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--Upon the receipt of the paper, which, by | letter of the 10th instant, your Majesty may your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to conceive, though I am utterly unable to express. me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last That Letter announces to me that his Royal month, and which communicated to me the joy. Highness the Prince of Wales, upon receiving fill intelligence, that your Majesty was “ad- the several documents which your Majesty di"vised, that it was no longer necessary for you rected your Cabinet to transmit to him, made a " to decline receiving me into your royal pre-personal communication to your Majesty of his " sence," I conceived myself necessarily called intention to put them into the hands of his Law. upon to send an immediate answer to so much of yers, accompanied by a request, that your Mait as respected that intelligence. I could not jesty would suspend any further steps in the buwait the time which it would have required, to siness, until the Prince of Wales should be enstate those observations which it was impossible abled to submit to your Majesty the statement for me to refrain from inaking, at some period, which he proposed to make; and it also anupon the other important particulars which that nounces to me that your Majesty therefore conpaper contained. Accordingly, I answered it sidered it incumbent on you to defer naming a immediately; and, as yonr Majesty's gracious day to me, until the further result of the Prince and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, an- of Wales's intention should have been made nounced to me your pleasure, that I should be known to your Majesty.--This determination received by your Majesty on a day subsequent to of your Majesty, ou this request, made by His the then ensuing week, I was led most confi- Royal Highness, I humbly trust your Majesty dently to assure myself, that the last week would will permit me to entreat you, in your most grapot have passed, without my having received that cious justice, to re-consider. Your Majesty, I satisfaction. I, therefore, determined to wait in am couvinced, must have been surprised at the patience, without further intrusion upon your time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of Diajesty, till I might have the opportnnity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination giarding myself from the possibility of being necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and misunderstood, by personally explaining to your justice would never have adopted it. And if I Majesty, that whatever observations I had to can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled in. make upon the paper so communicated to me on justice and cruelty of this iuterposition of the the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaints re- Prince of Wales, at such a time, and under such specting the delay, and the many cruel circum- circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence stances which had attended the whole of the that your Majesty will hasten to recal it.--I proceedings against me, and the unsatisfactory should basely be wanting to my own interest state in which they were at length left by that and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense last commun ication, they were observations and of that injustice and cruelty; and if I did not complaints which affected those oply, under most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will whose advice your Majesty had acted, and were better perceive the just grounds of my complaint not, in any degrec, intended to intimate even when I retrace the course of these proceedings the most distant insinuation against your Ma. from their commencement.- - The four noble jesty's justice or kindness. That paper esta- Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire blished the opinion which I certainly had ever into the charges brought against me, in iheir confidently entertained, but the justness of Report of the 14th of July last, after having which I liad not before any document to esta- stated that His Royal Highness the Prince of blish, tbat your Majesty had, from the first, Wales had laid before him, the charge which deemed this proceeding a bigh and important was made against me, by Lady Douglas, and matter of state, in the consideration of which the declarations in support of it, proceed in the your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to following manner. trust to your own generous feelings, and to your * “ In the painful situation in which His Roy. own royal and gracious judgment. I never did “ al Higliness was placed by these communicabelieve that the cruel state of anxiety in which I “ tions, we learnt that His Royal Highness had had been kept, ever since the delivery of my “ adopted the only course which could, in our Answer (for at least sixteen weeks), conld be at “ judgment, with propriety, be followed. When all attributable to your Majesty; it was most un. « informations suell as these, had been thus like every thing which I had ever experienced “ contidently alleged, and particularly detailed, from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and « and had been in some degree supported by justice; and I found from that paper, that it was “ collateral evidence, applying to other facts of to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the “ the same nature, (though going to a far less length of banishment from your presence, which “ extent,) one line only could be pursued. they, at last, advised your Majesty it was no “ Every sentiment of duty to your Majesty, and louger necessary should be contioned. I per- “ of concern for the public welfare, required ceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it " that these particulars should not be withheld was to them, and to them only, that I owed the “ from your Majesty, to whom more particularly protracted continuance of my sufferings and of “ belonged the cognizance of a matter of State, my disgrace; and that your Majesty, consider-" so nearly touching the honour of yonr Maing the whole of this proceeding to have been “ jesty's Royal Family, and, by possibility, instituted and conducted under the grave re- “ affecting the succession of your Majesty's sponsibility of your Majesty's servants, had not “ Crown. Your Majesty had been pleased, thought proper to take any step, or express any on your part, to view the subject in the same opinion, upon any part of it, but such as was “ light. Considering it as a matter wbich, on recommended by their advice. Influenced by “ every account demanded the most immediate these sentiments, and anxious to have the oppor- “ investigation, your Majesty had thought fit tunity of conveying them, with the overflowings “ to commit into our hands the duty of ascer. of a grateful heart, to your Majesty, what were « taining, in the first instance, what degree of my sensations of surprise, mortification, and disappointment, on the receipt of your Majesty's

Report,

« credit was due to the information, and there ings, as to indnce a suspicion that I have been “ by enabling your Majesty to decide what fur. too favourably dealt with by them and that the " ther conduct to adopt respecting them.” advice which has been given to your Majesty,

His Royal Highness then, pursuing, as the that your Majesty need no longer decline in four Lords say, the only

course which could, in receive me, was hastily and partially delivered? their judgment, with propriety, be pursued, I am confident that your Majesty must see the submitted the matter to your Majesty. Your very reverse of this to be the case that I have Majesty directed the Inquiry by the four poble every reason to complain of the inexplicable Lords.The four Lords in their Report upon delay which so long withheld that advice. And the case, justly acquitted me of all crime, and the whole character of the observations with

expressed (I will not wait now to say how un- which they accompanied it, marks the reluctjustly) the credit which they gave, and the con- ance with which they yielded to the necessity of sequence they ascribed to other inatters, which giving it.--- For your Majesty's coufidential they did not, however, characterize as amount. servants advise your Majesty," that it is no ing to any crime. To this Report I made my “ longer necessary for you to decline receiving answer.That answer, together with the whole “me into your Royal Presence.” If this is proceedings, was ' referred by yonr Majesty, to their opinion and their advice now, why was it the same four noble Lords, and others of your not their opinion and their advice four months Majesty's confidential servants. They advised ago, from the date of my answer? Nay, why your Majesty, amongst much other matter was it not their opinion and advice from the date (which most be the subject of further observa even of the original Report itself? For not only tions), that there was no louger any reason why had they been in possession of my answer for you shonld decline receiving me.---- -Your Ma- above sixteen weeks, which at least furnished jesty will necessarily conceive that I have al- them with all the materials on which this advice ways looked upon my banishment from your was at length given, but further, your Majesty's Royal Presence, as, in fact, a punishment, and confidential servants are forward to state, that a severe one too. I thought it sufficiently hard, after having read my observations, and the that I should have been suffering that punish- affidavits which were annexed to them, they ment during the time that this Inquiry has been agree in the opinions (not in any single opinion pending, while I was yet only onder accusation, upon any particular branch of the case, but in and upon the principles of the jast laws of your the opinions generally) which were submitted to Majesty's kingdom, entitled to be presumed to your Majesty, in the original Report of the four be innocent, till I was proved to be guilty. But Lords. If, therefore (notwithstanding their conI find ebis does not appear to be enough, in the currence in all the opinions contained in the opinion of the Prince of Wales. For now, when Report), they have, nevertheless, given to your after this long Inquiry into matters which re- Majesty their advice," that it is no longer nequired immediate investigation, I have been ac- cessary for you to declive receiving me," quitted of every thing which could call for my what could bave prevented their offering that banishment from your Royal Presence. After advice, even from the 14th of July, the date of your Majesty's confidential servants have thus the original Report itself? Or what could have expressly advised your Majesty that they see no warranted the withholding of it, even for a single reason why you should any longer decline to moment? Instead, therefore, of any trace receive me into your presence:-after your Må being observable, of hasty, precipitate, and jesty had gracionsly notified to me your determipartial determination in my favour, it is imposnation to receive me at an early day, His Royal sible to interpret their conduct and their reasons Higliness interposes the demand of a new delay; together in any other sense, than as amounting desires your Majesty not to take any step; de- to an admission of your Majesty's confidential sires you not to act upon the advice which your servants themselves, that I bave, in consequence own confidential servants have given you, that of their withholding that advice, been, unneces. you need no longer decline seeing me ;--not to sarily and cruelly banished from your Royal execute your intention, and assurance, that you Presence, from that 14th of July to the 28th of will receive me at an early day ;-because he January, including a space of above six months; has laid the documents before his Lawyers, and and the effect of the interposition of the Prince intends to prepare a further statement. And is to prolong my sufferings and my disgrace, the judgnjent of your Majesty's confidential ser- under the same bavishment, to a period per. vants, is, as it were, appealed from by the fectly indefinite. The principle which will Prince of Wales (whom, from this time, at admit the effect of such inicrposition now, may least, I must be permitted to consider as as- be acted upon again; and the Prince niay resuming the character of my accuser);- the jus- quire a further prolongation npon fresh statetice due to me is to be suspended, while the ments and fresh charges, kept back possibly for judgment of your Majesty's sworn servants is to the purpose of being, from time to time, conbe submitted to the revision of my accuser's veniently interposed, to prevent for ever the Counsel; and I, though acquitted in the opinion arrival of that hour, which, displaying to the of your Majesty's confidential servants, of all world the acknowledgment of my unmerited that should induce your Majesty to decline sufferings and disgrace, may, at the same time, seeing me, am to have that punishment, which expose the truly malicions and wjust quality of had been inflicted upon me during the Inquiry, the proceedings which have been so long carried continued after that acquittal, till a fresh state- on against me. -This nøreasonable, unjast, ment is prepared, to be again submitted, for and cruel interposition of His Royal Highness, aught I know, to another Inquiry, of as ex- as I must ever deem it, has prevajled upon your tended a continuance as that which has just | Majesty to recal, to my prejudice, your gracious terminated. Can it be said, that the pro- purpose of receiving me, in pursuance of the ceedings of the four noblc Lords, or of your Mac advice of your servants. Do I then flatter my. jesty's" confidential servants, have been so le- self too much, wben I feel assured, that my just nient and considerate towards me and my feel entreaty, founded upon the reasons which I Not only

urge, and directed to counteract only the effect the beginning of September. My answer to at that unjust interposition, will induce your these varions charges, though the whole subject Majesty to return to your original determination? of them was new to those whose advice I had

Restored, however, as I should feel myself, recourse to, long as that answer was necessarily to a state of comparative security, as well as obliged to be, was delivered to the Lord Chancredit, by being, at length, permitted, nponcellor, to be forwarded to your Majesty, by the your Majesty's gracions re-consideratiou of your 6th of October ; and, from the 6th of October last determination, to have access to your Ma- to the 28th of January, I was kept in total ignojesty; yet, under all the circumstances under rance of the effect of that answer. which I should now receive that mark and con. will all this delay be apparent, but it will be gefirmation of your Majesty's opinion of my inno nerally shewn to the world, how your Majesty's cence, my character would not, I fear, stand Servants bad in this important business treated cleared in the public opinion, by the mere fact your Daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales; of your Majesty's reception of me. This revo- and what measure of justice she, a female, and cation of your Majesty's gracious purpose has a stranger in your lánd, has experienced at their flung an additional cloud about the whole pro- bands. ceeding, and the inferences drawn in the public Undoubtedly against such a proceeding I have mind, from this circumstance, so mysterious and ever felt, and still feel, an almost invincible reso perfectly inexplicable, upon any grounds pugnance. Every sentiment of delicacy, with which are open to their knowledge, has made, which a female mind must shrink from the act of and will leave so deep an impression to my pre bringing before the public such charges, how judice, as scarce any thing short of a public ex- ever conscious of their scandal and falsity, and posure of all that has passed can possibly efface. however clearly that scandal and falsity may be

The publication of all these proceedings to the manifested by the answer to those charges, the world, then, seems to me, ider the present cir- respect still due from me to persons employed in cumstances (whatever reluctance I feel against anthority under your Majesty, however little resuch a measure, and however I regret the hard spect I may have received from them; my duty necessity which drives me to it), to be almost the to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; my only remaining resource for the vindication of my regard for all the members of your august family; honour and character. The falsehood of the ac- my esteem, iny dnty, my gratitude to your Macasation is, by no means, all that will, by sach jesty, my affectionate gratiiade for all the pater. publication, appear to the credit and clearance nal kindness which I have ever experienced from of my character; bat the course in which the you; my anxiety not only to avoid the risk of whole proceedings have been carried on, or ra- giving any offence or displeasure to your Majesty, ther delayed, by those to whom your Majesty but also to fly from every occasion of creating referred the consideration of them, will shew, the slightest sentiment of neasiness in the mind that, whatever measure of justice I may have of your Majesty, whose happiness it would be ultimately received at their hands, it is not to be the pride and pleasare of my life to consult and suspected as arising from any merciful and in- to promote; all these various sentiments have dulgent consideration of me, of my feelings, or compelled me to submit, as long as homan forof my case.--It will be seen how my feelings bearance could endure, to all the unfavourable had been harassed, and my character and ho- inferences which were throngh this delay daily nonr exposed, by the delays which have taken increasing in the public mind. What the strength place in these proceedings: it will be seen, that and efficacy of these motives have been, your the existence of the charge against me had Majesty will do me justice to feel, when you are avowedly been known to the public from the 7th pleased graciously to consider how long I have of June in the last year. I say known to the been contented to suffer those suspicions to exist public; because it was on that day that the Com- against my innocence, wbich the bringing before missioners, acting, as I am to suppose (for so the public of my accusation, and my defence to they state in their Report), under the anxions it, would so indisputably and immediately have wish, that their trust should be executed with as dispelled. The measure, however, of making little publicity as possible, authorized that unne- these proceedings public, whatever mode I can cessary insult and outrage npon me, as I must aladopt (considering especially the absolute imposways consider it, which, however iótended, gave sibility of suffering any partial production of the utmost publicity and exposure to the exist. them, and the necessity that, if for any purpose ence of these charges : I mean, the sending two any part of them should be produced, the whole Attorneys, armed with their Lordships' warrant, must be brought before the public) remains surto my house, to bring before then, at once, rounded with all the objections which I have about one half of my household for examination. enumerated and nothing could ever have preThe idea of privacy, after an act so mnch calcu- vailed upon me, or can vow even prevail npon lated, from the extraordinary natnre of it, to ex. me, to have reconrse to it, but an imperions eite the greatest attention and surprise, yonr Ma- sense of indispensable duty to my future safety, jesty must feel to have been impossible and ab. to my present character and honour, and to the surd; for an attempt at secrecy, mystery, and feelings, the character, and the interests of my concealment, on niy part, could, under such child. I had Hattered myself, when once this circumstances, only have been construed into long proceeding should have terminated in my the fearfulness of gnilt. ---It will appear also, reception into your Majesty's presence, that that that from that time I heard nothing authentically circumstance alone would bave so strongly im. upon the subject till the 11th of August, when 1 plied my innocence of all that had been bronght was furnished, by your Majesty's commands, against nie, as to have been perfectly sufficient with the Report. The several papers necessary for my honour and my security; but accompanied, to my understanding the wbole of these charges, as it now must be, with the knowledge of the in the authentic state in which your Majesty tact, that your Majesty has been brought to hethought it proper graciously to direct that I sitate upon its propriety, and accompanied also should have them, were not delivered to me till with the very nnjustifiable observations, as they appear to me, on which I shall presently proceed may feel myself fully restored in public estimato remark; and which were made by your Ma- tion to my former character. And should they jesty's Servants, at the time when they gave you prove so satisfactory, I shall indeed be delighted their advice to receive me, I feel myself in a si- to think, that no further step may, even now, aptuation, in which I deeply regret that I cannot pear to be necessary to my peace of mind, my rest in silence, without an immediate reception security, and my honour. But your Majesty into your Majesty's presence; nor, indecd, with will permit me to say, that if the next week, that reception, unless it be attended by other cir- which will make more than a month from the cumstances, which may mark my satisfactory ac- time of your Majesty's informing me that you quittal of the charges which have been brought would receive me, should pass without my being against me.

received into your presence, and without having It shall at no time be said, with truth, that I the assurance that these other requests of mine shrunk back from these infamous charges; that I shall be complied with, I shall be under the pain. crouched before my enemies, and courted them, ful necessity of considering them as refused; in by my submission, into moderation! No, I have which case I shall feel myself compelled, how ever boldly defied them. I have ever felt, and ever reluctantly, to give the whole of these prostill feel, that, if they should think either of pur-ceedings to the world; unless your Majesty can suing these accusations, or of bringing forward suggest other adequate means of securing my any other which the wickedness of individuals honour and my life from the etfect of the contimay devise, to affect my honour, (since my con- nuance or renewal of these proceedings for the science tells me, that they must be as base and future as well as the present; for I entreat your groundless as those brought by Lady Douglas), Majesty to believe, that it is only in the absence while the witnesses to the innocence of my conduct of all other adequate means, that I can have reare all liring, I should be able to disprove them sort to that measure. That I consider it with all; and, whoever may be my accusers, to tri- deep regret; that I regard it with serious appre. umph over their wickedness and malice. But hension, by no means so much on account of the should these accusations be renewed, or any other effect it may have upon myself, as on account of be brought forward in any future time, death the pain which it may give to your Majesty, your maj, I know not how soon, remove from my in august family, and your loyal subjects

.--As far nocence its best security, and deprive me of the as myself am concerned, I am aware of the obmeans of my justification and my defence.-- servations to which this publication will expose There are, therefore, other measures, which I pe; but I am placed in a situation in which I trust your Majesty will think indispensable to be have the choice only of two most unpleasant al. taken, for my honour and for my security - ternatives; and I am perfectly confident that the Amongst these, I most humbly submit to your imputations and the loss of character which must, Majesty niy most earnest entreaties that the pro- under these circumstances, follow from my si. ceedings, including not only my first answer, lence, are most injurious and unavoidable; that and my letter of the 8th of December, but this my silence, under such circumstances, must lead Jetter also, may be directed by your Majesty to inevitably to my utter infamy and ruin. The be so preserved and deposited, as that they may, publication, on the other hand, will expose to all of them, securely remain permanent authentic the world nothing which is spoken to by any wit. documents and memorials of this accusation, and pess (whose infamy and discredit is not unan. of the manner in which I met it; of my defence, swerably exposed and established) which can, in as well as of the charge; that they may remain the slightest degree, affect my character for hocapable at any time of being resorted to, it the mour, virtue, and delicacy.- -There may be cirmalice which produced the charge originally shall cumstances disclosed, manifesting a degree of ever venture to renew it.-Beyond this I am condescension and familiarity in my behaviour sure your Majesty will think it but proper and and conduct, which, in the opinions of many, just that I should be restored, in every respect, may be consider as not sufficiently guarded, to the same situation from whence the proceed dignified, and reserved. Circumstances, howings under these false charges have reinoved me. ever, which my foreign education and foreign haThat, besides being graciously received again bits misled me to think, in the humble and reinto the bosom of your Majesty's Royal Family, tired situation in which it was my fate to live, restored to my former respect and station amongst and where I had no relation, no equal, no frievd them, your Majesty will be graciously pleased to advise me, were wholly free from offence. either to exert your influence with His Royal But when they have been dragged forward, from Highness the Prince of Wales, that I may be re- the scenes of private life, in a grave proceeding stored to the use of my apartinent in Carleton on a charge of High Treason and Adultery, they House, which was reserved for me, except while seem to derive a colour and character from the the apartmeyts were undergoing repair, till the nature of the charge which they are brought for. date of these proceedlings; or to assign to me ward to support; and I cannot but believe, that some apartment in one of your royal palaces. they have been used for no other purpose than to Some apartment in or near to London is indis- afford a cover, to screen from view the injustice pensably necessary for my convenient attendance of that charge; that they have been taken advanat the Drawing-roon. And if I am not restored tage of, to let down my accusers more gently, to that at Carleton House, I trust your Majesty and to deprive me of that full acquittal on the will graciously perceive how reasonable it is that Report of the four Lords which my innocence of I should request that some apartment should be all offence most justly entitled me to receive. assigned to me, suited to my dignity and situa- - Whatever opinion, however, may be formed tion, which may mark my reception and acknow. upon any part of my conduct, it must in justice ledgment as one of your Majesty's family, and be formed with reference to the situation in from which my attendance at the Drawing-room which I was placed; if I am judged of as Princess may be easy and convenient.--If these mea- of Wales, with reference to the high rank of that sures are taken, I should hope that they would station, I must be judged as Princess of Wales, prove satisfactory to the public mind, and that I banished from the Prince, unprotected by the support and the countenance which belong to And that to this letter I sent the following anthat station; and if I am judged of in my private swer: character, as a married woman, I must be judged of as a wife banished from her husband, and liv

« L'aven de votre conversation avec Lord ing in a widowed seclusion from him, and retire- “ Cholmondeley, ne m'étonne, ni ne m'offense. ment from the world. This last consideration “ C'étoit me confirmer ce que vous m'avez taleads me to recar to an expression in Mrs. Lisle's “ citement insioné depuis une année. Mais il y examination, which describes my conduct, in the auront après cela, un manqne de delicatesse ou, frequency and the manner of my receiving the pour mieux dire, une bassesse indigne de mé visits of Captain Manby, though always in the “ plaindre des conditions, que vous vous imposez presence of my Ladies, as unbecoming a married a vous même.Je ne vous aurois point fait woman. Upon the extreme injustice of setting " de reponse, si votre lettre n'étoit conçue de up the opinion of one woman, as it were, in judg- maniere à faire douter, si cet arrangement ment upon the conduct of another, as well as of " vient de vous, ou de moi; et vous sçavez que estimating the couduct of a person in my untor- vous m'annoncez l'honneur. La lettre que vous tunate situation, by reference to that which “ m'annoncez comme la derniere, m'oblige de might in general be expected from a married communiquer au Roy, comme à mon Souvewoman, living happily with her husband, I have rain, et à mon Pere, votre aveu et ma reponse. before generally remarked; but beyond these “ Vous trouverez si incluse la copie de celle que general remarks, in forming any estimate of my j'ecris au Roy. Je vous en previens pour ne conduct, your Majesty will never forget the very pas m'attirer de votre part la moindre reproche peculiar circumstances and misfortunes of my si. “ de duplicité. Comme je n'ai dans ce moment, tuation. Your Majesty will remember that I had “ d'autre protecteur que Sa Majesté, je m'en rapnot been much above a year in this country, “ porte uniquement à lui. Et si ma conduite when I received the following letter from his merite son approbation, je serai, du moins en Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

partic, consoleé.-Du reste, je conserve toute

“ la reconnoissance possible de ce que je me Windsor Castle, April 30, 1796.

“ trouve par votre moyen, comme Princesse de

“ Galles, dans une situation a pouvoir me livrer « Madam,—As Lord Cholmondeley intorms

sans contrainte, à une vertu chere à mon cœur, “ me that you wish I would define, in writing, *

"je vieux dire la bienfaisance. Ce sera pour " the terms upon which we are to live, I shall en

“moi un devoir d'agir de plus par un autre motif “ deavour to explain myself upon that lead, “ sçavoir celui de donner l'exemple de la pa“ with as much clearness, and with as much pro

“ tience, et de la resignation dans toutes sortes priety, as the nature of the subject will admit. "Our inclinations are not in onr power, nor

“ d'epreuves. Rendez moi la justice de me

“ croire, que je ne cesserai jamais de faire des “should either of as be held answerable to the

vaux pour votre bouheur, et d'être votre bien other, because nature has not made ns suitable

devouée."* “to each other. Tranqnil and comfortable so

(Signed) « CAROLINE. ciety is, however, in our power; let our inter

« Ce 6 de May, 1796." course, therefore, be restricted to that, and I 16 will distinctly subscribe to the conditiont

TRANSLATION. " which you reqnired, through Lady Cholmonde" ley, that even in the event of any accident Cholmondeley neither surprises nor offends me.

The avowal of your conversation with Lord ** happening to my daughter, which I trust Pro- It merely contirmed what you have tacitly insia vidence in its niercy will avert, I shall not in- | nuated for this twelvemonth. But after this, it « fringe the terms of the restriction by proposing would be a want of delicacy, or rather au un« at any period a connexion of a more particular worthy meanness in me, were I to complain of « nature. I shall now finally close this disagree those conditions which you impose upon your« able correspondence, trusting that, as we have self. I should have returned no answer to your “ completely explained ourselves to each other, letter, if it had not been conceived in terms to “the rest of our lives will be passed in uninter- make it doubtful whether this arrangement pro“ rupted tranquillity. I ani, Madam, with ceeds from you or from me, and you are aware “great truth, very sincerely yours,

that the credit of it belongs to you alone.---The (Signed) « GEORGE P.”

letter which you announce to me as the last, obliges me to communicate to the King, as to my

Sovereign and my Father, both your avowal and The substance of this letter had been previ- my answer. You will find enclosed the copy of ously conveyed in a message through Lord Chol- my letter to the King, I apprize you of it, that mondeley to Her Royal Highness; but it was I may not incur the slightest reproach of duplithought by Her Royal Highness to be infinitely city from you. As I have at ibis moment no too important to rest merely upon a verbal com- protector but His Majesty, I refer myself solely manication, and therefore she desired that His to him upon this subject; and if my conduct Royal Highness's pleasure upon it should be com- meets his approbation, I shall be in some degree municated to her in writing,

at least consoled. I retain every sentiment of + Upon the receipt of the message alluded to gratitude for the sitnation in which I find myself, in the foregoing note, Her Royal Highness, as Princess of Wales, enabled by your means tó though she had nothing to do but to submit to the indulge in the free exercise of a virtue dear to my arrangement which His Royal Highness might heart, I mean charity.--> It will be my duty determine upon, desired it might be understood, likewise to act upon another motive, that of givthat she should insist that any such arrangement, ing an example of patience and resignation under if once made, should be considered as final; and every trial. ---Do me the justice to believe, that His Royal Highness should not retain the that I shall never cease to pray for your happiright, from time to time, at his pleasure, or under ness, and to be, your much devoted any circumstances, to alter it,

6th of May, 1796.

CAROLINE

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