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taken on that subject, and of the observations and affidavits brought forward by the Princess of Wales's legal advisers, they agree in the opinions, submitted to His Majesty in the original Report of the four Lords, by whom His Majesty directed that the matter should in the first instance be inquired into; and that, in the present stage of the business, upon a mature and deliberate view of this most important subject in all its parts, and bearings, it is their opinion, that the facts of this case do not warrant their advising that any further step should be taken in the business by His Majesty's Government or any other proceedings instituted upon it, except such only as His Ma. jesty's Law Servants may, on reference to them, think fit to recommend for the prosecution of Lady Douglas, on those parts of her depositions which may appear to them to be justly liable thereto.
In this situation, His Majesty is advised, that it is no longer necessary for him to decline re. ceiving the Princess into His Royal Presence.
The King sees, with great satisfaction, the agreement of his confidential servants, in the decided opinion expressed by the four Lords upon the falsehood of the accusations of pregnancy and delivery, brought forward against the Princess by Lady Douglas.
On the other matters produced in the course of the Inquiry, the king is advised that none of the facts or allegations stated in preliminary ex
aminations, carried on in the absence of the parties interested, can be considered as legally, , or conclusively, established. But in those examinations, and even in the answer drawn in the name of the Princess by her legal advisers, there have appeared circumstances of conduct on the part of the Princess, which his Majesty never could regard but with serious concern. The elevated rank which the Princess holds in this country, and the relation in which she stands to His Majesty and the Royal Family, must always deeply involve both the interests of the State, and the personal feelings of His Majesty, in the propriety and correctness of her conduct. And His Majesty cannot therefore forbear to express, in the conclusion of the business, his desire and expectation, that such a conduct may in future be observed by the Princess, as may fully jus. tify those marks of paternal regard and affection, which the King always wishes to sliew to every part of His Royal Family.
His Majesty has directed that this message should be transmitted to the Princess of Wales, by his Lord Chancellor, and that copies of the proceedings, which had taken place on the subject, should also be communicated to his dearly beloved Son, The Prince of Wales.
January 29th, 1807. SIRE, I H Asten to acknowledge the receipt of the paper, which, by your Majesty's direction, was yesterday transmitted to me, by the Lord Chancellor, and to express the unfeigned happiness, which I have derived from one part of it. I mean that, which informs me that
your Majesty's confidential servants have, at length, thought proper to communicate to your Majesty, their advice, 66 that it is no longer neces
sary for your Majesty to decline receiving me into your Royal presence."
And I, therefore, humbly hope, that your Majesty will be graciously pleased to receive, with favour, the communication of my intention to avail myself, with your Majesty's permission, of that advice, for the purpose of waiting upon your Majesty on Monday next, if that day should not be inconvenient; when I hope again to have the happiness of throwing myself, in filial duty and affection, at your Majesty's feet,
Your Majesty will easily conceive, that I reluctantly name so distant a day as Monday, but I do not feel myself sufficiently recovered from the measles, to venture upon so long a drive at an earlier day. Feeling, however, very anxious, to receive again as soon as possible, that blessing, of which I have been so long deprived, if that day should happen to be, in any degree, inconvenient, I humbly entreat, and implore, your Majesty's most gracious and paternal goodness, to name some other day, as early as possible, for that purpose.
I am, &c.
To the King
January 29th, 1807. The King has this moment received the Princess of Wales's letter, in which she intiinates her intention of coming to Windsor on Monday next; and his Majesty, wishing not to put the Princess to the inconvenience of coming to this place, so immmediately after her illness, hastens to acquaint her, that he shall prefer to receive her in London, upon a day subsequent to the ensuing week, which will also better suit his Majesty, and of which he will not fail to apprize the Princess.
(Signed) To the Princess of Wales.
• As the Princers of Wales may have been led to expect, from the King's letter to her, that he would fix an early day for seeing her, his Majesty thinks it right to acquaint her, that the Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several documents, which the King directed his Cabinet to transmit to him, made a formal communication to him, of his intention to put them into the hands of his lawyers ; accompanied by a request, that his Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to sub. mit to him, the statement which he proposed to make. The King therefore considers it incumbent upon him to defer naming a day to the Princess of Wales, until the further result of the Prince's intention shall have been made known to him.
To the Princess of Wales.
C. II. WIITE, NAVALE SEUM OF WYGIENE,
WASHINGTON, D. C.