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Wales. He made the promise of other copies, your Majesty's presence for seven months, pend. without any communication with the other Coming an inquiry which your Majesty had directed missioners, wholly from a desire to shew every to be made into my conduct, affecting both my kind of respect and accommodation to Her Royal life and my honour
after that inquiry had at Highness, in any thing consistent with his duty, length terminated in the advice of your Majesty's and not at all from any idea that the papers, as Confidential and Sworn Servants, that there was originally sent, (though there might be errors in no longer any reason for your Majesty's declining the copying), were not sufficiently authenticat- to receive me-after your Majesty's gracious ed; an opinion, which, be is obliged to say, he is communication, which led me to rest assured not removed from; nevertheless, the Lord Chan that your Majesty would appoint an early day to cellor has a pleasure in conforming to Her Royal receive me-if
, after all this, by a renewed apHighness's wishes, and has the honour to enclose plication on the part of the Prince of Wales the attested copies of the Depositions, as he has upon whose communications the first inquiry received them from Earl Spencer.
had been directed), I now find, that that puTo Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. nishment to which I had been condemned during
the same seven months' inquiry previous to [The two following Letters, not in the Book, copied the determination in my favour, should, contrary
from Morning Herald, March 17, 1813.) to the opinion of your Majesty's Servants, be Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to the continued after that determination, to await the King.
result of some new proceeding, to be suggested Sire-In discharge of the duty I owe to my- by the Lawyer of the Prince of Wales, it is imself, and the great duty I owe to your Majesty possible that I can fail to assert to your Majesty, and your Illustrions Family, I have herewith with the effort due to truth, that I am, in the transmitted a statement, which I confidently consciousness of my own invocence, and with a trust will appear to prove me not unworthy of strong sense of my unmerited sufferings, Sire, the protection and favour with which your Ma- your Majesty's most dutiful and affectionate, but jesty bas pleased to honour me.--- -To be re- much injured, subject and daughter-in-law, stored to that favour and protection, in conse
(Signed) CAROLINE, quence of a conviction in your Majesty's mind of Montague-louse, Blackheath, my innocence, produced by the Papers 1 now Feb. 12, 1807. humbly lay before your Majesty, is the first wish of my heart.-Grieved, Sire, deeply grieved Copy of a Letter from Her Royal Highness the as I cannot but be, that your Majesty should be
Princess of Wales to the King. exposed to so much trouble on so painful an oc- Sire, When I last troubled your Majesty casion, and, on my account, it is yet my humble upon my unfortunate business, I had raised my trust that your Majesty will graciously forgive mind to hope that I should have the happiness me, if extreme anxiety about my honour, and of hearing from your Majesty, and receiving your your Majesty's favourable opinion, leads me gracious commands to pay my duty in your humbly to solicit, as an act of justice, that scru- Royal presence before the expiration of the last pulous attention on your Majesty's part to these week; and, when that hope was disappointed, Papers, which cannot fail, I think, to produce, eagerly clinging to any idea which offered me a in your Majesty's mind, a full conviction of my prospect of being saved from the necessity of innocence, and a due sense of the injuries I have having recourse (for the vindication of my chasuffered. One other prayer I with all possible racter) to the publication of the proceedings humility and anxiety address to your Majesty, upon the inquiry into my conduct, I thought it that, as I can hope for no happiness, nor expect just possible, that the reason for my not hayto enjoy the benefit of that fair reputation to ing received your Majesty's commands to that which I know I am entitled, till I am re-admit-effect might have been occasioned by the cir. ted into your Majesty's presence, and as I am in cumstance of your Majesty's staying at Windsor truth without guilt, suffering what to me is heavy through the whole of the week. 1, therefore, punishment, whilst I am denied access to your determined to wait a few days longer before Í Majesty, your Majesty will be graciously pleased took a step which, when once taken, could not to form an early determination whether my con- be recalled. Having, however, now assured duct and my sufferings do not authorize me to myself that your Majesty was in town yesterday, hope that the blessing of being restored to your -as I have received no command to wait Majesty's presence may be conferred upon, Sire, upon your Majesty, and no intimation of your your Majesty's dutifully attached, affectionate, pleasure,-I am reduced to the necessity of and afflicted daughter-in-law and subject. abandoning all hope that your Majesty will com
(Signed) CAROLINE. ply with ny humble, my earnest, and anxious Blackheath, Oct. 2, 1806.
