It was,

been able to form his opinion of the veras only in the confusion and disgrace of her city of the parties respectively.

" perjured calumniators. No discovery In the couclusion of the paragraph of the " whatever, that could by the most forced letter of Lord Moira above cited, he com- 66 construction of the most inveterate, be plains of a paper of his having been kept “deemed injurious to Her Royal Highness, out of sight; and says, that the reason " could, by possibility, be made or pro" may be surmised." I wish his Lordship" duced against her; and the public will had helped me in this; for, I must con- “ rejoice to hear, that this heart-rending fess, that I cannot surmise it. The other

question, excepting only as far as redocuments have been published through " gards the punishment of her infamous the same channel that was selected for the " and perjured accusers (for which, in the conveying of his Letter to the public; and " name of justice, and in the crying cause why his paper has been kept back I, for" of injured innocence, we shall never my part, cannot imagine.

it" cease to call) is thus completely, most seems, intended to rebut the insinuation," satisfactorily and happily, set for in the Princess's defence, against him as ever at rest. May this joyous result having been a participator in a conspiracy" prove the first step towards the respect against her. But, it was, at any rate, in which justice and propriely require to be the hands of his friends, the present mi- " shewn to this illustrious Lady; and still nisters, under whom he is serving in a “ further we pray, may it be the happy very high situation. He has, certainly, "prelude to the re-establishment of connot to blame his old friends and colleagues, “cord, peace, and bliss, among all the the Whigs, for keeping this paper back. “ branches of that Illustrious Family, in The fault, if it lie any where, must lie “ whose tranquillity and happiness every amongst those with whom he has, for some "good and loyal subject must feel so deep time past, been connected; and, there- 66 and serious an interest." fore, he has, in some sort, himself only to Aye, you caitiff Editor, but you said, blame.

only six weeks ago, that all those who, like Before I conclude this my last letter upon myself, were labouring to establish, in the the subject, I must observe to you, that eyes of the world, the innocence of this there never was, perhaps, any one occa- injured Princess, were enemies of the sion, in which public opinion was so de- Royal Family, and belonged to a desperate cided and unanimous as upon this. There and bloody-minded faction'; aye, and it is is not a creature to be found, in any rank only your own baseness, your base fear of of life, who is not on the side of the Prin- the effects of popular batred, that has in. cess; who does not regard her as the most duced you to change your tone. calumniated of women, and who does not Well, but the joyous result" of which hold her base assailants in detestation. You you are speaking, is the first step, it seems, will recollect the passages, which, in my which justice and propriety require to be first Letters upon the subject, I quoted “ shown to this illustrious Lady.” What from our hired news-papers, reviling the is the second: Why, that which I proadvisers of the Princess ; calling them a posed more than a year ago; namely, the disloyal faction ; attributing to her rash- enabling of Her Royal Highness to hold a ness, weakness, folly, and even impu- court. This is as just now as the receiving dence ; menacing her with a fresh inquiry; of her al court was in 1807. Her husband and, in short, abusing every person, who, is now become Regent, clothed with all in any way, seemed to take her part. You the powers and splendour of a king : and, will remember, on the other hand, that I why is she not to hold her court? Why is said, she was pursuing good advice, and she to be kept in obscurity? A free interthat the result would prove the advantages course with her daughter follows of course ;" of her showing her resolution no longer to but, a court is absolutely necessary to wipe submit in silence.

away all remains of imputation ; to do her Now, hear the language of one of those complete justice in the eyes of the whole same prints (the Morning Post) of the 26th world. of March :-" The triumph of the much In the mean while, however, the news. “ injured Princess of Wales may now be papers inform me, that the Citizens of " considered as most proudly complete. London are about to meet in order to pre “ All the new, allempls to blast her fair sent to Her Royal Highness a loyal and " fame, have, like the former conspiracy affectionate address upon this occasion. " against her honour and her life, 'ended that this is a proper measure, and worthy of the example of the whole nation, you ) those which poor old crazy Peg is said to will, I am sure, readily allow. It is not have employed. What was Peg's penonly the duty, but it is the interest, of the knife when compared to the conspiracy people to step forward and cause themselves against the Princess ? To be sure, in this to be heard upon such occasions. To hold case, the carrying up of an address will be their tongues, in such cases, is tacitly to attended with no creation of Knights. This acknowledge that they are nothing, and, ofis, really, the only difference in the two course, that their opinions may safely be cases; except that in the present case the despised by their rulers.

