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party to the advice of Mr. Perceval, in his had, in that advice, the satisfaction of professional capacity. He disclaimed any being joined by Mr. Perceval, who was not knowledge of the circulation of paragraphs then in the Cabinet, but a professional reflecting on her Royal Highness. He man. All he should say was, that he wished she had still such advisers as Mr. never discovered any just foundation for the Perceval ; then such a letter would have charges made against the Princess. Cerneither been written nor published. As tainly he was not one of her advisers now. to the letter being returned unopened, it The situation he held would probably have was an unfortunate circumstance attached precluded him from that: but he had not to the separation of the Prince and Princess, been applied to, and he presumed her Royal that all correspondence had been at an end, Highness employed those in whom she had lest it might aggravate the existing misun- more confidence. derstanding. That was not the first letter The Hon. MR. BRAND admitted the which had been so returned. The restrictions competency of the Privy Council in the on the intercourse between the Princess and case they had before them; but contended, her daughter was not of that vindictive that their report exposed the affairs of the nature, which might be called punish- country to much difficulty and danger. He ment. The alteration in the visits from made various animadversions on the speech once a week to once a fortnight, was made of the Noble Lord, and concluded by oba. when the young Princess went to Windsor, serving, that if they refused to entertain to prevent the interruption of her education the application of the Princess, they reby too frequent visits to town, and was not fused justice to the first subject in the intended to be continued when she should country. return to London to reside. All the cir- MR. STUART Wortley said, he felt cumstances of this part of the case, he did warmly on the subject as a man of honour. not feel justified in submitting. They had He could not vote either for the original appeared, however, sufficient to men of as motion, or for the amendment: but yet he honourable minds as the Hon. Gentleman, did not think that the Noble Lord had He must say, that the publication of the given a satisfactory answer to either of them. letter was such an appeal to the country He was extremely averse to seeing the against the Prince Regent, and such an ap- Royal Family dragged, year after year, bepeal to the daughter against the father, as fore the House of Commons. He thought to render every change in the plan impos- the Noble Lords, the Commissioners, went sible. Of all the passages in it, he most further, in the first instance, than the case disapproved of that canting one about Con- seemed to require; and that they should firmation. There was no restraint on the have contined themselves to the criminal intercourse between the Princess of Wales, charge alone, with a view to the possible and the Rev. Bishop of Exeter: and if she proceedings on which their advice was had communicated with that Prelate, she taken. The first report must have known that the King, from reli- sent Ministers advised the King to receive the gious motives, had enjoined that her con- Princess; and now this last Report raked firmation should not take place till she at- up old documents, on which they had actained the age of 18. His Royal Highness quitted her Royal Highness before. If the had condescended to advise with his ser. Prince Regent had said, “ As your hus, vants in his anxiety to discharge every part band, and as the father of your child, I of his important trusts with the greatest choose to restrict you to visiting her once attention to the public welfare. He should in a week,” the public might have been resist, therefore, the production of the do- satisfied with an arrangement which it was cuments, since no parliamentary, ground his right to make, if he thought fit. could be alleged for it.
-, however, should have been Sir Thomas PLUMER having been per- aware, that his own conduct, at those pesonally alluded to, hoped for a short indul- riods, when those accusations were going gence. He did not know whether he was on against
would not accused of once being her Royal Highness's and he thought that the
RF legal adviser : whether it was for the ad-ought not to be insensible to the events vice he then gave; or for his now having which had taken place on the Continent. ceased to be one of her Royal Highness's Mk. W. Smith thought, that if a sister legal advisers. In 1806, he waited on her of his were treated as the Princess of at her request, and gave his professional | Wales had been, he should feel extremely advice. Had he done wrong in that? He sore. He regretted much that he could not should not disclose that evidence ; but he see very clearly how redress was to be af
of the pre
forded; and he objected to the amendment, like the Noble Lord, had some share in not for the reasons stated by the Noble the transaction of 1807, and he considered Lord, but because he knew noti by what the decision then pronounced as a verdiet of mode of proceeding it could be followed up. complete acquittal. If he considered the pre
MR. PONSON BY felt peculiar pain in dir- sent Report as a revival of former charges, fering from the amendment proposed by he would not, had be been in the Councils his Hon. Friend. He knew no parliamen- of the Prince Regent, have advised His tary grounds on which to address the Royal Highness to sign the Commission; Prince Regent to lay the papers before the be should have contented himself with saya House. If they had the Report before ing, that as a father, His Royal Highness them, it would not enable them to form an had a right to coatrol his own family, and accurate judgment of the case ; nor could as a Sovereign to educate the heir to the he find any consideration that would jus-throne. After the explanations of the tify the interference of the House of Com- Noble Lord, he did not think the proceedmons. The Prince Regent had the power ing liable to that objection. He should, of any father to say how often, under all therefore, oppose the present motion, trustcireurastances, his wife should visit his ing that no future motion of the same kind daughter: and as a Sovereign, he had the would come before the House. Every man farther right of superintending the educa- who looked to the consequences of angry tion of the heiress to the Crown. He dis- discussions and protracted debates on such avowed any advice to, or interference with subjeets, would think no period so proper the conduct of the Princess on his own to terminate them as the present. part, and on that of any of those with MR. BRAGGE BATHURST justified himself whom he was in the habit of acting. He and his colleagues in the course they had deprecated all attempts to get into power taken. by exciting family feuds and dissensions. MR. CANNING explained. He wished that all could lay their hands on THE SOLICITOR-GENERAL thought it was their hearts and say the same.
