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to the Prince Regent, praying that proved of going back to the evia copy of the report to which her dence of 1806, to found a report royal highness had referred, be upon the regulations necessary to laid before the House.
govern the intercourse betweenthe Lord Castlereagh said, he would princess and her daughter. He not enter into details, which it was concluded in the following remarkinconsistent with his duty to ex- able manner. “He had as high noplain, but he confidently denied tions of royalty as any man, but he the charge of inconsistency that must say that all such proceedings had been made against himself and contributed to pullit down. Hewas his colleagues. He then made very sorry we had a royal family some severe remarks on the prin- who did not take warping from cess's letter, calling it an inflamed what was said and thought constatement of all the topics of griev- cerning them. They seemed to ance that could be raked together be the only persons in the country with a view of effecting the object who were wholly regardless of of her royal highness's advisers. their own welfare and respectabiThere were no additional restric- lity. He would not have the Prince tions imposed at this period that Regent lay the flattering unction could have warranted this letter. to his soul, and think his conduct It was not by any means just, to , would bear him harmless through infer that any criminality was im- all these transactions. He said this puted to the princess; for the se- with no disrespect to him or his paration alone was sufficient to family; no man was more attachjustify the restraints, which should ed to the House of Brunswick than be considered only as matters of he was ; but had he a sister in the regulation arising out of that un- same situation with her royal fortunate circumstance.
highness the princess of Wales, he Sir Thomas Plumer made a few
that she was exceeding. observations in justification of ly ill-treated.”. bimself, but declined making any
Mr. Ponsonby spoke chiefly to communication of the advice he contradict the insinuation of the had given to her royal highness. noble lord, that the members of
Mr. Stuart Wortley said, he felt opposition were concerned in the warmly on the occasion as a man publication of the princess's letter, of honour and a gentleman, but or the other proceedings in this could not vote either for the ori- transaction. ginal motion, or the amendment. Mr. Whitbread, considering the It was not, however, the speech of princess's reputation as now, by the noble lord which had induced the confession of all parties, placed him to come to this determination, beyond imputation or reproach, for that had left the most material said he should not press his motion points without any answer.
The to a division. hon. gentleman made some re
Mr. Yorke requested Mr. C. marks on the reports of 1806 and Johnstone to withdraw hiş motion; 1807, the last of which, he said, which the latter refused to do; and was a complete acquittal as to the question being put, it was ne every point, and he much disap- gatived without a division.
It miglit now have been hoped Speaker, and the House proceedand supposed that the discussion of ed to the business of the day, this unpleasant subject was termi- On March 17th, Mr. Whitbread náted; but thecircumstanceswhich presented a petition of sir John had appeared took strong hold on Douglas in behalf of himself and the public mind; party, as usual, his wife, stating, that understandinterfered in the business, and the ing that the depositions they made newspapers were made the vehicle respecting the princess of Wales of new attacks and recriminations. in 1806, were not made in such a
On March 15, Mr. Whitbread manner as would support a proserose in the House of Commons, cution for perjury against them, if and after alluding to various docu- false; they were readyand desirous ments on the subject which had to reswear the same before anytriappeared in newspapers notorious- bunal competent to administer an ly under the influence of govern- oath which would subject them, if ment, desired to ask of the noble false, to the penalties of perjury. lord (Castlereagh) or of any other This petition, upon motion, being member, whether instructions had laid upon the table, Mr. W. rose been issued by the Prince Regent to address the House. to the law officers of the Crown to He began with taking notice of prosecute lady Douglas for per- lord Castlereagh’s correction of his jury; and whether, in the interval assertion, that the cabinet of 1807 between February 12th, and March had acquitted her royal highness 5th, lady Douglas had been exa- from all imputation of criminality, mined as a credible witness by the his lordship, as he had since been solicitor of the treasury and a ma- informed, having prefixed the word gistrate, in the presence of sir J. legal, to imputation. He also adDouglas; and whether that exami- mitted that the House, correctly nation, or any other relative to the speaking, had not passed a verdict conduct of the princess of Wales of acquittal, because it was not a still continues ?
