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and others, I think it right to point out for We see, that, from 1801 to 1804, there your special notice some few of the circum- was an intercourse of friendship existing stances of the case.
between Sir John and Lady Douglas and There is an observation, made by some the Princess; and, it is not till after persons, in these words: “ There, surely, the former are discarded by the latter that
must be something in all this. How the accusations appear to have been hatched; "i could such a story as that of Lady Doug or, at least, to have assumed any thing of a * Jas have been all invented ?" This is a systematic form. Soon after this, we find very absurd way of reasoning; for, if one Sir John Douglas receiving, as his wife says, part of a story be hatched, why not the anonymous letters, containing lewd drawe whole ? It is not the practice either of ings, exhibiting Lady Douglas as committing courts of justice or of individuals to give adultery with Sir Sydney Smith; and of credit to any part of a story, upon the prin- these she says, the Princess of Wales was cipal facts of which the narrator has been the author. This fact of the authorship is fully proved to have spoken wilfully false. clearly disproved by the most satisfactory If any man were to tell you, that I had de- of evidence, positive as well as circumstanfrauded him of a ten pound note, and that, tial. And, now, mark; this fact being upon the same occasion, I had been guilty proved to be false, what other conclusion of blasphemy, would you, when you had can we draw from its having been advanced, seen the former clearly disproved, attach than that the Douglases wrote the letters any credit to the latter? Would the man, themselves to themselves with a design of who could invent the former charge, scruple imputing them to her Royal Highness, and to invent the latter also ? Would that ma- thus to furnish themselves with some excuse lice, which proved the mother of the one, be for the treachery, to say the very least of it, insufficient for the producing of the other of Lady Douglas? For, you will observe, The consistency of the different parts of a that, upon the supposition of all the alle story, all.coming from the same person, or gations of Lady Douglas being true, nofrom a set of conspirators, argues little in thing could clear her of the charge of persupport of its credibility; for, if one sits fidiousness to the person, who, in the down to invent, especially when there is warmth of her friendship and the plenitude an abundance of time, it is entirely one's of her confidence, had committed to her own fault if the several parts of the story breast secrets affecting her life, do not agree. You do not read Romances Having thus prepared the way; liarand Plays ; but, if you did, you would not ing provided themselves with an excuse set any part of them down for realities, be though a very unsatisfactory one, for the cause all the parts corresponded with each divulging of secrets, which they could other. They are fabulous, they are the not in any case, and under any degree of work of invention, from the beginning to provocation, divulge without subjecting the end; and so, it appears to me, were all themselves to the charge of perfidy, they the minor circumstances, related by the appear to have set themselves to work to Douglases and others, tending to corrobo- get a way opened for their information to rate the main facts, and to render complete ihe Prince of Wales; and, at last, in Deand successful the great plot of this dis-cember, 1805, they draw up and sign their graceful drama. The main allegations hav- STATEMENT in order to its being laid ing been proved to be false, and none of the before him. rest having been proved to be true, we must If this Statement was believed, as it apnecessarily, in common justice to the ac- pears to have been, by His Royal Highness's cused, regard the whole as a mass of false- advisers; for, my respect for the person, hoods.
whom I obey as my sovereign, will permit Indeed, it is impossible for any man, me to speak, in this case, only of his adwhen he has read the whole of the docu- visers. If this statement was believed by ments, to entertain the smallest doubt of the them, there can be no doubt of the prainnocence of the Princess as to every thing priety, and, indeed, of the absolute newhich has been alleged against her; but, it cessity, of submitting the matter to the appears to me to be very essential for us to cousideration of the King. Different men inquire, how these infamous charges came see the same thing in a different light ; to be made. And, here, I think, we shall and, for my part, I am convinced, that if find all the marks of a deliberate and my own sister had laid such a statement be. settled conspiracy against lier, originating, fore me, relative to the conduct of even á to all outward appearance, with the Doug- suspected wife, I should, at once, have lases.
treated it as a tissue of abominable false
hoods; the reasons for which I will now it is manifest, that, in making the commugive you.
