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man, and he the woman. friendly terms with men who are “ real Brunswick, and do not know friends of one's husbands, without be “ what the sensation Fear is; but as ing their humble servants. The to him, he lives in eternal warm Princess argued upon this for an hour, water, and delights in it, if he can -said, this is Miss Garth's argument,

“i but have his slippers under any old but she was mistaken, and it was ridi. “ Dowager's table, and sit there scribculous. If ever a woman was upon

bling notes; that's his whole defriendly terms with any man, they “ light.” She then told me every were sure to become lovers. I said, circumstance relative to her marriage, I shall continue to think as Miss and that she would be separated, and Garth did, and that it depended very that she had invited the Chancellor much upon the lady. Upon the 29th very often lately, to try and accomof March, I left Montague-House, plish it, but they were stupid, and and the Princess commanded me to told her it could not be done. It apbe sent up to her bed-chamber. I peared to me that, at this time, Her went and found her in bed, and I took Royal Highness's mind was bent upMrs Vansittart's note in my hand, an on the accomplishment of this pure nouncing the news of Peace. She pose ; and it would be found, I think, desired me to sit down close to the froin Lord Eldon and the others, that bed, and then, taking my hand, she she pressed this subject close upon said, “You see, my dear friend, I them, whenever they were at Mon“ have the most complaisant husband tague House ; for she told me more 6 in the world I have no

than once she had*. Her Roval “controul me--I see whom I like, I Highness, before she put the leiter

go where I like, I spend what I by, said, " I always keep this, for it please, and His Royal Highness “is ever necessary, I will go into

pays for all-Othe: English hus " the House of Lords with it myself. bands plague their wives, but he

" The Prince of Wales desires me, never plagues me at all, which is " in that letter, to choose my own certainly being very polite and

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day. How much hap " I did not select some particular “pier am I than the Duchess of " gentleman for my friend, and was " York. She and the Duke hate surprised I did not." _She then ad“ each other, and yet they will be “ ded, " I am not treated at all as a "two hypocrites, and live together “ Princess of Wales ought to be. As

that I would never do.---- Now " to the friendship of the Duke of " I'll shew you a letter wherein the " Gloucester's family, I understand “ Prince of Wales gives me full leave 66 that Prince William would like to ct to follow my own plaris.” She

marry then put the letter into my hands, the particulars of which I have mentioned. When I had finished, I ap.

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able to grant her request. peared affected, and she said, “ You

N. B. The pussage contained in this Note scem to think ikut a fine thing; now

is, in the authenticated Copy transmitted to "I see nothing in it; but I dare to the Princess of Wales, placed in the Margin.

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marry either my daughter, or me, 6. ions and potatoes, and when I said I " if he could. I now therefore am " eat tongue and chickens at my " desirous of forming a society of my 6 breakfasts; that I would sure as " own choosing, and I beg you al. “ my life you suspected me; tell me " ways to remember, all your life, “ honestly, did you not?” I affected

that I shall always be happy to see not to understand the Princess at all, "you. I think you very discreet, and and did not really comprehend her. " the best woman in the world, and She then said, Well, I'll tell: I " I beg you to consider the Tower " am with child, and the child came " always as your own ; there are offi. “ to life when I was breakfasting * ces, and you might almost live“ with Lady Willoughby. The milk " there, and if Sir John is ever called “ flowed up into my breast so fast, “ away, do not

go home to your fa " that it came through my muslin " mily, it is not pleasant after peo • gown, and I was obliged to pretend " pie have children, therefore always “ that I had spilt something, and go come to my Tower. I hope to see up stairs to wipe my gown

with " you there very soon again. The “ napkin, and got up stairs into Lady "Prince has offered me sixty thou. “Willoughby's room, and did very 5 sand if I'll go and live at Hanover, " well, but it was an unluchy advenbut I never will; this is the only

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I was indeed most sincere"country in the world to live in.” ly concerned for her, conceiving it She then kissed me, and I took my impossible but she must be ruined, leave.

and I expressed my sorrow in the While I had been in the round strongest terms, saving, what would Tower in Montague House, which she do? she would never carry such only consists of two rooms and a clo an affair through, and I then said I set on a floor, I had always my maid hoped she was mistaken. She said and child slept within my room, and No, she was sure of it, and these sort Sir John was generally with me. He of things only required a good couand all my friends having free per- rage, that she should manage very mission to visit. Mr Cole (the Page) well; but though she told me, she slept over my room, and a watchman would not employ me in the business, went round the Tower all night- for I was like all the English women, Upon my return home, the same ap so very nervous, and she had observed parent friendship continued, and in me so very frightened a few days past, one of Her Royal Highness's evening when a horse galloped near me, that visits she told me, she was come to she would not let me have any thing have a long conversation with me,

to do for the world. The Princess that she had been in a great agitation, added. “ You will be surprised to and I must guess what had happened see how well I manage it, and I to her. I guessed a great many

am determined to suckle the child things, but she said No, to them all, “myself.” I expressed my great and then said I gave it up, for I had apprehensions, and asked her what no idea what she could mean, and she would do if the Prince of Wales therefore might guess my whole life seized her. person when she was a wet

