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1813, I will not make any comment; and, In the mean while I must beg leave to
I am your faithful friend,
P. S. In the placing of the documents in nisters a full and compele acknowledgment of the innocence of the Princess; and pages 409 and 410, of the second sheet of that acknowledgment has drawn forth, the present Number, there is a mistake. through the channel of a paper, the pro- They should have come into the next Numperty of a Reverend Divine, who has re- ber. The Printer has also erred in supcently been made a Baronet, a publication of the Depositions AGAINST the Princess; posing and noting that those documents do bul, with shame for my country, with not make part of THE BOOK. They do shame for the English press; and with in- make part of the Book, and their proper dignation inexpressible against its conductors, I say it, while the documents against place will be pointed out in the next Num. her have all been poured forth in hasty suc
ber. -I hope I shall be excused for sendcession, her defence; her able, her satis-ing forth the accusation unaccompanied factory, her convincing, her incontroverti- by the defence, but, it has been out of ble answer to all, and every one of the charges against her, and her exposure of my power to avoid it. Yet, I think it my she injustice and malice and baseness of her duty to state here, that, after a carefuj enemies, have been carefully, by these perusal of the whole of the Book, great same prints; prints atta ed both the political factions, been kept from the part of which I had, indeed, seen long public eye!
ago, I have no hesitation in saying, that Any thing so completely base as this I there caniot rest, in the mind of any do not recollect to have before witnessed,
man of sound judgment and without uneven in the conduct of the London
press ; but, my friend, this nefarious attenipt to due bias, the smallest doubt, that all; support injustice will not succeed. In the yes, all the accusations against the Princess present Double Number of my Register I have inserted all the Evidence against the were false, and the production of a base Princess; in another Number, next week, and malicious conspiracy against her, the of the same description, I shall insert the object of which was totally to destroy ber whole of her defence ; and, thus you will reputation and degrade her for ever from have before you the whole of what has been called THE BOOK. You will then all rank and dignity in the country. This be at no loss to decide upon every point is my sincere and decided opinion; and in relating to this important affair, and upon this opinion I am confident I shall be the conduct of all the parties, who, by joined by every impartial person in the these documents, will be brought under your view,
Considering it as a matter which, on every ao count, demanded the most immediate investi.
gation, your Majesty had thought fit to commit THE REPORT OF THE FOUR LORDS.
into our hands the duty of ascertaining, in the May it please your Majesty, - Your Majesty first instance, what degree of credit was due to having been graciously pleased, by an instru- the informations, and thereby enabling your ment under your Majesty's Royal. Sign Manual, Majesty to decide what further conduct to adopt a copy of which is annexed to this Report, to concerning them.-- On this review therefore “ anthorize, empower, and direct us to inquire of the matters thus alleged, and of the course “ into the truth of certain written declarations, hitherto pursued upon them, we deemed it pre “ touching the conduct of Her Royal Highness per, in the first place, to examine those persons “ the Princess of Wales, an abstract of which in whose declarations the occasion for this In. " had been laid before your Majesty, and to ex- quiry had originated. Because if they, on be. “ amine upon oath such persons as we shonld seeing examined upon oath, had retracted or va“ fit, tonching and concerning the same, and to ried their assertions, all necessity -for finther
report to Your Majesty the result of such exa investigation might possibly have been pre“ minations," We have, in dutiful obedience to cluded. -We accordingly first examined on Your Majesty's commands, proceeded to examine oath the principal informante, Sir John Douglas, the several witnesses, the copies of whose depo- and Charlotte his wife, who both positively sitions we have hereunto annexed; and, in fur. swore, the former to his having observed the ther execution of the said commands we now fact of the pregnancy of Her Royal Highness, most respectfully submit to Your Majesty the re- and the latter to all the important particulars port of these examinations as it has appeared to contained in her former declaration, and above us: But we beg leave at the same time humbly referred to. Their examinations