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His Royal Highness was properly advised (fr, upon His Royal Highness as his child. Nay, they your Majesty will undoubtedly conclude, tat; were to believe, that I had stated, and that Lady upon a subject of this importance, His Royal Douglas bad believed the statement to be true, Highness could not but have acted by the advice that I had in fact attempted to suckle it, and only of others), in referring this complaire to your gave up that part of my plan, because it made Majesty, for the parpose of its dergoing the me nervous, and was too much for my health. investigation which has followed And unques. And, after all this, they were then to believe, tionably, if the charge referral to in this Report, that having made Lady Douglas, thus unnecessaas made by Sir John and Lady Douglas, had been rily, the confidant, of this most important and presented under circumstances in which any rea- dangerous secret; having thus put my character sonable degree of crasit could be given to them, and my life in her hands, I sought an occasion, or even if they had not been presented in such a wantonly, and without provocation, from the manner as to impeach the credit of the inform- mere fickleness and wilfulness of my own mind, ers, and to har internal evidence of their own to quarrel with her, to insult her openly and vioincredibility, I should be the last person who lently in my own house, to endeavour to ruin her would be disposed to dispute the wisdom of the repntation; to expose her in infamons and indeadvice which led to make them the subject of cent drawings enclosed in letters to her husband. the gravest and most auxious inquiry. And your The letters, indeed, are represented to have been Majesty, acting upon a mere abstract of the de- anonymous, but, though anonymous, they are clarations, which was all that, by the recital of stated to have been written with my own hand, the warrant, appears to have been laid before / so undisguised in penmanship and style, that your Majesty, undonbtedly could not but direct every one who had the least acquaintance with an ing concerning my conduct. For though either, could not fail to discover them, and (as if I have not been furnished with that abstract, yet it were throngh fear, lest it should not be suffie I must presume that it described the criminatory ciently plain from whom they came) that I had contents of these declarations, much in the same sealed them with a seal, which I had shortly be. manner as they are stated in the Report. And fore used on an occasion of writing to her husthe criminatory parts of these declarations, if bånd. All this they were to believe upon the viewed without reference to those traces of ma- declaration of a person, who, with all that loyallice and resentment with which the declarations | ty and attachment which she expresses to your of Sir John and Lady Douglas abound; if ab. Majesty and His Royal Highness the Prince of stracted froin all these circumstances, which shew Wales, with all her obligation to the whole Royal the extreme improbability of the story, the Family (to whom she expresses herself to be length of time which my accuser had kept my bound by ties of respectful regard and attachalleged guilt concealed, the contradictions ob- ment, which nothing can ever break), with all servable in the declarations of the other wit- her dread of tire mischievous consequences to Jiesses, all which, I submit to your Majesty, are the country which might arise from thie disputed to an extent to cast the greatest discredit upon succession to the crown, on the pretensions of an the truth of these declarations ;--abstracted, I illegitimate child of mine, nevertheless conti. say, from these circumstances, the criminatory med, after this supposed avowal of my infamy parts of them were unquestionably such as to and my crime, after my supposed acknowledge have placed your Majesty under the necessity of ment of the birth of this child, which was to oco directing some inquiry concerning them. But casion all this mischief, to preserve, for near a that those, who had the opportunity of reading twelvemonth, her intimacy and apparent friendthe long and malevolent narration of Sir John ship with me. Nay, for two years more, after and Lady Douglas, should not have hesitated be that intimacy had ceased, after that friendship fore they gave any credit to it, is matter of the had been broken off, by my alleged misbehaviour greatest astonishment to me,- - The improbabi- to her, continued still faithful to my secret, and lity of the story would of itself, I should have never disclosed it till (as her declaration states it) imagined (unless they believed me to be as in. “ The Princess of Wales recommenced a fresh sane as Lady Douglas insinuates), have been suf“ torrent of outrage against Sir John; and Sir ficient to have staggered the belief of any unpre-“ John discovered that she was attempting to judiced mind: for, to believe that story, they “ undermine his and Lady Douglas's character."