“ Well then, 1 nurse? She said, she should never must tell you,” said Her Royal High- suffer any one to touch her person. DE55, “ but I am sure you know all She laughed at my fears, and added, "the while. I thought you had com “ You know, nothing about these “plcitly found me out, and therefore " things; if you had read Les Avan"I came to you, for you looked droll 6 tures du Chevalier de Grammoni, * when I called for ale and fried on. “ you would know better what fa

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e tricks Princesses and their Ladies occasions we always believed and " played then, and you shall, and hoped she could not be aware of what “must read the story of Catherine she was talking about, otherwise con " Parr and a Lady Douglas of those mon family affection, common sense “ times; have you never heard of it?" and common policy, would have kept She then related it, but as I never her silent, had heard of it, I looked upon it as

She said before the two Fitzger. her own invention, to reconcile my alds, Sir Sidney Smith, and ourselves, mind to these kind of things. that when Mr Addington had his

After this we often met, and the house given him, His Majesty did not Princess often alluded toher situation know what he was about, and waved and to mine ; and one day, as we were her hand round and round her head, sitting together upon the sofa, she put laughing, and saying, “ Certainly be her hand upon her stomach, and said, " did not; but the Queen got twenty Jaughing, “ Well, here we sit, like " thousand, so that was all very well." “ Mary and Elizabeth in the Bible.”' We were all at a loss, and no one said When she was bled, she used to press any thing. This was at my house me always to be, and used to be quite one morning ; the rest of the morning angry that I would not, and whatever passed in abusing Mr Addington she thought good for herself, always (now Lord Sidmouth,) and her crirecommended to me. Her Royal tiques upon him closed by saying, Highness now took every occasion to " It was not much wonder a Peace estrange me from Sir John, by laugh. was not lasting, when it was made ing at hin, and wondering how I " by the son of a quack doctor."'could be content with him; urged Before Miss Hammond, one evening me constantly to keep my own room, at my house, she said, “ Prince Wiland not to continue to sleep with “ liam is going to Russia, and there him, and said if I had any more chil “ is to be a grand alliance with a Rusdren, she would have nothing more to “ sian Princess, but it is not very say to me. Her design was evident, “likely a Russian Princess will mar. and easily seen through, and conse ry the grandson of a washerwoman," quently averted. She naturally wish. Sir Sidney Smith, who was present, ed to keep us apart, lest in a moment begged her pardon, asserted it was not of confidence, I should repeat what so, and wished to stop her, but she she had divulged, and if she estrang- contradicted him, and entered into all ed me from my husband, she kept me she knew of the private history of the to herself. I took special care there- Duchess's mother, saying fore, that my regard for him should “ literally a common washerwoman, not be undermined. I never told " and the Duchess need not to take him her situation, and, contrary to “so much pains and not expose her her wishes, Sir John and I remained “ skin to the open air, when her moupon the same happy terms we always “ther had been in it all day long." had.

When she was gone, Sir John was It will scarcely be credited, (never- very much disgusted, and said, her theless it is strictly true, and those conversation had been so low and illwho were present must avow it or judged, and so much below her, that perjure themselves) what liberty the he was perfectly ashamed of her, and Princess gave both to her thoughts she disgraced her station. Sir Sid. and her tongue, in respect to every ney Smith agreed, and confessed he part of the Royal Family. It was was astonished, for it must be confesdisgusting to us, beyond the power of sed she was not deserving of her stalanguage to describe, and upon such tion. After the Duke of Kent had

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been so kind as to come and take the impulse of the moment might leave of her, before he last left Eng. prompt, without regard to consequenland, upon the day I mentioned, she ces or appearances.

Whe:her she delivered her critique upon His Roy. amused other people in the same way, al Highness, saying, “ He had the I know not, but she chose to relate to manners of a Prince, but was a dis me every private circumstance she

agreeable man, and not to be trus- knew telative to every part of the * ted, and that His Majesty had told Royal Family, and also every thing him, : Now, Sir, when you go to relative to her own, with such strange

Gibraltar, do not make such a trade anecdotes, and circumstantial accounts " of it as you did when you went of things that never are talked of, " to Halifax.' The Princess repeated, that I again repeat; I hope I shall

