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paming a day to me, until the further result of the Prince of Wales's intention should have been made known to your Majesty.
This determination of your Majesty, on this request, wade by His Royal Highness, I humbly trust your Majesty will permit me to entreat you, in your most gracious justice, to reconsider. Your Majesty, I am convinced, must have been surprised at the time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and justice would never have adopted it. And if I can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled injustice, and cruelty, of this inter position of the Prince of Wales, at such a time, and under such circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence that your Majesty will hasten to recal it.
I should basely be wanting to my own interest and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense of that injustice, and cruelty; and if I did not most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will better perceive the just grounds of my complaint when I retrace the course of these proceedings from their commencement.
The four noble Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire into the charges brought against me, in their Report of the 14th of July last, after having stated that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales had laid before bim, the charge which was made against me, by Lady Douglas, and the declarations in support of it, proceed in the following manner.
*« In the painful situation in which His Royal
Highness was placed by these communications: “ we learnt that His Royal Highness had adopted " the only course which could, in our judgment, “ with propriety, he followed. When io form“ ations such as these, had been thus confidently
alleged, and particularly detailed, and had been “in some degree supported by collateral evidence, applying to other facts of the same nature,
(though going to a far less extent,) one line only o could be pursued.
Every sentiment of duty to your Majesty, and “ of concern for the public welfare, required that " these particulars should not be withheld from
your Majesty, to whom more particularly belonged the cognizance of a matter of State, so nearly touching the honour of your Majesty's
Koyal Family, and, by possibility, affecting the “ succession of your Majesty's Crown.
“ Your Majesty had been pleased, on your part “ to view the subject in the same light. Consi
dering it as a matter which, on every account “ demanded the most immediate investigation,
your Majesty had thought fit to commit into our "hands the duty of ascertaining, in the first io“ stance what degree of credit was due to the in
forination, and thereby enabling your Majesty “ to decide what further conduct to adopt respect
* Report, p. 6. ante.
His Royal Highness then, pursuing, as the four Lords say, the only course, which could in their judgment, with propriety, be pursued, submitted the matter to Your Majesty.--Your Majesty directed the Inquiry by the four noble Lords.- The four Lords in their Report upon the case, justly acquitted me of allcrime, and expressed (I will not wait now to say how unjustly) the credit which they gave, and the consequence they ascribed to other matters, which they did not, however, characterize as amounting to any crime. -- To this Report I made my answer.--That answer, together with the whole proceedings, was referred by your Majesty, to the same four noble Lords, and others of your Majesty's confidential servants. They advised
your Majesty, amongst much other matter, (which must be the subject of further observations) that there was no longer any reason why you should decline receiving me.
Your Majesty will necessarily conceive that I have always looked upon my banishment from your Royal Prescnce, as, in fact, a punishment, and a severe one too. I thought it sufficiently hard, that I should have been suffering that punishment, during the time that this Inquiry has been pending, while I was yet only under accusation, and upon the principles of the just laws of your Majesty's kingdom, entitled to be presumed to be innocent, till I was proved to be guilty. But I find this does not appear to be enough, in the opi. nion of the Prince of Wales. For now, when
after this long Inquiry, into matters which required immediate investigation, I have been acquitted of every thing which could call for my banishment from your Royal Presence.
After your Majesty's confidential servants have thus expressly advised your Majesty that they see no reason why you should any longer decline to receive me into your presence :-after your Majesty had graciously notified to me, your determination to receive me at an early day, His Royal Highness interposes the demand of a new delay; desires your Majesty not to take. any step; desires you not to act upon the advice which your own confidential servants have given you, that you
need no longer decline seeing me;not to execute your intention, and assurance, that you will receive me at an early day;--because he has laid the documents before his Lawyers, and intends to prepare a further statement. And the judgment of your Majesty's confidential servants, is, as it were, appealed from by the Prioce of Wales, (whom, from this time, at least, I must be permitted to consider' as assuming the character of my accuser) ;-the justice due to me is to be suspended, while the judgment of your Majesty's sworn servants, is to be snbmitted to the revision of my accuser's Counsel; and I, though acquitted in the opinion of your Majesty's confidential servants, of all that should induce your Majesty to decline seeing me, am to have that punishment, which had been iuflicted upon me, during the inquiry, continued after that acquittal, till a fresh
statement is prepared, to be again submitted, for aught I know, to another Inquiry, of as extended a continuance as that which has just terminated.
Can it be said that the proceedings of the four noble Lords, or of your Majesty's confidential servants, have been so lenient, and considerate towards me and my feelings, as to induce a suspicion that shave been too favourably dealt with by them? and that the advice which has been given to your Majesty,that your Majesty need no longer decline to receive me, was hastily and partially delivered? I am confident, that your Majesty must see the very reverse of this to be the case that I have every reason to complain of the inexplicable delay which so long with held that advice. And the whole character of the observations with which they accompanied it, marks the reluctance with which they yielded to the necessity of giving it.
For your Majesty's confidential servants advise your Majesty,
“ that it is no longer necessary for you to decline receiving me into your Royal “ Presence.” If this is their opinion and their advice now, why was it not their opinion and their advice four months ago, from the date of my answer ? Nay, why was it not their opinion and advice from the date even of the original Report itself? For not only had they been in possession of my answer for above sixteen weeks, which at least furnished them with all the materials on which this advice was at length given, but further, your Majesty's confidential servants areforward to state