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mony, and let bim bave an airy room appro- Mrs. Harcourt and her ladies, the Duke of priated to bimself, as he was always ill in Kent came to take leave before his Royal town, and from being asthmatic, suffered ex- Higbness went to Gibraltar. When we were tremely when the weather was foggy in town. sitting at table the Princess introduced me, Sir John gave bim that hospitable reception and said— Your Royal Highness must look he was in tbe babit of doing by all his old at her eyes; but now she has disguised ber. friends (for I understand they have been self in a large bat, you cannot see how hand. known to each other more than twenty years), some sbe is.” The Duke of Kent was very and he introduced him to me as a person to polite and obliging, for be continued to talk whom he wished my friendly attention to be with Mrs. Harcourt, and took little notice, for paid ; as I had never seen Sir Siduey Smith which I felt much obliged; but she persisted, in my life, until this period, when he became, and said " Take off your hat.” I did not as it were, a part of the family. When I re- do it, and she took it off; but his Royal turned to town, I told Sir John Douglas the Higbness, I suppose, conceiving it could aut circumstance of the Princess having visited be very pleasant to me, took little notice, me, and a few days after this we received a and talked of something else. note from Mrs. Lisle (who was in waiting) Whenever the Princess visited us, either commanding us to dine at Montague House. Sir John or I returned home with her and her We went, and there were several persons at -party quite to the door ; and if he were out, the dinner. I remember Lord and Lady Dart- I went with her Royal Highness, and took my mouth, and I think, Mr. and Mrs. Arbuth- footman ; for we soon saw that her Royal nut, &c. &c. From this time the Princess Highness was a very singular and a very inmade me frequent visits, always attended by discreet woman, and we resolved to be alher ladies, or Mrs. Sander (her maid). When ways very careful and guarded with her; and Sander came, she was sent back, or was put in when she visited us, if any visitor whosoever another room; but when any of her ladies came to our bouse, they were put into an were with her, we always sat together. Her other room, and they could not see the PrinRoyal Highness was never attended by any cess, or be in her society, unless she positively livery servant, but she always walked about desired it. However, her Royal Highness Blackheath and the neighbourbood only with forgot her high station (and she was always her female attendants. In a short time the forgetting it;) we trust, and hope, and feel Princess became so extravagantly foud of me, satisfied, we never for a moment lost sight of that, however flattering it might be, it cer- her being the wife of the Heir Apparept. tainly was very troublesome. Leaving her We passed our time as her Royal Highattendants below, she would push past my ness chose, when together, and the usual servant, and run up stairs into my bed-cbam. amusements were playing French Proverbs, ber, kiss me, take me in her arms, and tell me I in which the Princess always cast the parts, was beautiful, saying she had never loved any and played; Musical Magic, forfeits of all woman so much; that she would regulate my kinds ; sometimes dancing; and in this maydress, for she deligbted in setting off a pretty ner, either the Princess and her ladies with woman; and such high-flown complimeuts me, or we at Montague House, we passed our ibat women are never used to pay to eacb time. Twice, after spending the morning other. I used to beg her Royal Highness pot with me, she remained without giving me any to feed my self-love, as we bad all enough of previous notice, and would dine with us, and that, without encouraging one another. She thus ended the year 1801. would then stop me, and enumerate all my good In the month of February, before Miss Gart: points I had, saying she was determined to was to come into waiting, in Marcb, 1802, the teach me to set them off. She would ex- Princess, in one of her morning visits, after claim, “Oh! believe me, you are quite beau- she had sent Sander home, said, “My dear tiful, different from almost any English wo- Lady Douglas, I am come to see you this morn. man; your arms are fine beyond imagivation, ing, to ask a great favour of you, which I hope your bust is very good, and your eyes-Oh! you will grant me." I told her, " I was sure I never saw such eyes !-all other women who she could vot make any unworthy request, and bave dark eyes look fierce, but yours (my that I could only say, I should have great pleadear Lady Douglas) are nothing but softness sure in doing any tbing to oblige her, but I was and sweetuess, and yet quite dark.” lo this really at a loss to guess how I possibly could manner she went on perpetually, even before have it in my power to grant ber a favour." strangers. I remember when I was one morn- Her Royal Highness replied, “What I have ing at her hvuse, with her Pypyal Highness, I to ask is for you to come and speud a fortnight with me; you shall not be separated from Sir | she was ill. Lord Dartmouth looked surprised, John, for he may be with you wbenever be and sa d he had not heard of Miss Garth being pleases, and bring your little girl and maid.

