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Montague House, February 12th, 1807.
I RECEIVED yesterday, and with inexpressble pain, your Majesty's last communication, The duty of stating, in a representation to your Majesty, the various grounds, upon which I feel the hardship of my case, and upon which I confidently think that,upona review of it, your Majesty will be disposed to recal your last determination, is a duty I owe to myself: and I cannot forbear, at the moment when I acknowledge your Majesty's letter, to announce to your Majesty, thatpropose toexecute that duty without delay.
After having suffered the punishment of banishment from your Majesty's presence, for seven months, pending an Inquiry, which your Majesty had directed, into my conduct,affecting both my
life and my honour ;-after that Inquiry had, at length terminated in the advice of your Majesty's confidential and sworn servants, that there was no longer any reason for your Ma. jesty'sdeclining to receive me ;-after your Ma. jesty's gracious communication, which led me to rest assured that your Majesty would appoint an early day to receive me ;---if after all this, by a renewed application on the part of The Prince of Wales, upon whose communication the first Inquiry had been directed, I now find that that punishment, which had been inflicted, pending a seven month's Inquiry before the determi
nation, should, contrary to the opinion of your Majesty's servants, be continued after that de. termination, to await the result of some new proceeding, to be suggested by the lawyers of the Prince of Wales; it is impossible that I can fail to assert to your Majesty, wth the effect due to truth, that I am, in the consciousness of my innocence, and with a strong sense of my unmerited sufferings, Your Majesty's most dutiful, and most affectionate, but much injured Subject,
and Daughter-in-law, (Signed)
C. P. To the King
SIRE, By my short letter to Your Majesty of the 12th justant, in answer to Your Majesty's communication of the 10th, I notified my intention of representing to Your Majesty the various grounds, on which I felt the hardship of my case ; and, a review of which, I confidently hoped, would dispose your Majesty to recal your determination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my reception into your roj al Presence; a determination, which, in addition to all the other pain which it brought along with it, affected me with the disappointment of hopes, which I had fondly cherished, with the most perfect confidence, because they rested on your Ma. jesty's gracious assurance.
Independently, however, of that communica
tion from your Majesty, I should have felt miself-bound to have troubled your Majesty with much of the contents of the present letter.
Upon the receipt of the paper, which by your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last month, and which communicated to me the jo, ful intelligence, that your Majesty was “ advised, that “ it was no longer necessary for you to decline
receiving me into your royal Presence,” I conceived myself necessarily called upon to send an immediate answer to so much of it as respected that intelligence. I could not wait the time, which it would have required, to state those observations, which it was impossible for me to refrain from making, at some period, upon the other important particulars which that paper contained. Accordingly, I answered it immediately : and, as your Majesty's gracious and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight,announced to me your pleasure, that I should be received by your Majesty, on a day subsequent to the then ensuing week, I was led most confidently to assure myself, that the last week would not have passed, without my having received that satisfaction. I therefore determined to wait in patience, without further intrusion upon your Majesty, till I might have the opportunity of guarding myself from the possibility of being misunderstood, by personally explaining to your Majesty, that whatever observations I had to
make upon the paper so communicated to me, on the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaicts respecting the delay, and the many cruel circumstances which had attended the whole of the proceedings against me, and the unsatisfactory state, in which they were at length left by that last communication, they were observations and complaints which affected those only, under wlose advice your Majesty had acted, and were not, in any degree, intended to intimate even the most distant insinuation against your Majesty's justice, or kindness.
That paper established the opinion, which I, certainly, had ever confidently entertained, but the justness of which I had not before any document to establish, that your Majesty had, from the first, deemed this procecding a high and important matter of state, in the consideration of which your Majesty had not felt:yourself at liberty to trust to your own generous feel, ings, and to yourown Royal, and gracious judg. ment. I never did believe, that the cruel state of anxiety,in which I had been kept, ever since the delivery of my Answer, forat least sixteenweeksi could be at all attributable to your Majesty ; it was most unlike every thing which I had ever experienced from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and justice ; and I found, from that paper, ahat it was to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the length of banishment from your presence, which they, at last, advised
jesty, it was no longer necessary should be conti. nued. I perceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it was to them, and to thein only, that I owed the protracted continuance of my sufferings, and of my disgrace; and that Your Majesty, considering the whole of this proceeding to have been instituted and conducted, under the grave responsibility of Your Majesty's servants, bad not thought proper to take any step, or express any opinion, upon any part of it, but such as was recommended by their advice. Influenced by these sentiments, and anxious to have the opportunity of conveying them, with the overflowings of a grateful heart, to Your Majesty, what were my sensations of surprise, mortification, and disappointment, on the receipt of Your Majesty's letter of the 10th instant, Your Majesty may conceive, though I am utterly unable to express.
That Letter announces to me, that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, upon receiving thesevéral documents which your Majesty directed your Cabinet to transmit to him, made a personal communication to your Majesty of his intention to put them into the hands of his Lawyers, accompanied by a request, that Your Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to submit to your Ma. jesty the statement which he proposed to make; and it also announces to me that your Majesty therefore considered it incumbent on you, to defer