are aonexed to to refer Your Majesty, for more complete infor- this Report, and are circumstantial and positive. mation, to the examinations themselves, in or- The most material of those allegations, into the der to correct any error of judgment, into which trath of which we had been directed to inquire, be. we may have unintentionally fallen, with respect ing thus far supported by the oath of the parties to any part of this business. On a reference to from whom they had proceeded, we then felt it the above-mentioned declarations, as the neces. our duty to follow up the Inquiry by the exami. sary foundation of all our proceedings, we found nation of such other persons as we jndged best that they consisted in certain statements, which able to afford as information, as to the facts in had been laid before His Royal Highness the question.--We thought it beyond all doubt Prince of Wales, respecting the conduct of Her that, in this course of inquiry, many particalars Royal Highness the Princess. That these state must be learnt which would be necessarily conments, not only imputed to Her Royal Highness clusive on the truth or falsehood of these degreat impropriety and indecency of behaviour, clarations. So many persons must have been but expressly asserted, partly on the ground of witnesses to the appearances of an actually existe certain alleged declarations from the Princess's ing pregnancy; 80 many circumstances must own mouth, and partly on the personal observa have been attendant upon a real delivery; and tion of the informants, the following most im- difficulties so. punierous and insurmountable, portant facts ; viz. That Her Royal Higliness had must have been involved in any attempt to arbeen pregnant in the year 1802, in count for the infant in question, as the child of quence of an illicit intercourse, and that she another woman, if it had been in fact the child bad. in the same year . been secretly delic of the Princess; that we entertained a full and vered of a male child, which child had ever confident expectation of arriving at complete since that period been brought up by Her Roy- proof, either in the affirmative or negative, on al Highness, in her own house, and under her this part of the subject. This expectation immediate inspection. These allegations thus was not disappointed. We are happy to declare made, had, as we found, been followed by decla: to your Majesty our perfect conviction that there rations from other persons, who had not indeed is no foundation whatever for believing that the spoken to the important facts of the pregnancy child now with the Princess is the child, of or delivery of Her Royal Highness, but had Her Royal Highness, or that she was delivered related other particulars, in themselves ex- of any child in the year 1802 ; nor bas any thivg tremely suspicious, and still more so when con appeared to us which would warrant the belief nected with the assertions already mentioned. that she was pregnant in that year, or at any
In the painful situation, in which His Royal other period within the compass of our inquiries Highdess was placed, by these communications, -The identity of the child, now with the we learnt that His Royal Higliness had adopted Princess, its parentage, the place and the date the only course which could, in our judgment, of its birth, the time and the circumstances of with propriety be followed. When informations its being first taken under Her Royal Highness's such as these, had been thus confidently alleged, protection, are all established by such a conens and particularly detailed, and had been in some rence both of positive and circumstautial evidegree supported by collateral evidence, apply. dence, as can, in our judgment, leave no ques. ing to other points of the same nature (though tion on this part of the subject. That child was, going to a far less extent, one line only could beyond all donbt, born in the Brownlow-street be pursued. Every sentiment of duty to your Hospital, on the 11th day of July, 1802, of the Majesty, and of concern for the public welfare, body of Sophia Austin, and was first brought to the required that these particulars should not be Princess's house in the month of November folwithheld froin yonr Majesty, to whom more par- lowing. Neither should we be more warranted ticularly belonged the cognizance of a natter of in expressing any doubt respecting the alleged State, so nearly touching the honour of your pregnancy of the Princess, as stated in the origi Majesty's Royal Family, and, by possibility, nal declarations-a fact so fully contradicted, affecting the Succession of your Majesty's crown. and by so many witnesses, to whom, if te, it
Your Majesty had been pleased, on your must, in various ways have been known, that we part, to view the sabject in the same light.) cannot think it entitled to the smallest credit.
