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time of life, and the respectable character of my | ing to examine Mrs. Lisle upon my attention to * Lord Hood, I never should have conceived that Mr. Chester, my walking out with him, and,
I incurred the least danger to my reputation in so above all," as to his being a pretty young man," doing. If, indeed, it was the duty of the Com- conceive it to be so intended), I am sure your missioners to inquire into instances of my con- Majesty will see, that it is the hardest thing imadnct, in which they may conceive it to have been ginable upon me, that, upon an less reserved and dignitied than what would pro- which passed in Lady Sheffield's house, on a visit perly become the exalted station which I hold in to her, Lady Sheffield herself was never exaininyour Majesty's Royal Family, it is possible that, ed; for, if she had been, I am convinced that in the opinions of some, these drives with my these noble Lords, the Commissioners, never could * Lord Hood were not consistent with that station, have put me to the painful degradation of stating
and that they were particularly improper in those any thing upon this subject. The statement instances in which we were not attended by more begins by Mrs. Lisle's inquiring, what company
servants, or any servants of my own. Upon this was there? aud Lady Sheffield saying, only 'I have only to observe, that these instances oc- M:. John Chester, wlio was there by Her Royal "curred after I had received the news of the la- Highvess's orders; that she could get no other mented death of your Majesty's brother, the company, on account of the roads." Is not this, Duke of Gloucester, I was at that time down Sire, leit open to the inference that Mr. John by the sea-side for my health. I did not like to Chester was the only person who had been inforego the advantage of air and exercise for the vited by my orders? If Lady Sheffield had been short remainder of the time which I had to stay examined, she would have been able to have prothere; and I purposely chose to go out, not in duced the very letter in which, iu answer to her my own carriage, and unattended, that I might Ladyship’s request, that I would let her know not be seen, and known to be driving about (my- what company it would be agreeable for me to self and my attendants out of mourning) while meet, I said, "every thing of the name of North, His Royal Highness was known to liave been so all the Legges, and Chesters, William and John, recently dead. This statement, however, is all &c. &c. and Mr. Elliott.” Instead of singling that I wave to make upon my part of the case ; out, therefore, Mr. John Chester, I included him and whatever indecouuni or impropriety of beha- in the ennmeration which I made of the near reviour the Commissioners have tixed upon me by lations of Lady Sheffield; and your Majesty, this circumstance, it must remain; for I cannot from this alone, cannot fail to see how false a codeny the truth of the fact, and have only the lour even a true fact can assume, if it be not sufabove explanation to offer of it. As to what ficiently inquired into and explained. -As to Mrs. Lisle's examination contains with respect to the circumstances of my having been taken ill in Mr. Chester and Captain Moore, it is so con. the night, being obliged to get up, and light my vected, that I must trouble your Majesty with candle; why this fact should be recorded, I al the siatement of it altogether,
wholly at a loss to conceive. All the circum“I was with Her Royal Hiyhoess at Lady stances, however, respecting it, counected very Sheffield's, at Christmas, in Sussex. I inquired much as they are with the particular disposition what company was there wlien I came; she said, of Lady Sheffield's house, would have been fully only Mr. Johú Chester, who was there by Her explained, if thought material to bave been inRoyal Highness's orders; that she could get no quired after, by Lady Sheffield herself; and I "other company to meet lier, on account of the should have been relieved from the painful deroads and the season of the year. He dived and gradation of alluding at all to a circumstance slept there that night. The next day other com- which I could not further detail, without a great pany came; Mr. Chester remained. I heard her degree of indelicacy; and as I cannot possibly Royal Highness say she had been ill in the night, suppose such a detail can be necessary for my and came ont for a light, and lighted ber caudle defence, it would, especially in addressing your in her servaut's room. í returned from Sheffield-Majesty, be wholly izatxcusable. With respect place to Blackleath with the Princess; Captain to the attention which I paid to Mr. Chester, Moore dined there; I left him and the Princess and my walking out twice alone with him for a * Twice alone, for a short time; he might be alone short time, I know not how to notice it. At this half an hour with her in the room below, in distance of time I ain' not certain that I can, which we had been sitting. I went to look for with perfect accuracy, account for the circuma book to complete a set Her Royal Highness stance. It appears to have been a rainy mornwas lending Captain Moore. She made hini aing; it was on the 27th or 28th of December; present of an inkstand, to the best of ny recol- and whether, wishing to take a walk, I did not lection. He was there one morning in January desire Lady Sheffield, or Mrs. Lisle, or any Lady last, on the Princess Charlotte's birth-day; be to accompany me in duiog what, in such a moru
went away before the rest of the company. Ting, I might think might be disagreeable to them, might be about twenty minutes the second time I really caunot precisely state to your Majesty.
