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thought so. I never saw any thing in the conduct of the Princess while I lived with her, which would have made me uneasy if I had been her husband. When I was at Southend I dined in the Steward's room. whether I ever heard any body in the steward's room say any thing about the Captain, meaning Captain Manby. It is so long ago I may have forgot it. I have seen Captain Manby alone with the Princess at No. 9, in the drawing-room at Southend. I have seen it only once or twice. It was at two or three o'clock in the afternoon, and never later. I slept in a room next to the Princess in the house No. 9, at Southend. I never saw Captain Manby in any part of that house but the drawing-room. I have no reason to believe he was in any other room in the house. I was at Catherington with the Princess. She was at Mr. Hood's house. I never saw any familiarity between her and Mr. Hood. I have seen her drive out in Mr. Hood's carriage with him alone. It was a gig. They used to be absent for several hours. A servant of the Princess attended them. I have delivered packets by the order of the Princess, which she gave me sealed up, to Sicard, to be by him forwarded to Captain Manby. The birth-day of the child who lives with the Princess is the 11th of July, as his mother told me. She says that he was christened at Deptford. The child had a mark on the hand. The mother told me that it was from red wine. I believe the child came to the Princess in November.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street,
the seventh day of June, 1806.
A true Copy,
(No. 12.) Deposition of Sophia Austin.
I know the child which is now with the Princess of Wales. I am the mother of it. I was delivered of it four years ago the 11th of July next, at Brownlow-street Hospital. I have lain in there three times. William, who is with the Princess, is the second child I laid in of there. It was marked in the right hand with red wine. My husband was a labourer in the Dock-yard at Deptford. When peace was proclaimed, a number of the workmen were discharged, and my husband was one who was discharged. I went to the Princess with a petition on a Saturday, to try to get my husband restored. I lived at that time at Deptford New-Row, No. 7, with a person of the name of Bearblock. He was a milkman. The day I went to the Princess with the petition, was a fortnight before the 6th of November. Mr. Bennet, a baker in New-street, was our dealer, and I took the child to Mr. Bennet's when I went to receive my husband's wages every week from the time I left the Hospital till I carried the child to the Princess. I knew Mr. Slikeman only by having seen him once before, when I went to apply for a letter to Brownlow. street Hospital. When I went to Montague House, I desired Mr. Stikeman to present my petition. He said they were denied to do such things, but seeing me with a baby he could do no less. He then took the child from me, and was a long time gone. He then brought me back the child, and brought half-a-guinea which the ladies sent me. He said if the child had been younger, he could have got it taken care of for me, but desired that I would come up again.
up again on the Monday following, and I saw Mr. Stikeman. Mr. Stikeman afterwards čame several times to us, and appointed me to take the child to Montague House on the 5th of November, but it rained all day, and I did not take it. Mr. Stikeman came down to me on the Saturday the 6th of November, and I took the child on that day to the Princess's house. The Princess was out. I waited till she returned. She saw the child, and asked its age. I went down into the coffee-rooin, and they gave me some arrowstoot to wean the child ; for I was suckling the child at this time, and when I had weaned the child, I was to bring it and leave is with the Princess. I did Wean the child, and brought it to the Princess's house on the 15th of November, and left it there, and it has been with the Princess ever since. I saw the child last WhitMonday, and I swear that it is my child.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street,
the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,
ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.
A true Copy,
20th June, 1806.
In consequence of certain inquiries directed by his Majesty, Lady Douglas, wife of Sir John Douglas of the Marines, has deposed upon oath that she was told by her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, that at a breakfast at Lady Willoughby's house in May or June, 1802, &c.
[Extract from Lady Douglas's Deposition.]
It being material to ascertain, as far as possible, the truth of this fact, I am to request that your Lordship will have the goodness to desire Lady Willoughby to put down in writing every circumstance in any manner relative thereto (if any such there be) of which her Ladyship has any recollection; and also to apprize me, for his Majesty's information, whether at any time, during the course of the abovementioned year, Lady Willoughby observed any such alteration in the Princess's shape, or any other circumstances, as might induce her Ladyship to believe that her Royal Highness was then pregnant.
I am, &c.
Sidmouth, 21st June, 1806. MY DEAR LORD, In obedience to your commands, I lost no time in communicating to Lady Willoughby the important subject of your private letter, dated the 20th instant, and I have the honour of enclosing a letter to your Lordship from Lady Willoughby.
I have the honour, &c,
(No. 15.) MY LORD, In obedience to the command contained in your Lordship's letter communicated to me by Lord Gwydir, I have the honour to inform you, that I have no recollection whatever of the fact stated to have taken place, during a breakfast at Whitehall in May or June 1802 ; nor do I bear in mind any particular circumstances relative to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, at the
period to which you allude. .
I have the honour, &c.
WILLOUGHBY. June 21, 1906. EARL SPENCER. true Copy,
(No. 16.) Extract from the Register of the Births and
Baptisms of Children born in the Brownlow
street Lying-in Hospital. Born
May, 8, Thomas, of Richard and Elizabeth Austin, 20
William, of Samuel and Sophia Austin, 15 The above are the only two entries under the name of Austin, about the period in question, and were extracted bộ me. No description of the children is preserved.
CHARLES WATKIN WILLIAMS WYNN. June 23, 1806. A true Copy,