request. Your Majesty, therefore, will not
be surprised to find that the publication of the Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to the proceedings alluded to will not be withheld beKing.
yond Monday next. -As to any consequences SIRE-I received yesterday, and with inex- which may arise from such publication, uopleapressible pain, your Majesty's last verbal com- sant or hurtful to my own feelings and interests, munication. The duty of stating, in a represen I may perhaps be properly responsible, -and in tation to your Majesty, the various grounds upon any event have no one to complain of but myself, which I feel the hardships of my case, and upon and those with whose advice I have acted, and which, I confidently think, that upon a review whatever those consequences may be, I am fully of it, your Majesty will be disposed to recal and unalterably convinced that they must be your last determination, is one I owe to myself; incalculably less than those which I should be and I cannot forbear, at the moment when I ac exposed to from my silence. But as to any knowledge the receipt of your Majesty's letter, other consequences, unpleasant or hurtful to the to announce to your Majesty, that I propose to feelings and interests of others, or of the Public, execute that duty without delay.- --After hav- my conscience will certainly acquit me of them. ing suffered the punishment of banishment from I am confident that I have not acted impatiently of precipitately. To avoid coming to gatived the principal charge of substantive this painfal extremity, I have taken every step crime, should have entertained considerations of in my power, except that which would abandon matters that amounted to do legal offenee, and my character to atter infamy, and my station which were adduced, not as substantive charges and life to no uncertain danger, and possibly to in themselves, but as matters in support of the no very distant destruction. With every principal accusation ; That through the pres. prayer for the lengthened continuance of your sure and weight of their official occupations, Majesty's health and happiness, for every possi- they did not, perhaps could not, bestow that ble blessing which a gracious God can bestow attention on the case, which, if given to it, must upon the beloved Monarch of a loyal people, have enabled them to detect the villany and and for the contioned prosperity of your domi: falsehood of my accusers, and their foul CORnions, under your Majesty's propitious reigu, Ispiracy against me; and 'mist have preserved remain, your Majesty's most dpitiful, loyal, and my character from the weighty imputation which affectionate, but most unhappy and most in the authority of the Commissioners has, for a jured, daughter-in-law, subject and servant, time, cast upon it; but, above all, that they (Signed)
should, upon this ex parte examination, without Montague-bouse, March 5, 1807.
hearing one word that I could urge, have report.
ed to your Majesty an opinion on these matters, To the King.
80 prejudicial to my honour, and from which i Sire, -Impressed with the deepest sentiments can have no appeal to the laws of the country, of gratitude for the countenance and protection (because the charges, constituting no legal of which I have hitherto uniformly received from tence, cannot be made the ground of a judicial your Majesty, I approach you with a heart un inquiry ;)--These and many other circunstances dismayed upon this occasion, so awful and mo- connected with the length of the Proceeding, mentous to my character, my honour, and my which have cruelly aggravated, to my feelings, happiness. I should indeed, (under charges such the pain necessarily attendant upon this Inquiry, as have now been brouglit against me,) prove I shall not be able to refrain from stating, and myself ondeserving of the continuance of that urging, as matters of serious lamentation at countenance and protection, and altogether ún. least, if not of well-grounded complaint. In worthy of the higli station, which I hold in your cominenting upon any part of the circumstances, Majesty's illustrious family, if I sought for any which have occurred in the course of this Inqui. partiality, for any indulgence, for any thing more ry, whatever observations I may be compelled ihan what is due to me in justice. My entire to make upon any of them, I trust, I shall never confidence in your Majesty's virtues assures me forget what is due to officers in high station and that I cannot meet with less. The situation, employment, under your Majesty. No apolowhich I have been so happy as to hold in your gy, therefore, can be required for any reserve Majesty's good opinion and esteem; my station in my expressions towards them. But if, in in your Majesty's augast family; my life, my ho- vindicating my innocence against the injustice nour, and, through mine, the honour of your and malice of my