were to begin with believing, that a person guilty Those, then, who had the opportunity of see• of so foul a crime, so highly penal, so fatal to ing the wliole of this Narrative, having had their
her honour, her station, and her life, should gra- jealousy awakened by these circumstances to the tuitously and uselessly have confessed it. Such improbability of the story, and to the discredit a person, under the necessity of concealing ber of the informer, when they came to observe, pregnancy, might have been indispensably oblig- how maliciously every circumstance that iinaed to confide her secret with those, to whom she gination could suggest, as most calculated to was to look for assistance in concealing its conse- make a woman contemptible and odious, was quences. But Lady Douglas, by her own ac- scraped and heaped up together in this Narra. count, was informed by me of this fact, for no tive, must surely have had their eyes opened purpose whatever. She makes me, as those who to the motives of my accusers, and their minds read her declarations cannot fail to have observ. cautioned against giving too easy a credit to ed, state to her, that she should, on no account, their accusation, when they found my converbe intrusted with any part of the management sation to be represented as most loose, and inby which the birth was to be concealed. They famous, my mind uninstructed and uowilling to were to believe also, that, anxious as I must have learn ; my language, with regard to your Majesty been to have concealed the birth of any such and the whole of your Royal Family, foully dischild, I had determined to bring it up in my own respectful and offensive ; and all my manners house; and what would exceed, as I should ima- and habits of life most disgusting, I should liave gine, the extent of all human credulity, that I fattered myself, that I could not have been, in had determined to suckle it myself: that I had character, so wholly unknown to them, but laid my plan, if discovered, to have imposed it that they must have observed a spirit, and a colouring at least in this representation, which false as they are malicions, could never have must have proved much more against the dispo- proved crime in me, however manifestly they sition and character of the informers, and the might display the malice of my accusers.quality of their information, than against the Most it not, then, lave occurred to any one, person who was the object of their charge. But who had seen the whole of this Narrative, if the when, in addition to all this, the Declaration motive of my accusers was, as they represent it, states, that I had, with respect to my unfortu- merely that of good patriots, of attached and nate and calamitous separation from His Royal loyal sobjects, bound, in execution of a painful Highness, stated that I had acknowledged my- daty, imposed upon them by His Royal Highself to have been the aggressor, from the begin- vess the Prince of Wales, to disclose, in detail, ning, and myself alone ; and when it further all the facts which conld establish my guilt, that states, that if any other woman had so played these circumstances never would have made a and sported with her husband's comfort and po- part of their detail? But on the other hand, if pularity, she would have been turned out of his their object was to traduce me ;-if, falsely athouse, or left alone in it, and have deservedly tributing to His Royal Highness, sentiments forfeited her place in society; and further still, which could belong to no generous bosom, but when, alleging that I had once been desirous of measuring his nature by their own, they thought, procuring a separation from His Royal Highuess, vainly and wickedly, to ingratiate themselves and had pressed former Chancellors to accom- with him, by being the instruments of accomplish this purpose, it flippantly adds, that “ The plishing my rnin ; --if aiming at depriving me of Chancellor may now perhaps be able to graut my rank and station, or of driving me from this her request." The malicious object of the whole country, they determined to bring forward a must surely have been most obvious. For sup- charge of treason against me, which, though posing these facts to have been all true; sup- they knew in their consciences it was false, yet posing this infamous and libellous description of they might hope would serve at least as a cover, my character had been nothing but a correct and a pretence, for such an imputation upon my and faithful representation of my vices and my character, as, rendering my life intolerable in infamy, would it not bave been natural to have this country, miglit drive me to seek a refuge in asked why they were introduced into this De another; it, the better to effectuate this purpose, claration what effect could they have had they had represented all my misfortunes as my upon the charge of crime, and of adultery, which faults, and my faults alone, drawn an odious and it was intended to establish? If it was only, in disgusting picture of me, to extinguish every execution of a painful duty, which a sense of sentiment of pity and compassion, which, in the loyalty to your Majesty, and obedience to the generosity, not only of your Majesty's royal commands of the Prince of Wales at length