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with this additional circumstance, that the whole of Sander knows every thing; that she has aphis Examination is mere hearsay.
peared in great distress on many occasions, and
has said to him, the Princess is an altered 11th January, 1806.--William Cole. woman; he believes Sander to be a very res, Has been with the Prince for 21 years in this pectable woman.- -He says, that
he believes month; he went with the Princess on her mar. Roberts to be an honest man ; that Roberts bas riage, and remained till April, 1802-In 1801, said to him---As Roberts himself wus examined by he says, he had reason to be dissatisfied with the the Commissioners, and his deposition is given in Princess's conduct. During the latter part of Appendix A, No. 8, what Cole says he heard him that year he has seen Mr. Canning several times say is omitted here.).That Arthur, the garalone with the Princess, in a room adjoining to dener, is a decent man, but does not know if he the drawing-room, for an hour or two, of which is privy to any thing. - That Bidgood is a deaf the company took notice.-In January, 1802, quiet mau, but thinks he has not been confidenSir Sidney frequently came to dine with the tially trusted. That Mrs. Gosden was nurse Princess, and their intimacy became familiar; to the child, and was always up-stairs with it; he has frequently dined and supped at the house, she is a respectable woman; but after some and when the ladies have retired, about eleven time, took upon herself much consequence, and o'clock, he has known Sir Sidney remain alone refused to dine in the servants' hall.-In 1801, with the Princess an hour or two afterwards ; his Lawrence, the painter, was at Montague House, suspicions increased very much; and one night, ( for four or five days at a time, painting the about twelve o'clock, he saw a person wrapped Princess's picture ; that he was frequently alone up in a great coat, go across the park, into the late in the night, with the Princess, and much gate to the green house, and he verily believes it suspiciou was entertained of him. was Sir Sidney. In the month of March, 1802,
WM. COLE. the Princess ordered some sandwiches, which Cole took into the drawing-room, where he found 14th January, 1806.-William Cole. Sir Sidney talking to the Princess ; he sat down Says, that the Princess was at Mr. Hood's, at the sandwiches, and retired. In a short time he' Satherington, near Portsmouth, for near a month went again into the roon, where he found the in the last summer, where she took her footman gentleman and lady sitting close together, in so and servants. That the house in which Mr. familiar a posture as to alarm him very much, Hood lived was given up to the Princess, and which he expressed by a start back, and a look ! he, and his family, went to reside in a small at the gentleman. He dates his dismissal from honse adjoining. That the Princess and Mr. this circumstance; for, about a fortnight after. Hood very frequently went out in the forenoon, wards, he was sent for by the Duke of Kent, who and reinained out for four or five hours at a time. told him he had seen the Princess at court the That they rode in a gig, attended by a boy, (a day before: that she had expressed the greatest country lad) servant to Mr. Hood, and took regard for him, and that she intended to do with them cold meat; that they used to get out something for him, by employing him, as a con- of the gig, and walk into the wood, leaving the fidential person, to do her little matters in town; boy to attend the horse and gig till their return. and his attendance at Montague House would ! This happened very frequently; that the Duke not be required. He received this intimation of Kent called one day, and seeing the Princess's with mach concern; but said, her Royal High- attendants at the window, came into the house, ness's pleasore must govern him.--He says, that and after waiting some time, went away without the cordiality between the Princess and Lady D. seeing the Princess, who was out with Mr. was very soon brought about ; and, he supposes, Hood. This information
Mr. Cole had from Fanon Sir Sidney's account; that the Princess fre- ny Lloyd. When Mr. Cole found the drawingquently went across the beath to Lady D., where room, which led to the staircase to the Princess's she staid till late in the evening, and that, some- apartments, locked, he does not know whether times, Lady D. and Sir Sidney have come with any person was with her, but it appeared odd to the Princess to Montague House late in the even- him, as he had formed some suspicions. Mr. ing, when they have supped.--Sometime after Cole says, that he saw the Princess at Blackhe left Montague House, he went down, when leath about four times in the year 1802, after he he spoke to Fanny Lloyd, and asked her how left her in April, and five or six times in London; things went on amongst them; she said, she that he had heard a story of the Princess's being wished he had remained amongst them; there with child, but cannot say that he formed an was strange goings on; that Sir Sidney was fre- opinion that she was so ; that she grew lusty, and quently there ; and that one day, when Mary appeared large behind; and that at the latter Wilson supposed the Princess to be gone into end of the year he made the observation, that the library, she went into the bed-room, where the Princess was grown thinner. That he can. she found a man at breakfast with the Princess ; ( not form an opinion about the child ; that he that there was a great to do about it ; and that has seen an old man and womau (about 50 years Mary Wilson was sword to secrocy, and threat of age) at Montague Honse on a Sunday, and eued to be turned away if she divulged what she has inquired who they were, when he was anhad seen.He does not know mnch of wliat pass-swered by the servants in tbe ball, “ That is lit: ed at Margate in 1803.-In 1804, the Princess tle Billy's mother,” (meanirg the child the Priowas at Southend, where Fanny Lloyd also was ; cess had taken, and which was found by Stike. when Cole saw her after her return, he asked man.)