enemies, I should appear to Majesty's family have been attacked. Sir John your Majesty not to express myself with all the and Lady Donglas bave attempted to support a warmth and indignation which innocence, so direct and precise charge, by which they have foully calumniated, must feel, your Majesty dared to impute to me, the enormous guilt of will,'I trust, not attribute my forbearance High Treason, committed in the foul crime of to any insensibility to the grievous inAdultery. In this charge, the extravagance of juries I have sustained; but will graciously be their malice has defeated itself. The Report of pleased to ascribe it to the restraint I have imthe Lords - Commissioners, acting under your posed upon myself, lest in endeavoaring to deMajesty's warrant, has most fully cleared me of scribe in just terms the motives, the condact, that charge. But there remain imputations, the perjury, and all the foul circumstances, which strangely sanctioned and countenanced by that characterize and establish the malice of my acReport, on which I cannot remain silent, with cusers, I might use language, which, though out incurring the most fatal consequences to my not unjustly applied to them, might be improper honour and character. For it states to your Ma- to be used by me to any body, or unfit to be jesty, that “ The circumstances detailed against employed by any body, humbly, respectfully, me must be credited, till they are decisively and dutifully addressing your Majesty. That contradicted.” To contradict, with as much a fit opportunity has occured for laying open my decision as the contradiction of an accused can beart to your Majesty, perhaps, I shall, hereconvey ;' to expose the injustice and malice of after, have no reason to lament. For more my enemies; to shew the utter impossibility of than two years, I had been informed, that, giving credit to their testimony; and to vindi- upon the presumption of some miscondnct in cate my own innocence, will be the objects, me, my behaviour bad been made the subject Sire, of this letter. In the course of my pursu- of investigation, and my neighbours and servants ing these objeets, I shall have much to complain had been examined concerning it. And for of, in the substance of the Proceeding itselt, and some time I had received mysterious and indis. much in the manner of conducting it. That any tinct intimatious, that some great mischief of these charges should ever have been enter- was meditated towards me. And, in all the tained upon testimony so little worthy of belief, circumstances of my very peculiar situation, it which betrayed, in every sentence, the malice will not be thought strange, that however conin which it originated; that, even if they were scious I was, that I had no just cause of fear, I entertained at all, Your Majesty should have should yet feel some uneasiness on this account. been advised to pass by the ordinary legal modes with surprise certainly (hrecause the first tidings of Inquiry into such high crimes, and to refer were of a kind to excite surprise), but without them to a Commission, open to all the objection, alarm, I received the intelligence, that, for some which I shall have to state to such a mode of In- reason, a formal investigation of some parts of quiry ; that the Commissioners, after having ne. my conduct had beep advised, aud had actually
taken place. His Royal Highness the Duke of " be qnestioned;" and their infamons stories and Kent, on the 7th of June, announced it to me. insinuations against me, to be " such as deserve He announced to me, the Princess of Wales, in “ the most serious consideration, and as must be the first communication made to me, with re-“ credited till decisively contradicted."--The spect to this proceeding, the near approach of Inquiry, after I thus had notice of it, continued two attorneys (one of them, I since find, the so- for above two months. I venture not to comlicitor employed by Sir John Douglas), claiming plain, as if it had been unnecessarily protracted. to enter my dwelling, with a warrant, to take The important duties and official avocations of away one half of my household, for immediate | the Noble Lords, appointed to carry it on, may examination upon a charge against myself. Of naturally account for and excuse some delay. the nature of that charge I was then uninformed. But however excusable it inay have been, your It now appears, it was the charge of High Trea- Majesty, will easily conceive the pain and anxson, committed in the infamous crime of adul- iety which this interval of suspense has occatery. His Royal Highness, I am sure, will do sioned; and your Majesty will not be surprised me the justice to represent to your Majesty, that if I further represent, that I have found a great I betrayed no fear, that I manifested no symp- aggravation of my painful sufferings, in the de. toms of conscious guilt, that I songht no excuses lay which occurred in communicating the Report to prepare, or to tutor, my servants for the ex- to me. For though it is dated on the 14th July, anjination which they were to undergo. The I did not receive it, notwithstanding your Ma. only reqnest which I made to His Royal Highness jesty's gracious commands, till the 11th of Anwas