re. bosom, and of the members of your Royal lactantly drew from them, why all this malicious Family, but of all the inhabitants of your kingaccompaniment? “ His Royal Highness” indeed, dom, might arise to commiserate the unfortu. they say, hi desired that they would communi- nate sitnation of a stranger, persecuted under a cate the whole circumstances of their acquaint charge originating in their malice ;--if, for this, ance with me, from the day they first spoke with they flung ont, that I bad jastly forfeited my me till the present time; a full detail of all that station in society, and that a separation from my passed during our acqnaintance," and " how they husband was, what I myself had once wished, became known to me, it appearing to His Royal and what the Chancellor might now. perhaps Higbness, from the representation of his Royal procure for me ;-or, if, in short, their object Highness the Duke of Sussex, that His Majesty's was to obtain my condemnation by prejudice, dearest interests, and those of this country, inflamed by falsehood, which never conld be ob were very deeply interested in the question," tained by justice informed by truth, then the and “that he particularly commanded them to whole texture of the declaration is consistent, be very circumstantial in their detail respecting and it is well contrived and executed for its purall they might kuow relative to the child that I pose. But it is strange, that its purpose should affected to adopt."---But from the whole of have escaped the detection of intelligent and this it is sufficiently apparent, that the parti impartial minds. There was enough at least to cularity of this detail was required, by His have made them pause before they gave such a Royal Highness, in respect of matters connected degree of credit to informations of this descripwith that question, in which the dearest inte tion, as to have made them the foundations of so rests of your Majesty and this country were in- important and decisive a step, as that of advisvolved; and not ot circumstances which could ing them to be laid before your Majesty:
-And, have no bearing on those interests. If it had indeed, such seems to have been the effect which been therefore true, as I most soleninly protest this declaration at first produced. Because if it it is not, that I had in the confidence of private had been believed, the only thing to have been conversation, so far forgot all sense of decency, done (according to the judgment of the Come loyalty, and gratitude, as to have expressed missioners,) would have been to have laid it im. myself with that disrespect of your Majesty mediately before your Majesty, to whom, upon which is imputed to me ;-If I had been what I every principle of duly, the communication was trust those who have lived with me, or ever due. But the declaration was made on the 3d have partaken of my society, would not confirm, of December, in the last year, and the commuof a mind so uninformed and uncultivated, without nication was not made to your Majesty till the education or talents, or without any desire of very end of May. And that interval appears to improving myself, incapable of employment, of have been employed in collecting those other a temper so furious and violent, as altogether to additional declarations, which are referred to in form a character, which no one could bear to the Report, and which your Majesty has like. live with, who had the means of living else wise been pleased, by your gracions commands, where ;-What possible progress would all this to have communicated to me. -These addio make towards proving that I was guilty of adul- tional declarations do not, I submit, appear to tery? These, and such like insinuations, as furpish much additional reason for believing the incredible story. They were taken indeed" for transmission of it to your Majesty, (who, once the purpose,” (for they are so described, this formally in possessiou of it, could not fail to is the title which is prefixed to them in the au- subject it to some inquiry.) I have dwelt, perthentic copies, with which I have been furnish haps, at a tedious lengt!ı, in disputing the proed,) “ for the purpose of confirming the state priety of the Commissioners' judgment, in thas ment made by Lady Douglas of the circum. approving the course which was parsned. And, stances mentioned in her narrative," and they looking to the event, and all the circumstances are the examinations of two persons, who appear connected with it, perhaps I have reason to to have formerly lived in the family of Sir John rejoice that the Inquiry has taken place. For and Lady Douglas, and of several servants of if three years' concealment of iny supposed niy own; they are filled with the hearsay details crime could not impeach the credit of my acof other servants' declarations. And one of cusers, three times that period might perhaps be them, w. Cole, seems to have been examined thought to have left that credit still nuimpaired. ever and over again. No less than four of his And, had the false charge been delayed till examinations are given, and some of these evi- death had taken away the real parents of the dently refer to other examinations of his, which child, which Lady Douglas charges to be mine; are not given at all.