ill, and was surprised. I was struck with I mean you to come to the Round Tower, Lord Dartmouth's seeming doubt of Miss where there are a complete suit of rooms for Garib's illness, and after thought upon it. a lady and her servant. When Mrs. Lisle was From the dinner we went at an early hour to in waiting, and hurt her foot, she resided the Opera, and then returned to Blackheath. there. Miss Heyman always was there, and During this visit I was greatly surprised at the Lord and Lady Lavington have slept ihere. whole style of the Princess of Wales's converWhen I have any married people visiting me, sation, which was constantly very loose, and it is better than their being in the house, aud such as I had not been accustomed to bear; we are only separated by a small garden. I such as,in many instances, I have not been able dislike Miss Garth, and she hates to be with to repeat, even to Sir John, and such as made me more than what her duty demands, and I me hope I should cease to know her before don't wish to trouble any of my ladies out of my daughter might be old enough to be cortheir turn. I shall require you, as Lady in rupted by her. I confess I went home hoping Waiting, to attend me in my walks ; and when and believing she was at times a good deal I drive out write my notes and letters for me, disordered in her senses, or she never would and be in the way to speak to any one who have gone on as she did. When she came to may come on business. I seldom appear until sup with me in the Tower (which sbe often about tkree o'clock, and you may go home did), she would arrive in a long red cloak, a before I want you afier breakfast every day." silk handkerchief tied over her head under her I replied, lhat being a married woman, I could chin, aud a pair of slippers down at the heels. pot promise for myself, and as Sir John was After supper I attended her to the house. I much out of health, I should not like to leave found her a person without education or ta. him; but he was always so kind and good lents, and without any desire of improving natured to me, that I dared venture to say he herself. Amongst other things which surprised would allow me if he could ; and when he me while there, was a plan she told me she had came home I asked him if I should go. Sir

in hand: that Prince William of Gloucester John agreed to the Princess's desire, and I liked me, and that she had written to him, to took the waiting. During my stay, I attended tell him a fair lady was in her Tower; that her Royal Highness to the Piay and the Opera,

she left it to his own heart to find out who it I think twice, and also to dine at Lord Dart- was, but if he was the gallant Prince she mouth's and Mr. Windham's. At Mr. Wind- thought him, he would Ay and see. I was ham's, in the evening, while one of the Ladies amazed at such a contrivance, and said, "Good was at the harpsichord, the Princess com- God! how could your Royal Highness do so? plained of being very warm, and called out I really like Sir Joho better than any body, and for ale, which, by a mistake in the lang uage, am quite satisfied and happy. I waited nine she always calls oil. Mrs. Windham was per- years for him, and never would marry any fectly at a loss to comprehend her wishes, and other person.” The Princess ridiculed this, and came to me for an explanation. I told her I said, “Nonsense, nonsense, my dear friend." believed she meant ale. Mrs. Windham said In consequence of the Princess's note, Prince she had none in the house; was it any par

William actually rode the next morning to the ticular kind she required ? I told her I be- Tower, but by good fortune Sir Sidney Smith lieved not; that when the Princess thought

had previously called and been admitted, and proper to visit me, she always wanted it, and as we were walking by the house, her Royal I gave her what I had, or could procure for Highuess saw the Prince coming, went immeher upon Blackheath. We could not always diately out of sight, and ran and told a ser. suddenly obtain what was wished. Mrs. Wind- vant to say she and I were gone walking, and ham then proposed to have some sent for, and we immediately walked away to Charlton, did so; it was brought, and the Princess drank having first, unperceived, seen Prince Wils it all. When at Lord Dartmouth's, his Lord- liam ride back again (of course not very well ship asked me if I was the only Lady in Wait. pleased, and possibly believing I had a hand ing, being, I suppose, surprised at my ap.