party to be addressed stands in need of the Nevertheless, I have heard, and, in support of the people. deed, not with much surprise, that there

It would give me, on another account, are certain persons in the City of London, singular satisfaction to see the Princess reattached to the faction called the Whigs,ceive those marks of the approbatiou of the who are disposed to discourage these public people. Those marks of approbation could demonstrations of the feeling of the people. not fail to make on her mind, as well as on It is easy to conceive, that they must dis- the mind of her daughter, who has so like any thing tending to throw a slur upon strong an affection for her, an impression their party; they know, that it was their favourable to popular rights; to endear the party, who, with the Princess's defence people to them, and to show them, that, before them, hesitated four months before after all, the preservation of the people's they advised the King to receive her at liberties and privileges is the best guarancourt, and then only accompanied with an

tee, is far more efficacious than armies and admonition, that admonition which every sinecure place-men, in the support of the human being is now ready to pronounce throne and the Royal Family. When the judgment upon. An address to Her Royal City of London shall have carried their Highness would necessarily be a condemna- Address to the Princess of Wales; when tion of the Whig ministry; and, there they shall have expressed their detestation fore, it is that its partisans are endeavour of the conspiracy against her life and hoing to prevent such a measure on the part nour, Her Royal Highness and her Daugliof any portion of the people.

ter will have to compare the conduct of the But, was there ever so fit an occasion for people with that of those orders, whom the an address ? When the King was thought enemies of liberty have represented as the to have been in danger from the pen-knife great props of the throne. What an useful of a poor old mad-woman, addresses of lesson will this be to give to her, who, in loyalty, affection, and of congratulation at the course of nature, is destined to be our his escape, poured in from every county, Sovereign! It ought to make, and I have city, and town in his dominions ; and, shall no doubt that it will make, a strong and those who were filled with horror at the at. lasting impression upon her mind; that it tempt of Peg Nicholson, be silent at the will arm hier before-hand against those padiscovery of the attempt of Lady Douglas rasites (never wanting to a court), who and her coadjutors ? Shall those who were would persuade her that every right posso loud in their cries of abhorrence on the sessed by the people is so much taken from former occasion, be now, dumb as posts? | her; that it will lead her to respect instead The life of the King was then attempted ; of despising, to confide in instead of susand has rot the life of the Princess of pecting, to love and cherish instead of Wales beer, now attempted? Aye, and haring and harassing, the people, whose by means, too, much more infamous than good sense, whose love of justice, whose

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abhorrence of baseness and cruelty, have proper hour? or in a manner, and under circum

stances, which afforded reason for unfavourable proved the best safe-guards of the life and interpretations? If this were so, can it be be honour of her Mother.

lieved that I would, under such circumstances,

have taken a step, such as calling for breakfast, I have now, my good friend, completed at an unusual hour, which must have made the the task which I had imposed upon myself. fact more notorious and remarkable, and brought

the attention of the servants, who must have I have done all that lay in my power to waited at the breakfast, more particularly and make the innocence and the injuries of the

pointedly to it?