The testimonies on these two points are con- loved Councillor Edward Lord Elleuborongh, tained in the amexed deporacions and letters. our Chief Instice, to hold pleas before our self, We have not partially abstracted them in this to inquire into the truth of the same, and to exReport, lest, by any unintentional omission, we amine, upon oath, such persons as they shall might weaken their effect; but we humbly offer see fit touching and concerning the same, and to to your Majesty this our clear and unanimous report to us the result of such examinations.judgment upon them, formed on full deliberation, Given at our Castle of Windsor, on the 29th day and pronounced without hesitation on the result of May, in the 46th year of our Reign. G. R. of the wbole Inquiry:We do not however A true Copy, J. Becket. feel outselves at liberty, much as we should wish it, to close our report here. Besides the allegations of the pregnancy and delivery of the Prin
DEPOSITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT. cess those declarations, on the whole of which (No. 2.)Copy of the Deposition of Charlotte Lady your Majesty has been pleased to command us to
Douglas. inquire and report, contain, as we have already I think I first became acquainted with the Teniarked, other particulars respecting the con- Princess of Wales iņ 1801. Sir Jolin Douglas had duct of Her Royal Highness, such as must, espeo a house at Blackbeath. One day, in November cially considering her exalted rank and station, 1801, the snow was lying on the ground. The pecessarily give occasion to very unfavourable Princess and a Lady, who, I believe, was Miss interpretations.From the various depositions Heyman, came vn foot, and walked several and proofs annexed to this Report, particularly times before the door. Lady Stewart was with from the examinations of Robert Bidgood, Wil. me, and said, she thought that the Princess liam Cole, Frances Lloyd, and Mrs. Lisle, your wanted something, and that I ought to go to ber. Majesty will perceive that several strong circum- I went to her. She said, she did not want any stances of this description have been positively thing, but she would walk in; that I had a very sworn to by witnesses, who cannot, in our judg. pretty little girl. She came in and staid some ment, be suspected of any unfavourable bias, and time. About a fortnight after Sir J. D. and I whose veracity, in this respect, we have seen no received an invitation to go to Montague house; ground to question. On the precise bearing after that I was very frequently at Montagneand effect of the facts thus appearing, it is not house, and dined there. The Princess dined for ns to decide; these we submit to your Ma. frequently with us. About May or June, 1802, jesty's wisdom : but we conceive it to be our the Princess first talked to me about her own duty to report on this part of the Inquiry as dis- conduct. Sir S. Smith, who had been Sir Joho's tioctly as on the former facts: that, as on the friend for more than twenty years, came to Eng. one hand, the facts of pregnancy and delivery land abont November, 1801, and came to live in are to our minds satisfactorily disproved, so on onr house.' I understood the Princess knew Sir the other hand we think that the circumstances Sydney Smith before she was Princess of Wales. to which we now refer, particularly those stated The Princess saw Sir S. Smith as frequently as to have passed between Her Royal Highness and ourselves. We were usually kept at Montague. Captain Manby, must be credited until they house later than the rest of the party, often till three shalt receive some decisive contradictiow; and, or four o'clock in the morving. I dever observed if trae, are justly entitled to the most serious any impropriety of conduct between Sir S. Smith consideration.- We cannot close tnis Report, and the Princess. I made the Pripcess a visit at without humbly assuring your Majesty, thai Montague-house in March, 1802, for about a it was, on every account, onr anxious wish to fortnight. She desired me to come there, bebave executed this délicate trust with as little cause Miss Garth was ill. In May or Jure folpublicity as the nature of the case would possibly lowing, the Princess came to my house alone : dlow; and we entreat your Majesty's permission she said she came to tell me something that had to express our full persuasion, that if this wish happened to her, and desired me to guess. I
has been disappointed, the failure is not imput- guessed several things, and at last I said, I could : able to any thing unnecessarily said or done by not guess any thing more. She then said she was • us. All which is most humbly submitted to pregnant, and that the child had come to life. I your Majesty.
don't know whether she said on that day or a few (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE,
days before, that she was at breakfast at Lady SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH,
Willoughby's, that the milk tlowed up to her
breast and came through her gown; that she July 14th, 1806.-A true Copy, J. Becket. threw a wapkin over herself, and went with Lady
Willoughby into her room, and adjusted herself to prevent its being observed. She never told
me who was the father of the child. She said APPENDIX. (A.)