nication to the Prince, she could not be acThe Statement of Lady Douglas, as well tuated by motives of daty and of loyas her deposition, clearly shew, that her alty; and, seeing her declaration thus botmaking of it originated in revenge. There tomed in falsehood; seeing it thus ushered are those, who, roused in the way of sus- in by a flagrant though laypocritical lie; I picion, by a view of the whole affair, are should, if I had been an adviser of the inclined to ascribe the accusation to another Prince, said, that nothing flowing from origin, and to suppose, that the Douglases such a source is to be believed, or paid the went to live at Blackheath for the express smallest attention to. purpose of carrying on a conspiracy against Then, as to what she says about the lithe Princess. But, an impartial examina- centious behaviour of the Princess, and her tion of the several parts of the proceeding disrespectful language towards the King, the rejects this opinion; and, it is manifest Queen, and the Royal Family, I should that the charges had their origin in the re- have observed, that, though the inforinant venge of this woman. Therefore, if her pretends to have been shocked at the indestatement had been laid before me, as an cencies and immoralities of all this, and adviser of the Prince, I should, without though people were obliged to send their going into the utter improbability of the daughters out of the room to prevent them story itself, have said, that a wonian, in from hearing the language of the Princess, whose bosom the passion of revenge was so the informant continued to be intimate with strong as to goad her on to take away the her, and even to court her acquainlance, life of another woman, after months and for years after she was the eye and ear wityears for cooling and reflecting ; I should ness of these indecencies; and, what is have said, that a woman, in whose bosom singular enough, one ground of her prethe passion of revenge was so strong as tended coinplaints against the Princess, is, this, was a person not to be believed in any her children were not admilled, upon a thing that she might say with regard to the particular occasion, to that, as she paints object of that revenge.
it, scene of open indecency and debauchery, Then, I should have observed, that she Montague House! Upon a view of all these sets out with a self-evident falsehood; for circumstances, could I liave believed, that she asserts, that it was a sense of duty; the she had seen any thing to shock her in the fear of seeing spurious issue on the throne, behaviour of the Princess ? Could I have her loyalty, her gratitude towards her So-believed a word of her story ; and could I vereign and the Royal family; she asserts, have refrained from advising the Prince, that it is this sense of duty, which has wrung not to believe a word of that story? the awful secret from her, and induced her Upon her own showing, I should have to be guilty of a most atrocious breach of seen in Lady Douglas a traitor to her confidence. But, wi this sense of duty in friend froin motives of revenge ; I should her mind; with all this loyalty and grati- have seen in her a hypocritical pretender to tude in her heart; and with this patriotic loyalty and patriotisın; and should have fear of seeing spurious issue on the throne, seen part of her revenge arising from her she keeps the secret locked up in her breast children not being admitted where she from 1802 to 1805. Was that to be be- herself had been shocked at the constant lieved ? If she really were under the influ- indecencies of the scene, and where other ence of the motives, which she pretends to persons had sent away their children from have been under when she made the state- a fear of their being corrupted. But, bement; how came that influence to have sides all this, I must have believed Her had no weight at an earlier period ?- Royal Highness to have been wholly bereft If such had really been her motives in of her senses before I could believe, or give making the communication, the year 1802 the smallest degree of credit to, the story was the time for making it, when she first of her accuser. For could I believe, that was told of the pregnancy, or, at any rate, any woman in her senses, though the most when she saw the child, especially as that profligate of her sex, would have imparted child was a male, and, of course, the heir the facts of pregnancy and delivery to anto the throne ; and when she reflected, other, without any possible motive, and Moreover, that she might die, and that, afterwards behave to that other in a way the from the death of herself or other persons, best calculated in the world to provoke that the impossibility of preventing the danger other to a disclosure of those facts? I can she feared might soon arrive. Therefore, suppose it possible, and barely possible, that there may be found in the world a sire to rescue the character of the Princess married woman in common life, so very from any future danger, which, from the shameless, being in a state of separation death of witnesses, or from other causes, from her husband in consequence of no might arise out of the charges preferred by fault of her own; I can suppose it barely Lady Douglas. Willing as I am to go possible, that such a woman, so situated, along with you in this supposition, I must, might, out of a mere inclination to com- nevertheless say, that the means they adopted municate a secret, or to shew that she was were not the best calculated in the world to not without a paramour, tell a considant arrive at so amiable and desirable an end. that she was with child, and, I will even These advisers did not, it appears, rego so far as to suppose it possible, that