But if there be any thing which rests, or is Princess of Wales known to the world ; and, supposed to rest, upon the credit of this wit

ness-though she is one of the four, whose credit though, in the performance of this task, I your Majesty will recollect it has been stated have been animated with a consciousness that there was no reason to question, yet she

stands in a predicament in which, in general, that I was discharging a sacred duty to my at least, I had understood it to be supposed country, I have derived additional satisfac- that the credit of a witness was not only ques

tionable, but inaterially shaken. For, towards tion from the ever-recurring thought that I the beginning of her examination, she states,

that Mr. Mills attended her for a cold; he was addressing inyself to you, and giving asked her if the Prince came to Blackheath you, if that death which you fear not has backwards and forwards; or something to that

effect: for the Princess was with child; or not yet closed your eyes, a renewed proof looked as if she was with child. This must

have been three or four years ago. She thought of my unalterable gratitude and esteem.

it must be some time before the child (W. Austin) WM, COBBETT. was bronght to the Princess. To this fact she Bolley, 2d April, 1813.

positively swears, and in this she is as positively contradicted by Mr. Mills; for he swears, in his deposition before the Commissioners, that

he never did say to her, or any one, that the THE BOOK.

Princess was with child, or looked as if she (Continued from page 480, and concluded.) was with child ;--that he never thought so, nor pretend to say--I mean on occasion of two water surmised any thing of the kind. Mr. Mills has parties which I intended, one of which did not a partner, Mr. Edineades. The Commissioners take place at all, and the other not so carly in therefore, conceiving that Fanny Lloyd miglit the day as was intended, nor was its object ef- bave mistaken one of the partners for the other, fected. Once I intended to pay Admiral Mon- examine Mr. Edmeades also. Mr. Edmeades, in tague a visit to Deal; but wind and tide not his deposition, is equally positive that be never serving, we sailed much later than we intended; said any such thing-so the matter rests npon and instead of landing at Deal, the Admiral these depositions ; and upon that state of it, came on board our vessel, and we returned to what pretence is there for saying, that a witness East Cliff in the evening; on wbich occasion who swears to a conversation with a medical Captain Manby was not of the party, nor was he person, who attended me, of so extremely imin the Downs--but it is very possible, that hav. i portant a nature, and is so expressly and de ing prepared to set off early, I might have walked cidedly contradicted in the important

. faet which down towards the sea, and been seen by Fanny she speaks to, is a witness whose credit there Lloyd. On the other occasion, Captain Manby appears no reason to question: This important was to have been of the party, and it was to have circumstance must surely bave been overlooked been on board his ship. I desired him to be early when that statement was made.-Bat this at my house in the morning, and if the day suited fact of Mr. Mills and Mr. Edmeades's contrame, we would go. He came; I walked with him diction of Fanny Lloyd, appears to yonr Ma. towards the sea, to look at the morning; I did jesty, for the first time, from the examination not like the appearance of the weather, and did before the Commissioners. But this is the fact not go to sea. Upon either of these occasions which I charge as having been known to those Fanny Lloyd might have been called up to make who are concerned in bringing forward this inbreakfast, and might have seen me walking. As formation, and which, nevertheless, was not to the orders not having been given her over communicated to your Majesty.The fact that pight; to that I can say nothing. -But upon Fanny Lloyd declared, that Mr. Mills told her this statement, what inference can be intended the Princess was with child, is stated in the to be drawn from this fact? It is the only one in declarations which were delivered to his Royal which F. Lloyd's evidence can in any degree be Highness the Prince of Wales, and by him forapplied to Captain Manby; and she is one of the warded to your Majesty. The fact that Mr, important witnesses referred to as proving some-Mills denied ever having so said, though known thing which must particularly, as with regard to at the same time, is not stated. That I may Captain Manby, be credited till contradicted, not appear to have represented so strange a and as deserving the most serious consideration. fact, without sufficient authority, I sabjoin the From the examination of Mrs. Fitzgerald I col declaration of Mr. Mills, and the deposition lect, that she was asked whether Captain Manby of Mr. Edmeades, which prove it. Fanny ever slept in the house at East Cliff; to which she, Lloyd's original declaration which was delito the best of her knowledge, answers in the ne- vered to His Royal Highness, is dated on the gative. Is this evidence then of Fanny Lloyd's 12th of February. It appears to have been relied upon, to afford an inference that Captain taken at the Temple; I conclude therefore at Manby slept in my house; or was there at an in the chambers of Mr. Lowten, Sir John Donglas's

