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adverted to the circumstance of Her Royal Highness's having taken a child into her house; and observed, how dreadful mistakes about succession to the throne were, and what corifusion might be caused by any claim of this child : I observed, that I was aware of it; but repeated the assertion, that I had never thought of such a thing as was suggested, and therefore considered it impossible, in a manner, that I could have given it utterance. I observed, that I believed, in the first instance, Mr. Stikeman, the page, had mentioned this child to Her Royal Highness, and that it came from Deptford, where I went, when Her Royal Higbness first took it, to see if any illness prevailed in the family. Mr. Connant observed, that he believed it was not an unusual thing for a medical man, when he imagined that a Lady was pregnant, to mention his suspicion to some confidential domestic in the family: -I admitted the bure possibility, if such had been my opinion; but remarked, that the if must have been removed, before I could have committed myself in so absurd a manner.
Lord Moira, in a very significant manner, with his hands behind him, his head over one shoulder, his eyes directed towards me, with a sort of smile, observed, "that he could not help thinking that there must be something in the servant's deposition;" as if he did not give perfect credit to what I had said. He observed what the matter was then confined to the knowledge of a few; and that he had hoped, if there had been any foundation for the affidavit, I might have acknowledged it, that the affair might have been hushed. With respect to the minor question, I observed, that it was not probable that I should condescend to ask any such question, as that ima puted to me, of a menial servant; and that I was not in the liabits of conferring confidentially with servants. "Mr. Connant cautioned me to be on my guard; as, that if it' appeared, on further investigation, I had made such in.
quiry, it might be very unpleasant to me, should it come under the consideration of the Privy Council. I said that I considered the report as a malicious one; and was ready to make oath, before any Magistrate, that I had not, at any time, asserted, or even thought, that Her Royal Highness had ever been in a state of pregnancy since I had had the honour of attending the household. Mr. Connant asked me, whether, whilst I was bleeding Her Royal Higbness or after I had performed the operation, I did not make some comment on the situation of Her Royal Highness, from the state of the blood; and whether I recommended the operation ; I answered in the negative to both questions. I said, that Her Royal Highness had sent for me to bleed her, and that I did not then recollect on what account. I said that I had bled Her Royal Highness twice; but did not remember the dates. I asked Lord Moira, whether he intended to proceed in the business, or whether I might consider it as at rest, that I might have an opportunity, if I thought necessary, of consulting my friends relative to the mode of conduct I ought to adopt ; he said, that if the subject was moved any further, I should be apprized of it; and that, at present, it was in the hands of a few. I left them, and, in about an hour, on further consideration, wrote the note, of which the following is a copy, to which I never received any reply :
“Mr, Edmeades presents his respectful compliments to “ Lord Moira, and, on mature deliberation, after leaving “his Lordship, upon the conversation which passed at “ Lord Moira's this morning, he feels it necessary to ad“ vise with some friend, on the propriety of making the “ particulars of that conversation known to Her Royal “Highness the Princess of Wales; as Mr. Edmeades “ would be very sorry that her Royal Highness should “ consider him capable of such infamous conduct as that
imputed to him on the deposition of a servant, by Lord “ Moira, this morning.
“ London, May 20, 1806." I have been enabled to state the substance of my interview with Lord Moira and Mr. Connant with the more particularity, as I made memorandums of it, within a day or two afterwards. And I do further depose, that the Papers hereunto annexed, marked A. and B. are in the hand-writing of Samuel Gillam Mills, of Greenwich aforesaid, my Partner; and that he is at present, as I verily believe, upon his road from Wales, through Gloucester, to Bath.
(Signed) THOS, EDMEADES. Sworn at the Public Office,
Hatton Garden, this 26th day of September, 1806,
(Signed) THOMAS LEACH.
Memorandums of the Heads of Conversation between
May 14, 1806. May 13, 1806. I received a letter from Lord Moira, of which the following is an exact copy :
St. James's-place, May 13, 1808. SIR, A particular circumstance makes me desire to have the pleasure of seeing you, and, indeed, renders it indispensable that you should take the trouble of calling on me. As the trial in Westminster Hall occupies the latter hours of the day, I must beg you to be with me as early as nine o'clock, to-morrow morning; in the mean time, it will
be better that you should not apprize any one of my having requested you to converse with me. I have the honour, Sir, to be
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
MOIRA. To Mr. Mills. This is the Paper A. referred
to by the Affidavit of Thomas Edmeades, sworn before me this 26th September, 1906.
In consequence of the above letter I waited on his Lordship, exactly at nine o'clock. In less than five minutes I was admitted into his room, and by him received very politely. He began the conversation by stating, he wished to converse with me on a very delicate subject ; that I might rely on his honour, that what passed was to be in perfect confidence ; it was his duty to his Prince, as his Counsellor, to inquire into the subject, which he had known for some time; and the inquiry was due also to my character. He then stated, that a deposition had been made by a domestic of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, deposing, as a declaration made by me, that Her Royal Highness was pregnant, and that I made inquiries when interviews might have taken place with the Prince. I answered, that I never had declared the Princess to be with child, nor ever made the inquiries stated ; that the declaration was an infamous falsehood. This being expressed with some warmth, his Lordship observed that I might have made the inquiries very innocently,
conceiving, that Her Royal Highness could not be in that situation but by the Prince. I repeated my assertion of the falsehood of the declaration, adding, that though the conversation was intended to be confidential, I felt my character strongly attacked by the declaration, therefore it was necessary that the declaration should be investigated; I had no doubt but the character I had so many years maintained, would make my assertion believed before the deposition of a domestic. I then requested to know, what date the declaration bore? His Lordship said, he did not remember; but he had desired the Solicitor to meet me, who would shew it me. I then observed, that I should in confidence communicate to his Lordship, why I was desirous to know the date; I then stated to his Lordship, that soon after Her Royal Highness came to Blackheath, I attended her in an illness, with Sir Francis Millman, in which I bled her twice. Soon after her recovery, she thought proper to form a regular medical appointment, and appointed myself and Mr. Edmeades to be Surgeons and Apothecaries to Her Royal Highness; on receiving my warrant for such appointment, I declined accepting the honour of being appointed Apothecary, being inconsistent with my character, being educated as Surgeon, and having had an honorary degree of Physic conferred on me; Her Royal Highness condescended to appoint me her Surgeon only. His Lordship rang to know if Mr. Lowten was come; he was in the next room. His Lordship left me for a few minutes, returned, and introduced me to Mr. Lowten with much politeness—as Dr. Mills; repeating the assurance of what passed being confidential. I asked Mr. Lowten the date of the declaration, that had been asserted to be made by me? He said, in the year 1902. I then, with permission of his Lordship, gave the history of my appointment, adding, since then I had never seen the Prin