, that he would have the goodness to remain gust. It was due unquestionably to your Mawith me till my servants were gone; that he jesty, that the result of an Inquiry, commanded might bear witness, that I had no conversation by your Majesty, upon advice which had been with them before they weut. In truth, Sire, my offered, touching matters of the highest import, anxieties, ander a knowledge that some serious should be first and immediately communicated mischief was plamming against me, and while I to you. The respect and honour due to the was ignorant of its quality and extent, had been Prince of Wales, the interest which he must ne. so great that I could not but rejoice at an event, cessarily have taken in this Inquiry, combined
which seemed to promise me an early opportu- to make it indisputably fit that the result should Ķnity of ascertaining what the malice of my ene- be forthwith also stated to His Royal Highness.
mies intended against me. It has not been, I complain nof, therefore, that it was too early indeed, without impatience the most painful, communicated to any one; I complain only (and that I have passed the interval, which has since I complain most seriously, for I felt it most seelapsed. When once it was not only known to verely), of the delay in its communication to me, but to the world (for it was known to the me.Rumour had informed the world, that world), that Inquiry of the gravest nature had the Report had been early communicated to your been instituted into my conduct, I looked to the Majesty and to His Royal Highness. I did not conclusion with all the eagerness that could be receive the benefit intended for me by your Ma. "long to an absolute conviction, that my innocence jesty's gracions command, till a month after the and my honour, to the disgrace and confusion of Report was signed. Bat the same rumour had my accusers, would be established; and that the represented me, to my infinite prejudice, as in groundless malice and injustice of the whole possession of the Report during that month ; aud charge would be manifested to the world, as the malice of those, who wished to stain my howidely as the calomny had been circulated. Inour, has not failed to suggest all that malice
knew that the result of an ex parte inquiry, from could infer, from its remaining in that possession month its very nature, could not, unless it fully asserted so long unnoticed. May I be permitted to say,
my entire innocence, he in any degree just. that if the Report acquits me, my innocence enAnd I had taught myself most firmly to believe, titled me to receive from those to whom your that it was utterly impossible that any opinion Majesty's commands had been given, an inimewhich could, in the smallest degree, work a pre- diate notification of the fact that it did acquit judice to my honour and character, could ever be me. That if it condemned me, the weight of expressed in any terms, by any persons, in a such a sentence should not have been left to setReport upon a solemn formal Inquiry, and more tle in any mind, much less upon your Majesty's, especially to your Majesty, withont my having for a month, before I could even begin to presome notice and some opportunity of being pare an answer, which, when begun, could not ceeding allowed me, before an opinion was ex- could be represented as both acquitting and conpressed, the ordinary means which accused per- demning me, the reasons, which suggested the Sons have, of vindicating their honour and their propriety of an early communication in each of innocence, my honour and my innocence trust, the
former cases, combined to make it proper be fully vindicated and effectnally established sideration of my feelings was thus cruelly négWhat ihen, Sire, must have been my astonish: lected;
why was I kept upon the rack, during Stent and my dismay, when I saw, that notwith all this time, ignorant of the result of a charge, standing the principal accusation was found to which
affected my honour and my life ; and why, be catterly false, get some of the witnesses to especially in a case where
such grave natters those charges which were brought in support of were to continue to be “ credited, to the preju. the principal accusation-witnesses whom any person, interested to have protected my cha- . own months, to be utterly unworthy of credit, time which elapsed before the Report was comand confederates in foul conspiracy with my false municated to her Royal Highness. The Inquiry accusers, are reported to be " free from all sus.
the , * ia the judgraent of the Commissioners, not * rth of June.
