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Aug. 31st, 1806.
Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales acquaints the Lord Chancellor, that the gentleman, with whom her Royal Highness advises, and who had possession of the copies of the official papers communicated to Her Royal Highness, by the Lord Chancellor, returned from the country late yesterday evening. Upon the sub. ject of transmitting these papers to the Lord Chancellor, for the purpose of their being examined, and authenticated, and then returned to Her Royal Highness, he states, that in consequence of the Lord Chancellor’s assurance, contained in his note of the 20th instant, that Her Royal Highness might depend upon having other copies sent to her, which had been duly examined and certified to be so; he has relied upon being able to refer to those already sent, and therefore it would be inconvenient to part with them at present : and Her Royal Highness therefore hopes, that the Lord Chancellor will procure for her the other authenticated copies, which his Lordship promised in his note of the 20th inst. With
respect to the copies already sent, being as the Lord Chancellor expresses it, in his letter, of the 24ch inst. “ judged to be duly authenti“ cated according to the usual course and forms “ of office, and sufficiently so for the purpose “ for which His Majesty had been graciously “ pleased to direct them to be communicated * to His Royal Highness, because they were “ transmitted to Her, by the King's commands, " and under his Lordship's signature,"—Her Royal Highness could never have wished for a more authentic attestation, if she had conceived, that they were authenticated under such signature. But she could not think that the mere signature of his Lordship, on the outside of the envelope, which contained them, could afford any authenticity to the thirty papers, which that envelope contained; or could, in any manner, identify any of those papers, as having been contained in that envelope. And she had felt herself confirmed in that opinion, by his Lordship's saying in his note of the 20th inst. “ that the reason of their not having been' " authenticated, by the Lord Chancellor, was, " that he received them as copies from Earl
Spencer, who was in possession of the origi“ nals, and he could not therefore with propriety “ do so, not having himself compared them.
Her Royal Highness takes this opportunity of acknowledging the receipt of the declarations referred to in the Commissioners' Report.
To the Lord Chancellor.
Lincoln's Inn Fields, Sept. 2nd, 1806.
The Lord Chancellor has taken the earliest opportunity in his power, of complying with the wishes of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. He made the promise of other copies, without any communication, with the other Commissioners, wholly from a desire, to
kind of respect and accommodation to Her Royal Highness, in any thing consistent with his duty, and, not at all, from any idea that the papers, as originally sent, (though there might be errors in the copying) were not sufficiently authenticated. An opinion which he is obliged to say he is not removed from ; nevertheless the Lord Chancellor has a pleasure in conforming to Her Royal Highness's wishes, and has the honour to inclose theattest. ed copies of the Depositions, as he has received them from Earl Spencer. To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales,
To the King.
IMPRESSED, with the deep. est sentiments of gratitude, for the countenance and protection, which I have hitherto uniformly received from your Majesty, I approach you, with a heart undismayed, upon
this occasion, so awful and momentous to my character, my honour, and my happiness. I should indeed, (under charges such as have now been brought against me,) prove myself undeserving of the continuance of that countenance and protection, and altogether unworthy of the high station, which I hold in your Majesty's illustrious family, if I sought for any partiality, for any indulgence, for any thing more than what is due to me in justice. My entire confidence in your Majesty's virtues as. sures me that I cannot meet with less.
The situation, which I have been so happy as to hold in your Majesty's good opinion and esteem; my station in your Majesty's august family; my life, my honour, and, through mine, the honour of your Majesty's family have been attacked. Sir John and Lady Douglas have attempted to support a direct and precise charge, by which they have dared to impute to me, the enormous guilt of High Treason, committed in the foul crime of Adultery. In this charge, the extravagance of their malice has defeated itself. The Report of the Lords Commissioners, acting under your Majesty's warrant, has most fully cleared me of that charge. But there remain imputations, strangely sanctioned, and countenanced by that Report, on which I cannot remain silent, without incurring the most fatal consequences to my honour and character. For it states to your Majesty, that “The circumstances detailed
against me must be credited, till they are decisively contradicted.”
To contradict, with as much decision as the contradiction of an accused can convey; to expose the injustice and malice of my enemies; to shew the utter impossibility of giving credit to their tesa timony; and to vindicate my own innocence, will be the objects, Sire, of this letter. In the course of my pursuing these objects, I shall have much to complain of, in the substance of the Proceeding itself, and much in the manner of conducting it. That
any of these charges should, ever, have been entertained, upon testimony so little worthy of belief, which betrayed, in every sentence, the malice in which it originated ; that, even if they were entertained at all, your Majesty should have been advised to pass by the ordinary legal modes of Inquiry into such high crimes, and to refer them ito a Commission, open to all the objection, which I shall have to state to such a mode of Inquiry; that the Commissioners, after having negatived the principal charge of substantive crime, should have entertained considerations of matters that amounted to no legal offence, and which were adduced, not as substantive charges in themselves, but as matters in support of the principal accusation ; That through the pressure and weight of their official occupations, they did not, perhaps, could not, bestow that attention on the case, which, if given to it, must have enabled them to detect the villany and falsehood of my accusers, and their foul con