in his ridiculous adventure). It seems he was pearing in that situation, when, to his know- angry; for soon after his Royal Highness, the Jedge, I had not known the Princess more late Duke of Gloucester, came and desired to than four months. I arswered, I was at Mon- see the Princess, and told her, that his son tague-bouse acting as Lady in Waiting, until William had represented to bim bow very free Miss Garth was well, as the Princess told me she permitted Sir Sidney Smith to be, and how constant he was visiting at Montague-house; bad in him, after Sir John's hospitality to that it rested with herself to keep her acquaint- bim. I know him incapable of such.a Ibiog, ance at a proper distance, and as Sir Sidney for I have known him a long time; but still I was a lively, thoughtless man, and bid not wonder too in the same bouse it does not been accustomed to the society of ladies of her happen." By this time I was rather vexed, rauk, be might forget bin.self, and she would

and said, “ Your Royal Highness and I think then bave herself to blame; that as a father, quite differently.-Sir Sidney Smith comes and and an earnest friend, he came to her, very goes as he pleases to his room in our house. sorry indeed to trouble her, but he conjured I really see little of him. He seems a very and begged her to recollect how very peculiar good-bumoured, pleasant mau, and I always her situation was, and how doubly requisite think ove may be upon very friendly terms it was she should be more cautious than other with men who are friends of one's husband, people. To end this lecture (as she called it) without being their humble servants." The she rang the bell, and desired Mr. Cole to Princess argued upon this for an hour-said, fetch me. I went into the drawing-room, “this is Miss Garth's argument, but she was where the Duke and her Royal Higbness were mistaken, and it was ridiculous. If ever a si'ling, and she introduced me as an old friend woman was upon friendly terms with any of Priuce William's. His Royal Highness got man, they were sure to become lovers." I up and looked at me very much, and then said, said, “ I shall contioue to think as Miss Garih “ The Princess has been talking a great deal did, and that it depended very much upon the about you, and tells me you have made oue lady." Upon the 29th of March I left M00. of the most delightful children in the world, tague House, and the Princess commanded me and indeed it might well be so, when the to be sent up to her bed-chamber. I went and mother was so handsome and good-natured faund ber in bed, and I took Mrs. Vapsitlooking.” By this time I was so used to these

tart's note in my hand, apgouncing the fine speeches, either from the Princess, or news of peace. She desired me

to sit from her through otbers, that I was ready to down close to the bed, and then, taking my laugh, and I only said, “ We did not talk hand, she said, “ You see, my dear friend, I about much beauty, but my little girl was in have the most complaisant husband in the good bealth, and ber Royal Highness was very world- I have no one to controul me I see obliging.” As soon as his Royal Highness was whom I like, I go where I like, I spend wbat gone, the Princess sent again for me, told me I please, and bis Royal Highness pays for all. every word be had said, and said, “ He is a Other English husbands plague their wives, good man, and therefore I took it as it was but he never plagues me at all, whicb is cermeant; but if Prince William had ventured to tajuly being very polite and complaisant, and talk to me himself, I would certainly have I am better off than my sister, who was boxed his ears: bowever, as he is so inqui- heartily beat every day. How much happier sitive, and watches me, I will cheat him, and am I than the Duchess of York. She and the throw the dust in his eyes, and make bim be- Duke hate each other, aud yet they will be lieve Sr Sidney Smith comes here to see two bypocrites, and live together-that I you, and that you and he are the greatest would never do.Now I'il shew you a letter possible friends. I delight of all things in wherein the Priuce of Wales gives me full cheating those clever people." Her speech leave to follow my owu plans." She then put and intentions made me serious, and my mind the letter into my bands, the particulars of was forcibly struck with the great danger there which I bave mentioned. When I had finishwould follow to myself, if she were this kind ed, I appeared affected, and she said, “You of person. I begged ber not to tbiuk of doing seem to think that a fine tbing; now I see such a thing, saying, “ Your Royal Highness nothing in it; but I dare say that when my knows it is not so, and although I would do beloved had finished it, he fancied it one of the much to oblige you, yet when my own charac- finest pieces of peomanship in the world. I ter is at stake, 1 must stop:-Good God, should have been the man, and he the woman. ma'am, his Royal Highness would naturally I am a real Brunswick, and do not know what repeat it, and what should I do? Reputation the sensation Fear is; but as to bim, he will not bear being sported with.” The Princess lives in eternal warm water, and delights in took me by the hand, and said, “ Certainly, my it, if he can but have his slippers under any dear Lady Douglas, I know very well it old Dowager's table, and sit there scribbling is not so, that I am sure of. I have much too notes; that's bis whole delight." good an opinion of you, and too good an op- She then told me every circumstance rela nion of Sir Sidney Smith. It would be very tive to her marriage, and that she would be

separated, and that she had invited the Chan- had been in a great agitation, and I must guess cellor very oftep lately, to try and accomplishwbat had happened to her. I guessed a great it, but they were stupid, and told her it could many things, but she said no to them all; pot be done. Il appeared to me that, at this and then said I gave it up, for I had no idea time, her Royal Highness's mind was bent what she could mean, and therefore might upon the accomplishment of tbis purpose; guess my whole life without success.

