very clear and grave reasons, His Majesty's Government will not authorize the abolition of a body to which the people at large are greatly attached, and which they not without reason regard as the constitutional guardian of some important popular privileges. . . .
TRINIDAD: LORD GODERICH TO GOVERNOR GRANT, 27 May 18301
. . . You are aware that the expenditure of Trinidad has been represented to be inordinately large in comparison with that of some colonies having legislative assemblies, and that it has been a recent subject of remonstrance on the part of the inhabitants. Unquestionably one of the principal advantages of a popular representation consists in the check which it imposes upon the expenditure of public money; and His Majesty's confidential servants in refusing this form of government to the colony of Trinidad, as under the existing circumstances of its society they have been compelled to do, have felt it to be peculiarly their duty to supply by their own strict revision of the expenditure, assisted by yourself and the Council of Government, such control as shall satisfy the reasonable expectations of the colonists. . . .
LEEWARD ISLANDS. GOVERNOR HUGH ELLIOT TO LORD LIVERPOOL, 21 November 18102
. . . I have subjoined extracts of two letters, the first from Mr. Cottle, president of the Council at Nevis: the second from Mr. Wilson, one of the senior members of the Council at St. Christopher's, both corroborating the general expression of dissatisfaction in those islands with the state of their governments. Upon these I beg leave to confine myself to remark, that I do not apprehend the defects____________________