WM, COLE. how they had gone on; she said, " Delightful doings, always on ship-board, or the Captain at Temple, 30th January, 1806.-William Cole. our honse."-She told him, that one evening, Says, that on the 17th of January instant, he when all were supposed to be in bed, Mrs. Lisle walked from Blackheath to London with Mr. met a man in the passage ; but no alarm was Stikeman, and, in the conversation on the road, made this was Captain Manby; he was con- Cole mentioned the circumstance of the little stantly in the house. Mr. Cole says, that Mrs. child, saying, that he was grown a fine interest
ing boy; to which Stikeman replied, What, do was a misunderstanding between Lady Douglas you mean Billy Austin? Cole, said, Yes. Pray and the Princess; and one day lie saw Lady do the old man and woman come to see the child Donglas leave the house in tears, and afterwards as usual? Stikeman said, “ Old man and wo- she has not visited the Princess. Mr. Bidgood's man! they are not old ; we have not seen them wife bas lately told him, that Fanny Lloyd told mnch lately; they live at Deptford;” but he ap- her, that Mary Wilson told Lloyd, that one day, peared to avoid any conversation on the subject. when she went into the Princess's room, she Cole says, that the account of the correspon- found the Princess and Sir Sidney in the fact; dence between the Princess and Captain Manby that she (Wilson) immediately left the room, and was communicated to him by Fanny Lioyd, hut faiated at the door.--In the winter of 1802, she never mentioned any such correspondence and the spring of 1803, Captain Manby became having taken place through Sicard, since Cap. a visitor at Montague House ; his frigate was. tain Manby went abroad. Cole says, that he fitting ont at Deptford, and Bidgood has reason has not been in the company, or presence, of the to believe, that the Princess fitted up his cabin, Prince alone, or had any conversation with him for he has seen the cotton forniture brought to on this, or any other subject, since the Princess the Princess to chuse the pattern, which was went to live at Charlton, which is near nine sent to Blake, her upholsterer, in Londonyears ago.
