 13th year of King George
III, does not regulate the amount of interest to be ch-
arged in the Colonies but gives authority for foreign-
ers to lend money to Colonists.

(4) that the Act of the 14th year of King George
III, does not regulate the amount of interest to be ch-
arged in the Colonies but deals with the registration
of contracts.

(5) that it is not true that the restriction of bro-
kerage charges to 4%, applies to transactions between
the Planters and their Correspondents.

(6) that in English Law, only a Jury can decide
upon cases of Usury.

John Balfour.

On behalf of the Planters of Tobago
and their Creditors.

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