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me, as it were, recorded in this Report. I shall in other respects? Is it meant to be insinuated therefore, at whatever hazard, proceed to that they saw reason to question their veracity, submit to your Majesty, in whose justice I have not in respect of an unfavourable bias, but of a the most satisfactory reliance, my auswer and bias in my favonr? I cannot impute to them my observations upon this part of the case. such an insinnation, because I am satisfied that And here, Sire, I cannot forbear again pre- the Commissioners' would never have intended suming to state to your Majesty, that it is not to insinuate any thing so directly contrary to a little hard, that the Commissioners (who state the truth. The witnesses specifically pointed in the beginning of their Report, that certain out, as thus particularly deserving of credit, are particulars, in themselves, extremely snspicious, W. Cole, R. Bidgood, F. Lloyd, and Mrs. were, in the judgment which they had formed Lisle. With respect to Mrs. Lisle, I trnst your opon them, before they entered into the parti. Majesty will permit me to make my observations culars of the Luquiry, rendered still more sus upon her examination, as distinctly and separatepicious from being connected with the assertion ly, as I possibly can, from the others. Because, of pregnancy and delivery) should have made as I ever had, and have now, as much as ever, no observation upon the degree in which that the most perfect respect for Mrs. Lisle, I would suspicion must be proportionably abated, when avoid the possibility of having it imagined that those assertions of pregnancy and delivery, have such observations, as I shall be under the absobeen completely falsified and disproved; that Inte necessity of making, upon the other witthey shonld make no remark upon the fact, that nesses, could be intended, in any degree, to all the witnesses (with the exception of Mrs. be applied to her. With respect to Cole, Lisle), on whom they specifically rely, were Bidgood, and Lloyd, they have all lived in their every one of them, bronght forward by the places for a long time; they had lived with His principal informers, for the purpose of support Royal Highness the Prince of Wales before he ing the false statement of Lady Douglas; that married, and were appointed by him to sitnathey are the witnesses therefore of persons, tions abont me; Cole and Lloyd immediately whóm, after the complete falsification of their upon my marriage, and Bidgood very shortly charge, I am justified in describing as conspi- afterwards. I know not whether from this cirrators who have been detected in supporting cumstance they may consider themselves as not their conspiracy by their own perjury. And owing that undivided duty and regard to me, surely where a conspiracy, to fix a charge upon which servants of my own appointment might an individual, has been plainly detected, the possibly have felt; but if I knew nothing more vitnesses of those who have been so detected of them than that they had consented to be vo. in that conspiracy,--witnesses that are brought lantarily examined, for the purpose of supportforward to support this false charge, cannot ing the statement of Lady Houglas on a charge stand otherwise than considerably affected in so deeply affecting my honour, without commutheir credit, hy their connexion with those who nicating to me the fact of such examination, are detected in that conspiracy. But instead of your Majesty would not, I am sure, be surpointing out this circumstance, as calling, at prised, to find, that I saw, in that circumstance least for some degree of caution and reserve, in alone, sufficient to raise some suspicions of an considering the testimony of these witnesses, untavonrable hias. But when I find Cole, parthe Report on the contrary, holds them up as ticularly, submitting to this secret and voluntary worthy of particular credit, as witnesses, who, examination against me, no less than four times, in the judgment of the Coinmissioners, cannot and when I found, during the pendency of this be suspected of unfavourable bias; whose ve- Inquiry before the Commissioners, that one of racity, in that respect, they have seen no ground them, R. Bidgood, was so far connected, and in to question; and who must be credited till they league, with Sir John and Lady. Donglas, as to receive some decided contradiction.