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other witness's examination, of any such inquiry having been made.

In his second deposition, which applies to the same fact, after saying that we went away the day after the Africaine sailed from Southend, he says,

Captain Manby was there three times a week at “ the least, whilst his ship lay for six weeks off “ Southend at the Nore ;--- he came as tide served “ in a morning, and to dine, and drink tea. I have

seen him next morning by ten o'clock. I suspected he slept at No. 9, the Princess's.-She

always putout the candles herself in the drawing“ room at No. 9, and bid me not wait to put them

up. She gave me the orders as soon as she went “ to Southend. I used to see water jugs, basons, * and towels, set out opposite the Princess's door “ in the passage. Never saw them so left in the

passage at any other time, and I suspected he was " there at that time; there was a general suspicion

through the house. Mrs. and Miss Fitzgerald " there, and Miss Hammond (now Mrs. Hood) “ there. My suspicion arose from seeing them “ in the glass," &c. as mentioned before.--" Her “ behaviourlike that of a woman attached to a man; ""used to be by themselves at luncheon, at South“ end, when the ladies were not sent for; a num* ber of times. There was a poney which Captain

Manby used to ride ; it stood in the stable ready • for him, and which Sicard used to ride.” Then he says, the servants used to talk and laugh about

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Captain Manby, and that it was matter of discourse amongst them ! and this, with what has been alluded to before, respecting Sicard's putting letters for him into the post, which he had received from me, contains the whole of his deposition as far as respects Captain Manby. And, Sire, as to the fact of retiring through No. 8, from No. 7, to No. 9, alone with Captain Manby, I have no recollection of ever having gone with Captain Manby, though but for a moment, from the one room in which the com. pany was sitting, through the dining-room to the other drawing-room. It is, however, now above two years ago, and to be confident that such a circumstancemight not have happened, is more than I will undertake to be. But in the only sense in which he uses the expression, as retiring alone, coupled with the immediate context that follows, it is most false and scandalous. I know no means of absolutely proving a negative. If the fact was true, there must have been other witnesses who could have proved it as wellas Mr. Bidgood. Mrs. Fitzgerald is the only person of the party, who was examined, and her evidence proves the negative so far as the negative can be proved; for she says, “ he dined there, but never staid late. She was " at Southend all the time I was there, and cannot “ recollect to have seen Captain Manby there, or “ known him to be there, later than nine, or half “ past nine.” Miss Fitzgerald and Miss Ham. mond, (now Mrs. Hood) are not called to this fact; although a fact so extremely important, as it must

appear to your Majesty; nor indeed are they ex. amined at all.

As to the putting out of the candles, it seems he says, I have the orders as soon as I went to Southend, which was six weeks before the Afri. caine arrived ; so this plan of excluding him from the opportunity of knowing what was going on at No. 9, was part of a long meditated scheme, as he would represent it, planned and thought of six weeks before it could be executed ; and which when it was executed, your Majesty will recollect, according to Mr. Bidgood's evidence, there was so little contrivance to conceal, that the basons and towels, which the Captain is insinuated to have used, were exposed to sight, as if to declare that he was there. It is tedious and disgusting, Sire, I am well aware, to trouble your Majesty with such particulars; but it doubtless, is true, that I bid him not to take the candles away from No. 9. The candles which are used in my drawing-room, are considered as his perquisites. Those on the contrary which are used in my private apartment are the perquisites of my maid.

I thought that upon the whole it was a fairer arrangement, when I was at Southend, to give my maid the perqui. sites of the candles used at No. 9; and I made the arrangement accordingly, and ordered Mr. Bid. good to leave them. This, Sire, is the true account of the fact respecting the candles; an arrangement which very possibly Mr. Bidgood did not like.

But the putting out the candles myself, was

If every

not the only thing, from which the inference is drawn, that Captain Manby slept at my house, at No. 9, and as is evidently insinuated, if not stated, in my bed-room. There were water-jugs, and basons, and towels left in the passage, which Mr. Bidgood never saw at other times. At what other times does he mean? At other times than those at which he suspected, from seeing them there, that Captain Manby slept in my house? time he saw the basons and towels, &c. in the passage, he suspected Captain Manby slept there, it certainly would follow that he never saw them at times when he did not suspect that fact. But Sire, upon this important fact, important to the extent of convicting me, if it were true, of High Treason, if it were not for the indignation which such scandalous, licentious wickedness and malice excite, it would hardly be possible to treat it with any gravity. Whether there were or were not basons and towels sometimes left in a passage at Southend, which were not there generally, and ought to have been never there, I really cannot inorm your Majesty. It certainly is possible, but the utmost it can prove, I should trust, might be some slovenliness in my servant, who did not put them in their proper places; but surely it must be left to Mr. Bidgood alone to trace any evidence, from such a circumstance, of the crime of adultery

But I cannot thus leave this fact, for I trust I shall here again have the same advantage from the excess and extravagance of this man's malice, as I have already had on the other part of the charge, from the excess and extravagance of his confederate Lady Do'glas.

in me.

What is the charge that he would insinuate? That I meditated and effected a stolen, secret, clandestine intercourse with an adulterer? No. Captain Manby, it seems according to his insinuation, slept with me in my own house, under circumstances, ofsuch notoriety that it was impossible that any of my female attendants at least should not have known it. Their duties were varied on the occasion ; they had to supply basons and towels in places where they never were supplied, except when prepared for him; and they were not only purposely so prepared, but prepared in an open passage, exposed to view, in a manner to excite the suspicion of those who were not admitted into the secret. And what a secret was it, that was thus to be hazarded ! No less than what, if discovered, would fix Captain Manby and myself with High Treason! Not only therefore must I have been thus careless of reputation, and eager for infamy; but I must have been careless of my life, as of my honour.- Lost to all sense of shame, surely I must have still retained some regard for life.Captain Manby too with a folly and madness equal to his supposed iniquity, must then have put his life in the hands of my servants and de. pended for his safety upon their fidelity to me, and their perfidy to the Prince their master. If the excess of vice and crime in all this is believed,

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