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deed, if I were to see them at all, I the candour of your Majesty's mind could do no otherwise than see them will, I am confident, suggest that alone. Miss Garth, who was then those who are the least conscious of sub-governess to my daughter, lived, intending guilt, are the least suspicertainly, under the same roof with cious of having it imputed to them ; me, but she could not be spared from and therefore that they do not think her duty and attendance on my it necessary to guard themselves, at daughter. I desired her sometimes every turn, with witnesses to prove to come down stairs, and read to me, their innocence, fancying their chaduring the time when I drew or racter to be safe, as long as their conpainted, but my Lord Cholmondely duct is innocent, and that guilt will informed me this could not be. I not be imputed to them from actions then requested that I might have one quite indifferent. of my bed-chamber women to live As to what is contained in the constantly at Carlton House, that I written declarations of Mr and Mrs. might have her at call whenever I Lampert, the old servants of Sir John wanted her ; but I was answered that and Lady Douglas (as from some it was not customary, that the attend- circumstances or other respecting, I ants of the Royal Family should live conceive, either their credit or their with them in town; so that request supposed importance) the Commis. could not be complied with. But, sioners have not thought proper to independent of this, I never conceiv- examine them upon their oaths, I ed that it was offensive to the fashions do not imagine Your Majesty would and manners of the country to receive expect that I should take any notice gentlemen, who might call upon me of them. And as to what is de posed in a morning, whether I had or had by my Lady Douglas, if your Majesnot any one with me; and it never ty will observe the gross and horrid occurred to me to think that there indecencies with which she ushers in, was either impropriely or indecorum and states my confessions to her, of in it, at that time, nor in continuing my asserted criminal intercourse with the practice at Montague House. But Sir Sidney Smith, Your Majesty, I this has been confined to morning vi am confident, will not be surprised sits, in no private apartments of my that I do not descend to any particuhouse, but in my drawing-room, where lar observations on her deposition.my ladies have, at ail times, free ac- One, and one only observation will I cess, and as they usually take their make, which, however, could not luncheon with me, except when they have escaped Your Majesty, if I had are engaged with visitors, or pursuits omitted it. That Your Majesty will of their own, it could but rarely oc have an excellent portraiture of the eur that I could be left with any gen. true feinale delicacy and purity of niy tleman alone for any length of time, Lady Douglas's mind, and character, unless, there were something in the when you will observe that she seems known and avowed business, which wholly insensible into what a sink of might occasion his waiting upon me, infamy she degrades herself by her that would fully account for the cir- testimony against me. It is not only cumstance.
that it appears, from her statement, I trust your Majesty will excuse that she was contented to live, in fa. the length at which I have dwelt up- miliarity and apparent friendship with on this topic. I perceived, from the me, after the confession which I made examinations, that it had been much of my adultery (for by the indulgence inquired after, and I felt it necessary and liberality, as it is called, of moto represent it in its true liglit. And dern manners, the company
of adul. teresses
teresses has ceased to reflect that dis- House about the latter end of 1801, credit upon the characters of other when he was painting the Princess, women who admit of their society, and he has slept in the house two or which the best interests of female vir- three nights together. I have often tue may, perhaps, require.) But she seen him alone with the Princess at was contented to live in familiarity 11 or 12 o'clock at night. He has with a woman, who, if Lady Doug- been there as late as one and two Jas's evidence of me is true, was a o'clock in the morning. One night most low, vulgar, and profligate dis. I saw him with the Princess in the grace to her sex. The grossness of Blue Room, after the ladies had re. whose ideas and conversation would tired. Some time afterwards, when add infamy to the lowest, most vul. I supposed he had gone to his room, gar, and most infamous prostitute. I went to see that all was safe, and I It is not, however, upon this circum- found the Blue Room door locked, stance, that I rest assured no reliance and heard a whispering in it; and I can be placed on Lady Douglas's went away." Here, again, your Matestimony ; but after what is proved, jesty observes, that Mr Cole deals his with regard to her evidence respect deadliest blows against my character ing my pregnancy and delivery in by insinuation. And here, again, 1802, I am certain that any observa. his insinuation is left unsifted and untions upon her testimony, or her vera. explained. I here understand him to city, must be flung away.
insinuate, that, though he supposed Your Majesty has therefore now Mr Lawrence to have gone to his before you the state of the charge room, he was still where he had said against me, as far as it respects Sir he last left him; and that the locked Sidney Smith. And this is, as I un- door prevented him from seeing me derstand the Report, one of the char. and Mr Lawrence alone together, ges which, with its unfavourable in- whose whispering, however, he notterpretations, must, in the opinion of withstanding overheard. the Commissioners, be credited till Before, Sire, I come to my own decidedly contradicted.
explanation of the fact of fir Law. The next person, with whom ny rence's sleeping at Montague House, improper intimacy is insinuated, is I must again refer to Mr Cole's oriMr Lawrence the painter.
ginal declarations. I must again ex. The principal witness on this charge amine Mr Cole against Mr Cole; is also Mr Cole. Mr R. Bidgood which I cannot help lamenting it says nothing about bim.