WM, COLE. street, Greenwich. When Captain Manby was
about to sail, he was walking in the anti-room, 23d February, 1806.-William Cole. to let Captain Manby ont: and, as he stayed Says, that a Gentleman and Lady were sitting some time, Bidgood looked into the room, and close together on the sofa; but there was no- from a mirror on the opposite side of the room thing particular in their dress, position of legs or to where Captain Manby and the Princess stood, arms, that was extraordinary; he thought it im- he saw Captain Manby kissing the Princess's proper that a single Gentleman should be sitting lips ;, and soon afterwards he went away. He quite close to a married Lady on the Sofa; and saw the Princess, with her handkerchief to her from that situation, and former observations, he face, and go into the drawing-room, apparently thought the thing improper. The person who in tears. In 1803, was not with the Princess was alone with the Lady at late honrs of the at Margate. In 1804, was with the Princess night (twelve and one o'clock), and whom he at Southend. We went there on the ed of left sitting up after he went to bed, was Mr. May: Sicard was constantly on the look-out for Lawrence the painter, which happened two dif- the Africaine, Captain Manby's ship: and about ferent nights at least. As to the observation a month afterwards, Sicard descried the ship, made about Sir Sidney having a key of every before she came to the Nore. The instant the door about the gardens, it was a gardener, who ship cast anchor, the Captain came on shore in was complaining of the door of the green-house his boat to the Princess. The Princess had two being left open, and the plants damaged, and houses, Nos. 8 and 9. She lived at No. 9; and who made the same to Mr. Lampert, the ser- on Sicard seeing Captain Manby come on shore, vant of Sir John Donglas, and which he men he ran down the shrubbery to meet, and shewed tioned at Cheltenham to Sir John and Mr. Low- him into the house, No. 9; Captain Manby was ten. Lampert said he should know the gardeper constantly at No. 9; and used to go in the even. again,
ing on board his ship, for some weeks; but
afterwards he did not returu on board the ship Temple, 4th April, 1806. in the evening, and Bidgood had seen him in ROBERT BIDGOOD.
the morning, by ten o'clock, in the House, No. Have lived with the Prince 23 years on the 9; and, from the circumstance of towels, water, 18th of September next, and have been with the and glasses, being placed in the passage, he had Princess since 21st of March, 1798. In 1802 reason to believe that Manby bad slept there all we were at Blackheath, and did not go to any night.-In 1805, Bidgood was not with the other place: in 1801 Sir Sidney Smith left his Princess in Hampshire. -After the Princess card at Montague House, and he was afterwards returned from Hampshire, Captain Hood used to invited to dinner; and, in the spring of 1802, visit the Princess at Blackheath alone, without Lady Douglas came to reside at the Tower, his wife. Captain Hood used to come about where she stayed about three weeks. During twelve o'clock, and was shewn into the blue this time Sir Sidney was frequently at the House, room, where luncheon was ordered; and the both morning and eveningand remained till Princess and the Captain were alone together, three or four o'clock in the morning. He has without a lady or other attendant. He used to seen Sir Sidney in the blue parlour early (by ten stay dinner, and sometimes in boots; about an o'clock) in the morning : and, on inquiring from hour afterwards coffee was ordered; after which the footmen how he came there without his the Princess retired, and Captain Hood had knowledge, they said, they had not let him in, also left the room, and had not been let out of and knew nothing of his being there. He does the house by any of the servants. Bidgood has not know of Sir Sidney being alone till three or not seen Captain Hood since about Christmas four o'clock in the morning, as there were other last.---Bidgood has strong suspicions that Mrs. ladies in the house. During the year 1802 the Sander used to deliver letters to Sicard, which Princess used to ride out in her phaeton, attended he corrceived to be from the Princess to Captain by Mrs. Fitzgerald, and took out cold meat, and Manby, as Sicard used to put the letters into his went towards Dartford, where she spent the day, pocket, and not into the common bag for letters, and returned about six or seven in the evening, -Mrs. Sander must be fully informed of all Williams, the coachmau, always attended the the circumstanoes above alluded to. Mary WilPrincess. --Lady' Douglas, during the year son and Miss Mielfield must also know all the 1809, was constantly at Montague House, and circumstances. Bidgood has seen the mother was admitted at all times. The Princess was used as she is called) of the little boy frequently at frequently to go to Lady Douglas's House, where Montague House; the child was about three Sir Sidney resided; at the end of that year there weeks old wben he first saw it. The mother was at Montague House on Monday last. The properly informed of various circumstances, husband worked at Deptford Yard ; but was which must, for a feeling and delicate-minded discharged, and Stikeman has since employed 'woman, be very unpleasant to have spread, him at his house in town. The mother appears without having the means to exculpate herself. to be better dressed than usual.