solicitar, who, according to Mr. Cole, accom.tified in saying, that neither His Royal' Highpanied hiin to Cheltenham to procure some of ness, nor your Majesty, any more than myself, these declarations. On the 13th of February, had been fairly dealt with, in not being fully the next day after Fanny Lloyd's declaration, informed upon this important fact; and your the Earl of Moira sends for Mr. Mills, upon Majesty will forgive a weak, unprotected woman, pressing business. Mr. Mills attends him on like myself, who, under such circumstances, the 14th; he is asked by his Lordship upon the should apprehend that, however Sir John and subject of this conversation; be is told he may Lady Douglas may appear my ostensible acrely upon his Lordship’s honour, that what cusers, I have otker enemies, whose ill-will I may passed should be in perfect confidence; (a con- have occasion to feur, without feeliug myself fidence which Mr. Mills, feeling it to be on assured, that it will be strictly regulated, in its a subject too important to his character, at the proceeding against me, by the principles of moment disclaims ;)--that it was his (the Earl fairness and of justice. I have now, sire, of Moira's) duty to his Prince, as his coun- gone through all the evidence which respects sellor, to inquire into the subject, which he Captain Manby; whether at Montague House, had known for some time.-Fanny Lloyd's Southend, or East Cliff, and I do trust, that statement being then related to Mr. Mills, yonr Majesty will see, upon the whole of it, Mr. Mills, with great warmth, declared that how mistaken a view the Commissioners havé it was an infamous falsehood.—Mr. Lowten, taken of it. The pressure of other duties enwho appears also to have been there by ap- grossing their time and their attention, has pointment, was called into the room, and he made them leave the important duties of this Inrbished Mr, Mills with the date to which Fan-investigation, in many particulars, imperfectly ny Lloyd's declaration applied. The meeting discharged more thorough attention to it ends in Lord Moira's desiring to see Mr. Mills's must have given them a better and truer insight partner, Mr. Edmeades, who, not being at into the characters of those witnesses, upon bome cannot attend him for a few days. He whose credit, as I am convinced, your Majesty does, however, upon his retorn, attend him on will now see, they have without sufficient reason the 20th of May: on his attendance, instead relied. There remains nothing for me, on this of Mr. Lowten, he finds Mr. Conaut, the ma- part of the charge to perform; but, adverting gistrate, with Lord Moira. He denies the con- to the circumstance which is falsely sworn versation with Fanny Lloyd, as positively and against me by Mr. Bidgood, of the salute, and peremptorily as Mr. Mills. Notwithstanding the false inference and insinuation, from other however all this, the Declaration of Fanny facts, that Captain Manby slept in my house, Lloyd is delivered to His Royal Highness, uzi- either at Southend, or East Cliff, on my accompanied by these contradictions, and for- own part most solemnly to declare, that they warded to your Majesty on the 29th. That Mr. are both utterly false ; that Bidgood's asser. Lowten was the Solicitor of Sir John Douglas tion as to the salute, is a malicious slanin this business, cannot be doubted, that he derous invention, without the slightest shadow took some of those declarations, which were of truth to support it; that his suspicions laid before your Majesty, is clear; and that he and insiuuations, as to Captain Manby's having took this declaration of Fanny Lloyd's, seems slept in my house, are also the false suggestions of not to be questionable. That the inquiry by his own malicious mind; and that Captain Manby Earl Moira, two days after her declaration was never did, to my knowledge or belief, sleep in taken, must have been in consequence of an my House at Southend, East Cliff, or any other early communication of it to him, seems ne house of mine whatever; and, however often he eessarily to follow from what is above stated; may have been in my company, I solemnly prothat it was known, on the 14th of May, that test to your Majesty, as I have done in the Mr. Mills contradicted this assertion; and, on former cases, that nothing ever passed between the 20th, that Mr. Edmeades did, is perfectly him and me, that I should be ashamed, or unclear; and yet, notwithstanding all this, the willing that all the world should have seen. And fact, that Mr. Edmeades and Mr. Mills con- I have also, with great pain, and with a deep tradicted it, seems to have been dot commu. sense of wounded delicacy, applied to Captain nicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Manby to attest to the same truths, and I subWales, for he, as it appears from the Report, join to this letter Iris deposition to that effect. forwarded the declarations which had been de- I stated to your Majesty, that I should be obliglivered to His Royal Highness, through the ed to return to other parts of Fanny Lloyd's Chancellor, to your Majesty: and the declara- testimony ;„At the end of it she says,

