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to the Printer of that Paper, by Joseph Marryat, Esq. of London, threatening him with a prosecution, which gave occasion to the following reply, which I inserted in the above-mentioned Paper, under date of the 12th December, 1804.
To Joseph MARRYAT, Esq. New Bridge Street,
I HAVE been favored with a sight of your letter of the 6th Instant to the Printer of this paper: and as it wholly relates to my Travels in Trinidad, I shall make no apology for addressing you in this public manner.
The uncommon interest you appear to take in every thing which affects Colonel Picton, reflects great honor on the nature of your friendship for that officer. As the Champion of a man who labours under some of the heaviest charges which the laws of England have power to punish, I cannot observe your active zeal without lamenting that such generous exertions are likely to be so unavailing, or that for the sake of the character of your discretion, you had not employed them in a more popular cause. But, is it not enough that you have become surety for Colonel Picton in the sum of 10,0001. that he shall appear to answer any bill or bills of indictment which may be found against him for murder or sistibly drawn from yourself to the Colonel, as if
you were a cypher in the great account, and of no value, but from the relative situation in which you are placed-às if you were a mere machine, with no impulse of your own-an automaton, acted upon and moved by the archjuggler behind the curtain-you must, therefore, pardon this apparent neglect, and permit me to subscribe myself,
P. F. M'CALLUM, December 11, 1804.
That these Letters will be perused by my countrymen with some degree of interest, I think I may conclude without presumption. Happy shall I esteem myself, if this plain unvurnished tale, this naked exposi-, tion of facts of which I have been
and ness, shall awaken the attention of those whose department it is to watch over the interests of my country, to avenge the wrongs of her children and relieve them from the oppressors scourge, and if it shall be the means, in the remotest degree, of introducing a more mild and equitable Administration of Government into Tu! ISLAND OF TRINIDAD,
Liverpool, 31st August, 1805.
Picron's aversion to Lawyers and Literary Men—The Banishment
of Russel Minchin, Esq. a Barrister, the supposed Author of a