--Now, have communication with the latter, I thought I Sire, I feel the fullest confidence that I shall saw the proof of such decided hostility and conprove to your Majesty's most perfect satisfac. federacy against me, that I felt obliged to order tion, that all of these witnesses (of course I still the discontinuance of his attendance at my house exclude Mrs. Lisle) are under the influence, and till further orders. Of the real bias of their exhịbit the symptoms of the most unfavourable minds, however, with respect to me, your bias ;-that their veracity is in every respect 10 Majesty will be better able to judge from the be donbted ;-and that they cannot, by any can consideration of their evidence. --The impatadid and attentive mind, be deemed worthy of tions which I collect to be considered as cast the least degree of credit; upon this charge, upon me, by these several witnesses, are too your Majesty will easily conceive, how great great familiarity and intimacy with several genmy surprise and astonishment must have been tlemen,-Sir Sidney Smith, Mr. Lawrence, Capat this part of the Report. I am indeed a little taio Manby, and I know not whether the same at a loss to know, whether I understand the are not meant to be extended to Lord Hood, passage, which I have cited from the Report. Mr. Chester, and Captain Moore. With * The witnesses in the judgment of the Commis- your Majesty's permission, therefore, I will “ siopers, are not to be suspected of unfavour- examine the depositions of the witnesses, as u able bias, and their veracity in that respect they respect these several gentlemen, in their

they have seen no reason to question." What order, keeping the evidence, which is applicable is meant by their laving seen no reason to to each case, as distinet from the others, as I suspect their veracity in that respect? Do can.---And I will begin with those which they mean, what the qnalification seems to respect Sir Sidney Smith, as he is the person imply, that they have seen reason to question it first mentioned in the deposition of W. Cole.


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--W. Cole says, " that Sir Sidney Smith first friends, Sir John and Lady Douglas, in my visited at Montague House in 1802 ; that he neighbourhood on Blackheath, gave the oppor. observed that the Princess was too familiar with tunity of his increasing his acquaintance with Sir Sidney Smith. One day, he thinks in Fe-. me. It happened also that about this time I bruary, he (Cole) carried into the Blue Room fitted up, as your Majesty may have observed, to the Princess some sandwiches which she had one of the rooms in my house after the fashion of ordered, and was surprised to see that Sir Sidney a Turkish tent. Sir Sidney furnished me with was there. He must bave come in from the a pattern for it, in a drawing of a tent of Park. If he had been let in from Blackheath Murat Bey, which he had brought over with he must have passed through the room in which him from Egypt. And he taught me how to he (Cole) was waiting. When he had left the draw Egyptian Arabesques, which were neces. sandwiches, he returned, after some time, into sary for the ornaments of the ceiling; this may the room, and Sir Sidney Smith was sitting very have occasioned, while that room was fitting up, close to the Princess ou the sofa; he (Cole) several visits, and possibly some, though I do looked at Her Royal Highness, she caught bis not recollect them, as early in the morning as eye, and saw that he noticed the manner in Mr. Bidgood mentions. I believe also that it which they were sitting together, they appeared has happened more than once, that, walking both a little confused."---R. Bidgood says also, with my ladies in the Park, we have met Sir in his deposition on the 6th of June, (for he was Sidney Smith, and that he has come in, with us, examined twice) “ that it was early in 1802 that through the gate from the Park. My ladies he first observed Sir Sidney Smith come to Mon- may have gone up to take off their cloaks, or to tague House. He used to stay very late at dress, and have left me alone with him: and, at night; he had seen him early in the morning some one of these times, it may very possibly there; about ten or eleven o'clock. He was at have bappened that Mr. Cole and Mr. Bidgood Sir John Douglas's, and was in the habit as well may have seen him, when he has not come as Sir John and Lady Douglas of dining or through the waiting room, nor been let in by having funcheon, or supping there every day. any of the footmen. But I solemnly declare to He saw Sir Sidney Smith one day in 1802 in your Majesty that I have not the least idea or the Blue Room, about 11 o'clock in the morn- belief that he ever had a key of the gate into ing, which was full two hours before they ex- the Park, or that he ever entered in or passed pected ever to see company. He asked the out, at that gate, except in company with my. scrvants why they did not let him know that Sir selt and my ladies. As for the circumstance of Sidney Smith was there ; the footmen told him my permitting him to be in the room alone with that they had let no person in. There was a me; if suffering a man to be so alone is evidence private door to the Park, by which he might of guilt, from whence the Commissioners can have come in if he had a key to it, and have draw any unfavourable inference, I must leave got into the Blue Room