enough to justify the last report that the Lord CASTLEREACH disclaimed every Speaker's name was signed to it. When imputation of that nature.
the Princess made a complaint on so so* MR. WHITBREAD in explanation said, lema a point as Confirmation, it became that the Report threw a doubt on the inno- His Royal Highness to refer it to those venecence of the Princess of Wales. He had, rable advisers whose names were in the therefore, wished for its production, in- Commission. Alluding to an expression of tending to have moved for such farther do- Mr. Whitbread's, referring to the opinion cuments as the case might seem to require: signed by His Royal Highness's legal adbut the testimonies borne, in the course of visers, and wishing he had him in the this debate, in her favour, had greatly sus- same situation in which he (the Solicitorpended the necessity of his motion. General) had had many in his fortunate
MR. CANNING observed, that painful practice, he said that he should have then as this debate must be to all, he had de- bad nothing to fear; for the dread of crossrived a great consolation and satisfaction examination vanished where there was no from hearing what had just fallen from the thing to conceal. He, together with Mr. Hon. Gent. who spoke last, which did him Adam and Mr. Jekyl, had certain pa. as much credit as the ability and zeal with pers referred to them, on which they gave which he had supported his motion of amend- an opinion'; but which he never since saw, ment. The only case which could have till it was made public. supported such a motion as that proposed, Mr. WHITBREAD explained. had been done away by the honourable and MR. YORKE expressed his hope, that the repeated sentences of acquittal which had Mover would withdraw the original motion. been pronounced for Her Royal Highness Mr. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE declined in the course of the debate. He should doing so, and said, he considered this as therefore vote against the motion, or the the proudest day in his life. amendment, with a full conviction that he The Amendment and original Motion was doing what public duty required, and were negatived without a division.Adwhat every proper feeling justified. He journed.
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possession of some facts relative to the enThe present Double Number of the Re- same purpose; but, still I said, that the
deavours that were still making for the gister contains all the Depositions against Bouk would come out. I assured my readthe Princess OF WALES ; the Double Nuin-ers, in the most unqualified terms, that they ber, to be published next week, will con- would, at no very distant day, see the whole tain the whole of her defence; and thus, Since the date of my last letter to you, these two Double Numbers will contain the BOOK, the real, the genuine Book, every word of what has been called THE Las made its appearance in print, in a com
plete form, in an octavo volume, and being BOOK.
and word for word with the N.B. The Index to the last volume of original work. Thus, then, my prophecy the Register will be published in a few is fulfilled; and, though prophets are said
not to be honoured in their own countries, weeks.
I ought, I think, to expect my due share of credit in yours.
With such a mass of matter before us ; TO JAMES PAUL,
overlaid, as we now are, with materials Or BURSLEDON, IN Lower DUBLIN TOWN- for comment, it is no easy thing to deter
SHIP, IN PHILADELPHIA County, IN THE mine where to begin. After a little reState or PENNSYLVANIA; ON MATTERS Aection, however, it appears to me to be RELATING TO Her Royal HIGHNESS THE the best way, to set out by giving you a PRINCESS OF WALES.
short history of this Book, and, before we
come to an examination of its contents, as Letter IV.