commend to His Royal Highness to' lay There may be found one in the whole the statement of the Douglases before the world, in such a place as St. Giles's or Bil- King at once, and unaccompanied with lingsgate, to go up to a man, and proclaim any corroboratory evidence. That statement, her crime in words, while she put her as appears from its date, was made on the hand to the depository of the half-matured 3rd of December, 1805; and it appears, fruit of that crime. It is not without beg- that it, or rather an abstract of it, was not ging pardon of every thing bearing the name laid before the King till the 29th of May, and form of woman, that I venture upon this 1806. In the mean while, the advisers of supposition. What then must have been the Prince of Wales appear to have recommy conclusion upon hearing conduct like mended, the obtaining of other statements, thris attributed to a Princess of Wales, whose from different persons, relating to the con crime, in this case, went to take away her duct of Her Royal Highness ; and, as you life, and who, according to the showing of will have seen, there were obtained the Lady Douglas herself, could have no pos- written Declarations of Sarah Lampert, sible motive in making known to her the William Lampert, Williain Cole, Robert fact of that crime?
Bidgood, Sarah Bidgood, and Frances Away, I should have said, if I had Lloyd, which were also laid before, the been an adviser of the Prince, with this King, together with the Statement of the mass of atrocious falsehoods; these over- Douglases. And, it is with great pain flowings of black-hearted revenge; these that I perceive these papers to have been self-evadent proofs of a foul and detestable said, in their title, to be “ For the purconspiracy against life and honour. 1"pose of confirming the Statement made should have said, that, knowing the by Lady Douglas." I perceive this with Princess to be in her senses, it was impos pain, because it adunits of the interpretasible for me to believe, that she would tion, that the advisers of the Prince wished. first make known her pregnancy and deli- to see that horrible Statement confirmed, very to Lady Douglas without any motive; while, you will agree with me, that they that she would so contrive her delivery as ought to have been anxiously desirous to to have it take place in her own house, sur- see it wholly refuted. If the object of the rounded as she was by the servants of the advisers of the Prince was to rescue the Prince; and that, having brought the character of the Princess from all future
child into the world, she would even at danger, to which, from the death of witįtempt lo suckle il herself, and actually do nesses, or other causes, this Statement might
it for some time; I should have said, that be thought to expose it, they took, as I it was impossible for me, or for any man in said before, means not well adapted to his senses, to believe this for one single their end. This error (not to call it by moment. And, therefore, I should have any other name) it was, which produced all advised His Royal Highness not to give, by the disagreeable consequences that followed. any act of his, the smallest countenance to We must now take a look at the source so incredible, so malicious, so detestable a of these confirmatory declarations, and of charge, made against an unprotected wo- the time and manner of their being commuwan, not to say, that, though separated nicated to the King, and upon which comfrom his bed, that woman was still his wife. (munication his warrant was founded.
While you observe, however that the The two Lamperts were, it appears, old advice given to His Royal Highness, upon servants of Sir John Douglas, and, it also this occasion, was precisely the opposite of appears, that Sir John himself was the perthat, which, as I have said, I should have son, who went from London to Cheliengiven, you will not, in fairness to those ham, in Gloucestershire, to take down their who gave that advice, fail to suppose, that declarations. These two declarations do they might possibly be actuated by a de noi, however, appear to have been of any importance, seeing that the persons, who with respect to the declarations of Cole, made them, were not afterwards examined Bidgood and Fanny Lloyd. They do not upon oath by the Commissioners. Bid come forth with allested, or witnessed, siggood, Gole and Lloyd were old servants of natures, as in the case of the Statement of The Prince, and, it appears that Cole has Sir John and Lady Douglas. The signature been at Carleton House, in performance of of that famous Statement is, as you will his service, ever since the time to which his see, verified by the Duke of Sussex, who information refers. Bidgood appears to signs his name as having seen the paper have been still with the Princess when the signed ; a very necessary precaution in so Inquiry was going on; but, you will re- momentous a case, but not less necessary mark, that there is an affidavit, produced with regard to the confirmatory declarations by the Princess, shewing, that, while the than with regard to the statement itself. It Inquiry was going on, Bidgood was, upon is a pity that this requisite is wanting to one occasion, at least, in conversalion with these documents; because, if they had been Lady Douglas; and, that, too, at a time regularly witnessed, we should have seen when he must have well known what that who were the persons engaged in laking them Lady had been doing with regard to his down, a circumstance of no trifling import, Royal Mistress, because he himself had when we are endeavouring to unravel the been previously examined for the purpose thread of these memorable proceedings. of confirming her Statement.