“ Well and it would be found, I think, from L rd then, I must tell you,” said ber Royal HighEldon and the others, that sbe pressed this ness, “but I am sure you know all the while. subject close upou them, whenever they were I thought you bad completely found me out, at Montague House ; for she told me more and therefore I came to you, for you looked droll than once she had.* Her Royal Highness, be.

when I called for ale and fried onions and po. fore she put the letter by, said, “ I always tatoes, and when I said I eat tongue and keep this, for it is ever necessary, I will go

chickens at my breakfasts; that I was as sure as into the House of Lords with it mystlf. The my life you suspected me; tell me honestly Prince of Wales desires me in that letter to did you not ?" I affected not to understand choose my own plan of life, and amuse myself ihe Princess at all, and did not really com. as 1 1.ke; and also when I lived in Carltou prehend her. She then said, “Well, I tell; House, he often asked me why I did not

I am with child, and the child came to life select some particular gentleman for my when I was breakfasting with Lady Wilfriend, and was surprised I did not.” She loughby. The milk fowed up into my breast then added, “I am not treated at all as a so fast, lhat it came through my muslio gown, Princess of Wales ought to be. As to the and I was obliged to pretend that I had spilt friendsbip of the Duke of Gloucester's fa- something, and go up stairs to wipe my gowa mily, I understand that Prince William would with a napkin, and got up stairs into Lady like to marry either my daughter or me, if he Willoughby's room, and did very well, but it could. I now, therefore, am desirous of form- was an unlucky adventure.” ing a society of my own choosing, and I beg I was indeed most sincerely concerned for you always to remember, all your 'life, that I her, conceiving it impossible but she must be shall always be happy to see you. I think ruined, and I expressed my sorrow in the you very discreet, and the best woman in the strongest terms, saying, what would she do? world, and I beg you to consider the Tower she could never carry such an affair through; always as your own; there are offices, and and I then said, I hoped she was mistaken. you might almost live there, and if Sir Jobu is She said no, she was sure of it, and these ever called away, do not go home to your sort of things only required a good courage; family; it is not pleasant after people have that she would mapage very well; but though children, therefore always come to my Tower. she told me she would not employ me iu the I hope to see you there very soon again.

business, for I was like all the English wo. Tbe Prince has offered me sixty thousand, if

men, so very nervous, and she bad observed I'll go and live at Hanover ; but I never will.

me so frightened a few days past, when a horse Tbis is the only country in the world to live

galloped near me, ibat she would not let in." She then kissed me, and I took my

me bave auy thing to do for ibe world. The leave.

Princess added, “ You will be surprised to While I had been in the round Tower in

see how well I manage it, and I am determined Montague House, which only consists of two to suckle the child myself” i expressed my rooms and a closet on a Avor, I bad always great apprehensions, and asked her wbat she my maid and child slept within my room, and would do if ihe Prince of Wales seized her Sir Jobo was generally with me; he and all person w ben she was a wet pui se? She said she my friends baviog free permission to visit. wouid never suffer any one to touch ber perMr. Cole (the page) slept over my room, and son. She laughed at niy fears, and added, a watchman weut round the Tower all night. “ You know votbing about these beings; if Upon my return home, the same appareat you bad read Les Avantures du Chevalier de friendship continued, and in one of her Royal

Grammont, you wouid know better wbat fa. Highness's visits she told me, she was come to

tricks Princesses and li eir ladies bave a long couversation with me, ibat she

played then, and you shall and o:us lead

the story of Catherine Parr and a Lady * The Chancellor may now, perhaps, be able Douglas of those lwes; have you never to grant her request.

beard of it?” She then related it, but as I N. B; The passage contained in this. Note is, in the authenticated Copy transmitted to the Prin.

never bad heard of it, l' looked upon it as her dess of Wales, placed in the margin.