tribunal competent to decide upon Lord. Castlereagh declining to the question; but he contended, answer these questions till he that the noble lord himself, and should be informed of the proceed the cabinet, had pronounced such ing which it was the hon. gentle- an acquittal. He next affirmed, man's intention to recommend to from the authority of sir John the House in consequence. Mr.W. Douglas himself, that lady Doudeclared that it was, either that glas, from the 13th of February to the princess of Wales should be the period of the last debate, had brought to trial, or that lady undergone various examinations Douglas should be prosecuted for by the solicitor to the treasury, beperjury. Lord C. then said, thathe fore Mr. Conant, on the subject, did not consider himself bound in with the knowledge of the lordduty to answer the questions until chancellor. He said he had also the subject should be brought re- heard, that from the 15th of the gularly before the parliament. A present month examinations had warm conversation then ensued, been going on, and emissaries had which was terminated by the been dispatched to pry into every
circumstance of the life and de- would state to the House reasons meanor of the princess of Wales, . to show that some stęp must be since her arrival in this country. adopted to bring the matter to Did the noble lord know of this issue. Of the remainder of the Did the lord-chancellor know of 'hon. gentleman's speech it is imit? If not, who are the secret ad. possible to give an intelligible visers of the Prince Regent? Mr. abridgment in our allotted com: Whitbread then desired to call the pass ; we shall therefore only noattention of the House to another tice some of the most remarkable circumstance. In the Morning Post circumstances of the debate, and and Morning Herald of last Satur- its final result. Mr. Whitbread day were published the depositions was led, in the course of discussion, of lady Douglas. In the latter of to take a view of the evidence these
papers, edited by a rev. gen. against the princess of Wales, as tleman who had lately been distin- it had been published, and also, guished by honours and church it appeared in a paper which had preferments, after these deposi- been put into his hands that morotions, followed a train of disgusting ing, professing to contain an auand atrocious documents,thefalse- thentic copy of the examination of hood of which known and ac- Mrs. Lisle, a respectable lady who knowledged, and which have been had been long about the princess's put into the shape of a volume person. On this he made several bearing the name of the late Mr. free strictures, tending to show, Perceval, by whom the press is that if the questions put to her had said to have been corrected. That appeared, the answers would often righthon. gentleman thought, that have borne a different aspect. In for the sake of the princess's justi- fine, after solemnly calling upon fication it was necessary to submit that house, the representatives of these details to the public, and con- the people of England, to become sequently prepared a comment to the protectors of an innocent, traexpose the falsehood of the story duced, and defenceless stranger, and the villainy of those by whom he moved the following resolution: it had been raised; but now that " That an humble address be prehe is dead, and her royal highness sented to his royal highness the has been declared innocent by two Prince Regent, expressive of the cabinets, these indecentstatements deep concern and indignation with are given to the public eye. After which this House has seen publisome further observations on the cations so insulting to the honour hardships to which the princess was and dignity
of his majesty's royal subjected, Mr.Whitbreadproceed- family, so offensive to decency and ed to say,that having been inform- good morals, and so painful to the ed that a prosecution for perjury feelings of all his majesty's loyal would not lie, or that it would be subjects; and that this House impossible to produce such legal humbly requests that his royal proof as would amount to a con-, highness will give directions that viction, he should forego his in- proper measures may be taken to. tended motion for prosecuting sir discover and bring to justice all the John and lady Douglas ; but he persons concerned in committing
or procuring to be committed so The remarks which had been high an offence, and for prevent- made by Mr. Whitbread in conseing the repetition or continuance quence of reading the professed of such publications."
authentic copy of Mrs. Lisle's Lord Castlereagh, in the begin- examination, occasioned a remarkning of his reply, having said that able conversation in the House of the hon. gentleman, under the Lords on March 22nd, in which mask of defending the princess of house nothing had hitherto passed Wales, had indulged himself in a relative to the subject of the prin. most personal, improper, illiberal, cess of Wales. unfair, and unparliamentary at- Lord Ellenborough rose, and tack on the Prince Regent, his after an introduction of great sowords were taken down, and an lemnity said, that in the case alaltercation ensued, which was ter- Juded to, the persons intrusted minated by an explanation. His with the commission were charged lordship then proceeded to make with having fabricated an unauremarks on the motion and the thorised document, purporting to speech of the mover, and repeated relate what was not given in evihis reasons for not giving answers dence, and to suppress what was to the questions put to him, and given. “ This accusation, (said his for thinking that the House was lordship,) is as false as hell in every not called upon to interfere in part.” He then proceeded to give this matter.
