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woman to my knowledge before she came with the petition to the door. I had no particular directions by the Princess to procure a child. I thought it better to take the child of persons of good character, than the child of a pauper. Nothing led me from the appearance of the Princess, to suppose that she was with child, but from her, shape it is difficult to judge when she is with child. When she was with child of the Princess Charlotte, I should not have known it when she was far advanced in her time, if I had not been told it. Sir Sidney Smith at one time visited very frequently at Montague House, two or three times a week. At the time the Princess was altering her rooms in the Turkish style, Sir Sidoey Smith's visits were very frequent. The Princess consulted him upon them. Mr. Morell was the upholsterer. Sir Sidney Smith came frequently alone. He stayed alone with the Princess sometimes till eleven o'clock at night. He has been there till twelve o'clock, and after, I believe alone with the Princess. The Princess is of that lively vivacity, that she makes herself familiar with gentlemen, which prevented my being struck with his staying so late. I do not believe that at that time any other gentleman visited the Princess so frequently, or stayed so late. I have seen the Princess when they were alone sitting with Sir Sidney Smith on the same sofa in the Blue Room. I had access to the Blue Room at all times, There was an inner room which opened into the Blue Room. When that room was not lighted up, I did not go into it, and did not consider that I had a right to go into it. I had no idea on what account I was brought here. I did not know that the Princess's conduct was questioned or questionable. I was with the Princess at Ramsgate. When she was at East Cliff, Captain Manby was very frequently there; went away as late at night as eleven o'clock. I don't remember Fanny Lloyd being called up any morning to make breakfast for the Princess. I did not like Capt. Manby coming so often, and staying so late, and I was uneasy at it. I remember a piece of plate, a silver lamp, being sent to Captain Manby. I saw it in Sicard's possession. He told me it was for Captain Manby, and he had a letter to send with it. I have never seen Captain Manby at the Princess's at Ramsgate before nine o'clock in the morning, but I have heard he has been there earlier. I had never any suspicions of there being any thing improper, either from the frequent visits of Captain Manby, or from his conduct. I was at Catherington with the Princess. She used to go out generally in her own chaise. I think I have once or twice seen her go with Mr. Hood in his one-horse chaise. They have been out for two hours, or two hours and a half, togetber. I believe only a day or two elapsed between the time the child being first brought, and being then brought back again, and left with the Princess. I am sure the child was not weaned after it had been first brought. I don't recollect any gentleman ever sleeping in the house. I don't remember Lawrence the painter ever sleeping there. The Princess seems very fond of the child. It is always called William Austin.
THOMAS STIKEMAN. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street, the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,
(No. 10.) The Deposition of John Sicard. I have lived seven years with the Princess of Wales, am house-steward, and have been in that situation from the end of sis months after I first lived with Her Royal Highness. I remember the child who is now with the Princess of Wales being brough there. It was about five months old when it was brought. It is about four years ago, just before we went to Ramsgate. I had not the least suspicion of the object of my being brought here I had opportunity of seeing the Princess frequently. I waited on her at dinner and supper. I never observed that the Princess had the appearance of being with child. I think it was hardly possible that she should have been with child without my perceiving it. Sir Sidney Smith used to visit very frequently at Montague House in 1802, with Sir John aud Lady Douglas. He was very often, I believe, alone with the Princess, and so was Mr. Canning, and other gentleinen. I cannot say that I ever suspected Sir Sidney Sinith of any improper conduct with the Princess. I never had any suspicion of the Princess acting improperly witli Sir Sidney Smith or any other gentleman, I remember Captain Manby visiting at Montague House. The Princess of Wales did not pay for the expence of fitting up his cabin, but the linen furniture was ordered by me, by direction of the Princess, of Newberry and Jones. It was put by Newberry and Jones in the Princess's bill, and was paid for with the rest of the bill by Miss Heyman.
JOHN SICARD. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street, the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,
The Deposition of Charlotte Sander.
I HAVE lived with the Princess of Wales eleven years. I am a native of Brunswick, and came with the Princess from Brunswick. The Princess has a little boy living with her under her protection. He had a mark on his hand, but it is worn off. I first saw him four
in the autumn. The father and mother of the child are still alive. I have seen them both. The father worked in the Dock Yard at Deptford, but has now lost the use of his limbs. The father's name is Austin. The mother brought the child to the Princess when he was four months old. I was present when the child was brought to the Princess. She was in her own room up stairs when the child was brought. She came out and took the child herself. I understood that the child was expected before it was brought. I am sure that I never saw the child in the house before it appeared to be four months old. The Princess was not ill or indisposed in the autumn of 1802. I was dresser to Her Royal Highness. She could not be ill or ivdisposed without my knowing it. I am sure that she was not confined to her room or to her bed in that autumn. There was not to my knowledge any other child in the house. It was hardly possible there could have been a child there without my knowing it. I have no recollection that the Princess had grown bigger in the year 1802 than usual. I ain sure the Princess was not pregnaut. Being her dresser, I must have seen if she was. I solemnly and positively swear I have no reason to know or believe that the Princess of Wales has been at any time pregnant during the time I have lived with Her Royal Highness at Montague House. I
have said to Cole that the Princess was grown much thinner, but I
don't rccollect that I did. I never heard any body say any thing about the Princess being pregnant till I came here to-day. I did not expect to be asked any question to-day respecting the Princess being pregnant. Nobody came over to the Princess from Germany in the autumn of 1802 to my knowledge. Her Royal Highness was generally blooded twice in a year, but not lately. I never had any reason to suppose that the Princess received the visits of any gentlemen at improper hours. Sir Sidney Smith visited her frequently, and almost daily. He was there very late, sometimes till two o'clock in the morning. I never saw Sir Sidney Smith in a room alone with the Princess late at night. I never saw any thing which led me to suppose that Sir Sidney Smith was on a very familiar footing with the Princess of Wales. I attended the Princess of Wales to Southend. She had two houses, No. 9. and No. 8. I knew Captain Manby. He commanded the Africaine. He visited the Princess. While his ship was there, he was frequently with the Princess. I don't know or believe, and I have no reason to believe, that Captain Manby staid till very late hours with the Princess. I never suspected that there was any improper familiarity between them. I never expressed to any body a wish that Captain Manby's visits were not so frequent. If the Princess had company, I was never present. The Princess was at Ramsgate in 1803. I have seen Captain Manby there frequently. He came to the Princess's house to dinner. He never stayed till late at night at the Princess's house. I was in Devonshire with the Princess lately. There was no one officer that she saw when she was in Devonshire more than the rest. I never heard from the Princess that she apprehended her conduct was questioned. When I was brought here. I thought I might be questioned respecting the Princess's conduct, and I was sorry to come. I don't know why I