But I can, in the face of the Almighty, assure (Signed) R. BIDGOOD. your Majesty that your Daughter-in-law is inno.
cent, and her conduct unquestionable; free from SARAH BIDGOOD.
all the indecorums and improprieties which are About six months ago, iu a conversation with imputed to her at present by the Lords Commise Fanny Lloyd, respecting the general conduct of missioners, upon the evidence of persons who the Princess, she said, that whilst Sir Sidney speak as falsely as Sir John and Lady Douglas visited the Princess, that Mary Wilson had gone themselves. Your Majesty can be sure that I into the bed-room to make up the fire, and found shall be anxious to give the most solemn denial the Princess and Sir Sidney in such an indecent in my power to all the scandalous stories of Bid situation, that she immediately left the room, good and Cole; to make my conduct be cleared and was so shocked that she fainted away at the in the most satisfactory way for the tranquillity door.
of your Majesty, for the honour of your illus. (This witness was not examined before the Com- trions family, and the gratification of your af. missioners ; at least, no Copy of such Examination, flicted daughter-in-law. In the mean time I can if there was any, eas transmitted with the other safely trust your Majesty's gracious justice to Papers. The first paragraph in her examination is, recollect, that the whole of the evidevce on however, stated above, as it is observed upon in the which the Commissioners have given credit to Princess's answer ; but the remainder, not being ad- the infamous stories charged against me, was verted to, either by the Commissioners' Report, or taken behind my back, without my having any by the Answer, and being all hearsay, is omitted. opportunity to contradict or explain any thing,
or even to point out those persons who might Temple, 12th May, 1806. have been called, to prove the little credit Frances Lloyd,— From Ripley in Surrey. which was due to some of the witnesses, from To the best of my knowledge, Mary Wilson their connexion with Sir John and J.ady Doug. said, that she had seen the Princess and Sir | las; and the absolute falsehood of parts of the Sidney in the blue room ; but she is so close a wo evidence, which could have been completely man, that shie never opens her mouth on any contradicted Oh! gracious King, I now look occasion ; never heard Mary Wilson say she was for that happy moment, when I may be allowed 80 alarmed as to be in a fit.--Heard the gar- to appear again before your Majesty's eyes, and dener at Ramsgate say one day, at dinner, that receive once more the assurance from your Ma. he had seen Mr. Sicard and Captain Manby go jesty's own month that I have your gracious pro. across the lawn towards a subterraneous passage tection; and that you will not discard me from leading to the sea. When Her Royal High- your friendship, of which your Majesty has been ness was going to the launch, Sir Andrew Hani- so condescending to give me so many marks of mond and his son came the day before, and kindness; and whicb must be my only support, dined with her, and in the next morning, about and my only consolation, in this country. I re. four o'clock, after the doors of the house were main with sentiments of the highest esteem, open, she saw Captain Manby sitting in the veneration and unfeigned attachment, Sire, your drawing-room of the adjoining house to Her Majesty's most dutiful, submissive, and humble Royal Highness, which room belonged to her. Daughter-in-law and Subject, -One morning, about six o'clock, she was
(Signed) CAROLINE called to get breakfast for Her Royal Highness, To the King. when she saw Captain Manby and her walking in the garden, at Ramsgate.--Heard from
Montague House, Aug. 17th, 1806. Mrs. Lisle's maid, that the Princess, when at The Princess ot' Wales desires the Lord ChanLady Sheffield's, went out of her bed-room, and cellor to present her humble duty to the King, could not find her way back; but nothing more.
and to lay before His Majesty the accompanying -About four years ago, as I think, Mr. Mills letter and papers. The Princess makes this attended me for a cold, and, in conversation, communication by his Lordship’s hands, because Jie asked me if thic Prince visited at our house? it relates to the papers with which she has been I said, not to my knowledge. He said the furnished through his Lordship by His Majesty's Princess certainly was with child.
commands. FRANCES LLOYD. To the Lord Chancellor. A true Copy. (Signed) J. Becket.