she hoped it would be a boy. She said, that if No. 1.)Copy of His Majesty's Cornmission. it was discovered, sbe would give the Prince of
GEORGE R. Whereas our right trusty and Wales the credit of being the father, for she had well-beloved Conncillor, Thomas Lord Erskine, slept two nights at Carlton-hous within the year. Our Chancellor, has this day laid before us an I said that I should go abroad to my moj bor. Abstract of certain written declarations touching The Princess said she should manage it wery the conduct of her Royal Highness the Princess well, and if things came to the worst, she would of Wales, we do hereby authorize, empower, give the Prince the credit of it. While I wis at and direct the said Thomas Lord Erskine, our Montague-louse, m Marc., I was with child, and Chancellor, our right trasty and well-beloved one day I said I was very sick, and the Prificess Cousin and Councillor George John Earl Spen- desired Mrs. Sander to get me a saline drad:ght. cer, one of our Principal Secretaries of State, She then said that she was very sick 'herself, and, our right trusty and well-beloved Councillor W. that she would take a saline drait too. I oblieryWindhau, Lord Grenville, Fust Commissioner of ed, that she could not want one, and I looked at O Treasury, and our right trusty and well-be- fuer. The Priocess sajd, yes, I do. What do
you look at me for with your wicked eyes? you' walking before her door. She was dressed so a are always finding me out. Mrs. Sander looked to conceal hier pregnancy. She had a long very much distressed; she gave us a saline cloak, and a very great muff. She had just re. draught each. This was the first time I had any turned from Greenwich Church. She looked suspicion of her being with child. The Princess very ill, and I thought must be very near her never said who was the father. When she first time.About a week or nine or ten days after told me she was with child, I rather suspected this, I received a note from the Princess, to desire that Sir S. Smith was the father, but only because that I would not come to Montague House, for the Princess was very partial to him. I never they were apprehensive that the children she knew he was with her alone. We had constant in bad taken had had the measles in their clothes, tercourse with the Princess from the time when I and that she was afraid my child might take it. was at Montague-house till the end of October. When the Princess came to see me during my After she had first communicated to me that lying-in, she told me that, when she shoald be she was with child, she frequently spoke upon brought to bed, she wished I would not come le the subject. She was bled twice during the her for some time, for she might be confus. time. She recommended me to be bled too, and ed in seeing me. 'About the end of Decem said, it would make you have a better time. ber I went to Gloucestershire, and stayed there Mr. Edmeades bled her; she said, one of the days about a month. When I returned, which was in that Mr. Edmeades bled her, that she had a vio- January, I went to Montague House, and was lent heat in her blood, and that Mr. Edmcades let in. The Princess was packing up something shonld bleed her. I told the Princess that I was in a black box. Upon the sofa a child was lyiug, very anxious how she would manage to be covered over with a piece of red cloth. The brought to bed, without its being known: that Princess got up, and took me by the hand. She I hoped she had a safe person.-She said, yes : then led me to the sofa, and said, there is the she should have a person from abroad; that she child, I had him only two days after I saw you. had a great horror of having any man about her The words were, either I had him, or I was upon such an occasion--she said, I am confident brought to bed : the words were such as clearly
in my own plans, and I wish you would not speak imported that it was her own child. She said to me on that subject again. She said, I shall she got very well through it; she shewed me a tell every thing to Sander. I think this was on mark on the child's band, it is a pink mark. the day on which
she told me of what had hap The Princess said, she has a mark like your pened at Lady Willoughby's.-Sander was a little girl. I saw the child afterwards, frequently very good woman, and might be trusted, and with the Princess quite till Claristmas, 1803, that she must be with her at the labour; that when I left Blackheath. I saw the mark opon she would send Miss Gonch to Brunswick, and the child's hand, and I am sure it was the same Miss Milfield was too young to be trusted, and child, I never saw any other child there. The must be sent out of the way. I was brought to Princess Charlotte used to see the ehild and bed on the 230 July, 1802. The Princess in- play with him. The child used to call the Prinsisted on being present. I determined that she cess of Wales " Mamma." I saw the child look. should not, but I meant to avoid it without ing at the window of the Princess's house about offending her. On the day on which I was a month ago, before the Princess went into De brought to bed, she came to my house and in- vonshire, and I am sure that it was the same sisted on coming