an account of the mode in which After several other members had every thing had been taken down spoken in the debate, Mr. Tierney from the mouth of the witness, moved as an amendment to Mr. and afterwards read over to, and Whitbread's motion (with his ac- subscribed by her. He spoke of quiescence), "That the printer the folly and ignorance of supposand publisher of the Morning Post ing that the testimony of witnesses and of the Morning Herald, do at. should be recorded in the
of tend at the bar of this House to. question and answer; and conmorrow, to answer by whose au- cluded a speech of great energy, thority they had published the de- ' by again positively denying the positions before the privy-council, truth of the imputations thrown and from whom they had received upon the commissioners. them.”
He was followed by the other Mr. Canning made a speech, noble lords who composed this which, by its moderate tone, and commission, Erskine, Spencer,and his declaration, that as far as he Grenville, each of whom, in strong was concerned, the minutes of the terms, asserted the fairness and council in 1807, were a perfect correctness with which the eviacquittal of her royal highness, dence had been taken and recordseemed to give general satisfac- ed, and disclaimed every partial tion.
feeling on the occasion. Mr. Whitbread concluded the Lord Moira afterwards rose to debate by his reply; and the ques- exculpate himself from the charge tion being put, the motion was of unfairness in the examination negatived without a division. of a female servant of the princess,
whose evidence was contradicted royal highness's advisers had long by one of the medical attendants. preserved an absolute silence con
Mr. Whitbread, on the evening cerning it, “a forbearance only to of the same day, took notice of the be solved by their being too cauattack which had been made upon tious to touch on the point while him in the other house, and de- Kenny was alive.” In another clared his intention of sending the passage of the letter it was stated, paper alluded to, to Mrs. Lisle, in that Partridge, lord Eardley's pororder to obtain her avowal or dis- ter, was known to be entirely deavowal of its authenticity. On the voted to the princess. As lord following day, he produced to the Moira was about to leave England, House the answer he had received Mr. Whitbread thought that he from that lady, which was an ex- ought to be called upon for an plicit acknowledgment that the explicit declaration of his meaning paper was a correct copy of one in these passages; and he therefore she had written from her recollec- moved, “ That a message be sent tion, immediately after she had to the lords, requesting their lordbeen examined, and of which she ships to grant permission to the had transmitted a copy to the prin- earl of Moira to attend at the bar cess of Wales at her command. of this House for the purpose of Mr. Whitbread now considered being examined as to his knowhimself as entirely. cleared from ledge of certain circumstances the imputation of having been connected with the conduct of imposed upon by the paper in her royal highness the princess of question; and he said, that if the Wales." same thing presented itself to him The Speaker expressed bis at the present moment, he would doubts concerning the parliafollow the very same course he mentary usage with respect to had done, and throw himself on such a motion, there being no the justice and candour of the matter then pending before the public.
House on which the evidence of a From the conversation that fol. noble lord was required ; and he lowed, it however appeared, that thought that their lordships would the sense of even the friends of undoubtedly reject the applicathe hon. gentleman was, that his tion. zeal had led him in this instance The same being the opinion of to pass the bounds of propriety. other members, and there appear
On March 31st, Mr. Whitbread ing a general disinclination in the . rose in the House to call its atten- House to renew the discussions on tion to a letter which had appeared this subject, Mr. Whitbread would in the public papers from lord not press a division, and the quesMoira to a member of the grand tion for the order of the day was lodge of Free Masons, in which read and carried. were some observations on the Thus terminated all the parliaevidence of one Kenny, since dead, mentary proceedings relative to ending with the remark, that her the case of the princess of Wales.