Aug. 17th, 1806. Whitehall, 29th August, 1806.
Sire,-Upon receiving the copy of the Report,
made to your Majesty, by the Commissioners, Blackheath, Aug. 12, 1806. appointed to inquire into certain charges against Sire,--With the deepest feelings of grati- my conduct, I lost no tiine, in returning to your tude to your Majesty, I take the first opportu- Majesty, my heartfelt thanks for your Majesty's nity to acknowledge having received, as yester- goodness in commanding that copy to be coniday only, the Report from the Lords Commis-municated to me, I wanted no adviser, but sioners, which was dated from the 14th of July. my own heart, to express my gratitude for the It was brought by Lord Erskine's footman, di- kindness, and protection which I have uniformly rected to the Princess of Wales; besides a note received from your Majesty. I needed po cau. enclosed, the contents of which were, that Lord tion or reserve, in expressing my confident reErskine sent the Evidences and Report by com- liance, that that kindness and protection would mands of His Majesty. I had reason to flatter not be withdrawn from me, on this trying oc. myself that the Lords Commissioners would not casion; and that your Majesty's justice would have given in the Report before they had been uot suffer your mind to be affected, to my dis
advantage, by any part of a Report, founded | authors of the original declarations, who may be upon partial evidence, taken in my absence, collected from the Report to be Sir Jobn and upon charges, not yet communicated to me, Lady Douglas, are my only accusers; and the until your Majesty had heard, what might be declarations which are said to have followed, are alleged in my behalf, in answer to it. But your the declarations of persons adduced as witnesses Majesty will not be surprised nor displeased, by Sir John and Lady Douglas, to confirm their that I, a woman, a stranger to the laws, and accusation; or whether such declarations are the nsages of your Majesty's kingdom, under charges, charges of persons, who have made themselves aimed, originally, at my life and honour, should also, the anthors of distinct accusations against besitate to determine, in what manner I ought me.- -The requests, which, I humbly hope, to act, even under the present circumstances, your Majesty will think reasonable, and just to with respect to such accusations, without the grant, and which are suggested by these further assistance of advice in which I could confide. observations are --- First, That your Majesty And I have had submitted to me the followiug would be graciously pleased to direct, that I observations, respecting the copies of the papers should be furnished with copies of these declawith which I have been furnished. And i hum-rations : and, if they are rightly described, in bly solicit from your Majesty's gracious conde- the Report, as the necessary foundation of all scension and justice a compliance with the re- the proceedings of the Commissioners, your Ma. quests
, which arise out of them. In the first jesty could not, I an persnaded, but have gra. place, it has been observed to me, that these ciously intended, in directing that I should be copies of the Report, and of the accompanying furnished with a copy of the Report, that I papers, have come unauthenticated by the sig- should also see this essential part of the pronature of any person, high, or low, whose ve-ceeding, the foundation on which it rests.racity, or even accuracy, is pledged for their Secondly, That I may be informed whether I correctness, or to whom resort might be had, if have one or more, and how many accusers; and it should be necessary, hereafter, to establish, who they are ; as the weight and credit of the that these papers are correct copies of the ori- accusation cannot but be much affected by the ginals. I am far from insinuating that the want quarter from whence it origiuates. Thirdly, of such attestations was intentional. No doubt That I may be informed of the time when the it was omitted through inadvertence; but its declarations were made. For the weight and importance is particularly coufirmed by the credit of the accusation must, also, be much state, in which the copy of Mrs. Lisle's examina- affected by the length of time, which my action has been transmitted to me. For in the cusers may have been contented to have been third page of that examination there have been the silent depositories of those heavy matters of two erasures; on one of which, some words guilt, and charge ; and,- -Lastly, That your have been, subsequently introduced, apparently Majesty's goodness will secure to me a speedy in a different hand-writing from the body of the reiurn of these papers, accompanied, I trust, examiuation ; and the passage, as it stands, is with the further information which I have soprobably incorrect, because the phrase is unin- licited; bat at all events a speedy return of telligible. And this occurs in an important part them. And your Majesty will see, that it is not of her examination.