in. Dr. Mackie, who attended child. Not long after I had first seen the child, me, locked the door, and said she should not the Princess said, that she had the child at first come in, but there was another door on the oppo to sleep with her for a few nights; but it made site side of the room, which was not looked, her nervous, and now they had got a regular and she came in at that door, and was present purse for her. She said, We gave it a little during the time of the labour, and took the milk at first, but it was too for me, and child as soon as it was born, and said she was now we breed it by hand, and it does very well. very glad she had seen the whole of it. The I can swear positively that the child I saw at the Princess's pregnancy appeared to me to be very window is the same child as the Princess told me visible. She wore a cushion behind, and made she had two days after she parted with me. Miss Saunder make one for me. During my The child was called William.. I never heard *ying-in the Princess came one day with Mrs. that it had any other name. When the child Fitzgerald. She sent Mrs. F. away, and took a was in long clothes, we breakfasted one day chair, and sat by my bedside. She said, you with the Princess, and she said to Sir John will hear of my taking children iu baskets, but Douglas, This is the Deptford boy. Independyou won't take any notice of it. I shall have ently of the Princess's confessions to me, I can them brought by a poor woman in a basket. I swear that she was pregnant in 1802. In Octo si vall do it as a cover to have my own brought to ber, 1804, when we returned from Devonshire, wie in that way; or, that is the way in which II left my card at Montagne House, and on the must have my own brought when I have it. 4th of October I received a letter from Mrs Very soon after this two children, who were Vernon, desiring me not to come any more to tovins, were brought by a poor woman in a Montague House. I had never, at this time, by asket. The Princess took them, and had them mentioned the Princess's being with child, or be airried up into her room, and the Princess ing delivered of a child, to any person, not even w ashed them herself. The Princess told me to Sir John Douglas." After receiving Mr. tot vis herself. The father, a few days afterwards, Vernon's letter, I wrote to the Princess on the ei ime and insisted on having the children, and subject. The letter was sent back upopened tt ley were given to him.-
The Princess after I tuen wrote to Mrs. Fitzgerald, saying, that I w ards said to me, “ You see I took the child thought myself extremely ill-ased. In tro e ren, and it answered very well.”The father three days after this, I received an another b ad got them back, and she could not blame letter which produce, and have marked veth th. Wim. That she should take other children, and letter A,* and signed with my name, both ou de Io ave quite a nursery. I saw the Princess on a Sunday, either the 30th or 31st October, 180%, Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
No copy of this letter has been sent to He letter and the envelope.' The Princess of Wales had a key to it, and have got into the blue room has told me, that she gota bed-fellow whenever without any of the servants perceiving him. I she could, that nothing was more wholesome: never observed any appearance of the Princess she said, that nothing was more convenient than which could lead me to suppose that she was with ber room; it stands at the head of the stair-child. I first observed Captain Manby come to case which leads into the Park, and I have bolts Montague House either the end of 1803, or be in the inside, and have a bed-fellow whenever I ginning of 1804. I was waiting one day in the like. I wonder you can be satisfied only with anti-room, Captain Manby had his hat in his hand, Sir John. She said this more than once. She and appeared to be going away; he was a long has told me that Sir Sydney Smith had lain with time with the Princess, and as I stood on the her. That she believed all men liked a bed-fel- steps, waiting, I looked into the room in which low, but Sir Sydney better than any body else; they were, and in the reflection of the lookingthat the Prince was the most complaisant man in glass, I saw them salute each other, I mean, that the world; that she did what she liked, went they kissed each other's lips. Captain Manby where she liked, and had what bed-fellow she then went away. I then observed the Princess fiked, and the Prince paid for all.
have her handkerchief in her hand, and wipe her (Signed) CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS. eyes as if she was crying, and went into the
June 1, 1806. drawing-room. The Princess went to Southend Sworn before us, Jane 1st, 1806, at
in May, 1804, I went with her: we were there, Lord Grenville's, Downing-street,
I believe, about six weeks before the Africaine Westminster.
came in. Sicard was very ofteu watching with (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE, a glass to see when the ship would arrive. One
SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH. day he said he saw the Africaine, and soon after A true Copy, J. Becket.
the Captain put off in a boat from the ship.