without any of the them to draw it. For I cannot deny that it has servants perceiving him. And in his second de- happened, and happened frequently; not only position taken ov the 3d of July, he says he lived with Sir Sidney Smith, but with many, many at Montague House when Sir Sidney came, others ; gentlemen who have visited me; trades. Her (the Princess's) manner with him appeared men who have come to receive my orders ; very tamiliar; she appeared very attentive to masters whom I have had to instruct me, in him, but he did not snspect any thing further. painting, in music, in English, &c. that I have Mrs. Lisle says that the Princess at one time received them without any one being by. Ia appeared to like Sir John and Lady Donglas. short, I trust I am not confessing a crinie, for “ I have seen Sir Sidney Smith there very late unquestionably it is a truth, that I never had an in the evening, but not alone with the Princess. idea that there was any thing wrong, or objecI have no reason to suspect he had a key of the tionable, in thus seeing men, in the morning, Park gate ; I never heard of any body being and I confidently believe your Majesty will see found wandering about at Blacklieath."- Fan- nothing in it, from which any guilt can be inny Lloyd does not mention Sir Sidney Smith in ferred. I feel certain that there is nothing im- . her deposition.--Upon the whole of this evi- moral in the thing itself; and I have always undence then, which is the whole that respects Sir derstood, that it was perfectly customary and Sidney Smith, in any of these depositions (ex. usual for ladies of the first rank, and the first cept somie particular passages in Cole's evidence character, in the country, to receive the visits which are so important as to require very parti- of gentlemen in a morning, though they night be cular and distinct statement) I would request themselves alone at the time. But, if, in the your Majesty to understand that, with respect to opinious and fashions of this country, there the fact of Sir Sidney Smith's visiting frequently at should be more impropriety ascribed to it, than Montague House, both with Sir John and Lady what it ever entered into my mind to conceive, Douglas, and without them; with respect to his I hope your Majesty, and every candid mind, being frequently there, at luncheon, dinner, and will make allowance for the different notions supper ; and staying with the rest of the com- which my foreign education and foreign habits pany till twelve, one o'clock, or even sometimes may have given me. But whatever character later, if these are some of the facts “ which must may belong to this practice, it is not a practice “ give occasion to unfavourable interpretations, which commenced after my leaving Carleton " and must be credited till they are contra- House. While there, and from my first arrival “ dicted;" they are facts, which I never can in this country, I was accustomed, with the contradict for they are perfectly true. And I knowledge of His Royal Highness the Prince of trust it will imply the confession of no guilt, to Wales, and without his ever having hinted to me admit that Sir Sidney Smith's conversation, his the slightest disapprobation, to receive lessons account of the various and extraordinary events, from various masters, for my amusement and and heroic achievements in which he had been improvement; I was attended by them frequentconcerned, amused and interested me; and the ly, from twelve o'clock till five in the afternoon; circumstance of his living so much with his ---Mr. Atwood for music, Mr. Geffadiere for

English, Mr. Tousfronelli for painting, Mr. / sandwiches to have been brought in, or any other Tutoye for imitating marble, Mr. Elwes for the act to have been done, which must have brought harp. I saw them all alone; and indeed, if I myself under the notice of my servants, while I were to see them at all, I could do no otherwise continued in a situation which I thought improthan see them alone. Miss Garth, who was then per and wished to conceal. Any of the circumsub-governess to my daughter, lived, certainly, stances of this visit, to which this part of the deunder the same roof with me, but she could not position refers, my memory does not enable me be spared from her daty and attendance on my in the least degree to particularize and recal. daughter. I desired her sometimes to come Mr. Cole may have seen me sitting on the same down stairs, and read to me, during the time when sofa with Sir Sidney Smith; nay, I have no I drew or painted, but my Lord Cholmondely in- doubt he must have seen me, over and over formed me that this could not be. I then re again, not only with Sir Sidney Smith, but with quested that I might have one of my bed-cham- other gentlemen, sitting upon the same sofa; ber women to live constantly at Carleton Honse, and I trnst your Majesty will feel it the hardest that I might have her