---The humble, but earnest without reason, that I make this last request, request, which I have to make to your Majesty, when your Majesty is informed, that, though which is suggested by this observation, is, that the Report appears to have been made upou thie your Majesty would be graciously pleased to 14th of July, yet it was not sent to me, till the direct, that the Report, and the papers which 11th of the present month. A similar delay, I accompany it, and whicii, for that purpose, I should, of all things, deplore. For it is with venture to transinit to your Majesty with this reluctance, that I yield to those suggestions, letter, may be examined, and then returned to which have induced me to lay, these my humble me, authenticated as correct, under the signa- requests, before your Majesty, since they must, ture of some person, who, having attested their at all events, in some degree, delay the arrival accuracy, may be able to prove it. In the of that moment, to which, I look forward with second place, it has been observed to me, that so earnest, and eager an impatience; when I the Report proceeds, by reference to certain contidently feel, I shall completely satisfy your written declarations, which the Commissioners Majesiy, that the whole of these charges are describe as the necessary foundation of all their alike antonnded; and are all parts of the same proceedings, and which contain, as I presume, conspiracy against me. Your Majesty, so sathe charge or information against my conduct. tisfied, will, I can have no doubt, be as anxious Yet copies of these written declarations bave as myselt, to secure to me that redress, which not been given to me. They are described, in the laws of your kingdom (administering, under deed, in the Report, as consisting in certain your Majesty's just dispensation, equal protec. statenients, respecting my conduct, imputing tion and justice, to every description of your not only, gross impropriety of behaviour, but Majesty's subjects),' are prepared to afford to expressly asserting facts of the most confirined, those, who are so deeply injured as I have been. and abandoned criminality, for which, if true, That I have in this case, the strongest claim to my life might be forfeited. These are stated to your Majesty's justice, I am contident I shall have been followed by declarations from other prove: but i cannot, as I am advised, so satispersons, who, though not speaking to the same factorily establish that claim, till your Majesty's facts, bad related other particnlars, in them- goodness shall have directed 'me, to be furnished selves extremely suspicious, and still more so, with an authentic statement of the actual charges as connected with the assertions already men- against me, and that additional information, tioned. On this, it is observed to me, that it is which it is the object of this letter most humbly, most important that I should know the extent, yet earnestly, to implore.I am, Sire, your and the particulars of the charges or informations Majesty's most dutiful, submissive, and humble against me, and by what accusers they have Dangher-in-law. been made; whether I am answering the charges Montague-house.
(Signed) C.P. of one set of accnsers, or more. Whether the
To the King.
Aug. 20th, 1806. commands, in case it should be Her Royal HighThe Lord Chancellor has the honour to retnmn, ness's pleasure to return the papers by him. to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. the box, as he received it this morning from His Majesty. It contains the papers he formerly
Lincoln's Inn Fields, Aug. 19th, 1806. sent to Her Royal Flighness, and which he sends The Lord Chancellor has the honour to transas they are, thinking that it may be, in the mean mit to Her Royal Highness the Princess of time, most agreeable to her Royal Highness.- Wales the papers* desired by Her Royal HiglaThe reason of their not having been authenti- ness, just as he received them a few minutes ago cated by the Lord Chancellor, was, that he re- from Earl Spenser, with the note accompanying ceived them as copies from Earl Spencer, who them. was in possession of the originals; and he could N. B. These papers, being the original de not, therefore, with propriety, do so, not hav- clarations, on which the inquiry proceeded, will ing himself compared them; but ber Royal | be found in Appendix (A.) Highness may depend upon having other copies sent to her, which have been duly examined and
Aug. 31, 1806. certified to be so. The box will be delivered Her Royal Higbness the Princess of Wales to one of Her Royal Highness's Pages in waiting, acquaints the Lord Chancellor, that the gentleby the principal officer attendant upon the Lord man with whom Her Royal Highness advises, Chancellor, and he trusts he shall find full credit and who had possession of the copies of the offi with Her Royal Highness; that in sending a ser cial papers communicated to Her Royal Highness vant formerly with the papers the moment he by the Lord Chancellor, returned from the counreceived them (no messenger being in waiting, try late yesterday evening. Upon the subject of and the officers who attend him being detained transmitting these papers to the Lord Chancellor, by their daties in court), he could not be sup for the purpose of their being examined and auposed to have intended any possible disrespect, thenticated, and then returned to Her Royal which he is incapable of shewing to any lady, Highness, he states, that in consequence of the but most especially to any member of His Ma- Lord Chancellor's assurance, contained in his jesty's Royal family.