I never tion of Fanny Lloyd, which had been so falsi. told Cole that M. Wilson, when she supposed fied, to the knowledge of the Earl Moira and the Princess to be in the library, had gone into of Mr. Lowten, the Solicitor for Sir John the Princess's bed-room, and had found a man Douglas, is sent into your Majesty as one of there at breakfast with the Princess; or that the documents, on which you were to ground there was a great to do about it, and that M. your inquiry, unaccompanied by its falsification Wilson was sworn to secrecy, and threatened to by Mills and Edmeades; at least, no declara- be turned away, if she divulged what she had tions by them are amongst those, which are seen." This part of her examination, your Ma. transmitted to me, as copies of the original jesty will perceive, must have been called from declarations which were laid before your Ma- her, by some precise question, addressed to her, jesty. I know not whether it was Lord Moira, with respect to a supposed communication from

or Mr. Lowten, who should have communicated her to Mr. Cole. In Mr. Cole's examination, this circumstance to His Royal Highness, but there is not one word upon the subject of it. In that, in al fairness, it ought unquestionably to his original declaration, however, there is; and have been communicated by some one.--I there your Majesty will perceive, that he affirms dare not trest myself with any inferences from the fact of her having reported to him Mary Wilthis proceeding; I content myself with remark. son's declaration in the very same words in which ing, that it must now be felt, that I was jus- Fandy Lloyd denies it, and it is therefore evi

deut that the Commissioners, in putting this had seen and related to Fanny Lloyd, they could question to Fanny Lloyd, must have put it to pot have been at a loss to have discovered which her from Cole's declaration. She positively de- of these witnesses told the truth. They would nies the fact; there is then a flat and precise have found, I am perfectly confident, that all contradiction, between the examination of Fanny that Mary Wilson ever could have told Fanny Lloyd and the original statement of Mr. Cole. Lloyd, was that she had seen Sir Sidney and my. It is therefore impossible that they both can have self in the blue room, and they would then have spoken true. The Commissioners, for some rea- bad to refer to the malicious, and confederated son, don't examine Cole to this point at all; don't inventions of the Bidgoods and Mr. Cole, for the endeavour to trace out this story; if they bad, conversion of the blue-room into the bed-room; they must have discovered which of these wit-tor the vile slander of what M. Wilson was supnesses spoke the truth, but they leave this contra- posed to have seen, and for the violent effect diction not only unexplained, bat uninquired after which this scene had upon her. I say their corand in that state, report both these witnesses, federated inventions, as it is impossible to suppose Cole and Fanny Lloyd, wbo thus speak to the that they could have been coucerned in inventtwo sides of a contradiction, and who therefore ing the same additions to Fapuy Lloyd's story, cannot by possibility both speak truth, as wit- unless they had commun cated together upon it. nesses who cannot be suspected of partiality, And when they had once found Mrs. Bidgood and whose credit they see no reason to question, and Mr. Cole, thus conspiring together, they would whose story must be believed till contradicted. have had no difficuliy in connecting them both

-But what is, if possible, still more extra- in the same conspiracy with Sir John Douglas, ordinary, this supposed communication from F. by showing how connected Cole was with Sir Lloyd to Cole, as your Majesty observes, relates John Donglas, and how acquainted with his proto something which M. Wilson is supposed to have ceedings, in collecting the evidence which was seen and to have said; yet though M. Wilson to support Lady Donglas's declaration. appears lierself to have been examined by the For, by reierring to Mr. Cole's declaration, Commissioners ou the same day with Fanny made on the 23d of February, they would have Lloyd, in the copy of her examination, as de- seen that Mr. Cole, iu explaining some observa livered to me, there is no trace of any question tion about Sir Sidney's supposed possession of a relating to this declaration having been put to key to the garden-door, says that it was what ber.