if time had deprived me of those servants These, I submit to your Majesty, are rendered and attendants who have been able so fully from this marked circumstance, particularly un- to disprove the fact of my alleged preg. deserving of credit; because, in the only instance nancy, I know not where I could have found the in which the hearsay statement, related to one means of disproving facts and charges, so falseservant, was followed by the examination of the ly, so confidently, and positively sworn to, -as other, who was stated to have made it, (I mean those to which Lady Douglas has attested.an instance in which Cole relates what he had Following, as I proposed, the course taken in heard said by F. Lloyd) F. Lloyd does not ap. the Report, I dext come to that part of it, to pear to have said any such thing, or even to which unquestionably I must recur with the have heard what she is by him related to have greatest satisfaction; because it is that part, said, and she relates the fact that she really did which so completely absolves me of every poshear, stripped of all the particulars with which sible suspicion, upon the two material charges, Cole had coloured it, and which alone made it of pregnancy and child-birth.---The Coma in any degree deserving to be mentioned. Be- missioners state in their Report, that they sides this, the parents of the child which is began by examining “ on oath the two principal ascribed to me by Lady Douglas, are plainly informants, Sir John and Lady Donglas, who pointed out, and a clue is afforded, by which if both positively swore, the former to luis hav. followed, it would have been as easy to have “ ing /observed the fact of pregnancy, and the ascertained, that that child was no child of nine," latter to all the important particulars contain (if indeed it ever had been seriously believed to “ ed in her former declaration, and above re. be so) and to have proved whose child it was, “ ferred to. Their examinations are annexed to before the appointment of the Commissioners, the Report, and are circumstantial and posias it had been found to be afterwards.- So “ tive.” The most material of “ the allegations far, therefore, from concurring with the Com- "into the truth of which they had been directed missioners in approving the advice, under which to inquire, being thus far supported by the His Royal Highness had acted, I conceive it to oath of the parties from whom they had prohave been at least cruel and inconsiderate, to “ceeded,” they state, “ that they felt it their have advised the transmission of such a charge duty to follow up the Inquiry by the examito your Majesty, till they had exhausted all the “ nation of such other persons, as they judged theans which private inquiry could have afforded," best able to afford them information, as to die to ascertain its falsehood or its truth.- -And “ facts in question." “ We thought it,” they when it appears that it was not thought necessary, say, “ beyond all doubt, that in this course of upon the first statement of it, as the Commis- “ Inquiry many particulars must be learnt which sioners seem to have imagined, forthwith to “would be necessarily conclusive on the truth or transmit to yonr Majesty; but it was retained "falsehood of these declarations. So many perfor near six months, from the beginning of De- sons must have been witnesses to the appear. cember till near the end of May; what is due to "ances of an actaal existing pregnancy, so many myself obliges me to state, that if there had bat. circumstances must have been attendant npon been in that interval, half the industry employed" a real delivery, and difficulties so nunerons to remove suspicions, which was exerted to " and insurmountable must have been involved raise them, there would never have existed a “ in any attempt to account for the infant in necessity for troubling your Majesty with this question, as the child of another woman, if it charge at all. I beg to be understood as im- had been in fact the child of the Princess; that pating this solely to the advice given to His we entertained a full and confident expecta Royal Highness. He must, of necessity, have" tion of arriving at complete proof, either in left the detail and the determination upon this the affirmative, or negative, on this part of the business to others. And it is evident to me, & snbject. “ This expectation," they proceedfrom what I now kvow, that His Royal Highness ed to state," was not disappointed. We are was not fairly dealt with ; that material infor."