note of the 20th instant, that Her Royal HighTo Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. ness might depend upon having other copies sent
to her, which had been duly examined and cer
tified to be so; he has relied upon being able to Lincoln's Inn Fields, Aug. 241h, 1806.
refer to those already sent, and therefore it His Majesty has been pleased to transmit to would be inconvenient to part with them at preme the letter which he has received from your sent: and Her Royal Highness therefore hopes, Royal Highness, dated the 17th instant; and to that the Lord Chancellor will procure for her the direct that I should communicate the same to
other authenticated copies, which his Lordship the Lords Commissioners who had been compromised in his vote of the 20th inst. With manded by His Majesty to report to His Ma: respect to the copies already sent, being, as the jesty on the matters therein referred to ; and I Lord Chancellor expresses it, in his letter of the have now received His Majesty's further com
24th instant, “ judged to be duly authenticated mands, in consequence of that letter, to acquaint according to the usual course and forms of of your Royal Highness, that when I transmitted to "fice, aud sufficiently so for the purpose for your Royal Highness, by the King's commands, “ which His Majesty had been graciously pleased and under my signatore, the copies of official“ to direct them to be communicated to His papers, which had been laid before His Majesty,“ Royal Highness, because they were transmit. those papers were judged thereby duly authenti
“ted to her, by the King's commands, and under cated, according to the usual course and forms
“bis Lordship's signature.”—Her Royal Higliof office; and sufficiently so, for the purposes ness could never have wished for a more authenfor which His Majesty has been graciously pleas- ric attestation, if she had conceived that they ed to direct them to be communicated to your were authenticated under such signature. But Royal Highness. That, nevertheless, there she could not think that the mere signature of does not appear to be any reason for His Ma. his Lordship, on the ontside of the envelope jesty's declining a compliance with the request which contained them, could afford any authentiwhich your Royal Highness has been advised to city to the thirty papers which that envelope make, that those copies should, after being ex- contained; or could, in any manner, identify any "amined with the originals, be attested by some
of those papers as having been contained in that person to be named for that purpose : and that, envelope. And she had felt herself confirmed in if your Royal Highness will do me the honour tó
that opinion, by his Lordship’s saying in his pote transmit them to me, they shall be examined and of the 20th instant, “ that the reason of their not attested accordingly, after correcting any errors “ having been authenticated by the Lord Clanthat may have occurred in the copying.
-His “ cellor was, that be received them as copies Majesty has furtber anthorized me to acquaint from Earl Spencer, who was in possession of your Royal Highness, that he is graciously " the originals, and he could not, therefore, with pleased, on your Royal Highness's request, to
propriety do so, not having himself compared consent that copies of the written declarations
“ them." -Her Royal Highness takes this opreferred to in the Report of the Lords Commis. portunity of acknowledging the receipt of the sioners, should be transmitted to your Royal declarations referred to in the Commissioners Highness, and that the same will be trans- Report. mitted accordingly, so soon as they can be To the Lord Chancellor. Transcribed. (Signed) ERSKINE, C.
Lincoln's Inn Fields, Sept. 2d, 1806. The Lord Chancellor has the honour to add to The Lord Chancellor has taken the earliest the above official communication, that his Purse- opportunity in his power of complying with the bearer respectfully waits her Royal Highness's wishes of Her Royal Highuess the Princess of