Sicard went down the shrubbery to meet him. (No. 3. The Deposition Sir J. Douglas, Knt. When the Captain came on shore, Sicard con
I had a house at Blackheath, in 1801. Sir ducted him to the Princess's house, and he dined Sydney used to come to my house. I had a bed there with the Princess and her Ladies. After for him. The Princess of Wales formed an ac- this he came very frequently to see the Princess. quaintance with Lady Douglas, and came fre- The Princess had two honses on the Cliff, Nos. 8 quently to our house. I thonght she came more and 9. She afterwards took the drawing-room for Sir Sydney Smith than for us. After she had of No. 7, which communicated by the balcony been some time acquainted with us, she appear with No. 8, the three houses being adjoining. ed to me to be with child. One day she leaned on The Princess used to dine in No. 8, and after the sofa, and put her hand upon her stomach, and dinner to remove with the company into No. 7, said, Śir Jolin, I shall never be Queen of Eng. and I have several times seen the Princess, after land.--I sid, Not if you don't deserve it. She having gone into No. 7 with Captain Manby and seemed angry at first. In 1804, on the 27th of the rest of the company, retire alone with CapOttober, I received two letters by the two- tain Manby from No. 7, through No. 8, into No. penny post, one addressed to me, which I now %, which was the house in which the Princess produce, and have marked with the letter (B, slept ; I suspected that Captain Manby slept freboth on the envelope and the enclosure, and the quently in the house. It was a subject of conver. other letter addressed to Lady Douglas, and sation in the house. Hints were given by the which I now produce, and have marked with the servants, and I believe that others suspected it letter (C)* both on the envelope and enclosure. as well as myself.- -The Princess took a child, (Signeu) JOHN DOUGLAS. which I understood was brought into the house
by Stikeman. I waited only one week in three, Sworn before ns, at Lord Grenville's
and I was not there at the time the child was house, in Downing-street, West
brought, but I saw it there early in 1803. The minster, June 1, 1806.
child who is now with the Princess is the same as (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE, I saw there early in 1803 ; it has a mark on its left
SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH hand. Austin is the name of the man who was said No copy of these letters has been sent to to be the father. Austin's wife is, I believe, still Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. alive.She has had another child and has brought it
sometimes to Montague House. It is very like (No. 4.)The Deposition of Robert Bidgood. the child who lives with the Princess. Mrs.
I have lived with the Prince twenty-three Gosden was employed as a nurse to the child, years Dext September, I went to the Princess in and she used to bring the child to the Princess as March 1798, and have lived with Her Royal soon as the Princess awoke, and the child used Highness ever since. About the year 1802, early to stay with Her Royal Highness the whole in that year, I first observed Sir Sydney Smith morning. The Princess appeared to be excome to Montague House; he used to stay very tremely fond of the child, and still appears so. late at night; I have seen him early in the morn
(Signed) R. BIDGOOD. ing there about ten or eleven o'clock. He was Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in at Sir Jolm Donglas's; and was in the habit, as Downing-street, the 6th day of well as Sir John and Lady Douglas, of dining, June, 1806. or having lunchcon, or supping there almost
(Signed) SPENCER, every day. I saw Sir Sydney Smith one day, in
GRENVILLE. 1802, in the blue room, about eleven o'clock in the morning, which is full two hours before we (No. 5.)-The Deposition of William Cole. ever expected to see company. I asked the ser- I have lived with the Princess of Wales ever vants why they did not let me know that he was since her marriage. Sir Sydney Smith firet visit there. The footman informed me that they had ed at Montague House about 1802. I have ob let no person in. There was a private door to served the Princess too familiar with Sir Sydney the Park, by which he might bave come in if he Smith. One day, I think about February in that