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sich, and where there is no such option. Leaving, therefore, with these obI must therefore be excused for servations, Mrs Lisle's evidence, I dwelling so much upon this part of must proceed to the evidence of Mr the case ; and I am sure your Majes- Bidgood. The parts of it which apty will feel me warranted in saying, ply to this part of the case, I mean what I say with a confidence, exactly my conduct to Captain Manby at proportioned to the respectability of Montague House, I shall detail. Mrs Lisle's character, that, whatever They are as follows. “I first obshe meant by any of these expressions, served Captain Manby come to Monshe could not, by possibility, have tague House either the end of 1803, meant to describe conduci, which to or the beginning of 1804. I was her inind afforded evidence of crime, waiting one day in the anti-room ; vice, or indecency. If she had, her

If she had, her Captain Manby had his liat in his regard to her own character, her own hand, and appeared to be going delicacy, her own honourable and away ; he was a long time with the virtuous feelings, would, in less than Princess, and, as I stood on the steps the two years which have since elap- waiting, I looked into the room in sed, liave found some excuse for


which they were, and in the reflecrating herself from that intimate con tion on the looking-glass I saw them nection, which, by her situation in salute each osher. I mean that they toy household, subsists between us. kissed each other's lips. Captain She would not have remained expor. Manby then went away. I then obsed to the repetition of so gross an of- served the Princess have her hand. fence, and insult, to a modest, virtu- kerchief in her hands, and wipe hor ous, and delicate woman, as that of eyes, as if she was crying, and went being made, night by night, witness into the drawing-room." In his seto scenes, openiy acted in her pre- cond deposition, on the 3d July, talkserice, offensive to virtae and decorum. ing of his suspicions of what passed at

If your Majesty thinks I have Southend, he says, they arose from dwelt too long, and tediously, on this seeing them kiss each other, as I men. part of the case, I entreat your tioned before, like people fond of each Majesty to think what I must feel other ;-a very close kiss.” upon it. I feel it a great hardship, In these extracts from his deposias I have frequently stated, that un- tions, there can undoubtedly be no der the cover of a grave charge of complaint of any thing being left to High Treason, the proprieties, and inferences Here is a fact, which decencies, of my private conduct and must unquestionably occasion almost behaviour, have been made the sub. as unfavourable interpretations, as ject

, as I believe so unprecedentedly, any fact of the greatest impropriety of a formal investigation upon oath, and indecorum, short of the proof of

consequence of it, I aclual crime. And this facť is posimay, at this moment, be exposed to tively and affirmatively. sworn ilie danger of forfeiting your Majesty's And if this witness is truly represent, grond opinion, and being degraded ed, as one who must be credited till and disgraced, in reputation, through he is decidedly contradicted; and the the country, because what Mrs Liste decided contradiction of the parties lias said of my conduct, - that it was accused, should be considered as unonly that of a woman who liked availing, it constitutes a charge which Airling," has become recorded in the

cannot possibly be answered. For Report on ibis formal Juquiry, made the scene is so laid, that there is no into matters of grave crines, and of eye to witness it, but his own; and essential importac. ce to the state.