I was away, the niglit Captain Moore was there. -But here, again, perhaps, in the judgment of · At Lady Sheffield's Her Royal Highness paid some persons, may be an instance of tamiliarity, more attention to Mr. Chester than to the rest of which was not consistent with the dignity of the the Company. I know of Her Royal Highness Princess of Wales; but, surely, prejudice against walking vut alone; twice, with Mr. Chester, in me and my character must exceed all natural the morning alone; once, a short time, it rained; bounds in those minds in which any inference of the other nut an hour, not long. Mr. Chester is crime or moral depravity can be drawn from but it could have been but ten minutes, as she | the audience was required for the purpose of reappears to have been absent twenty minutes the monstrance and explanation upon this circumsecond time. The Commissioners, though they stance; and as I was determined not to alter my particularly return to the inquiry with respect to resolution, nor admit of any discussion upon it
a pretty young man; her attentions to him were such a fact. As to Captain Moore, it seems lie * not uncommon; not the same as to Captain was left alone with me, and twice in one alterManby."
noon, by Mrs. Lisle; he was alone with me haif At årst, Sire, as to what relates to Mr. Chester, au lour. The first time Mrs. Lisle left us, hier If there is any imputation to be cast upon my examination says, it was to look for a book which character by what passed at Sheffield-place with I wished to lend to Captain Moore. How long uir. Cikster (and by the Commissiouers return. slic was absevi un that occasion she is not asked,
, the length of time of lier second absence, did I requested His Royal Highness, who happened not require her to tell them the occasion of it; to be acquainted with Sir Sidney Smith, to try if they had, she would have told them, that it to prevent my having any further trouble apon was in search of the same book; that having on the subject. His Royal Highness saw Sir Sidney the first occasion looked for it in the drawing. Smith, and being impressed by him with the be. room, she went afterwards to see for it in Mrs. lief of Lady Douglas's story, that I was the auFitzgerald's room. But I made him a present of thor of these anonymous letters, lie did that an inkstand. I hope yonr Majesty will not think which naturally became him, under such belief; I am trifling with your patience when I take no he endeavoured, for the peace of your Majesty, tice of such trifles. But it is of such trities as and the honour of the Royal Family, to keep these that the evidence consists, when it is the from the knowledge of the world what, if it had evidence of respectable witnesses speaking to been true, would have justly reflected such infifacts, and, consequently, speaking only the truth. nite disgrace npon me; and, it seems, from the Captain Moore had conferred on me what I felt narrative, that he procured, through Sir Sidney as a considerable obligation. My Mother is very Smith, Sir John Douglas's assurance that he partial to the late Dr. Moore's writings. Cap- would, under existing circumstances, remain tain Moore, as your Majesty knows, is his son, qniet, if left unmolested. “ This result (His and he promised to lend me, for the purpose of Royal Highness says), he communicated to me sending it to my mother, a manuscript of an un- the following day, and I seemed satisfied with published work of the Doctor's. In return for it.” Anil, undoubtedly, as he only communithis civility, I begged his acceptance of a trifling cated the result to me, I could not be oulerwise present. There is one circumstance alluded than satisfied: for as all that I wanted was
, not to in these examinations, which I know not how to be obliged to see Sir John and Lady Douglas, to notice, and yet feel it inipossible to omit: I and not to be troubled by them any more, ibe mean what respects certain anonymous papers or result of His Royal Highness's interference, letters, marked A. B. and C., to which Lord through Sir Sidvey Smith, was to procure me all Cholmondeley appears to liave been examined, that I wanted. I do not wonder that His Royal upon the supposition of their being my hand. Highness did not mention to me the particulars writing. A letter marked A. appears, by the ex. of these infamous letters and drawings, which amination of Lady Douglas, to have been pro- were ascribed to me; for, as long as he believed duced by her; and the two papers marked B. they were mine, undoubtedly it was a subject and a cover marked C. appear to have been pro. which he must have wished to avoid; but I la. duced by Sir John. These papers I have never ment, as it happens, that he did not, as I should seen ; but I collect them to be the same as are have satisfied him as far, at least, as any asseralluded to in Lady Douglas's original declaration; tons of mine could bave satisfied bin, by de. and, from her representation of them, they are claring to him, as I do now most solemnly, that most infamons productions. From the style and the letter is not mine, and that i know nothing language of the letter, she