at call whenever I wanted thing imagivable, that I should be called upon to her ; but I was answered that it was not cus account what corner of a sofa I sat upon four tomary, that the attendants of the Royal Family years ago, and how close Sir Siduey Smith was should live with them in town; so that request sitting to me. I can only solemnly aver to your could not be complied with. But, independent Majesty, that my conscience supplies me with of this, I never conceived that it was offensive to the fullest means of confidently assuring you, the fashions and manners of the country to receive that I never permitted Sir Sidney Smith to sit gentlenen who might call upon me in a morning, on any sofa with me in any manner, which, in whether I had or bad not any one with me; and my own judgment, was in the slightest degree of it never occurred to me to think that there was fensive to the strictest propriety and decorum. either impropriety or indecorum in it, at that in the judgment of many persons, perhaps, a time, nor in continuing the practice at Montagne Princess of Wales should at no time forget the House. But this has been confined to morning elevation of her rank, or descend in any degree visits, in no private apartments in my house, but to the familiarities and intimacies of private life. in my drawing-room, where my ladies have at all Under any circumstances, this would be a hard times free access, and as they usually take their condition to be annexed to lier situation. Under Inncheon with me, except when they are engaged the circumstances in which it has been my miswith visitors or pursuits of their own, it could fortune to have lost the necessary support to the but rarely occur that I could be left with any dignity and station of a Princess of Wales, to i gentleman alone for any length of time, unless have assumed and maintained an unbending dig. there were something, in the known and avowed nity would have been impossible, and if possible, business, which might occasion his waiting upon could hardly have been expected from me. me, that would fully account for the circum- After these observations, Sire, I must now ree stance.I trust your Majesty will excuse the quest your Majesty's attention to those written length at which I have dwelt upon this topic. I declarations which are mentioned in the Report, perceived, from the examinations, that it had aud which I shall never be able sufficiently tó been much inquired after, and I felt it necessary thank your Majesty for having condescended, in to represent it in its true light. And the candour compliance with my earnest request, to order to of your Majesty's mind will

, I am confident, be transmitted to ine. From observations upon suggest that those who are the least conscious of those declarations themselves, as well as upon intending guilt, are the least suspicions of having comparing them with the depositious made beit impnted to them; and therefore that they do fore the Commissioners, your Majesty will see not think it necessary to guard themselves at the strongest reason for discrediting the testimony every turn with witnesses to prove their inno- of w. Cole, as well as others of these witnesses, cence, fancying tlreir character to be safe as long whose credit stands, in the opinion of the Comas their conduct is innocent, and that guilt will missioners, so unimpeachable. They supply imnot be imputed to them froin actions quite indif- portant observations, even with respect to thac terent. The deposition, however, of Mr. part of Mr. Cole's evidence which I am now Cole, is not confined to my being alone with Sir considering, though in no degree equal in imSidney Smith; the circumstances in which he ob- portance to those which I shall afterwards have served together he particularizes, and states occasion to notice.—Your Majesty will please his opinion. He introduces, indeed, the whole to observe, that there are no less than four differof the evidence, by saying that I was too familiar ent examinations, or declarations, of Mr. Cole. with Sir Sidney Smith; but as I trust I am not They are dated on the 11th, 14tlı, and 30th of Jayet so far degraded as to have my character de nuary, and on the 23rd of February. In these cided by the opinion of Mr. Cole, I shall not four different declarations, he twice mentions the comment upon that observation. He then pro- circumstance of finding Sir Sidney Smith and ceeds to describe the scene which he observed myself on the sofa, and he mentions it not only on the day when he brought in the sandwiches, in a different manger at each of those times, but which I trust your Majesty did not fail to notice, at both of them in a manner which materially I had myself ordered to be brought in--for there is differs from his deposition before the Commisan obvious insinuation that Sir Sidney must have sioners. In his declaration on the 11th of Jacome in through the Park, and