British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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with Spain and to require rather decency than cordiality, I cannot help flattering myself that you will certainly find it practicable, especially with the means which Lord Grantham has furnished you. . .


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LORD GRANTHAM TO ALLEYNE FITZHERBERT 9 January 17831

SIR,

St. James's.

It is impossible to judge whether France is determined to make a stand in favour of the restitution of Trincomalé to the Dutch. You will employ your utmost sagacity in endeavouring to discover this, and not allow a suspicion to be entertained that this object can be given up by us. If however for the purpose of not risking a salutary conclusion to the negotiation, you shall be perfectly convinced that Trincomalé cannot be obtained, you have His Majesty's permission to desist from that claim. . . . Therefore on finding yourself obliged to desist from the demand of Trincomalé, you will insist as strenuously for keeping Negapatnam and procuring Demerary and Esequibo.

If, upon the same resistance on the part of the Dutch Plenipotentiaries or France, those cannot be obtained, Negapatnam alone must be insisted upon. . . . The importance, however, of Trincomalé is so great and the expectation of keeping it is so high that nothing, I am persuaded, will be left undone by you to obtain so capital a point. . . . 2


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INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL AND COUNCIL, BENGAL, TO CAPTAIN THOMAS FORREST, 31 May 17843

SIR,

[Fort William.]

Having resolved to dispatch the Esther Brig under your command to Rhio4 and to entrust to your care the establishment of an agency

____________________
1
Draft in F.O. 27/5, ft. 249-51.
2
After the Shelburne Ministry had been replaced by the Fox-North coalition, Fox strove to secure the substitution of Trincomali for Negapatam in the Anglo- Dutch peace treaty, but without avail. The struggle to secure a naval station in Ceylon was resumed by Pitt and Dundas.
3
Factory Records, Straits Settlements I, Bengal Consultations, L. 716/2, India Office Library. Warren Hastings remained in India as Governor-General till 1785. Captain Forrest had already spent some thirty years in the service of the East India Company and been employed on various exploratory missions round New Guinea and in the Indian Ocean.
4
A port and island off the southern extremity of the Malay peninsula. Forrest was forestalled there by the Dutch.

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