says, Sir John Dong- whatever of the contents of it, or of the other las, Sir Sydney Smith, and herself, would have papers; and I trust that His Royal Highness, no manner of hesitation in swearing point blank and every one else who may have taken up any (for that is her phrase) to their beiug in my liand- false impression concerning them to my preju. writing: and it seems, from the statement of Iris dice, from the assertion of Sir Jolin and Lady Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, that Sir Syd- Douglas, will, upon my assertion, and the eviney Smith had been imposed upon to believe, dence of Lord Cholmondeley, remove from their that these letters and papers were really written minds this calummions falsehood, which, with and sent to Sir John and Lady Douglas by me. many others, the malice of Sir John and Lady I cannot help, however, remarking to your Ma- Douglas has endeavoured to fasten upon me.com jesty, that though Sir Jolin and Lady Douglas To all these papers Lady Douglas states, in her produce these papers, and mark them, yet nei- Declaration, that not only herself and Sir Jolin iher the one nor the other swears to their belief Douglas, but Sir Sidney Smith, would have no of my hand-writing; it does not, indeed, appear, hesitation in swearing to be in my hand-writing. that they were asked the question; and when it What says Lord Cholmondeley? " That he is peronce occurred to the Commissioners to be ma- fectly acquainted with my manner of writing. terial to inquire whose hand-writing these papers | Letter A. is not of my hand-writing: that the were, I should have been much surprised at dieir two papers marked B. appear to be wrute in a not applying to Sir John and Lady Donglas to disguised land; that some of the letters in them swear it, as in their original declaration they of. remarkably resemble mile, but, becarise of the fer to do, if it had not been that, by that time, I disguise, le cannot say whether they are or not: suppose, the Commissioners had satisfied them. as to the cover marked C, he did not see the selves of the true value of Sir John and Lady same resemblance.” Of these four papers (all Douglas's oaths, and therefore did not think it of which are stated by Lady Douglas to be so worth while to ask them any further questious. clearly and plainly mine, that there can be 110
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, as ap. hesitation upon the subject), two bear no te. pears by his narrative, was convinced, by Sir semblance to it; and although the other two, Sidney Smith, that these letters came from me. written in a disguised trand, have some letters re. His Royal Highness had been applied to by me, markably resembling mine, yet, I trust, I shall in consequence of my having received a formal not, upon such evidence, be subjected to so base note from Sir John, Lady Douglas, and Sir Sid- an imputation; and really, Sire, I know not how ney Smith, requesting an audience immediately: to account for the Commissioners examining and this was soon after my having desired to see no reporting upon this subject
in this manner. For more of Lady Douglas. I conceived, therefore, I understand from Mris. Fitzgerald, that these
drawings were produced by the Commissioners the compass of their Inquiries—that they would to her; and that she was examined as to her not be warranted in expressing any doubt reknowledge of them, and as to the hand-writing specting the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, upon them; that she was satisfied, and swore as stated in the original declarations, á fact 80 that they were not my hand-writing, and that fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, to she knew nothing of them, and did not believe whom, if true, it must in various ways have they could possibly come from any lady in my been known, that we cannot think it entitled to house. She was shewn the seal also, which Lady the smallest credit."- - There are, indeed, some Donglas, in her Declaration, says, was the other matters mentioned in the original declara“ identical one with which I had summoned Sir tions, which I might have found it necessary to “ John Douglas to luncheon.” To this seal, observe upon; but as the Commissioners do not though it so much resembled one that belonged appear to have entered into any examination to herself, as to make her hesitate till she had with respect to them, I content myself with particularly observed it, she was at last as posi-thinking that they had found the means of satistive as to the hand-writing; and having expressed fying themselves of the utter falsehood of those herself with some feeling and indignation at the particulars, and, therefore, that they can require supposition, that either I, herself, or any of my no contradiction or observation from me
