A few days previous to his departure, a public address from the merchants and other inhabitants of Bridgetown was delivered to his Excellency, bearing nearly one hundred and seventy signatures, and expressing their gratitude for his just government and their regret at his removal. Sir Lionel Smith left Carlisle Bay, with the usual ceremonies, on the 20th of August 1836, and the Honourable John Alleyne Beckles, senior nlember of his Majesty's Council, was sworn in as Commander of the Colony. The Legislature, on the 17th of August 1836, passed an Act which settled five hundred pounds currency per annum upon his Honour for the period that he should administer the government.