they affect the Princess of Wales, to shew London, 191h March, 1813. you whut were the uses which political My dear Friend,
and party intrigue has made of those conYou must remember, that, while I was tents. in Newgate for writing about the fogging The history of the Book is this: When of the English Local militiamen at the the Princess of Wales, in consequence of town of Ely, and the employment of Ger- the Letter of the Prince, which you have man troops upon the occasion ; you must already seen, quitted Carleton House, she remember, that, while I was in that jail, went to reside in a house called Montague and not many months before the expiration House, at Blackheath, near Greenwich, of my two years, and the payment of a fine which is about five or six miles distant from of a thousand pounds, which the Prince London. There, in the year 1801, she Regent received in behalf of his Royal became accidentally acquainted with a Lady Father, who, during my imprisonment, Douglas, the wife of Sir John Douglas, was become incapable of governing in per- who, as an officer of marines, greatly disson; you must remember, that, at the tinguished himself at the siege of St. Jean time here referred to, I confidently pre- D’Acre, when that place was so bravely dicted, and, indeed, positively asserted, deleuded by Sir Sidney Smith against Buothat the BOOK would come out in spite of naparte., Lady Douglas and her husband all that could be done to prevent its pub. soon became extremely intimate with the lication. It was notorious, that many Princess, who, according to the statement thousands of pounds had been expended in of Lady Douglas, scems to have been very order to prevent the appearance of this fond of her indeed. This intimacy conbook : it was notorious that the most ex- tinued until 1804, when the Princess, after traordinary means had been resorted to in some previous bickerings, dismissed Lady order to secure that object; and I was in Douglas from her society.
Lady Douglas and her husband, after this, / as, indeed, you ought to refer to all the that is to say in 1805, and in the month ducuments as you proceed. of December in that year, gave in, as she The four Lords, having thns got their states, in consequence of commands to that authority for acting, assembled and called purpose
from the Prince of Wales, a writ. such persons as they chose in order to ex. ten stalement of facts, relative to the lan- ámine them on oath, touching the matters guage and behaviour of his wife, and par. alleged against the Princess by Lady and cicularly relative to the birth of a child, Sir John Douglas. It is not my intention which she asserted the Princess to have to stop here, in order to inquire into the brought into the world in 1802. The state legality or propriety of this mode of proment of facts is now published; but, as it ceeding, my business, at present, being is the same, in respect to all the material simply to tell you what was done ; to trace points as the deposition of this Lady, which along the proceedings to the present time; deposition you will find in another part of and to show you the uses which politicians the present double number of my Register, and parties have made of these family conI shall not insert it this week. It does no cerns, and thereby to enable you to judge where, that I can discover, appear, how of the way in which our national affairs are the Prince came by the knowledge of Lady managed, and to settle in your own inparDouglas being in possessiou of such dread- tial mind, whether we, who call for a ful secrets. Lady Douglas says, that she reform of the House of Commons, are the * makes the statement in obedience to the enemies of the throne and of the Royal commands of the Prince; but, who gave Family. the informalion, which induced His Royal. When the Four Lords nad gone through Highness to give such commands, we are the examinations, beginning with those of no where, that I can perceive, informed. Lady and Sir John Douglas, they made, Yet, this is a circumstance of considerable agreeably
to the warrant under which
they importance ; and, we must not fail to bear acted, a REPORT thereof to the King, a it in mind. Lady Douglas was the depo- copy of which Report is the first of the dository of the awful secret ; and she says,
cuments hereunto suhjoined. When you that she divulged it by command ; but, be- have read that Report, you will see, that fore the command was issued, the
the Four Lords declared the Princess to be
person issuing it must have known that she pos. quite clear of the charge of having been sessed a secret of some sort about his pregnant in 1802 ; but, that they left her wife. This circumstanee must be borne in stigmatized with charges of minor import
The Princess, upon receiving a copy of But, be this as it may, the STATE- this Report, together with copies of all the MENT of FACTS was made, and was laid Statements and Depositions that had been before the Prince, verified by the DUKE OF received against as well as for her, wrote SUSSEX. The Statement of Facts, which several letters to the King, and these letwas to serve, or, at least, which did server charges with which the Four Lords left
ters contain her defence against those minor as the ground-work of all the further pro- her tarnished. The whole of these Letters ceedings, has, in the printed Book, now I have not, this week, had room to insert ; * FREDERICK” signed to it, in order, 1 but, I have inserted all the DEPOSI
FREDERICK” signed to it, in order, 1 TIONS against the Princess; because, these suppose, to verify the authenticity of it; in order to verify, that it was signed by paturally coine before the Defence of the Lady and Sir John Douglas. So that the Prince, when it was laid before him, could BOOK ; to its origin, its possible object,
We now come to the making of THE have no doubt of its being authentic. Thus in possession of an assertion of his importance to the people here, and to the
and its effects, which are now of much more wife's criminality, the Prince, it seems, world in general, ihan the truth or false-lost but little time in laying the Statement bood of the several allegations themselves. before his father, who, on the 20th of As to these we will hereafter inquire; but, May, 1806, issued a warrant to the four at present, the uses that have been made Lords, Erskine, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, of the Book is the subject of our inquiry. and ELLENBOROUCH, to examine into the A copy of this warrant, being Four Lords was laid before her, resorted
The Princess, when the Report of the the ed of the subjoined documents, will as it was natural she should, to legal ad explain its own nature, if you refer to it, visers, that is to say, to men eminent †
the profession of the law. She chose, as It was, therefore, not unnataral for the her chief adviser, PERCEVAL,, wlio was Princess, when the Four Lords had made shot last year by John Bellingham. It is their Report respecting her, to look to Mr. Dow said, that two others, the late At.. Perceval as an adviser. She did so, and, torney General, GIBBS, who is now a as you will soon see, he was a man who Judge, and the present Attorney General, knew how to manage such a concern to the Sir Thomas Plomer, were also consulted; greatest advantage. but it is perfectly notorious, that Perceval Having got possession of all the docuwas the chief adviser.