.. On ladies, could be guilty of so foul a transaction, the declaration, therefore, and the evidence, I the Conimissioners tell her they were satisfied bave nothing further to remark. And, conscious and believed her; and there is not one word of of the length at which I have trespassed on your all this related in her examination).-Now, if Majesty's patienve, I will forbear to waste your their Lordships were satisfied from this, or any time by any endeavour to recapitulate what I other circumstavce, that these letters were not have said. Some few observations, however, my writing, and did not come from me, I cannot before I conclude, I must hope to be permitted account for their not preserving any trace of to subjoin. In many of the observations Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence on this point, and which I have made, yonr Majesty will observe leaving it out of their inquiry altogether; but, if that I have noticed, what lave appeared to me they thought proper to preserve auy evidence to be great omissions on the part of the Comupon it, to make it the subject of any examina- missioners, in the manner of taking their examition, surely they should not have left it on Lord nations; in forbearing to put any questions to the Cholmondeley's alone; but I ought to have liad witnesses, in the nature of a cross-examination the benefit of Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence also; of them; to confront them with each other; and but, as I said before, they take no notice of her to call other witnesses, whose testimony must evidence; nay, they finish their Report, they either have confirmed or falsified, in important execute it according to the date it bears upon particulars, the examinations as they have taken the 14th of July, and it is not until two days af- then. It may perhaps occur, iu consequence of terwards, namely, on the 16th, that they ex. such observations, that I am desirous that this amined Lord Cholmondeley to the hand-writing Inquiry should be opened again; that the Com. -with what view, and for what purpose, I can- missioners should recommence their labours, and not even surmise ; but with whatever view, and that they should proceed to supply the defects in for whatever parpose, if these letters are at all their previous examinations, by a fuller executo be alluded to in their Report, or the exami- tion of their duty.--I therefore think it neces. nations accompanying it, surely I ought to have sary, most distinctly and emphatically to state, had the benefit of the other evidence, which dis- that I have no such meaving; and whatever may proved my connexion with them. I have now, be the risk that I n:ay incur of being charged Sire, gone through all the matters contained in with betraying a consciousness of guilt, by thus the examination, on which I think it, in any de- tlying from an extension or repetition of this lo: gree, necessary to trouble your Majesty with quiry, I must distinctly state, that so far from any observations. For as to the examination of requesting the revival of it, i mbly request Mrs. 'Townley the washerwoman, if it applies at your Majesty would be graciously piersed to unall, it must liave been intended to have afforded derstand nie as remonstrating and protesting evidence of my pregnancy and miscarriage.- against it, in the strongest and most solemo mal And whether the circumstances she speaks to ner in my power: I am yet to learn the lewas occasioned by my having been bied with gality of such a Commission to inquire, even in leeches, or whether an actual miscarriage did the case of High Treason, or any other crine take place in my family, and by some means known to the laws of the country. If it is iawful linen belonging io ine was procured and used in the case of High Treason, supposed to be upon the occasion, or to whatever other circum committed by me, surely it must be lawful also stance it is to be ascribed, after the manner in in the case of High Treason, supposed to be which the Commissioners bave expressed their committed by other subjects of your Majesty. opining, on the part of the case respecting my That there is muclı objection to it, in reasupposed pregnancy, and after the evidence on son and principle, my nnderstanding assures me. which they formed their opinion, I do not con- That such Inquiries, carried on upon ex parle ceive myself called upon to say any thing upon examination, and a Report of the result by perit; or that any thing I could say could be more soos of high anthority, may, nay must, have a satisfactory than repeating the opinion of the tendency to prejudice the character of the parCommissioners, as stated in their Report, viz. ties who are exposed to them, and thereby influ" That nothing had appeared to them which ence the further proceedings in their case ;-would warrant the belief that I was pregnant in that are calculated to keep back from notice, that year (1802), or at any other period within and in security, the person of a false accuser,