happy to declare to your Majesty, our perfect mation was obtained to disprove part of the « conviction that there is no foundation what case against me, which, not appearing in the ever for believing that the child now with the declarations that were transmitted to your Ma- « Princess is the child of Her Royal Highness, jesty, I conclude was never communicated to or that she was delivered of any child in the His Royal Highness. Feeling, Sire, strongly, year 1802; nor has any thing appeared to us that I have much to complain of, that this foul " which would warrant the belief that she was charge should have been so readily credited to pregnant in that year, or at any other period my great prejudice, as to have occasioned that “ within the compass of our inquiries." They advice to be given whiel recommended the then proceed to refer to the circumstantial evi
dence, by which they state that it was proved nion of my pregnancy, to convey a meaning most that the child was, beyond all doubt, born in contrary to that which I could by possibility Brownlow-street Hospital, on 11th July, 1802, have intended to convey, but which it was ne. of the body of Sophia Austin, and brought to cessary that he should impute to me, to give the my house in the month of November following better colour to this false accusation. As to u Neither should we," they add, “ be more Sir John Douglas, bowever, when he swears to “ warranted in expressing any doubt respecting the appearances of my pregnancy, he possibly " the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, as might be only nistaken.' Not that mistake will " stated in the original declarations ; a fact so excuse or diminish the guilt of so scandalous a "fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, falsehood upon oath. But for Lady Douglas
to whom, if true, it must, in various ways, there cannot be even such an excuse. Indepen" have been known, that we cannot think it en: dent of all those extravagant confessions which " titled to the smallest credit.” Then, after she falsely represents me to have made, she stating that they have annexed the depositions states, upon her own observation and know. from which they have collected these opinions, ledge, that I was pregnant in the year 1804. they add—We humbly offer to your Majesty Now, in the habits of intercourse and intimacy,
our clear and unanimous judgment upon them, with which I certainly did live with her, at that "formed ou full deliberation, and pronounced time, she could not be mistaken as to that fact. “ without hesitation, on the result of the whole It is impossible, therefore, that in swearing " Inquiry." -These two most important facts, positively to that fact, which is so positively therefore, which are charged against me, being disproved, she can fail to appear to your Mac so fully, and satisfactorily, disposed of, by the jesty to be wilfully and deliberately forsworn. unanimous and clear judgment of the Cominis -As to the conversations which she asserts to sioners ; being so fully and completely disproved have passed between's, I am well aware, by the evidence which the Commissioners cols that those, who prefer her word to mine, wilí lected, I might, perhaps, in your Majesty's not be satisfied to disbelieve her upon my bare judgment, appear well justified, it
. passing them denial ; nor, perhaps, upon the improbability by without any observation of mine.—But and extravagance of the supposed conversations though the observatiops which I shall make shall themselves. But as to the facts of pregnancy be very few, yet I cannot forbear just dwelling and delivery, which are proved to be false, in npon this part of the case, for a few minutes; the words of the report, " by so many witnesses, because, it I do not much deceive myself, upon to whom, if true, they must in various ways every principle which can govern the human bave been known,” no person living can doubt mind, in the investigation of the truth of any that the crime of adultery and treason, as charge, the fate of this part of the accusation proved by those facts, has been attempted to be must have decisive weight upon the determina- fixed upon me, by the deliberate and wilful tion of the remainder. I therefore must beg to falsehood of this my most forward accuser. And remark, that Sir John Douglas swears to iny when it is once established, as it is, that my having appeared, some time after our acqnaint- pregnancy and delivery are all Sir Johu and ance had commenced, to be with child, and that Lady Douglas's invention, I should imagine that one day. I leaned on the sufa, and put my hand my confessions of a pregnancy which never exupon my stomach, and said, “Sir John, I shall isted; my contession of a delivery which never "never be Queen of England;" and he said, took place; my confession of having sackled a "not if you don't deserve, and I seemed angry child which I never bore, will hardly be bea at first.