that there was nuary, he says, that he found us in so familiar great impropriety in his being alone with me : a posture, as to alarm him very much, which he and at least the witness's own story proves, what expressed by a start back and a look at the genever impropriety there might be in this circum- tleman. In that dated on the 22d of Fe'stance, that I was not conscions of it, nor meant bruary, however (being asked, I suppose, as to to take advantage of his clandestine entry from that which he had dared to assert, of the familiar the Park, to conceal the fact from my servant's posture which had alarmed him so much), die observation ; for if I had had such consciousness, says, “ there was nothing particular in our dress, or such-meaning, I never could have ordered position of legs, or arms, that was extraordinary;


he thought it improper that a single gentleman Sire, I could hardly believe my eyes; when I should be sitting quite close to a married lady on found such a fact left in this dark state, without the sofa ; and from that situation, and former al- any further explanation, or without a trace in servations, he thought the thing improper. In the examination of any attempt to get it further this second account, therefore, your Majesty explained. How he got this impression on his perceives he was obliged to bring in his former mind that this was not a thief? Whom he beobservation to help out the statement, in order lieved it to be? What part of the honse he saw to account for his baving been so shocked with him enter? If the drawing-room, or any part what he saw, as to express his alarm by “start- which I isually occupy, who was there at the ing back.” But unfortunately he accounts for it, time? Whether I was there! Whether alone, as it seems to me at least, by the very circum- or with my Ladies ? or with other company? stance which would bave induced him to bave Whether he told any body of the circumstance been less surprised, and conseqnently less startled at the time? or how long after? Whom he by what he saw ; för liad his former observations told? Whether any inquiries were made in been such as he insinuates, he would have been consequence? These, and a thousand other prepared the more to expect, and the less to be questions, with a view to have penetrated into surprised at, what he pretends to have seen. the mystery of this strange story, and to have But your Majesty will observe, that in his depo- tried the credit of this witness, would, I should sition before the Commissioners (recollecting, have thought, have occurred to any one ; but perhaps, how awkwardly he had accounted for certainly must have occurred to persons so exhis starting in his former declaration), he drops perienced, and so able in the examination of his starting altogether. Instead of looking at facts, and the trying of the credit of witnesses, the gentleman only, he looked at us both, that as the two learned Lords unquestionably are, I caught his eye, and saw that he noticed the whom your Majesty took care to have introduced manner in which we were sitting, and instead of into this commission. They never could have ļiis own starting, or any description of the man- permitted these unexplained, and unsifted, hints ner in which he exhibited his own feelings, we and insinuations to have had the weight and effect are represented as both appearing a little confused. of proof. But, unfortunately for me, the duties, Our confusion is a circumstance, which, during probably, of their respective situations prevented his four declarations, which he made before the their attendance on the examination of this, and appointment of the Commissioners, it never once on the first examination of another most importoccurred to him to recollect. And now he does ant witness, Mr. Robert Bidgood and surely recollect it, we appeared, he says," a little yonr Majesty will permit me here, without of confused."-A little confused !—The Princess of fence, to complain, that it is not a little hard, Wales detected in a situation such as to shock that, when your Majesty had shewn your anxiety and alarm her servant, and so detected as to be to have legal accuracy, and legal experience sensible of her detection, and so conscious of assist on this examination, the two most importthe impropriety of the situation as to exhibit ant witnesses, in whose examinations there is symptoms of confusion; would not her confirsion more matter for unfavourable interpretation, have been extreme? would it have been so little than in all the rest put together, should bave as to have slipped the memory of the witness been examined without the benefit of this accuwho observed it, during his first four declara- racy, and this experience. And I am the better tions, and at last to be recalled to his recollec. | justified in making this observation, if what has tion in such a manner as to be represented in been suggested to me is correct; that, if it shall the faint and feeble way in which he liere de. not be allowed that the power of administering scribes it?