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and to leave the accused in the predicament of to my dearest interests, most solemnly to remonveither being able to look forward for protec- strate and to protest against them. If such tion to an acquittal of himself, nor for redress to tribunals as these are called into action against the conviction of his accuser. That these and me, by the false charges of friends turned enemany other objections occur to such a niode of mies, of servants turned traitors, and acting as proceeding, in the case of a crime known to the spies, by the foul conspiracy of such social and laws of this country, appears to be quite obvi- domestic treason, I can look to no security to ous.-But if Commissioners acting noder such a my honour in the most spotless and most caupower, or your Majesty's Privy Council, or any tious innocence. regular Magistrates, when they have satisfied By the contradiction and denial which in this themselves of the falsehood of the principal case I have been enabled to procure, of the most charge, and the absence of all legal and sub- inportant facts which have been sworn against stantive offence, are to be considered as empow- me by Mr. Cole and Mr. Bidgood ;-by the obered to proceed in the exanination of the parti- servations and the reasonings which I have ad. culars of private life; to report upon the pro- dressed to your Majesty, I am confident, that to prieties of domestic conduct, and the decorums those whose sense of justice will lead them to of private behaviour, and to pronounce their wade through this long detail, I shall have reopiniou against the pariy, upon the evidence of moved the impressions which have been raised dissatisfied servants, whose veracity they are to against me. But how am I to ensure a patient hold up as unimpeachable; and to do this with attention to all this statement? How many will out permitting the persons, whose conduct is in- liear that the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief quired into, to suggest one word in explanation Justice of the King's Bencli, the First Lord of or contradiction of the matter with which they the Treasury, and one of your Majesty's Princicharged: it would, I submit to your Majesty, pal Secretaries of State, have reported against prove such an attack upon the security and con- me, upou evidence which they have declared to fidence of domestic life, such a means of record-be unbiassed and unquestionable ; who will neing, under the sanction of great names and high ver have the opportunity, or if they had the authority, the most malicious and foulest impu- opportunity, might not have the inclination, to tations, that no character could possibly be se- correct the error of that Report, by the examicire; and would do more to break in upon and nation of my statement. I feel, therefore, undernine the happiness and comfort of life, that by this proceeding, my character has rethan any proceeding which could be imagined. ceived essential injury. For a Princess of Wales
-The public in general, perhaps, may feel not to have been placed in a situation, in which it much interest in the establishment of such a was essential to her honour to request one gen. precedent in my case. They may think it to be tleman to swear, that he was not locked up at a course of proceeding, scarcely applicable to midnight in a room with her alone : and another, any private subject : yet, if once such a court of that he did not give her a lascivious salute, and honour, of decency, and of manuers, was esta- never slept in her house, is to have been acblished, many subjects might occur, to which it tually degraded and disgraced. I have been, might be thought advisable to extend its juris. Sire, placed in this situation, I have been diction, beyond the instance of a Princess of cruelly, your Majesty will pernit me to say so, Wales. But shonld it be intended to be contined cruelly degraded into the necessity of making to ine, your Majesty, I trust, will not be sur- such requests. A necessity which I never could prised to find that it does not reconcile me the have been exposed to, even under this Inquiry, better to it, should I learn myself to be the sio- if more attentioa had been given to the examigle instance in your kingdom, who is exposed to nation of these malicious charges, and of the the scrutiny of so severe and formidable a tribu- evidence on which they rest. --Much soliciual. So far, therefore, from giving that sanc- tude is felt, and justiy so, as connected with this tion or consent to any fresh Inquiry, upon similar Inquiry, for the honour of you Majesty's illusprinciples, which I should seem to do, by re. trious Family. But surely a true regard to that qniring the renewal of these examinations, I honour should have restrained those who really must protest against it; protest against the nature felt for it, from casting such severe reflectious of the proceeding, because its result cannot be on the character and virtue of the Princess of fair. I must protest, as long at least as it re- Wales.-Jf, indeed, after the most diligent mains doubtful, against the legality of what has and anxious Inquiry, penetrating into every ciralready passed, as well as the legality of its re- cumstance connected with the charge, searching petition. If the course be legal, I must submit every source from which information could be to the laws, however severe they may be; but I derived, and scrutinizing with all that acuteness trust new law is not to be found out, and applied into the credit and character of the witnesses, to diy case.