“ dice of my bonour," till they were decidedly One of Robert Bidgood, dated Temple, 4th “ contradicted;" the means of kuowing what it April, 1806. was, that I must, at least, endeavour to contra- One of Sarah Bidgood, dated Temple, 230 dict, were withholden from me, a single unne- April, 1806 ; and, cessary hour, I know not, and I will not trnst One of Frances Lloyd, dated Temple, 12th myself in the attempt to conjeeture.- On the May, 1806. 1ith of August, however, I at length received The other Papers and Documents which acfrom the Lord Chancellor a packet, containing companied the Report, are,* copies of the Warrant or Commission authorizing 1806. No, the Inquiry; of the Report; and of the Exami- 29 May, 1. The King's Warrant or Conmis. nations on which the Report was founded. And
sion, your Majesty will be graciously pleased to recol
1 June, 2. Deposition of Lady Douglas. lect, that on the 13th I returned my grateful
of Sir Joby Douglas. thanks to your Majesty, for having ordered these
of Robert Bidgood. papers to be sent to me. Your Majesty will
of W. Cole. readily imagine that, upon a subject of such im.
of Frances Lloyd. portance, I could not venture to trust only to my
of Mary Wilson. own advice; and those with whom I advised
of Samuel Roberts. suggested, that the written Declarations, or 7
of Thos. Stikeman. Charges, upon which the Inquiry had proceeded,
of J. Sicard. and which the Commissioners refer to in their
of Charlotte Sander. Report, and represent to be the essential foun- | 7
of Sophia Austin. dation of the whole proceeding, did not accom- | 20 13. Letter from Lord Spencer to pany the Examinations and Report; and also
Lord Gwydir. that the papers themselves were not authenti. 21
from Lord Gwydir to cated. I, therefore, ventured to address your
Lord Spencer, Majesty npon these supposed defects in tbe com
from Lady Willougliby munication, and humbly requested that the co
to Lord Spencer. pies of the papers, which I then returned, might, 23 16. Extract from Register of Brownafter being examined and authenticated, be
low-street Hospital. again transmitted to me; and that I might also 23 17. Deposition of Eliz. Gosden. be furnished with copies of the written Declara. | 23
of Betty Townley. tions, so referred to, in the Report. And my 25
of Thos. Edmeades. humble thanks are due for your Majesty's gra- 25
of Samnel G. Mills. cious compliance with my request. On the 29th 27
of Harriet Fitzgeof August I received, in consequence, the at
rald. tested copies of those Declarations, and of a 1 July, 22. Letter from Lord Spencer to Narrative of His Royal Highness the Duke of
Lord Gwydir. Kent; and a few days after, on the 3rd of Sep 3 23.
from Lord Gwydir to tember, the attested copies of the Examinations
Lord Spencer. which were taken before the Commissionerse 3 24. Queries of Lady Willoughby and The Papers which Į have received are as fol
3 25. Further Deposition of R. Bid. *The Narrative of His Royal Highness the
good. Duke of Kent, dated 27th of December, 1805. 3 26. Deposition of Sir Frs. Millman A Copy of the written Declaration of Sir
of Mrs. Lisle. John and Lady Douglas, dated December 3,
28. Letter from Sir Francis Mill. 1805.
man to the Lord Chancellor. A Paper containing the written Declarations, 16 29. Deposition of Lord Cholmondeor Examinations, of the persons hereafter enu
ley. merated ;The title to these Papers is,
30. The Report. “ For the purpose of confirming the State- By the Copy, which I have received, of the "ment made by Lady Douglas, of the circum- Commission, or Warrant, under which the In« stances mentioned in her Narrative. The fol- quiry has been prosecuted, it appears to be an “lowing Examinations have been taken, and instrument under your Majesty's Sign Manual, “ which have beeu signed by the several persons not countersigued, not under any Seal.-It_re « who have been examined.”
cites, that an Abstract of certain writteu DeTwo of Sarah Lampert;-one, dated Chelten- clarations touching my conduct (without specifyham, 8th January, 1806,-and, the other, 39th ing by whom those Declarations were made, or March, 1806.
the nature of the matters touching which they One of William Lampert, baker, 114, Chel- had beeu made, or even by whom the Abstract tenham, apparently of the same date with the had been prepared), had been laid before your last of Sarah Lanıpert's.