lieved upon the credit of her testimony. The This conversation, I apprehend, if it has the credit of Lady Douglas, therefore, being thus least relation to the subject on which Sir John destroyed, I trust your Majesty will think that I was examined, must be given for the purpose of ought to scorn to answer to any thing which her insinuating that I made an allusion to my preg- examination may contain, except so far as there nancy, as if there was a sort of understanding may appear to be any additional and concurrent between him and me upon the subject, and that evidence to support it. -This brings me to the he made me angry, by an expression which im- remaining part of the Report, which I read, I plied that what I alluded to would forfeit my do assure your Majesty, with a degree of asto. right to be Queen of England. If this is not the nishment and surprise, that I know not how to meaning which Sir John intends to be annexed express. How the Commissioners could, upon to this conversation, I am perfectly at a loss to such evidence, from such witnesses, upon such conceive what he can intend to convey.- Whether an information, and in such an ea parte proceed. at any time, when I may have felt myself unwell ing, before I liad had the possibility of being I may haveused the expression which he here im- heard, not only suffer themselves to form such pates to me, my memory will not enable me, an opinion, but to report it to your Majesty with the least degree of certainty to state. The with all the weight and authority of their great words themselves seem to me to be perfectly names, I am perfectly at a loss to conceive. Their innocent; and the action of laying my hand great official and jndicial occupations, no doubt, upon my breast, if occasioned by any sense of prevented that full attention to the subject which interpal pain at the moment, neither unnatural, it required. But I am not surely without just nor, as it appears to me in any way censurable grounds of complaint, if they proceeded to praBut that I could have used these words, intend- nounce an opinion upon my character, without ing to convey to Sir John Donglas the meaning all that consideration and attention which the which I suppose him to insinuate, surpasses ali importance of it to the peace of your Majesty's human credulity to believe, I could not, how- mind, to the honour of your Royal Family, and ever, forbear to notice this passage in Sir John's the reputation of the Princess of Wales, seem, examination, because it must serve to demon- indispensably to have demanded. In the part strate to your Majesty how words, in themselves of the Report already referred to, the particumost innocent, are endeavoured to be tortured, lars of the charge, exclusive of those two im. by being brought into the context with his opi- portant facts, which have sbeen so satisfactorily disposed of, are, as I have already observed, no further upon your Majesty at present, than to variously described by the Commissioners; as, point out, in passing this part of the Report, the “ matters of great impropriety and indecency of just foundations which it affords me for making “ behaviour;" as “ other particulars in them- the complaint.--Your Majesty will also, I am “selves extremely suspicions, and still more so, persuaded, not fail to remark the strange ob“ when connected with the assertions already scurity and reserve, the mysterious darkness, ~ mentioned;” and as “points of the same na- with which the Report here expresses itself;
ture,, though going to a much less extent." and every one must feel how this aggravates the But they do not become the subject of particu- severity and cruelty of the censure, by renderlar attention in the Report, till after the Com- ing it impossible distinctly and specifically to missioners had concluded that part of it, in meet it. The Commissioners state indeed that which they give so decisive an opinion against some things are proved against me, which must the truth of the charge upon the two material be credited till they shall receive a decisive confacts. They then proceed to state—“ That they tradiction, but what those things are they do cannot close their report there," much as they not state. They are “partienlars and circumicould wish it ; that besides the allegations of the "stances which, especially considering my expregnancy avd delivery of the Princess, those “ alted rank, must give occasion to the most wideclarations on the whole of which your Ma- “ favourable interpretations. They are several jesty had required their Inquiry and Report, strong circumstances of this description," contain other particulars respecting the conduct of " they are, if true, justly deserving of most seHer Royal Highness, such as must, especially con- “rious consideration," and they “ must be cresidering her exulted rank and station, necessarily “ dited till decidedly contradicted." But what give occasion to very