If I am guilty of crime, I know I which great experience, talent, and intelligence am amenable; I am most contented to continue could bring to such a subject; and above all, if, so, to the impartial laws of your Majesty's king after giving me some opportunity of being heard, dom; and I fear no charge brought against me, the force of truth had, at length, compelled any in open day, under the public eye, before the persous to form, as reluctantly, and as unwill. known tribunals of the country, administering ingly as they would, against their own daughjustice under those impartial and enlightened ters, the opinion that has been pronounced ; do Jaws. But secret tribunals, created for the first regard, unquestionably, to my honour and cha time for me, to form and pronounce opinions racter, nor to that of your Majesty's Family, as, upon my conduct without hearing me; to re- in some degree, involved in mine, could have cord, in the evidence of the witnesses which justified the suppression of tbat opinion, if le they report,, imputations against my character gally called for, in the course of official and pub. upon ex parte examinations- till I am better re- lic duty. Whether such caution and reluctance conciled to the justice of their proceedings, I are really manifest in these proceedings, I must cannot fail to fear. And till I am better in- leave to less partial judgments than my own to formed as to their legality, I cannot fail in duty determine. In the full examination of these proceedings, which justice to my own character to admit, by my silence, the guilt which they has required of me, I have been compelled to imputed to me, or to enter into my defence, in make many observations, which, I fear, may contradiction to it--no longer at liberty to reprove offensive to persons in high power.--Your main silent, I, perhaps, have not known how, Majesty will easily believe, when I solemnly with exact propriety, to limit my expressions. assure you, that I have been deeply sorry to -In happier days of my life, before my spirit yield to the necessity of so doing. This pro- had been yet at all lowered by my misfortunes, I ceeding manifests that I have enemies enough; should have been disposed to have met such a I could not wish annecessarily to increase their charge with the contempt which, I trust, by number, or their weight. I trust, however, I this time, your Majesty thin dne to it; I have done it, I know it has been my purpose to should have been disposed to have defied my do it, in a manner as little offensive as the jus enemies to the utmost, and to have scorned to tice due to myself would allow of; but I have answer to any thing but a legal charge, before a felt that I have been deeply injured; that I have competent tribunal : but in my present misforhad much to complain of; and that my silence tunes, such force of mind is gone. I ought, per now would not be taken for forbearance, but haps, 80 far to be thankful to thens for their would be ascribed to me as a confession of guilt. wholesome lessons of humility. I have, thereThe Report itself announced to me, that these fore, entered into this long detail, to endeavour things, which had been spoken to by the wit- to remove, at the first possible opportunity, any nesses, great improprieties and indecencies of unfavourable impressions ; to rescue myself from conduct," necessarily occasioning most unfa. the dangers which the continuance of these susvonrable interpretations, and deserving the most picions might occasion, and to preserve to me serious consideration, “must be credited till de- your Majesty's good opinion, in whose kindness, cidedly contradicted." The most satisfactory hitherto, I have found infinite consolation, and disproof of these circumstances (as the contra to whose justice, under all circumstances, I can diction of the accused is always received with confidently appeal.-- -Under the impression of caution and distrust) rested in the proof of the these sentiments I throw myself at your Mafoul malice and falsehood of my accusers and jesty's feet. I know, that whatever sentiments their witnesses. The Report announced to of resentment; whatever wish for redress, by your Majesty that those witnesses, whom I felt the punishment of my false accusers, I ought to to be foul confederates in a base conspiracy | feel, your Majesty, as the Father of a Stranger, against me, were not to be suspected of unfa- smarting under false accusation, as the Head of vourable bias, and their veracity, in the judg- your illustrious House dishonoured in me, and as ment of the Commissioners, not to be questioned. the great Guardian of the Laws of your King.