Upon my honour it is true ; the never hear again; and I remember King said, “Do not make such a once in my lying-in-room, she gave " trade of it.' She went on to say, such an account of Lady Anne " the Prince at first ordered them all Wyndham's marriage, and all her " to keep away, but they came now husband said on the occasion, that

sometimes, however they were no Mrs Fitzgerald sent her daughter out " lor, for there is not a man among of the room, while Her Royal High"them all whom any one can make ness finished her story. Such was ihe " their friend.” As I was with the person we found Her Royal HighPrincess one morning in her garden ness the Princess of Wales, and as we house, His Royal Highness the Duke continued to see her character and of Cumberland waited upon her. As faults, Sir John and myself more and soon as he was gone she said, “ He more, daily and hourly, regretted " was a foolish boy, and had been that the world could not see her as " asking her a thousand foolish ques. we did, and that His Royal Highness * tions.” She then told me every the Prince of Wales should have lost word of his secrets, which he had any popularity, when, from her own been telling her, in particular, a long account (the only account we ever story of Miss Keppel, and that he had) she was the aggressor from the said, the old woman left them toge- beginning, herself alone, and I, as an ther, and wanted to take him in, and humble individual, declare, that from therefore he had cut the connection. the most heartfelt and unfeigned conShe said, she liked his countenance viction, that I believe, if any other best, but she could trace a little fam- married woman had acted as Her ily likeness to herself; but for all the Royal Highness had done, I never yet rest they were very ill made, and had have known a man who could have plumb-pudding faces, which she could endured it; and her temper is so tynot bear. His Royal Highness the rannical, capricious, and furious, that Duke of Cambridge was next ridicu no man on earth will ever bear it; led. She said " he looked exactly and, in private life, any woman who "like a serjeant, and so vulgar with had thus played and sported with her “ his ears full of powder." This husband's comfort and her husband's was her Royal Highness's usual and popularity, would have been turned favorite mode of amusing herself and out of her house, or left by herself in her company. ' The conversation was it, and would deservedly have forfeitalways about men, praising the Eng- ed her place in society. I therefore lish men, reviling all English women, again beg leave to repeat, from the as being the ugliest creatures in the conviction of my own unbiassed unworld, and the worst, and always en- derstanding, and the conviction of my gaged in some project or another as own eyes, no human being could live

with her, excepting her servants for knew how to manage her dress, and their wages; and any pour unfortu- by continually increasing large cushnate woman, like the Fi;zgeralds, for ions behind, no one would observe, their dinner; and I trust and hope and fortunately the Birth-days were her real character will sometime or over, until she should have got rid of another be displayed, that the people her appearance. In this manner pasof this country may not be imposed sed all the time of my confinement, upen.

at the end of which she sent Mrs All the month of August the Prin- Fitzgerald to attend me to church, cess visited me daily ; in one of these and when I went to pay my duty to visits, after she had sent Mrs Fitz. Her Royal Highness, after I went gerald away, she drew her chair close abroad again, she told me, whenever to the bed, and said, " I am delighied I was quite stout, she would have the to see how well and easily you have child christened, that she meant to got through this affair; I, who am stand in person, and I must find anonoi the least nervous, shall make no- ther godmother; Sir Sidney Smith thing at all of it. When you hear would be the godfather. I named of my having taken children in bas- the Duchess of Athoil, as a very keis from poor people, no notice: amiable woman, of suitable rar), and that is the way I mean to manage : said, that as there had been a long I shall take ariy that uiter, and the friendship betwixt Sir John's faone I have will be presented in the mily and the Atholl family, I knew same way, which, as I have taken it would be very agreeable to him. others, will never be thought any Finding they were gone to Scotland, thing about." I asked her, how she we wrote to ask her Grace; and she would ever get it out of the house? wrole word she would stand godbat she said, Oh, very easily. I said mother with great pleasure, and init was a perilous business; I would go closed ten guineas for the nurse. The abroad, if I were her: but she laugh- Princess invited Sir Sidney Smith, ed at my fears, and said she had no and Mr and Mrs Spencer Smith, doubt but of managing it all very well. and Baron Herbert, and Sir John I was very glad she did not ask me Douglas, to dine with ber. Miss to assist her, for I was determined in Cholmondely and the two Fitzgemy own mind never to do so, and she ralds were with Her Royal Highness, never did make any request of ine, and in the evening they all came; I for which I was very thankful. I staid at home to receive her. The put the question to her, Who she Clergymnan from Lewisham christened would get to deliver her ? but she the child; the Princess named it Ca. did not answer for a minute, and then roline Sidney. As soon as he was said, I shall get a person over; I'll gone (which was shortly after the inanage it, but never ask me about ceremony was over,) the Princess sat it; Sander was a good creature, and down upon the carpet-a thing she being immediately about her person, was very fond of doing, in preference and sleeping near her room, must be to sitting upon the chairs, saying, it told; but Miss Ghaunt must be sent was the pleasantest lively affair altoto Germany, and the third maid, a gether she had ever known. She young girl, kept out of the way as chose to sit upon the carpet the whole well as they could. I suggested, I was evening, while we all sat upon the afraid hier appearance at St James's chairs. Her Royal Highness was could not fail to be observed, and she dressed in the lace dress which, I would have to encounter ali ihe Roy- think, she wore at Frogmore feteal Family. Her reply was, That she pearl necklace, bracelets, and arm.

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