“ Dr. Lainpert, the servant of Sir John Douglas, And I have not less reason to lament than to “ mentioned at Cheltenhani to Sir John Douglas be surprised, that it did not occur to the Como" and Mr. Lowten."—How should Mr. Cole missioners, to see the necessity of following this know that Sir John Douglas and Mr. Lowten inqniry still further ; for, if properly pursued, it had been down to Cheltenham, to collect evi.would have demonstrated two things, both very dence from this old servant of Sir John Doug, important to be kept in mind in the whole of las? How should he have known what that this consideration. First, how bearsay represen- evidence was? unless he had either accompanied tations of this kind, arising out of little or no. them himself, or at least had had such a comthing, become magnified and exaggerated by munication either with Sir John Douglas, or the circulation of prejudiced or malicious Re- Mr. Lowten, as it never could have occurred to porters; and, secondly, it would have shewn the any of them to have made to Mr. Cole, unless, ipdustry of Mr. and Mrs. Bidgood, as well as instead of being a mere witness, he were a party Mr. Cole, in collecting information in snpport of to this accusation? But whether thiey bad conLady Douglas's statement, and in improving vinced themselves, that Fanny Lloyd spoke what they collected by their false colourings and true, and Cole and Mrs. Bidgood falsely; or malicious additions to it. They wond have whether they had convinced themselves of the found a story in Mrs. Bidgood's declaration, as reverse, it could not have been possible, that well as in ber husband's (who relates it as leaving they both could have spoken the truth; and, heard it from his wife), which is evidently tie consequently, the Commisioners could never same as that which W. Cole's declaration con. have reported the veracity of both to be free tains; for the Bidgoods' declarations state, that from suspicion, and deserving of credit. There Fanny Lloyd told Mrs. Bidgood, that Mary Wil- only renjains that I should make a few observa son had gone into the Princess's bed-room, and tious on what appears in the examinations rela, Jad found Her Royal Highness and Sir Sydney tive to Mr. Hood (now Lord Hood), Mr. Chester, in the most criminal situation; that she had left and Captain Moore: and I really should not the room, and was so shocked, that she fainted have thought a single observation pecessary upon away at the door. Here, theu, are Mrs. Bidgood either of them, except that what refers to thein and Mr. Cole, both declaring what they had is stated in the exaninations of Mrs. Lisle.beard Fanny Lloyd say, and Fanny Lloyd deny. With respect to Lord Hood, it is as follows :iug it. How extraordinary is it that they were “I was at Catherington with the Princess; re

not all confronted! and your Majesty will see “ member Mr. (now Lord Hood) there, and the presently how much it is to be lamented that they “ Princess going out airing with him, alune in were not; for, from Fanny Lloyd's original de- “ Mr. Hood's little whiskey; and his servant was claration, it appears that the truth would have “ with them; Mr. Hood drove, and staid out come out, as she there states, that, “to the best “two or three times; more than once; three ar of Ler knowledge, Mary Wilson said, that she “ four times. ,Mr. Hood dined with us several Tiad seen the Princess and Sir

Sydney in the Blue "times; once or twice he slept in a house in the Room, but never heard Mary Wilson say she was “ garder; she appeared to pay no al:ention to av alarmed as to be in a fit.” If then, on con- “ him, but that of common civility to an intifronting Fanny Lloyd with Mrs. Bidgood and “mate acquaintance.” Now, Sire, it is undoubt. Mr. Cole, the Commissioners bad found Fanuy edly true that I drove out several times with Lloyd's story to be what she related before, and Lord Hood in his one-horse chaise, and some few had then put the question to Mary Wilson, and times, twice, I believe, at most, without auy of baad heard from lier wbat it really was which she my' servants attending us; and considering the

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