therefore there can be no one who

And that, in




can possibly contradict him, however sertion. However false, it could not false bis story may be, but the per- possibly receive contradiction, but sons whom he accused. As for me, from the parties. The story itself Sire, there is no mode, the most so. surely is not very probable. My lemn that can be devised, in which I character cannot be considered as un. shall not be anxious and happy 10 der inquiry ; it is already gone, and contradict it. And I do here most decided upon, by those, if there are solemnly, in the face of Heaven, most any such, who think such a stoly prodirectly and positively affirm, that it bable.— That in a room, with the is as foul, malicious, and wicked a open, and a servant known to be falsehood, as ever was invented by waiting just by, we should have acted the malice of man. Captain Manby, such a scene of gross indecency. The to whom I have been under the ne- indiscretion at least might have ren. cessity of applying, for that purpose, dered it improbable, even to those, in the deposition which I annex, most whose prejudices against me, might expressly and positively denies it also. be prepared to conceive nothing inBeyond these our two denials, there probable in the indecency of it. Yet is nothing which can by possibility This seems to have been received as a be directly opposed to Mr Bidgood's fact that there was no reason to ques evidence. -All that remains to be lion. The witness is assumed, withdone is to examine Mr Bidgood's cre. out hesitation, to be the witness of dit, and to see how far he deserves truth, of unquestionable veracily. the character which the Commission. Not ibe faintest trace is tbere to be ers gave to him.-How unfoundedly found of a single question put to him, they gave such a character to Mr to try and sift the credit which was Cule, your Majesty, I am satisfied, due to him, or to his story. must be fully convinced.

Is be asked, as I suggested before I

suppose there must be some mis. should have beun done with regard to take, I will not call it by any liarsher Mr Cole~To whom he told this fact name, for I think it can be no more before? When he told it? What than a mistake, in Mr Bidgood's say. was done in consequence of this in. ing, that the first time lie knew Cap- formation ? If he never told it, till tain Manby come to Montague House, for the purpose of supporting Lady was at the end of 1803, or beginning Douglas's statement, how could le, of 180+; for he first caine at ihe end in l.is situation, as an old servant of of the fúrmer year, (before 1803) the Prince, with whom, as he swears, and the fact is, that Mr Bidgood must he had lived twenty-three years, crehave seen liim then.- But, however, ditably lo himself, account for havthe date is comparatively immaterial, ing concealed it so long? And how the fact it is, that is important. cane Lady Douglas and Sir John 10

And here, Sire, surely I have the find out that he knew it, if he never same complaint which I have so often had communicated it before? If be urged. I would ask your Majesty, bad communicated it, it would then whether I, not as a Princess of Wales, have been useful to have heard burt but as a party accu

cused, had not a far lis present story was consistent right to be thought, and to be pre- with his former ; and if it should have sumed, innocent, till I was proved to happened that this and other matters, be guilty ? Let me ask, if there ever which he may have stated, were, at could exist a case, in which ibe cre- that tinc, made the subject of any dit of the witness ouglit to have been Inquiry ; then how far that Inquiry more severely sifted and tried ? Tlie liad tended to confirm or shake his fact tested sclely upon his single as. credit. His first examination was, it


is true, taken by Lord Grenville and them all : Why was not she called ? Lord Spencer alone, without the aid She, perhaps, was my confidante ; no of the experience of the Lord Chan- truth could have been hoped for from cellor, and Lord Chief Justice : this her ;-still there were my coachman undoubtedly may account for the and helper, who likewise accompanied omission ; but the noble Lords will me: Why were they not called ? forgive me, if I say, it does not ex they are not surely confidants 100.Cuse it, especially as Mr Bidgood was But it is, for what reason I cannot examined again on the 3d of July, by pretend to say, thought sufficient to all the Commissioners, and this fact is leave this fact, or rather this insinuaagain referred to them, as the founda- tion, upon the evidence of Mr Bidtion of the suspicion which he after- good, who only saw, or could see, the wards entertained of Captain Manby way I went when I set out upon my at Southend. Nay, that last deposi- drive, instead of having the fact from tion affords, on my part, another the persons who could speak to the ground of similar complaint of the whole of it ; to the places I went to ; strongest kind.

thus :

to the persons whom I met with. “ The Princess used to go out in her Your Majesty will think me justi" phaeton with coachman and help-fied in dwelling upon this, the more

er, towards Long Reach, eight or from this circumstance, because I " ten times, carrying luncheon and know, and will shew to your Majes" wine with her, when Captain Man. ty, on the testimony of Jonathan Par" by's ship was at Long Reach, al- tridge, which I annex, that these ways

