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confidential and sworn servants, that there was no longer any reason for your Majesty's declining to receive me ;-if after your Majesty's gracious communication, which led me to rest assured that your Majesty would appoint an early day to receive me ; -jf after all this, by a renewed application on the part of The Prince of Wales, upon whose communication the first Inquiry had been directed, I now find that that punishment, which has been inflicted, pending a seven months Inquiry before the determination, should, contrary to the opinion of your Majesty's servants, be continued after that determination, to await the result of some new proceeding, to be suggested by the lawyers of the Prince of Wales ; it is impossible that I can fail to assert to your Majesty, with the effect due to truth, that I am,
in the consciousness of my innocence, and with a strong sense of my unmeritted sufferings,
Your Majesty's most dutiful, and most
(Signed) C. P. To the King.
SIRE, By my short letter to Your Majesty of the 12th instant, in answer to Your Majesty's communication of the 10th, 1 notified my intention of representing to Your Majesty the various grounds, on which I felt the hardship of my case; and, a review of which, I confidently hoped, would dispose
Your Majesty to recal your determination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my receptson into Your Royal Presence ; a determination, which, in addition to all the other pain which it brought along with it, affected me with the disappointment of hopes, which I had fondly cherished, with the most perfect confidence, because they rested on Your Majesty's gracious assurance.
Independently, however, of that communication from your Majesty, I should have felt myself bound to have troubled Your Majesty with much of the contents of the present letter. - Upon the receipt of the paper which, hy Your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last month, and which communicated to me the joyful intelli gence, that Your Majesty was advised, that it
was no longer necessary for you to decline re
ceiving me into Your Royal Presence," I conceived myself necesrarily called upon to send an immediate answer to so much of it as respected that intelligenee. I could not wait the time, which it would have required, to state those observations, which it was impossible for me to refrain from making, at some period, upon the other important particulars which that paper contained. Accordingly, I answered it immediately; and, as Your Majesty's gracious and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, announced to me your pleasure, that I should be received by Your Majesty, on a day subsequent to the then ensuing week, I was led most confidently to assure myself, that the last
week would not have passed, without my having
me, on the
That paper established the opinion, which I certainly, had ever confidently entertained, but the justness of which I had not before any document to establish, that Your Majesty had, from the first, deemed this proceeding, a high and important matter of state, in the consideration of which Your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to trust to your own generous feelings, and to your own Royal, and gracious judgment. I never did believe, that the cruel state of anxiety, in which I had been kept, ever since the delivery of my Answer, (for at least sixteen weeks) could be at all attributable to Your Majesty ; it was most unlike every thing which I had ever experienced from Your Majesty's conde
scension, feeling, and justice; and I found, from that Paper, that it was to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the length of banishment from your presence, which they, at last, advised Your Ma. jesty, it was no longer necessary should be continued. I perceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it was to them, and to them only, that I owed the protracted continuance of my sufferings, and of my disgrace; and that Your Majesty, considering the whole of this proceeding to have been instituted and conducted, under the grave responsibility of Your Majesty's servants, had not thought proper to take any step, or express any opinion, upon any part of it, but such as was recommended by their advice. Influenced by these sentiments, and anxious to have the opportunity of conveying thern, with the overflowings of a grateful heart, to Your Majesty, what were my sensations of surprise. mortification, and disappointment, on the receipt of Your Majesty's letter of the 10th instant, Your Majesty may conceive, though I am utterly unable to express.
That Letter announces to me, that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several documents which your Majesty directed your Cabinet to transmit to him, made a personal communication to your Majesty of his intention to put them into the hands of his Lawyers, accompanied by a request, that your Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to submit to your Majesty
the statement which he proposed to make; and it also announces to me that your Majesty therefore considered it incumbent on you, to defer naming a day to me, until the further result of the Prince of Wales's intention should have been made known to your Majesty.
This determination of your Majesty, on this request, made by his Royal Highness, I humbly trust your Majesty will permit me to entreat you, in
your most gracious justice, to reconsider. Your Majesty, I am convinced, must have been surprised at the time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and justice would never have adopted it. And if I can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled injustice, and cruelty of this interposition of the Prince of Wales, at such a time, and under such circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence that your Majesty will hasten to recall it.
I should basely be wanting to my own interest and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense of that injustice, and cruelty ; and if I did not most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will better perceive the just grounds of my complaint, when I retrace the course of these proceedings from their commencement.
The four noble Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire into the charges brought against me, in their Report of the 14th of July last, after having stated that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales