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it to our Brethren of the Lodge, whom I all in the neighbourhood, and that it was had requested to suspend their opinions on entirely unnecessary for his Royal Highness the subject till I might feel at liberty to en- to notice it in any shape. The servants had ter upon it. I thought it expedient to se- been desired by me never to talk upon

the parate the matter into distinct heads, that subject; Lord Eardley was informed that cach of the misrepresentations I had to his conception of what had been stated by combat may be answered the more pre- the servants was found to be inaccurate; no cisely:- -1. I never happened to be at mention was ever made by any one, not Belvidere, or in its vicinity, in the whole even to the Lords who conducted the inquicourse of

my life. It follows that I could ry, three years afterwards, of the particunot have sought there any information re- lars related by the servants, and the circumspecting the Princess's conduct. But the stance never would have been known at all negative does not only apply to that place. had not the legal advisers of the Princess, In no one instance have I ever spontane- for the sake of putting a false colour on that ously endeavoured to obtain particulars re- Investigation, indiscreetly brought it forspecting Her Royal Highness's behaviour ; ward. The death of Kenny, in the interand I should certainly have declined such a val, tempted them to risk this procedure. function had the Prince requested it of me, Jonathan Partridge having been known at which I am persuaded never entered the the time when he was questioned to be demost distantly into his contemplation. It voted to the Princess, from his own declais not in his nature to prompt so vile a ration to the steward, no one can doubt but practice. When any matter has been re- that Her Royal Highness would the next ferred to me, or any communication has day be informed by him of his having been been made to me in an authentic and formal examined. The measure was most offené manner, my oath, as one of the Prince's sive, if not justified, by some uncommon Council, bound me to such examination of peculiarity of circumstance. Yet absolute the point as I might think the honour and silence is preserved upon it for so long a peinterest of His Royal Highness required. riod by Her Royal Highness's advisers; a

-2. Two of Lord Eardley's servants forbearance only to be solved by their being were examined by me in London, in a spi- too cautious to touch upon the point while rit

very different from what was slander- Kenney was alive.-3. The interviews with ously imputed by the Princess's legal ad- Dr. Mills and Mr. Edmeades did not take visers. Lord Eardley had given to the place till between three and four years

after Prince an account, absolutely uninvited, the examination of Lord Eardley's servants, and no less unwelcome, of meetings be- and had no reference to it.-Fanny Lloyd, tween the Princess and Captain Manby at a maid servant in the Princess's family, Belvidere, which his Lordship had repre- bad, in an examination to which I was not sented (from the report of his servants) as privy, asserted Dr. Mills to have menhaving caused great scandal in the neigh- tioned to her that the Princess was pregbourhood ; his Lordship had asked an au- nant; a deposition which obviously made it dience of the Prince, who had no suspicion necessary that Dr. Mills should be subjectof his object, for the purpose of stating the ed to examination. This happened to be fact, and exonerating himself from any sup- discussed before me; and it was my suggesposition of connivance. When the Prince tion that it would be more delicate to let me did me the honour of relating to me this re- request the attendance of Dr. Mills at my presentation of Lord Eardley's, expressing house, and to have him meet the magis. great uneasiness that the asserted notoriety trate there, than that publicity, and obserof the interviews at Belvidere, and the vation should be entailed by his being sumcomments of the neighbours, should force moned to the Office in Marlborough-street. him to take any public steps, I suggested Dr. Mills came early, and then it was imthe possibility that there might be misap- mediately discovered that it was his partprehension of the circumstances; and I eu- ner, Mr. Edmeades, who had bled Fanny treated that, before any other procedure Lloyd, though the latter (knowing the Priui. should be determined upon, I might send cess's apothecary to be Dr. Mills, and imafor the steward (Kenny) and the porter gining it was that apothecary who had bled (Jonathan Partridge) to examine them. her) had confounded the names. Dr. Mills This was permitted. I sent for the servants was therefore dismissed, without being exand questioned them. My report to the amined by the Magistrate ; and he was begPrince was, that the matter had occasioned ged to send Mr. Edineades on another mornvery little observation in the house, none at ing. Mr. Edmeades came accordingly, and was examined before the Magistrate. An had the strongest of all motives to exoneattempt is made to pervert an observation rate biryself from the charge, if he could hit of mine into an endeavour to make Mr. upon any equivocation by which he might Edmeades alter his testimony, injuriously satisfy hiuself in the denial of it. And the for the Princess. So far from there being bearing of my remark must not be misun. any thing of conciliation in my tone, Mr. derstood. No man would infer any thing Conant must well remember my remark to against the Princess on the ground of such have been made as a correction of what I a random guess as that of Mr. Edmeades' deemed a premeditated and improper pert. must have been, unless Mr. Edmeades ness of manner in Mr. Edmeades. It was should support his proposition by the adan uninitigated profession of my belief that duction of valid reasons and convincing cirhe was using some subterfuge to justify his cumstances; but there was a consequence asdenial; a declaration little calculated to win cribable to it in its loosest state. His havhim to pliancy, had I been desirous of in- ing been sufficien:ly indiscreet to mention fluencing his testimony. My conviction on his speculation to others as well as 10 the point remains unchanged. One or other Fanny Lloyd, would well account for what of the parties was wilfully incorrect in their was otherwise incomprehensible; namely, statement; if Fanny Lloyd were so, it was the notion of the Princess's pregnancy so downright perjury; Mr. Edmeades might generally entertained at Greenwich, and in have answered only elusively. I have been that neighbourhood. It was my couviction told that some individual, pointing at the that such indiscretion had taken place, not direct opposition between the affidavits of any belief of the fact to which it related Mr. Edmeades and Fanny Lloyd has indi. that I endeavoured to convey by remark.cated the preferable credit which ought to 4. This construction is not put upon the be given to the oath of a well-educated circumstanceś now, for the first time. A man, in a liberal walk of life, over that of paper of mine, submitted to His Majesty at a person in the humble station of a maid the period of the investigation, and lodged servant. I shall not discuss the justice of with the other documents relative to that the principle which arbitrarily assumes de- inquiry, rebuts in the same terms the base ficiency of moral rectitude to be the natural attempt of insinuating conspiracy against inference from humility of condition. The the Princess - Why that paper has not seen joculcation in the present instance would the light with the other documents may be have been somewhat more rational, had it surmised. I had thought it incumbent on advised that, in a case of such absolute con me, from the nature of the transaction, not tradiction upon a simple fact, the compre- to furnish any means for its publication hension of which could have nothing to do from the copy in my possession. The prewith education, you should consideron sent explanation unavoidably states all the which side an obvious temptation to laxity material points contained in it. But it will appears. Fanny Lloyd was not merely a be felt by every one that the detail has been reluctant witness, but had expressed the extorted from me.- -5. The Editor of a greatest indignation at being subject to exa- Sunday publication has asserted his having mination. When she swore positively to a been told, by a person known to him, that circumstance admitting of no latitude, the I had commissioned that person to insert in only thing to be weighed was, what proba- an Evening Paper anonymous paragraphs, bility of inducement existed for her swear. injurious to the Princess. The procedure ing that which she knew to be false. It will is so little consistent with any custom of appear that her testimony on that point was mine, that, to the best of my recollection not consonant to the partiality which she and belief, I never sent an unauthenticated had proclaimed; that by the other parts of article, of any form or tenor, to a newsher evidence she was barring the way to re-paper, but once in my life. That was upon ward, if any profligate hopes of remunean erroneous statement, affecting myself ration led her to risk the falsehood; and alone, which I pointed out to a Gentleman that she could not be influenced by malice who happened to call upon me, expressing against Mr. Edmeades, with whom it was my wish that he would contradict it. A clear she was unacquainted. Nothing, matter so trivial would not have been mentherefore, presented itself, to throw an ho- tioned by me, did it not shew that, even in nest doubt upon her veracity. Mr. Ed cases which might be considered indifferent, meades was very

differently circumstanced. I had habitual objection to sending any A character for dangerous chattering was thing for insertion in a newspaper; there. absolute ruin to him in his profession. He fore I could not have slidden inconsiderately

into the turpitude with which I am nowject, any expression of mine is equivocal; charged. But if upon insertions that might but if there be room for a double construcbe uninteresting to others I speak only as to tion, even from a want of advertence in memory, it is not the same with regard to persons to the context, I must think myauonymous attacks on the cnaracter of an- self fortunate in an opportunity of renderother. On that I make no reservations ; I ing the points distinct.---Your remarks deny with the most solemn appeal to the attach upon two passages : that which reSupreme Being, the having ever levelled presents Jonathan Partridge as devoted to such a shaft against the feelings of any indi- the Princess of Wales ; and that which survidual whatever. I know not the seduc- mises the existence of Kenney to have been tion on earth that could reconcile me to what a check on the advisers of Her Royal HighI consider as equally mean and atrocious. ness. - -The word devoted presented itself No excuse of wit, no plea of public good, to me from recollection that it was Kencould palliate to me the baseness of wound- ney's phrase; but I certainly used it in no ing another covertly. If I feel this gene- other sense than that which it was intendrally, I must do so in a peculiar degree to-ed to bear by him. If it be supposed cawards the exalted Personage in contempla- pable of implying that Jonathan Partridge tion, whose sex, whose station, and whose was in the pay of the Princess, or so concircumstances, would make such detraction nected as to be the instrument in any plans, execrable beyond what words can express. I totally disavow any such meaning-a I know not any person who would pass that meaning, indeed, not reconcilable to the sentence on the act more decidedly or more details. The particulars related by Kenindignantly than the Illustrious Individual ney clearly indicated his conception to be whose favour might be supposed to be only that Partridge was won into admirasought by the dirty procedure. These were tion of the condescension and liberality of the points which I advanced to the House the Princess, and was thence zealous to of Lords; I there vouched them, on the testify attachment. To imagine that a faith of a Gentleman, and I repeat to you man, under the influence of that sentiment, that assertion of their accuracy.

would not hasten to make a merit of imI have the honour to be, my dear Sir,

parting that he had been examined respectMost truly yours,

ing Her Royal Highness, would be to (Signed)

MOIRA.

know nothing of human nature. This disposition led him into a suppression which

your statement obliges me now to notice, Lord Moira lo Mr. Whitbread.

though it was not necessary that I should April 2, 1913. animadvert upon

it in the letter of mine Dear Sir,- The first report of what had which was the ground of your motion. The passed in the House of Commons, made me omission to which I am pointing will deconceive that your procedure had been hos- fine the second passage; yet I must say, zile; and the matter was the more inexpli- I do not comprehend how any man who cable to me, from my thinking that your reflected for a moment could understand access to documents, as well as the conver- that passage as pointing at the Princess. sations you had held with me, ought to What consequence to Her Royal Highness have secured me from any misapprehension could attend the bringing forward the dison the points agitated. From that impres.cussion while Kenney was alive, when the sion I found myself strangely embarrassed whole matter (as related to her) was disabout an explanation which I was at the missed in 1803, when Kenney was forthsame time highly solicitous to give. I felt coming ? Partridge, in his deposition, invincible repugnance to answering you in states himself to have told me of the Princ an Assembly where you could not reply ; cess having visited Belvidere House with and direct address to yourself was precluded three ladies and a gentleman. This repreby what I had understood as the tone taken sentation is correct. He did state this to by you. The correct statement of your have taken place on a Sunday. But he speech in The Morning Chronicle, which I sinks the fact of his having mentioned at must consider as the true version, has done the same time that the Princess had also away all difficulty ; and I am truly indebt- been there with only Mrs. Fitzgerald and ed to you for having now the means of cor- Captain Manby on the Thursday preceding recting an ambiguity, if any thing of the that Şunday. This was the visit which sort be supposed to exist in my statement. had been particularly pointed out to Lord I cannot say, that in my view of the sub- Eardley, and which had occasioned his Lordship's procedure. With any refer- Your Lordship has most emphatically ence to the Princess, it was absolutely in- asked with respect to Kenney, “ What condifferent, and was treated by me as such at sequence to her Royal Highness could althe time. Not so, with regard to those at " tend the bringing forward the discussion whom my observation was pointed. The “whilst Kenney was alive'; when the whole assertion, that the long forbearance of the matter (as related to her) was dismissed Princess's advisers could only be solved by " in 1803, when Kenney was forthcom-their being too cautious to touch on the “ ing ??? Your Lordship's answer to this points when Kenney was alive, alludes to question is implied, and must meet with their knowledge of the meeting on the immediate and universal concurrence. Thursday—a fact which, represented as it " No consequence whatever."Respecthad been, made inquiry into the circum- ing Partridge, the word “ devoted" is stances únavoidable. The existence of stated by your Lordship to have been used Kenney barred the unworthy imputation by you, from the recollection of its having which' those Gentlemen were desirous to been the phrase of Kenney, when examined affix; because Kenney would have exposed by your Lordship, and not intended by him such a wilful suppression in Partridge's to convey the slightest imputation upon the deposition, as was necessary to give a co- Princess of Wales. Your Lordship has lour to their purpose. In that purpose the thus disarmed the world of all imaginable Princess could have no community of in- offence. As to the alleged additional terests: it was simply a measure of politi- visit to Belvidere, not mentioned in the decal intrigue. With regard to the visit at position of Partridge, it is unnecessary to Belvidere House on the Thursday; though make much comment, as your Lordship has Kenney be dead, Mrs. Fitzgerald could said, " that with any reference to the Prineasily be questioned whether it took place "cess of Wales, it is absolutely indifferent, or not. The substantiation of it involves " and was treated as such by you at the no kind of charge against the Princess.. It's time.” Besides, the parties are alive; only rebuts the management of those who, and if a suspicion of impropriety could exby attempting to make it be conceived that ist, they might and would have been exathere was but one visit (a visit so circum- nined. Your Lordship’s judgment on this stanced as to be incapable of any possible matter, after investigation, is most satismisinterpretation), would fain establish factorily decisive, when you further say, their position, that the inquiry was wanton " the substantiation of it" (the additional or designing. -I trust I have been ex- I visit to Belvidere) “ involves no kind of plicit on these points; and I must feel

my- charge against the Princess of Wales." self entitled to hope, that this answer of I am concerned that any report of my mine to your call upon me, may have as Speech in the House of Commons, should much publicity as the doubts which you have led your Lordship to think, for a mothought it expedient to urge.--I have ment, I had proceeded hostilely towards the honour, dear Sir, to be your very obe- yourself; and I was sorry to see how very dient Servant,

inaccurately what I had said in the House (Signed) MOIRA. of Commons on Wednesday, was reported Samuel Whitbread, Esq.

in some of the papers of the succeeding day.

The report to which your Lordship adverts, Dover-street, April 3, 1813. as containing the true version of my Speech, My dear Lord, I had the honour to re- had been seen by me late on Wednesday ceive your Lordship's letter in the afternoon night, and was intended for insertion in the of yesterday; and I take the earliest oppor. paper of Thursday morning. I was aftertunity in my power of expressing to your wards informed it had arrived too late to Lordship my perfect satisfaction at the ex- find a place in the paper of Thursday. I planation you have thus been pleased to give was glad to perceive it in The Morning of the passages in your published letter to a Chronicle of yesterday. Having seen i Member of the Lodge of Freemasons which before it was sent to the press, I can have had been so generally misconstrued.

(To be continued.)

Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.

LONDON: Printed by J. M'Creery, Black-Horse-Court, Fleet-street.

COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.

Vol. XXIII, No. 16.] LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1813.

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have. PRINCESS OF Wales.

" At a quarter past twelve o'clock yes

os terday, the Lord Mayor, attended by the Letter VII.

" Sheriffs, and the usual retinue, proceeded My dear Friend,

“ in state from Guildhall to Kensington Pa-, When I coucluded my last Letter to you, I " lace, to present to the Princess of Wales did not suppose that I should find it necessary " the Address, voted by the Livery, in to address you again upon this subject; but, “Common Hall assembled, congratulating an event has occurred which induces me to “ Her Royal Highness on her triumph over do it. Towards the close of that Letter, at " the foul conspiracy formed against her page 500, I told you, that I had heard," honour and her life. There were upthat the Citizens of London were about to " wards of a hundred carriages in the proaddress Her Royal Highness, the Princess, " cession, which extended from Guildhall upon the subject of the conspiracy against to the west end of Clieapside, where a her, and I stated the reasons, which, in my " short pause took place, for the purpose opinion, rendered this a proper step. In- " of receiving instructions ; when a card. deed, I had, in a former Leiter, told you, was handed to the City Marshal from the, that it was a matter for the people to take up " Lord Mayor's carriage, with orders to without delay. You may judge, therefore, proceed by Newgate-street, Skinnerof my pleasure at hearing that it was ac- "street, Holborn, through St. Giles's, Oxtually done by the City of London, which," ford-street, entering the Park at Cum-. when not misled by the base sycophants of " berland-gate, Tyburn, then to Hyde the Court, has always given an example of " Park-corner, along Rutten-row, and out good sense and public spirit.

“at Kensington-gate, on to the Palace ;Upon the present occasion, the Address “ thus making a circuitous route of more (a copy of which you will find below) was " than a mile. The crowd in King-street, proposed by a Mr. Wood, who is an Alder-1" and Cheapside was considerable, but not man of London, and, I have the pleasure to " to be compared to the immense assem add, that, as Sheriff at the tiine of my " blage of persons of all descriptions who imprisonment for two years for wiiting " collected in St. Paul's Church-yard, about the flogging of English militia-men " along the Strand, Pall Mall, and in the at the town of Ely, in England, who had “ streets through which the procession was been first subdued by Cerman troops, he " expected to pass, and who felt, as might , was very kind to me, and assisted in pro- “ be imagined, greatly mortified at its curing me what, in all probability, was taking a circuitous route. Mr. Alderman the cause of preserving my life. This Mr. " Combe fell into the procession, next to Woop it was, who had the honour to pro- “the stale-coach, just as it turned down pose the Address to the assembled Citizens “ Newgate-street. The acclamations of joy of London; and, this Address having been “ with which the procession was greeted, unanimously agreed to, it was, the day be. “ evinced the deep sense entertained by the fore yesterday, presented to Her Royal“ public of the honest and manly expresHighness, at her apartments at Kensington “sion of the sentiments of the Livery of Palace. Not being in London at the time,“ London. They were loud, cordial, and I cannot give you an account of the proces“ reiterated. In the Park, however, sion from my own observation : I, there- " which contained an assemblage no less fore, give it you in the words of a very ex- “ respectable than numerous, no disapcellent daily news-paper, called the Slales" pointment occurred. The carriages, horse

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