Under these circumstances, Sire, what dom, thus foully attempted to have been ap. conld I do? Could I forbear, in justice to my- plied to the purposes of injustice, will vot fail to self, to announce to your Majesty the existence feel for me. At all events, I trust your Majesty of a conspiracy against my honour, and my sta- will restore me to the blessing of your Gracious tion in this country at least, if not against my Presence, and confirm to me, by your own life? Could I forbear to point out to your Ma. Gracions Words, your satisfactory conviction of jesty, how long this intended mischief lad been my innocence.--I am, Sire, with every sentimeditated against me? Conld I forbear to point ment of gratitude and loyalty, your Majesty's out my doubts, at least, of the legality of the most affectionate and dutiful Daughter-in-law, Commission under which the proceeding had subject and servant,
C.P. been had? or to point out the errors and inac. Montague House, 2d October, 1806. curacies, into which the great and able men who were named in this commission, under the hurry | The Deposition of Thomas Manby, Esquire, a Cap and pressure of their great official occupations,
tuin in the Royal Navy. had fallen, in the execution of this duty ? Could Having had read to me the following passage, I forbear to state, and to urge, the
great injus- from a Copy of the Deposition of Robert Bidgood, tice and injury that had been done to my cha. sworn the 6th of June last, before Lords Spencer racter and my honour, by opinions pronounced and Grenville, viz.--" I was waiting one day against me without heariog me? And if, in the ' in the anti-room ; Captain Manby had his hat execution of this great task, so essential to my “ in his hand, and appeared to be going away; honour, I have let drop any expressions which a “ he was a long time with the Princess, and, as colder and more cautious prudence would have “I stood on the steps, waiting, I looked into checked, I appeal to your Majesty's warm “ the room in which they were, and, in the reheart and generous feelings, to suggest my ex- “ tiection on the looking-glass, I saw them sa. cuse and to afford my pardon.---What I have “lute each other-I mean, that they kissed said I have said under the pressure of much mis- “ each other's lips. Captain Manby then went fortune, under the provocation of great and ac- away, I en observed the Princess have her cumulated injustice. Oh! Sire, to be unfortu- “ handkerchief in her hands, and wipe her eyes, nate, and scarce to feel at liberty to lament; to as if she was crying, and went into the drawbe cruelly used, and to feel it almost an offence “ing-room.”—I do solemnly, and upon my and a duty to be silent is a hard lot; but use oath, declare, that the said passage is a vile and had, in some degree, inured me to it: but to wicked invention; that it is wholly and absofind my misfortunes and my injuries'imputed to lutely false ; that it is impossible he ever could me as faults; to be called to account upon a have seen, in the reflection of any glass, any charge made against me by Lady Douglas, who such thing, as I never, upon any occasion, or in was tbought at first worthy of credit, although any situation, ever had the prestimption to sashe had pledged her veracity to the fact, of my lute Her Royal Highness in any such manner, having admitted that I was myself the aggressor or to take any such liberty, or offer any such in every thing of which I had to complain, has insult to her person. And having had read to subdued all power of patient bearing, and when me another passage, from the same Copy of the I was called upon by the Commissioners, either same Deposition, in which the said Robert Bid