Majesty ; into the truth of which it parports to Four of William Cole, dated respectively, 11th authorize the four noble Peers, who are named January, 14th January, 30th January, and 230 in it, to inquirc and to examine, upon oath, February, 1806.
(To be continued.) See Appendix (B).
See Appendix (A).
Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.
LONDON: Printed by J. M'Creery, Black Horse-Court, Fleet-street.
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“ Heav'n has no curse like love to hatred turn'd,
apd with which, it appears, her moderation Having been unable to resist the desire would have been contented. Indeed, when to submit my own reinarks to the reader is the close of her Letter of the 16th of
you take an impartial view of the case up at considerable length, I have been com- February, 1807, you will be at a loss to say pelled to adopt the measure of publishing a which feeling is strongest in your bosom:
that of admiration of her moderation and third Double Number next week, when I
magnanimity; or, of indignation against shall close the publication of THE BOOK, the wretches who had manifestly conspired, and shall, at the same time, have sufficient with the most deliberate malice, against room to prefix the further remarks that I her reputation and even against her life.
Exalted as the parties concerned are in have to make upon this important subject. rank, important as every thing must be
which is so closely connected with their TO JAMES PAUL,
character and honour ; yet, such is the abiOF BURSLEDON, IN Lower Dublin Town: lity with which this defence was conducted, SHIP, IN PHILADELPHIA County, IN THE
that, merely as a specimen of excellence in STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA; ON MATTERS this sort of productions, it will, I am perRELATING TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
suaded, live and be admired, long after the PRINCESS OF WALES.
cause of it shall have becoine of no interest
to the world. I hated Perceval when live Letter v.
ing; I hate his memory now that he is My dear Friend,
dead; because I regard him as having been In my last Letter I gave you a brief his a bitter enemy of the liberties of my countory of THE BOOK, and showed you, as try. But, I should tacitly belie my convicclearly as I was able, what effects it had tion, I should commit an act of violence on produced as to political changes in the go my own mind, were I to abstain from exvernment. I, at the saine time, laid before pressing my admiration of this defence, as you all the depositions against Her Royal doing equal liovour to the heart and to the Highness the Princess of Wales, together talents of its author ; who, from the first with the beginning of her defence. The page to the last, shines, not only as a wise remaining part of that defence I conti-counsellor, an able and zealous advocate, nue, to this Letter; and, when you have but as an ardent, a steady, and disinterested read it, together with Her Rosal Highness's friend; and, really, I look upon it as a for. Letter to the King of the 16th of February, tunate circumstance for the character of the 1807, you will have the whole of the case country, that, while England had produced before you.
wretches so vile as to conspire against the So satisfactory to my mind is that de life of an innocent and friendless woman, fence; so completely does it do away every England also furnished the man able and charge against her honour ; so quickly does willing to be her protector. it dissipate, in my view of it, every doubt This defence being, in all its parts, so that could have been raised in the mind of complete, I should not trouble you with any rational man, that I am utterly at a any observations of my own on any part of loss to find words to express my astonish- the evidence or proceedings, and should ment, that His Royal Highness, the Prince merely give you my reasons for believing, of Wales, should have found advisers, weak that the conduct of the Princess, up to this enough, (for I will forbear to apply to them very hour, has been such as to merit full any harsh epithet) to recommend the raising approbation ; but, as endeavours are still of any obstacle to the giving of the injured inaking, in some of the detestable news. Princess those external marks of complete papers in London, to give the air of truth acquittal, which she so justly demanded, to the refuted calumnies of the Douglases