Mrs Fitzgerald with her. She drives, or at least one of them, have “ would go out at one, and return been already the object of previous, " about five or six, sometimes sooner and, I believe, nearly cotemporary in" or later."

vestigation. The truth is, that it did The date when Captain Manby's" happen upon two of these drives, that ship was lying at Long Reach is not I met with Captain Manby; in one given; and therefore whether this was of them that he joined me,

and went before or after the scene of the sup- with me to Lord Eardley's, at Belposed salute does not appear. But videre, and that he partook of somefor what was this statement of Mr thing which we had to eat ;-that Bidgood's made? Why was it intro. some of Lord Eardley's servants were duced? Why were these drives to- examined as to my conduct upon this wards Long Reach with luncheon, occasion ;—and I am confidently inconnected with Captain Manby's ship formed that the servants gave a most lying there at the time, examined to satisfactory account of all that passed; by the Commissioners ?

that they felt, and have exprespoint, the matter foremost in their sed some honest indignation at the minds, when they call back this wit. foul suspicion which the examination ness for his re-examination, appears implied. On the other occasion, havto have been these drives towards ing the boys to go on board the AfriLong Reach.-Can it have been for caine, I went with one of my Ladies any purpose but to have the benefit to see them on board, and Captain of the insinuation, to leave it open to Manby joined us in our walk round be inferred, that those drives were Mr Calcraft's grounds at Ingress for the purpose of meeting Captain Park, opposite to Long Reach; where Manby? If this fact was material, we walked, while my horses were why, in the name of justice, was it so baiting. We went into no house, left? Mrs Fitzgerald was mentioned and on that occasion had nothing to by name, as ccompanying me in eat. May 1813.


The first nay,

Perfectly unable to account why me, which were directed to Captain these facts were not more fully inqui- Manby. red into, if thought proper to be in. Soon after the arrival of the Afriquired into at all, I return again to caine, however, Bidgood says, the Mr Bidgood's evidence. As far as Captain put off in his boat. Sicard it respects my conduct at Montague went to meet him, and immediately House, it is confined to the circum- brought him up to me and my Lastances which I have already men- dies ;-he dined there then, and came tioned. And, upon those circum- frequently to see me. It would have stances, I have no further observation, been as candid, if Mr Bidgood had which may tend to illustrate Mr Bid- represented the fact as it really was, good's credit, to offer. But I trust, though pertaps the circumstance is if, from other parts of his evidence, not very material :--that the Captain your Majesty sees traces of the strong- brought the two boys on shore with est prejudices against me, and the him to see me, and this, as well as most scandalous inferences drawn many other circumstances connected from circumstances, which can in no with these boys, the existence of degree support them, your Majesty whom, as accounting in any degree will then be able justly to appreciate for the intercourse between me and the credit due to every part of Mr Captain Manby, could never have Bidgood's evidence.

been collected from out of Bidgood's Under the other head into which I depositions, Sicard would have stated, have divided this part of the case, I if the Commissioners had examined mean my conduct at Southend, as re- him to it. But though he is thus relative to Captain Manby, Mr Bid- ferred to, though his name is men. good is more substantial and par- tioned about the letters sent to Cape ticular. His statement on this head tain Manby, he does not appear to begins by shewing that I was at have been examined to any of them, Southend about six

weeks before the and all that he appears to have been Africaine, Captain Manby's ship, ar- asked is, as to his remembering rived. That Mr Sicard was looking Captain Manby visiting at Montaout for its arrival, as if she was ex- gue House, and to my paying the pected. And as it is my practice to expense of the linen furniture for require as constant a correspondence to his cabin.