unfavourable interpretations. are these circumstances? What are these deeds That from various depositions and proofs an- without a name? Was there ever a charge $0 nexed to their Report, particularly from the exa- framed? Was ever any one put to answer any mination of Roleri Bidgood, w. Cole, F. Lloyd, charge, and decidedly to contradict it, or saband Mrs. Lisle, several strong circumstances of this mit to have it credited against him, which was description, have been positively sworn to by conceived in such terms without the means of witnesses, who cannot, in the judgment of the ascertaining what these things are, except as Commissioners, be suspected of any unfavourable conjecture may enable me to surmise, to *** bias, and whose veracity in this RESPECT, they parts of the examinations of the four witnesses on had seen no ground to question.” They then state whom they particularly rely, they attach the inthat “ on the precise bearing and effect of the portance and the weight which seem to them facts thus appearing, it is not for them to de- to justify these dark and ambiguous censures on cide, these they submit to your Majesty's wis. my conduct? But such as they are, and what dom. But they conceive it to be their duty to ever they may be, they must, your Majesty'is report on this part of the Inquiry, as distiuctly told, be credited unless they are decidedly conas on the former facts; that as, on the one hand, tradicted. --Circumstances respecting Captain the facts of pregnancy and delivery are, in their Manby, indeed are particula rized; but referring minds satisfactorily disproved, so on the other to the depositions which apply to him, they hand they think, that the circumstances to which contain much matter of opinion, of hearsay, of they now refer, particularly those stated to have suspicion. Are these hearsays, 'are these opi. passed between Her Royal Highness and Captain nions, are these suspicions and
conjectures of these Manby, must be credited until they shall receive witnesses to be believed against me, unless de
. some decisive contradiction, and if true, are justly cidedly contradicted? How can I decidedly entitled to the most serious consideration.' contradict another person's opinion? I may Your Majesty will not fail to observe, that the reason against its justice, but how can I CODCommissioners have entered into the examina- tradict it? Or how can I decidedly contradict tion of this part of the case, and have reported any thing which is not precisely specitiéd, nor upon it, not merely as evidence in confirmation distinctly known to me? Your Majesty will of the charges of pregnancy and delivery which also observe that the Report states that it is not they have completely negatived and disposed of, for the Commissioners to decide upon the but as containing substantive matters of charge bearing and effect of these facts ; these are left in itself. That they consider it indeed as re- for yonr Majesty's decisiou. But they add, tbat lating to points “of the same nature, but going if true, they are justly entitled to the most “to a much less extevt,” pot therefore as con- serious consideratiou. Ť cannot, Sire, but col
: stituting actual crime, but as amountiog to lect from these passages, an intimation that “ improprieties and indecencies of behaviour, some further proceedings may be meditated. And " aggravated by the exalted rank which I hold," perhaps, if I acted with perfect prudence. as ** occasioning unfavourable interpretations," seeing how much reason I have to fear, from the and as “ entitled to the most serions considera- fabrications of falsehood, I ought to have tion." And when they also state that it is not waited till I knew
what course, civil or criminal
, for them to decide on their precise bearing and your Majesty might be advised to pursue before effect, I think I am justified in concluding that I offered any observations or answer. To this they could not class them under any known alternative however I am driven. I must head of crime; as, in that case, upon their either remain silent, and reserve my defence, bearing and effect they wonld have been fully leaving the imputation to operate most inja competent to have pronounced. I have, to a riously and fatally to my character; or I must
; degree, already stated to your Majesty, the un- by entering into a defence against so extended precedented hardship to which I conceive myself a charge, expose myself with much greater
to have been exposed, by this ex parte Inqniry hazard to any future attacks. But the fear of juto the decorum of my private conduct. I have possible danger, to arise from the perverted already stated the prejudice done to my charac-interpretation of my answer, cannot induce me ter, by this recorded censure, from which I can to acquiesce under the certain mischief of the have no appeal; and I press these considerations unjust censure and judgment which stands against