-_What weight your Majesty will an oath under this warrant or commission is ascribe to these differences in the accounts given questionable, yet it can hardly be doubted, that by this witness I cannot pretend to say. But it is most questionable whether, according to am ready to confess that, probably, if there was the terms or meaning of the warrant or commisnothing stronger of the same kind to be ob. sion, as it constitutes no quorum, Lord Spencer served, in other parts of his testimony, the in- and Lord Grenville conld administer an oath, or ference which would be drawn from them, would act in the absence of the other Lords; and if depend very much upon the opinion previously they could not, Mr. Cole's falsehood must be entertained of the witness. To me, who know out of the reach of punishment. Returning many parts of his testimony to be absolutely then from this digression, will your Majesty false, and all the colouring given to it to be permit me to ask, whether I am to understand wholly from his own wicked and malicious in- this fact respecting the man in a great coat, to vention, it appears plain, that these differences be one of those which must necessarily give ocin his representations, are the unsteady, awkward casion to the most unfavourable interpretations, shuffles and prevarications of falsehood. To which must be credited till decidedly contrathose, if there are any such, wlio from precon. dicted? and which, if trne, deserve the most ceived prejudices in his favour, or from any serious consideration? The unfavourable interother circumstances, think that his veracity is pretations which this fact may occasion, doubtfree from all suspicion, satisfactory means of less are, that this man was either Sir Sidney reconciling them may possibly occur. But be- Smith, or some other paramour, who was admitfore I have left Mr. Cole's examinations, your ted by me into my house in disguise at midnight, Majesty will find that they will have much more for the accomplishment of my wicked and adulto account for, and much more to reconcile. terous purposes. And is it possible that your

-Mr. Cole's examination before the Commis- Majesty, is it possible that any candid mind can siovers goes on thus :-“A short time before believe this fact, with the unfavourable inter“ this, one night abont twelve o'clock, I saw a pretations which it occasions, on the relation of

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np in a great coat. I did not give any alarm, it for the first time, four years after the event “ for the impression on my mind was, that it took place; and who gives, himself, this pie. " was not a thief.” When I read this passage, ture of his honesty and fidelity to a master,

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whom he has served so long; that he, whose nerves he had taken of the improper situation of Sir are of so moral a frame, that he starts at seeing Sidney Smith with me upon the sofa. To this a single man sitting at mid-day, in an open draw. I can oppose little more thah ny own assering-room, on the same sofa, with a married tions, as my motives can only be known to niya woman, pernitted this disguised midnight adul- self. But Mr. Cole was a very disagreeable terer, to approach his master's bed, without servant to me; he was a man, who, as I always taking any notice, without making any alarm, conceived, had been educated above his station. without offering any interruption. And why? He talked French, and was a musician, playing because (as he expressly states) he did not believe well on the violin.-By these qualifications he him to be a thief: and becanse (as le plainly in- got admitted occasionally, into better company, sipuates) he did believe him to be an adulterer, and this probably led to that forward and obo

--But what makes the manner in which the Com trusive conduct, which I thought extremely of. missioners suffered this fact to remain so unex- fensive and impertinent in a servant. I had plained the more extraordinary, is this ; Mr. long been extremely displeased with him; I Cole had in his original declaration of the 11th had discovered, that when I went out lie wonld of January, which was before the Commis- come into my drawing-room, and play on my sioners, stated “ that one night, about twelve harpsichord, or sit there reading my books; o'clock, he saw a person wrapped up in a great and, in short, there was a forwardness, which coat, go across the Park into the gate at the would have led to my absolutely discharging Green house, and he verily believes it was Sir him a long time before, if I had not made å Sidney Smith." In his declaration then, (when sort of rule to myself, to forbear, as long as he was not upon oath) he ventures to state, possible, from removing any servant who had “ that le verily believes it was Sir Sichey | been placed about me by his Royal HighSmith.". When he is upon his oath, in his depo- ness. Before Mr. Cole lived with the Prince, sitions before the Commissioners, all that he he had lived with the Duke of Devonshire, Features to swear is, " that he gave no alarm, and I had reason to believe that he carried because the impression upon his mind was, that to Devonshire House all the observations he it was not a thief !!". And the difference is most could make at mine. For these various reaimportant. “. The impression upon his mind sons, just before the Duke of Kent was about was, that it was not a thief!!" I believe him, to go out of the kingdom, I requested his and the impression upou my mind too is, that Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, who had he knew it was not a thief-That he knew wlso been good enough to take the trouble of arit was--and that he knew it was no other than ranging many particulars in my establishmy ecatchman. What incident it is that he al- ment, to make the arrangement with respect ludes to, I cannot pretend to know. But this to Mr. Cole; which was to leave him in town I know, that if it refers to any man with whose to wait upon me only when I went to Carleton proceedings I have the least acquaintance or House, and not to come to Montague House exprivity, it must have been my watchman; wlio, cept when specially required. This arrangement, if he execates my orders, nightly, and often it seems, offended bim. It certainly deprived in the night, goes his rounds, both inside and him of some perquisites which he had when outside of my house. And this circumstance, living at Blackheath ; but, upon the whole, as it wieh I should think would rather afford, to left him so much more of his time at his own dismost minds, an inference that I was not pre- posal, I should not have thought it had been paring the way of planning facilities for secret much to his prejudice. It seems, however, that midnight assignations, has, in my conscience, I he did not like it; and I must leave this part of believe, (if there is one word of truth in any the case with this one observation more - That part of this story, and the whole of it is your Majesty, I trust, will hardly believe that not pure invention) afforded the handle, and if Mr. Cole had, by any accident, discovered any anggested the idea, to this honest, trusty man, improper conduct of mine towards Sir Sydney this witness," who cannot be suspected of any Smith, or any one else, the way which I should unfavourable bias,” 66 whose veracity in that re- have taken to suppress his information, to close spect the Commissioners saw no ground to ques. his month, would have been by immediately tion," and “ who must be credited till he re- adopting an arrangement in my family with received decided contradiction,” suggested, I say, gard to him, which was either prejudicial or disthe idea of the dark and vile insinuation con- agreeable to him; or that the way to remove him tained in this part of his testimony. -Whether from the opportunity and the temptation of beI am right or wrong, however, in this conjec. traying my secret, whether through levity or de ture, this appears to be evident, that his ex- sign, in the quarter where it would be most fatal amination is so left, that supposing an indict. to me that it should be known, was, by making ment for perjury or false swearing, woald lie an arrangement which, while all bis resentnient against any witness, examined by the Commis- and anger were fresh and warm about liim, would sioners, and supposing this examination had place him frequently, nay, almost daily, at been taken before the whole four.-If Mr. Cole Carleton House ; would place him precisely at was indicted for perjury, in respect to this that place from whence, unquestionably, it must part of his deposition, the proof that he did have been my interest to have kept him as far re. see the watchinan, would necessarily acqnit moved as possible. There is little or nothing him ; would establish the truth of what he said, in the examinations of the other witnesses which and rescue him from the panishment of per- is material for me to observe upon, as far as rejury, though it would at the same time prove spects this part of the case. It appears from the falsehood and injustice of the iuference, them, indeed, what I have had no difficulty in and the insinuation, for the establishment of admitting, and have observed upon before, that which alone, the fact itself was sworn. -Mr. Sir Sydney Smith was frequently at Montague Cole chooses further to state, that he ascribes Honse--that they bave known him to be alone his removal from Montague House to London, with me in the morning, but that they never knew to the discovery he had made, and the notice him alone with me in an evening, or staying

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