Fanny does not seem to have occurred to Llyod says nothing about him; and others to have done ; as I am per. all that Mrs Lisle says is perfectly suaded if it had, his prevarications, true, and I am neither able, nor feel and his falsehcod, could never have interested, to contradict it. " That escaped them. They would then she remembers my sitting to Mr have been able to have traced, as Lawrence for my picture, at Black- your Majesty will now do, through heath, and in London ; that she has my observations, by what degrees he left me at his house in town with him, hardened himself up to the infamy but she thinks Mrs Fitzgerald was (for I can use no other expression) of with us; and that she thinks I sat stating this fact, by which he means alone with him at Blackheath." But to insinuate, that he heard me and Mr Cole speaks of Mr Lawrence in Mr Lawrence, locked up
in this a manner that calls for particular ob- Blue Room, whispering together, and servation. He says “ Mr Lawrence alone. I am sorry to be obliged to the painter used to go to Montague drag your Majesty through so long a
detail; but I am confident your Ma- appeared odd to him, as he had formjesty's goodness, and love of justice, ed some suspicions." The striking will excuse it, as it is essential to the and important observation on this pas. vindication of my character, as well sage is, that when he first talks of the as to the illustration of Mr Cole's. door of the drawing-room being lock
Mr Cole's examination, as contain- ed, so far from his mentioning any ed in his first written declaration of thing of whispering being overheard, the 11th of January, has nothing of he expressly says, that he did not this. I mean not to say that it has know that any body was with me. nothing concerning Mr Lawrence, The passage is likewise deserving for it has much, which is calculated your Majesty's most serious considerto occasion unfavourable interpreta- ation on another ground. For it is tions, and given with a view to that one of those which shews that Mr object. But that circumstance, as I Cole, though we have four separate submit to your Majesty, increases the declarations made by him, has cerweight of my observation. Had there tainly made other statements which been nothing in his first declaration have not been transmitted to your about Mr Lawrence at all, it might Majesty; for it evidently refers to have been imagined that perhaps Mr something which he had said before, Lawrence escaped his recollection of having found the drawing-room altogether; or that his declaration door locked, and no trace of such a had been solely directed to other per- statement is discoverable in the presons; but as it does contain observa. vious examination of Mr Cole, as I tions respecting Mc Lawrence, but have received it, and I liave no doubt nothing of a locked door, or the that, in obedience to your Majesty's whispering within it ;-how he hap- commands, I have at length been pened at that time not to recollect, furnished with the whole. I don't or if he recollected, not to mention know, indeed, that it should be mat. so very striking and remarkable a ter of complaint from me, that your circumstance, is not, I should ima. Majesty has not been furnished with gine, very satisfactorily to be explain- all the statements of Mr Cole, beed. His statement in that first de. cause from the sample I see of them, claration stands thus, " In 1801, I cannot suppose that any of them " Lawrence the painter was at Mon- could have furnished any thing fa. * Lague House, for four or five days vourable to me, except indeed that
at a time, painting the Princess's they might have furnished me with
picture. That he was frequently fresh means of contradicting him by " alone late in the night with the himself.
Princess, and much suspicion was But your Majesty will see that. entertained of him." Mr Cole's there have been other statements not. next declaration, at least the next communicated ; a circumstance of which appears among the written dewhich both your Majesty and I have clarations, was taken on the 14th of reason to complain. But it may be January ; it does not mention Mr out of its place further to notice that Lawrence's name, but it has this pas.
fact at present. sage : “ When Mr Cole found the To return therefore to Mr Cole ; drawing-room, which led to the stairs in his third declaration, dated the case to the Princess's apartments, 30th of January, there is not a word locked (which your Majesty knows is about Mr Lawrence. In his fourtla the same which the witnesses call the and last, which is dated on the 238 Blue Room,) he does not know whe- of February, he says, " the person taer any person was with ler ; but it “ who was alone with the lady at
* late hours of the night (twelve and Lawrence; but I cannot be satisfied
one o'clock,) and whom he left sit- without explaining to your Majesty “ ting up after he went to bed, was all the truth, and the particulars res. * Mr Lawrence, which happened pecting Mr Lawrence, which I recol“ two different nights." Here is lect. likewise another trace of a former What I recollect then is as follows. statement which is not given; for no He began a large picture of me, and such person is mentioned before in of my daughter, towards the latter end any that I have been furnished with, of the year 1800, or the beginning of
Your Majesty here observes then, that 1801. Miss Garth and Miss Hay. after having given evidence in two of man were in the house with me at his declarations, respecting Mr Law- the time. The picture was painted rence by name, in which he mentions at Montague House. Mr Lawrence nothing of locked doors,—and after mentioned to Miss Hayman his wiska having, in another declaration, given to be permitted to remain some few. an account of a locked door, but ex nights in the house, that by rising pressly stated that he knew not whe- carly he might begin painting on ther any one was with me within it, the picture, before Princess Charlotte .and said nothing about whispering (whose residence being at that time being over heard, but, impliedly, at at Shooter's Hill was enabled to come least, negatived it;- in the deposition early,) or myself, came to sit. It was before the Commissioners, he puts all a similar request to that which had these things together, and has the been inade by Sir William Beechy, hardihood to add to them that remark. when he painted my picture. And able circumstance, which could not I was sensible of no impropriety when have escaped his recollection, at the I granted the request to either of first, if it had been true, " of his hav- them. Mr Lawrence occupied the
ing, on the same night in wliich he same room which had been occupied “ found me and Mr Lawrence along, by Sir William Beechy ;-it was at " after the ladies were gone to bed, the other end of the house from my “ come again to the room when he apartment. < thought Mr Lawrence must have At that time Mr Lawrence did “ been retired, and found the door not dine with me; his dinner was scr" locked and heard the whispering;” ved in his own room. After dinur and then again he gives another in- he came down to the room where I stance of his honesty, and upon the and my Ladies generally sat in an seme principle, on which he took no evening--sometimes there was music, totice of the man in the great coat, in which he joined, and sometimes he he finds the door locked, hears the read poctry. Paris of Shakespeare's whispering, and then he silently and plays I particularly remember, from tontentedly retires,
his reading them very well; and someAnd this witness, who thus not times he played chess with me. It only varies in his testimony, but con. frequently may lave lapper.ed that it tradicts himself in such important was one or two o'clock before I dis. particulars, is one of those who cannot missed Mr Lawrence and my Ladies. be suspected of unfavourable bias, They, together with Mr Lawrence, and those veracity is not to be ques went out of the same door, up the Lioned, and whose evidence must be same stair-case, and at the same time. credited till decidedly contradicted. According to my own recollection I
These observations might probably should have said, that, in no instance, be deemed sufficient upon Mr Cole's they had li ft Mr Lawrence behind deposition, as far as it respects Nr them alone with me. But I suppose
it did happen once for a short time, ted to send for Mrs Fitzgerald to assince Mr Lawrence so recollects it, as certain what Mrs Lisle may have left your Majesty will perceive from his in doubt? The Commissioners, 1 give deposition, which I annex. He staid them the fullest credit, were satisfied, in my house two or three nights 10- that Mrs Lisle thought correctly upgether ; but how many nights in the on this fact, and that Mrs Fitzgeraid, whole, I do not recollect. The pic. if she had been sent for again, would lure left my house by April 1801, so have proved it, and therefore shat and Mr Lawrence never slept in my it would have been troubling her to house afterwards. That picture now no purpose. But this it is of which belongs to Lady Townshend. He has. I conceive myself to have most i reasince completed another picture of son to complain ;-ibat the examiname; and, about a year and a half ago, tions, in several instances, have not he began another, which remains at been followed up so as to remove unpresent unfinished. I believe it is near favourable impressions. a twelvemonth since I last sat to The next person with whom these him.
examinations charge my improper fa. Mr Lawrence lives upon a footing miliarity, and with regard to which of the greatest intimacy with the the Report represents the evidence as neighbouring families of Mr Lock particularly strong, is Captain Manand Mr Angerstein; and I have asked by. With respect to him, Mr Cole's him sometimes to dine with me to meet examination is silent. But the evithem. \Vhile I was sitting to him, at dence, on which the Commissioners nayown house, I have no doubt I must rely on this part of the case, is Mr have often sat to him alone, as the Bidgood's, Miss Fanny Lloyd's, and flecessity for the precaution of baving Mrs Lisle's.- li respects my conduct an attendant, as a witness to protect at three different places ; at Montamy honour from suspicion, certainly gue House, Southend, and at Ramsnever occurred to me. And upon the gate. same principle, I do not doubt that I I shall preserve the facts and may have sometimes continued in my observations more distinct, if I conversation with him after he had consider the evidence, as applicable finished painting. But when sitting to these three places, separately, and in his own house, I have always been in its arder; and I prefer this altended with one of my Ladies. mode of treating it, as it will cnable And indeed nothing in the examina- me to consider the evidence of Mrs tions states the contrary. One part Lisle, in the first place, and conseof Mrs Lisle's examination seems as quently put it out of the reach of the if she had had a question put to her harsher observations, which I may upon the supposition that I had been under the necessity of making, upon left alone with Mr Lawrence at his the testimony of the other two. For own house ; to which she answers, though Mrs Lisle, indeed, speaks to that she indeed had left me there, but liaving seen Captain Manby at East, that she thinks she left Mrs Filzge. Cliff, in Aug. i 803, to the best of rald with one.
her remembrance it was only once ; lí an inference of an unfavourable she speaks to his meeting hcı at Deal, mature could have been drawn from in the same season ; that he landed suy having been left there alone ;- there with sonie boys, vilom i took a is, Sire, taking all that care on charity, and who were under liis which might be wished, to guard a. care ; yet she speaks of citing these gainst such an inference, on the part of that can require a single ohsesvainost the Commissioners, when they unit from me.--The material parts of bir May 1913.