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thority, contrary to the sentence of the judges, which it appears he annulled.

. 17th. For a rape committed on the body of a Spanish mulatto girl. : 18th. For granting dispensations to relatives in the forbidden degrees of consanguinity, and compelling the curate of Port of Spain to marry them.

19th. For the illegal imprisonment of a number of his Majesty's subjects.

20th. For granting leave to a Frenchman to supply the enemies of Great Britain with naval and warlike stores. This case is shortly thus. The Governor seized å vessel from the river-Oronoko, belonging to a Spaniard, and consigned to a Frenchman resident in this town. The net proceeds were directed to be appropriated to liquidate certain debts the owner had, in course of his dealings, contracted with some persons in town, but the Governor applied it to his own convenience. Several subsequent applications have been made by the Spaniards creditors, notwithstanding they were obliged at last to remain silent, as they had been threatened with banishment. The Governor was more generous to the consignee ;

he gave him an order, whereby he was allowed to export any quantity of warlike stores, under a certain restriction, which is said to be, that the Frenchman would account for half the profits.

I called, a few days ago, on a gentleman of the name of Redhead, who had been confined eight and twenty days, at the instance of one of Picton's jackals, with a view to ascertain some points relative to his case; and as he politely favored me with an explanation, I am now enabled to lay the whole before you..

Mr. Redhead was walking in one of the streets one day along with a friend. They happened to meet one of

the Governor's spies, who made use of some very abusive language to Mr. Redhead. The latter deservedly crossed the nose of the offender, when the blood of iniquity spouted cataracts round him. They were, in a few hours after, arrested as guilty of high treason, and committed, as usual, to the Bastille. In the mean time, a mock trial ensued in the Inquisitorial Court, when Mr. Redhead was condemned, without being heard, to pay a fine of 400 dollars; but his friend was acquitted after some little imprisonment, although he took no part whatever in the dispute. It is true, Mr. Redhead was obnoxious to Picton, and therefore it was a crime to be seen in company with those who, like Mr. Redhead, were disliked : however, in this instance it is well understood that the jackal in question courted this opportunity to quarrel with him, in order to punish him. The wretch went further; he endeavoured to procure a sentence to enable him to cut off Mr. Redhead's ears, under the usual pretence, that the punishment might be inflicted by the Spanish law, but Picton thought it prudent to resist the iniquitous wishes of his favorite*.


* This man was a member of the Illustrious Cabildo, which I think may not improperly be termed the Inquisition. In the year 1797, he signed a declaration, retrospectively arraigning the late Governor, Chacone. Among the items, I find one of them was for having deli. vered the island to the British, and another, reprobating Spanish laws. But under these laws this fellow has since acted in a judicial capacity, and he has never ceased to violate or mis-state them. He lately came forward under the auspices of his friend, Mr. Joseph Marryat, of New Bridge Street, London, and exhibited an article of accusation against Colonel Fullarton, which I mean to notice in a fu. ture letter.


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The Case of Hugh Gallagher, executed by order of

Governor Picton, in May 1797, re-considered-An Account of Jean Baptiste Richard, a free Mulatto, Man, executed without a I'rial, by order of Governor Picton, in the year 1797-Fourteen Privates of the 60th Regiment, and of Hompesch Corps, executed in 1797, by order of Governor Picton, without any Forme of Trial-Detail of the Case of John Baptiste Alarcon, a Spanish Sailor, executed in the month of April, 1799, by order of Governor Picton, without any Form of Trial, for a crime committed on the High SeasA Guiacaree Indian, the sailing Captain, or Patron of a Schooner, tortured and shot by order of Governor Picton, without any Form of Trial, in 1800The Case of Pierre Francois, executed December 1801, by order of Governor. Picton, for

. Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms, &c. -Bouqui executed December 1801, by order of Govers nor Picton, for Sorcery, Dirination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms, &c.--La Fortune executed February, 1802, by order of Governor Picton, for Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms, 8c.-Manuel executed February 1802, by order of Governor Picton, for Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms, &c.Thisbea.

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a Negress, tortured, and afterwards hanged in February 1902, by order of Governor Picton, for Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, holding converse with the Devil, poisoning by means of Charms, 80.- Michael Gardon, erecuted March 1802, by order of Governor Picton, for Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms, 8c.— Aubinot executed April 1802, by order of Governor Picton for Sorcery, Divination, Knowledge of the Black Art, poisoning by means of Charms,&c.--Present, a Negress, hanged without Trial, by order of Governor Picton-Circumstances relating to Goliah, a Negro $lave belonging to John Dawson, Esg. who died in consequence of a severe flogging ordered by Governor Pictose,

Observations on the above Cases.


Head-Quarters, PUERTO DE ESPANA, March 3803.



In the preceding letter you are furnished with a list of the unhappy objects who had suffered under Picton's tyrannical prætorship; it now becomes necessary that I should state the cases of these injured sufferers, with some more, at full length. Hence describe them in rotation as they occurred.

The first is Hugh Gallagher, of the Royal Artillery, whose case I have already partly described. But in all cases of this nature, it is my duty to be very particular; therefore resume the subject without hesitation.

On or about the 21st of May, 1797, a free negrowoman, named Jenny Boniface, went to the house of John Nihel, Esq. Chief Justice of the Island, and stated

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that she had been both ravished and robbed on the road from St. Joseph. Mr. Nihel having heard what she had to say, thought her charge so very frivolous, that he did not take any further notice of it than by merely telling her to go to Governor Picton, “to whom," as Mr. Nihel says, “ I thought it would afford amusement to hear of a rape in the West Indies; and all the punishment that I thought could possibly be the event, would be to put him in the guard-house.. After dinner on the same day, I walked down towards the wharf, and you may judge of my horror and surprise, when I found the man was just executed!. Before this victim was sacrificed, he was distinctly heard addressing Governor Picton, who was near the gallows, protesting his innocence, and requesting that he might be tried before he lost his life. Governor Picton replied, by thus insulting him: Villain! you are going to Hell with lies in your mouth!By the orderly-book of the Artillery Corps then in Trinidad, it does not appear that this unfortunate victim was either arrested, tried, or executed; and moreover, I am told that he as yet stands unaccounted for in the returns of the corps.

Two days after the execution of Gallagher, a court-martial was held on three other soldiers of the same corps,

Patrick Murphy, Patrick Kenny, and Andrew Redman, as being his accomplices in this robbery. They were ordered to receive 1,500 lashes each.

It further appears from the evidence of Jenny Boniface, that Murphy, and not the unfortunate Gallagher, was the man who had ill-used and robbed her.

If it is true, what Governor Picton boasts of, that his Majesty's ministers have sanctioned this atrocious outrage on the life of an innocent man, how can they stand acquitted before God and their country, for approving of

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