Carrying all these circumstances along in When you have read the defence of the your mind, you will now accompany me Princess, you will want nothing to convince in some remarks touching the declaration you, that the evidence of Bidgood and Cole of Fanny Lloyd. This part of the subject is of no unequivocal description. Indeed, has very much interested the public here, it is quite impossible for you to entertain and will not, I dare say, be uninteresting the smallest doubt as to its character. With to you, a lover of truth and justice as you respect to Fanny Lloyd's declaration there always were, and who always felt a deep are some remarks to be made of very great interest in every thing connected with the interest and importance.
peace, happiness and honour of the country You will bear in mind, that all the de- of your forefathers. Fanny Lloyd says, in clarations, of which we are speaking, were her declaration, taken at the Temple, and taken, as their title imported, “ for the she afterwards swears nearly to the same " Purpose of confirming the statement made amount before the Four Lords ; but, it is " by Lady Douglas." Cole voluntarily with her declaration that we now have underwent four separate examinations; to do. She says, in her declaration, that Bidgood one, and Fanny Lloyd one, alla Mr. Mills, a Surgeon and Apothecary, at which you will have read in the foregoing Greenwich (a place near Blackheath), being Number. At what place Cole was examin- in attendance upon her for a cold, asked ed and signed his declarations is not stat. her if the Prince visited at the Princess's ed in their dates; but, those of Bidgood house; and, Fanny Lloyd having answered, and Fanny Lloyd are dated at the Temple, that he did not to her knowledge, said that, a place in London where Lawyers and At- THE PRINCESS WAS CERTAINLY forneys reside; and it is pretty fairly pre- | WITH CHILD. Now, mind, this desumed by the Princess, in her defence, that claration is taken down at the Temple, on they were drawn up and signed at Mr. the 12th of May, 1806; (keep the dales conLowten's, who is an Attorney, living in stantly in your eye ;) it is signed at the the Temple, and who, as appears from Temple on that day, but in the presence of one of Cole's declarations, was at Chelten- whom we are not informed. ham with Sir John Douglas to take the de- Luckily for the character of the Princess claration of the two Lamperts.