ments relating to so important an affair, You must now go back with me a little the first thing that was done, was, through and take a view of the state of parties. In the means of a correspondence between the 1805, when the information was given to Princess and the Lord Chancellor Erskine, the Prince by Lady Douglas, Pirt was to obtain a verification of the Report, the minister, and Perceval was his Attorney Warrant, the Statement of Facts of Lady General. Bul, even at that time, Pict Douglas, and the Several Depositions, Exwas ill at Bath; and, in January, 1806, aminations, and Letters, which you will soon after the information was in the hands find subjoined to this Letter. This being of the Prince, Pitt died. His death was done, the little lawyer had materials to followed by the ousting of his set, and work upan; and, under his advice, the Lord Eldon, who was Lord Chancellor, Princess then addressed two Letters to the Lord Castlereagh, Mr. Canning, Lord King, which Letters I shall hereafter pubCamden, and others, went out of place, lish, and in which Letters she defended and, in the usual way, formed the Oppo- herself, made observations on the conduct SITION to Mr. Fox, Lord Grenville, Lord of her accusers and of the other parties Grey, Lord Erskine, and others, who concerned, and called upon the King to came into power, and who, from a trick restore her lo his presence at court, frons of party, where called the Whig Adminis- which, since the making of the complaint tralion.
against her, she had been kept. This change, you will observe, took The addressing of these Letters to the place in 1806, and in the mouth of Fe- King took place, as you will see by the bruary, and it brought into the possession dates, during the suminer and autuain of of long sought power, those persons who 1806. The Report of the Four Lords was had always been regarded, and, indeed, made to the King on the 14th of July inz called, the Prince's Friends; and, you that year; the Princess did not receive a will observe, from the words of the King's copy of it, as you will see, for some time; warrant, that Lord Erskine, who was now from the time she did receive that copy, she become Lord Chancellor, and who had continued writing to the King to the date of been the Chancellor of the Prince, laid. her Letter of the 2d October, 1806, conbefore the King the abstract of those de- cluding with her prayer to be restored la clarations against the Princess, upon which his presence al court, and thus to he cleared the King founded his warrant for the in- in the eyes of the world. Thus were maquiry. I do not mention these circuma terials for THE BOOK every day, up to stances for the purpose of raising in your this time, increasing in the hands of Percemiud a sụspicion, that the Prince would val, who seems to have been duly impresspot have made the appeal had his friends ed with a sense of their value, not been in power, because I believe he The King, having the defense of the would; but, I mention them for the pur- Princess before him, and also her demands pose of showing you the true state of all of justice at his hands, referred her Letters the parties with regard to each other, and to his Cabinet Ministers, and required their also for the purpose of preparing your opinion and advice as to what he ought to miud for the clear comprehension of cer- do in the case, The Princess, as you will tain matters that have arisen since the see, had called for her justification in the Regency was established in the person of eyes of the world by means of an admission the Prince.
to court. That she insisted upon as, absor Amongst those who were ousted by the lutely necessary to the vindication of her death of Pitt was his Attorney General, honour. And certainly her request was PERCEVAL, who, at the change, became, most reasonable; for, it was gone forth to of course, a member of the OPPOSITION to the world, that she had been accused of the Whigs, who, as I observed before, having had a child in consequence of an ilwere also denominated the Prince's friends. licit amour. It had, indeed, been also