But Mr Sicard was, be kept up with my charity boys, when I suppose, represented by my eneon board of ship, as the nature of mies to be a confidante, from their situation will admit of, and as whom no truth could be extracted, Mr Sicard is the person who manages and therefore that it was idle waste of all matters concerning them, and en- time to examine him as to such points; ters into their interests with the most and so unquestionably he, and every friendly anxiety, he certainly was ap- other honest servant in my family, prised of the probability of the ship's who could be supposed to know any arrival off Southend before she came thing upon the subject, were sure to And here I may as well, perhaps, by be represented by those, whose c the way, remark, that as this corres- spiracy and falsehood, their honesty pondence with the boys is always un

and uuth were the best ineans of der cover to the Captain ; this circum- detecting. The conspirators, howstance may account to your Majesty ever, had the first word, and inforfor the fact, which is stated by some tunately their veracity was not quesof the witnesses, of several letters be- tioned, nor their unfavourable bias ing put into the post by Sicard, some suspected. of which he may bave received from Mr Bidgood then proceeds to state



says, s

the situation of the houses, two of “ Mrs Hood) there. My suspicions which, with a part of a third, I had arose from seeing them in the at Southend. He describes No. 9, glass,"

" &c. as mentioned before. as the house in which I slept ; No. 8, “ Her behaviour like that of a woas that in which we dined; and No. 7, man attached to a man ; used to as containing a drawing - room, to 6 be by themselves at luncheon, at which we retired after dinner. And Southend, when the ladies were not he • I have several times seen 6 sent for ; - a number of times. "the Princess, after having gone to “ There was a poney which Captain " No. 7 with Captain Manby and “ Manby used to ride ; it stood in " the rest of the company, retire with “the stable ready for him, and which

Captain Manby from No. 7, thro' 16 Sicard used to ride." Then he "No. 8, to No. 9, which was the says, the servants used to talk and " house where the Princess slept. I laugh about Captain Manby, and that

suspect that Captain Manby slept it was matter of discourse amongst “ very frequently in the house. Hints them ; and this, with what has been " were given by the servants, and I alluded to before, respecting Sicard's " believe that others suspected it as putting letters for him in the post, " well as myself."- What those hints which he had received from me, cunTere, by what servants given, are tains the whole of his deposition as things which do not seem to have far as respects Captain Manby. And, been thought necessary matters of in- Sire, as to the fact of retiring thro quiry. At least, there is no trace in No. 8, from No. 7, to No. 9, alone Mr Bidgood's, or any other witness's with Captain Manby, I have no reexamination, of any such inquiry hav, collection of ever 'having gone with ing been made.

Captain Manby, though but for a In his second deposition, which ape moment, from the one room in which plies to the same fact, after saying the company was sitting, through the that we went away the day after the dining-room to the other drawing, Africaine sailed from Southend, he It is, however, now above says, “ Captain Manby was there two years ago, and to be confident "three times a week at the least, that such a circumstance might not

whilst his ship lay for six weeks off have happened is more than I will " Southend at the Nore ;-he came undertake to be. But in the only * as tide served in a morning, and to sense in which he uses the expression, “dine, and drink tea,

I have seen

as retiring alone, coupled with the " him next morning by ten o'clock. immediate context that follows, it is " I suspected he slept at No. 9, the most false and scandalous. I know "Princess's. She always put out the no means of absolutely proving a ne

candles herself in the drawing-room gative. If the fact was true, there " No. 9, and bid me not wait to put must have been other witnesses who them up. She gave me the orders could have proved it as well as Mr

as soon as she went to Southend. Bidgood. Mrs Fitzgerald is the only "I used to see water jugs, basons, person of the party who was examin. " and towels, set out opposite the ed, and her evidence proves the ne" Princess's door in the passage. Ne- gative, so far as the negative can be "rer saw them so left in the passage proved; for she says,

" he dined there, " at any other time, and I suspected never staid late. She was at South** he was there at that time ; there " end all the time I was there, and

was a general suspicion through the “cannot recollect to have seen Cap" house. Mrs and Miss Fitzgerald "tain Manby there, or known bim to there, and Miss Hammond (now “ be there, later than nine, or half


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