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Copy of Col. Cossley's letter to him 155
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amples of such
As we gave some Advices in our laf, p. 143,
new colony, from the subjects of that
kingdom ; and Lewis XIV, out of his of ibe French beginning to settle in To
great generofity, from a desire of Thewing bago, and as ibis Affair bas fince made a
his affection to the Dutch, and from a great deal of Noise, we fall lay before our
principle of indulgence to men of noble Readers some Papers relating to ir ; and
dispositions, created M. Lampfir, baron of fball begin witb ibe following succin&t Ac- Tobago, with all the privileges of a baron count of bar Island,
A of France, and assigned him also a fair coat HE inand of Tobago lies of arms, sprinkled plentifully with Flowerin 11° 15' N. lat. and is de-Luces,
the mort to the east of all Upon these encouragements the two T
the islands called Antilles : brothers proceeded, and entirely at their It is about 12 leagues in own charge, and by their prudent managelength, 4 in breadth, and ment, from a waste and desert country, in
30 in Circumference. It the short space of 11 years, rendered it originally belonged to us, for in 1628, we the most flourishing, for its fize, of all the find that K. Charles I. granted it, together B Leeward islands ; they called it
, from one with Trinity-Ifand, Barbuda, and St. Ber- of the largest ifles in the province of Zea. nard, to Pbilip earl of Pembroke and Mont- land, New Walcheren ; raised a very good gomery ; but it does not appear, that ever town, and a strong fortress called Lampfinany settlement was made thereon, in con- berg, and two other good forts, Beverin sequence of this grant. In 1642, or there- and Bellevifte ; and, which is very amazabouts, the Durch from Flushing sent a ing, they settled, during their adminiftraconsiderable colony thither, who fixed tion, 1200 white people in that illand, themselves very commodiously; and tho' C where they succeeded in railing all the at first they found the climate fickly and un- commodities that are brought from the wholsome, yet, by degrees, as they cleared Weft-Indies, viz. tobacco, sugar, ginger, it, the air agreed with them better, and indigo, cotton, callia, cacao, rocou, fur. they began to extend their settlements. tick, citrons, oranges, anana's, C. And The Spaniards however, from the inand of befides these, they had some very valuable Trinity, in Conjunction with the savages commodities, which were not in the other from St. Vincent, fell upon the Dutch, inands ; such as an excellent kind of falfamurdered them to a man, and destroyed
fras, a kind of wild mace and nutmegs, their plantations : After which the inand and a great quantity of gum copal. lay for several years desert.
They raised befides, all sorts of grain About the year 1664, M. Adrian Lamp- and provisions, in quantities sufficient for fin, a Dutch Eaft- India director, and his their own use, and for exportation to the brother M. Cornelius Lampfin, burgomaster other islands. But in 1678, marshal d'Efirees, of Flufbing, one of the deputies to the by the express command of his master, ftates-general from the province of Zea- Lewis XIV, failed with a great fleet to land, formed a design of re-settling this destroy this very sectlement, notwitlist ind. iland entirely at their own expence. M. E ing it had been made under his protection, Cornelius Lampsin, after obtaining a license and by his encouragement ; for, it seems, for that purpose from the states, w applied it is one of the privileges of the barons of himself to the crown of France, in order France, to be beggared and destroyed whento prevent, if posible, any dar.ger to his ever tikir grand monarch pleases ; which April, 1749.
152 Account of Tobago, and the French settling there. April with some difficulty was accomplithed, for could not venture into it that night. In the Durch defended them elves obitınalely, the mean time, the Frencb commodore fent but after two hard-fought gener:l engage- a boat on board, with his second captain, men's they were defeated, or rather over- with compliments, and to know if he powered by numbers, and the colony to. wanted any assistance. He told him he tally ruined.
did not, but defired to know what buliners By the treaty of Nimeguen this isand was those thips had there. The officer told restored to the Dutch, and some, tho' but A him, they were settling the inand, as it faint, efforts were made for repairing a belonged to them, and they were sent from few of their serilements ; but lying as it Breft for that purpose. Upon which capt. did in the neighbourhood of St. Vincent, Tyırell told him, he would loon be in, and Atill in the posterion of the natives, who drive him away from thence for attempting are ravages, they gave them so much dira it. Night coming on, the English thips turbance, that the Dutch were forced to kept their wind, to be ready to go into the quit it, and it has since remained desert; bay the next morning, but they fell to leeand by reason of its Gluation seldom visited ward, and so were obliged to go into, and by Europears. It is easy to perceive from B anchor in the next bay to leeward's but hence, that the Dutch may plead a title to the French, suspecting he was come to atit against Fr.19ce, and that under the au. tack them, kept a watch upon our ships, thonty of treaties ; but if one may venture that when they got under rail, they had to speak truth, it would be a difficult task notice, so that they got under fail in the for either nation to make ciile to it, lince night, and ran away, it is thought, to Marit was firit claimed, and posterion taken tinique, to acquaint their general, and get for the crown of England. Afterwards further orders, and more forces. They the duke of Couvlard, at a very great ex- C have two batteries with 8 cannon each, pence, made a setrlement upon it, and which, Tyrrell says, have 100 and odd rolthac he might have a clear title, procured a diers in them, but don't think they have grant of it from K. Cbarles II. He was any great number of inhabitants as yet in dispofleffed of it by the Durch in the first the island ; and therefore at that time, had war, in favour of the Zealanders before. he power to act according to his inclinamentioned, who, for the sake of being tions, he could have drove them off, and better supported, put themselves likewise taken away their guns ; but he believes under the protection of the crown of they will soon bring on much larger forces, France ; and this was the source of the D and more families to settle. pretensions of that crown, which, if jur. Capt. Tyrrell brought with him from To. used by any thing, it must be by the sub- bago M. Caylus's insolent proclamation pubsequent conquest ; and yet nothing is lished there, afTerting their incontestable clearer, than that this destroys all claim of right not only to that island, but to St. right, as again the title by conquest is de. Vincent's, St. Lucia, Dominico, and almost stroyed by the treaty beforementioned ; all the Caribbee islands, and forbidding any and consequently, the right to the island of Englishman and others from those iNands, Tobago remains in the same fituation with E which he will defend and protect against respect to all other powers, save France and all powers whatever ; a copy of which Holland only, as before the Zealanders at. proclamation goes to the board of trade, tempted to settle it, that is, it belongs to and duke of Bedford, with an address from the dukes of Courland, as a fief held by the legislative of this inand, by a vefTel them from the crown of Great Britain. taken up and sent express, praying his ma
jesty's interpofition, and saving his sugar Copy of a Letter from Barbadoes, dated Fcb.
Capt. Tyrrell fails in a week with the
other Tips (except the Richmond) for AnINCE my lait to you of the 23d of rigua; so the French will have nothing to
hinder their progress, and settling that the ships under his command. On his as- island, till directions come from England. rival, his excellency called the council,
I am, &c. which fat yesterday, and capt. Tyrrell made his report to them, that he had with the
The following is the Proclamation mentioned
above, squadron been round the island o: Tobago; in one of the bays called Great Bockl y Bay, G ORDINANCE OF rbe General of she French he discovered to thips, which he took Windward Mands in America, of the to he Freerd men of war, ftanding into 7th of Dec. 1748, N. S. it ; the Chefter field run upon a rock, how- Ilarles de Tbebieres, de Levi, de Peftel, de ever foon got off, and stood further in ; Grimoard, marquis of Caylus, knight but finding it very Moal water, and not of the order of Sr. Jobn of Jerusalem, and one pilot knowing the way into it, he