a new witness was here introduced. Mr. These are very material circumstances Mills was named; and he was to be examinfor you to bear in mind, and it would be ed, of course. He was examined, not at the useful to have it clearly ascertained, who il Temple, indeed, but at the House of the was that actually employed Mr. Lowten. Earl of Moira, and by that nobleman himAt any rate, we see him at Cheltenham self, but, in the presence of Mr. Lowlen, employed in taking declarations with Sir who is a person of some consideration, being, John Douglas, “ for the purpose of confirm- besides an attorney, an officer in the Court “ing the Statement of Lady Douglas;" and of King's Bench. it is at the Temple where we find that the Fanny Lloyd's declaration, confirmatory declarations of Bidgood and Fanny Lloyd of Lady Douglas's Statement, was of great were made. Observe another thing, too, importance, as it went directly to establish the fact of the alleged pregnancy's but, seems very reluctant to fix the blame of this unfortunately for Miss Lloyd's, veracity, omission upon any one. She says, "I Mr. Mills declared to Lord Moira aud Mr. “ know not whether it was Lord Moira, or Lowten, that her declaration, as far as re- “Mr, Lowten, who should have commulated to him, was an infamous false- "nicated this circumstance to his Royal “ hood.” Now mind, this was on the “ Highness" (who is stated to have laid 14th of May, 1806, two days only after the declarations before the King) : “ but, Miss Lloyd had made her declaration." she adds, in all fairness, it ought unUpon hearing this from Mr. Mills, Lord" questionably to have been communicated Moira said (as Mr. Mills states in his affi- " by some one." And so it certainly should; davit) that he supposed there must be some for Fanny Lloyd's was one of those impormistake, and that Fanny Lloyd must have tant declarations, upon which confessedly ineant Mr. Edmeades, who was the part- the inquiry was founded. ner of Mr. Mills, and who, having at the It is my business to fix your attention uprequest of Lord Moira, waited on his Lord- on great points, it being impossible for me, ship, at his house, on the 20th of May, in my limited space, to go over the whole of 1806, (mind the dates) declared (as you the case with you, and it being also quite will see by his affidavit) to his Lordship, unnecessary, seeing that the documents in the presence of a Mr. Conant, a Police themselves are so full and satisfactory. Magistrale, that the declaration of Fanny One of these great points is, the credibi, Lloyd, if he was the person meant by her; lity, which the Four Lords gave to the eviwas wholly false ; for, that he, at no time, dence of Cole and Fanny Lloyd, and the effect had said that the Princess was pregnant, of that credibility. You will perceive, that and that such a thought had never for a the facts of pregnancy and delivery were so single moment, entered his mind. completely disproved, that their Lordships,
Here, then, we see Fanny Lloyd's con- in their REPORT to the King, declare, in firmatory declaration, or, at least, the only the most explicit and the most forcible important part of it, blown, at once into terms, that the charge was wholly false; the dark regions of malicious invention. that it was uiterly destitute of foundation, The whole of the affidavits of Messrs. But, they leave a sting in the tail of this Mills and Edmeades, the facts stated by Report. They say, that other particulars, those gentlemen, the place, time, and man- respecting the conduct of her Royal Highner of their being examined, are worthy of ness, must " necessarily give occasion to your most careful attention ; but, at pre- VERY UNFAVOURABLE INTERserit,, let us pursue the destination of the PRETATIONS ;" and these particulars, declaration of Fanny Lloyd; and, as you they say, rest especially upon the evidence are about to see, our pursuit will soon be of Bidgood and Cole, Fanny Lloyd and at an end. That declaration was taken, Mrs. Lisle ; " who," say the Lords, you will observe, on the 12th of May, cannot, in our judgment, be suspected 1806, at the Temple; on the 14th it was “ of an unfavourable bias, and whose VEflatly falsified by Mr. Mills; on the 20th it “RACITY, in this respect, we have seen was as flatly falsified by Mr. Edmeades; on "no ground to question." the 29th, as appears from the Report, As to Bidgood, you will see by the deFanny Lloyd's declaration was laid before fence and by his own declarations and dethe King; but, it does NOT appear any positions, whether he was likely to be unwhere, THAT THAT DECLARATION der any unfavourable bias. Mrs. Lisle's WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE FAL- evidence amounts to little, and of that little SIFICATION FIXED ON IT BY MR. I shall leave you to judge with only this reMILLS AND MR. EDMEADES. mark: that, if every married wounan in the
As her Royal Highness, in her defence, world were to be liable to be admonisbed avows, that she dares not trust herself with upon grounds similar to those to be found in any inferences from this proceeding, I can that evidence, there would not be one, even not be expected to draw any; but, I can- amongst you Quakers, that would escape an not, at any rate refrain from expressing my admonition. If it be faulty in a married deep regret, that this omissiou should have woman to prefer talking to a man rather taken place; because, if the falsification of than to her attendants; if it be a fault in a Fanny Lloyd's declaration had accompanied married woman to smile or laugh in conthe declaration itself, the King might, pro- versation with any other man than her husbably, have not issued the commission for band ; ifsit be a fault in "her to endeavour that inquiry, which has led to all this seri- to appear witty or agreeable in the eyes of ous mischief. The Princess, in her defence, any man except those of her husband; if