own jovention to reconcile my mind to thens


kind of things. After this we often mel, and woman.” Sir Sidney Smith, who was present, the Princess often alluded to her situation and begged her pardon, asserted it was not so, and to mine, and one day as we were sitting to- wished to stop her, but she contradicted him, get her upon the sofa, she put her hand upon and entered into all she knew of the private her stomach, and said, laughing,“ Well, here history of the Duchess's mother, saying, “she we sit like Mary and Elizabeth, in the Bible." was literally a common washerwoman, and the When she was bled, she used always to press Dachess need not to take so much pains and me to be bled, and used to be quite angry that not expose her skin to the open air,' wben her I would not, and whatever she thougbt good mother had been in it all the day long.” for herself, always recommended to me.

Her When she was gone, Sir John was very much Royal Highness now took every occasion to disgusted, and said, her conversation bad estrange me from Sir John, by laughing at been so low and ill-judged, and so much below him, and wondering how I could be content her, that he was perfectly ashamed of her, and with him; urged me constantly to keep my she disgraced her station. Sir Sidney Smith own room, and not to continue to sleep with agreed, and confessed he was astonished, for him, and said, if I had any more children she it must be confessed she was not deserving of would have nothing more to say to me.

Her her station. After the Duke of Kent had been design was evident, and easily seen through, so kind as to come and take leave of her, before and consequently averted. She naturally he last left England, upon the day I mention. wished to keep us apart, lest in a moment of ed, she delivered her critique upon his Royal confidence I should repeat what she had Highness, saying "He had the manners of a divulged, and if she had estranged me from my Prince, but was a disagreeable man, and not husband, she kept me to herself. I took espe. to be trusted, and that his Majesty had told cial care, therefore, that my regard for him bim, “Now, Sir, when you go to Gibraltar, do should not be undermined. I never told him not make such a trade of it as you did when her situation, and, contrary to her wishes, Sir you went to Halifax.'” The Princess repeated, John and I remained upon the same bappy upon nry honour it is true; the King said, terms we always had.

do not make such a trade of it.'” She went It will scarcely be credited (nevertheless it is

“ the Prince at first ordered them strictly true, and those who were present must all to keep away, but they came now someavow it, or perjure themselves), what liberty times; however, tbey are no loss, for there is the Princess gave both to her thoughts and her vot a man among them all whom any one can tongue, in respect to every part of the Royal make their friend.” Family. It was disgusting to us beyond the As I was with the Princess ope morning in power of language to describe, and upon such her garden-house, his Royal Highness the occasions we always believed and hoped she Duke of Cumberland waited upon her. As could not be aware of what she was talking

on to


soon as he was gone she said, “ he was a about, otherwise common family affection, foolish boy, and had been asking her a thou. common sense, and common policy, would

sand foolish questions.” She then told me have kept her silent. She said before the two every word of his secrets, which he had been Fitzgeralds, Sir Sidney Smith, and ourselves, telling her; iv particular, a long story of Miss that when Mr. Addington had his house given Keppel, and that he said, the old woman left him, his Majesty did not know what he was them together, and wanted to take him in, and about, and waved her hand round and round therefore he had cut the connexion. She her head, laughing, and saying, “Certainly said she liked his countenance best, but she ke did not; but the Queen got twenty thou- could trace a little family likeness to herself; sand, so that was all very well.”. We were all but for all the rest they were very ill-made, and at a loss, and no one said any thing. This had plumb-pudding faces, which sbe could not was at my own house one morning; the rest bear. His Royal Highness the Duke of Camof the morning passed in abusing Mr. Adding-bridge was next ridiculed. She said, “ he looked ton (now Lord Sidmouils), and her critiques exactly like a serjeant, and so vulgar with his upon him closed by saying, “ It was not much

ears full of powder.” This was her Royal wonder a peace was not lasting, when it was Highness's usual and favourite mode of amusmade by the son of a quack doctor.” Before ing herself and her company. The conversaMiss Hamond, one evening at my house, she tion was always about men, praising the Eng.. said, “ Prince William is going to Russia, and lish men, reviling all English womey, as being there is to be a grand alliance with a Russian the ugliest creatures in the world, and the Princess, but it not very likely a Russian worst, and always engaged in some project or Princess will marry the grandson of a washer- other, as the impulse of the moment might

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