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suffering all the unpleasant feeling of being | morning, and went away. Doctor Burnaby where I had been courted and idolized, I

spoke to me as I passed bim, and, looking begged permission at last to go away. When

back, I saw her Royal Highuess's bead; she I went out, to my surprize, I found the chil.

was looking out after me, to see if she had dren had been kept in the passage near the fairly got rid of me, and laughing immodefront door, with the door open to Blackheath, rately at Dr. Burnaby in his gown. I quitted in a December day, with four opposite doors her house, resolved never to re-enter it but for opened and shut upon them, instead of being form's sake, and wrote her word, that as I had taken to the housekeeper's room, as they al- loug been treated rudely, and my children, ways had been. My maid had at lengtb begged whom she courted to her house, were now the footman to go to a fire, as the children insulted there, I felt a dislike to accepting a cried dreadfully and were very cold. I under present thrown at me, as it were, under such stand the man was a footman, of the name of

unpleasant circumstances; that I bad not unGaskin, I think, and his answer was, if the tied the box, and requested she would pesmit children are cold, you can put them back into me to return it; and that as I was an English the carriage and warm tbem. I took them

gentlewoman, and defied her to say she had home immediately, and was inclined to return

ever seen a single impropriety in my conduct, and ask why they had been thus all of a sud. I would never suffer myself to be ill-used den treated with this brutality and ire perti. without a clear explanation. The Princess nence, and which was doubly cruel in Sir

wrote back a most haughty imperibus reply, John's absence: but I deferred going until I

desiring me to keep the box, styled herself meant to take my final leave, wbich I did on

Princess of Wales in almost every line, and the following Sunday. Doctor Burnaby was

insulted me to such a degree that I retarbed standing in the hall with every thing pre

an answer insisting upon her explaining herpared for the Princess to receive the sacra. self. This she returned me unopened, saying, ment. I was ushered through notwithstanding,

she would not open my second letter, and bad and the footmen seemed to go to and fro as

therefore sent it to me to put in the fire, and much at their case as if no such thing was

that she was ready to put the matter in obli. preparing. She was standing in the drawing- vion, as she desired me to do; wished me and room, and received me witb Mis. Lisle and

my dear little children well, and sbould at all Mrs. Fitzg'rald. I said I should have been

times be glad to see her former neighbour. I gone before, had it been in my power, and in

did as she desired, and went away at Christmas compliance with her commands, had come to

without ever seeing or bearing more of her take my leave. She did not ask me to sit

Royal Highness, aud found in the paper box down, but said “God bless you; good bye.” a gold necklace, with a medallion saspended I then said I was much concerned I had from it of a mock. brought my little girls a few days past, and Thus ended my intercourse, for the prethat I should never have done so, but from sent, with the Princess of Wales, and the her Royal Highness's repeated desire. She

year 1803. said, she was sorry; and asked, who used them When we resided in Devonshire, seeing by 80. I told her, one of her livery servants, and the papers that her Royal Highness was ill, Sir Jobu would not like to hear of it. Her wesent a note of enquiry to the lady in waiting, Royal Highness said, “stop a moment;" few which was answered very politely, and even in past me through the hall where Doctor Bur. a friendly manner, by her Royal Highness's naby stood waiting for her, up to her own orders. Upon the arrival of the Duke of room, and returned with a white paper box, Sussex from abroad, Sir John returned to towu pushing it into my hand "God bless you, my to attend him, and when we drove to Blackdear Lady Douglas." I said I wished to de- heath to see our friends, I left my card for clive taking any thing; that my object in her Royal Highness, who was visiting Mr. 'coming there was to offer her my duty, and Canning; the moment she returned home she tell her how ill my children had been used. I commanded Mrs. Vernon to send me word 'could not conceive how any footman could use

never to repeat my visits to Blackheath. I the freedom of treating Sir John's children so, gave Sir John the note, and must confess, unless he had been desired. She only an. accustomed as I had been to her baughty swered, Ob! no, indeed; good bye.” I overbearing caprice, yet this exceeded my attempted to put the box into her hands, belief of what she was capable of, being so iasaying, I had rather not have it; but she consistent with her two last letters; but the dropped her hands and turned away. I there- fact was, she thought we were gone above 200 fore wished Mrs. Lisle and Miss Fitzgerald good | miles from her, and should be there for many years, and she never calculated upon the I was at a loss to conceive what she proposed return of his Royal Highness the Duke of to herself by persecutiug me; that was Sussex, having very often told me his Royal afflicted at being so placed in the opinion of a Highness would never live in Englaod, in his good woman, like Mrs. Vernon, and who was Majesty's life-time; that she was certain of free to say what she pleased upon the subject that, and had reasons for kuowing it; and Sir every where; that it was half as bad to be Jobo would never bave bim here. I suppose thought ill of as to deserve it; and that I she had taken this into her bead because she would wait upon Mrs. Vernon, and detail to wished it; apd, therefore, the return of his her a circumstantial account of every thing Royal Higbness was a mortal death-blow to which had occurred since I had known her all ber hopes on this score; and when she Royal Highness ; and I would acquaint my found that his Royal Highness was not only busband and family with the same, and leave returned, but that Sir Joho was in attendance, them, and the circle of my friends, to judge and that his Royal Highness was in Carlton betwixt her Royal Highness and myself; that House, where Sir John might see, and have I would not lie under an imputation of baving the honour of being made known to the Prince done wrong ; and I took my leave of ber Royal of Wales, her fear and rage got the better of Highness for ever, only first regretting I had every prulent consideration, and she com- ever known ber, and thaukful to be emanci. manded Mrs. Vergon to dismiss me as I have pated from Montague-House, and that she mentioned. Had the Princess of Wales written owed it to me to have, at least, dismissed me to me berself, and told me, in a civil manner, in a civil manner, by her owo hands." This that she would tbank me to keep away, I letter ber Royal Highuess returned unopened ; should have acquaioted her that I wished and but, from its appearance, I bad strong reason desired to do so, and had ouly called for the to believe she had read it. I was resolved, sake of appearances, and there the matter bowever, if she had not, she should be taught would have ended; unless I bad ever been better, as she might not treat any other person called upon (as I am now) by his Majesty, or so ill as she had me, and my mind was bent the Heir Apparent. In that case, as in this, 1 upon speaking to Mrs. Veruon; I was nearly should have made it my sacred duty to have certain, if I wrote to Mrs. Vernon, the Princess answered, as upon my oath; but the circum- would make her send my letter baek, and stance of being driven out of her house by the

therefore I wrote Mrs. Fitzgerald pearly a copy hands of the Lady in Waiting, as if I had de

of what I sent ker Royal Highuess, and served it, and as if I were a culprit, was wound

called upon her, as she had been always prejog one with a poisoned arrow, which left the sent, to say, if she ever saw any thing in my wound to fester after it had torn and stabbed

behaviour to justify any rudeness towards me: me; it was a refinement in insult, for the that I was precisely what the Princess found Princess had always been in the habit of writ.

me when the Pripcess walked up to her knees ing to me herself, and bad commanded me in snow to seek my acquaintance, and precisely pever to hold intercourse with ber through the same individual wbom she bad thought ber ladies, but always directly to herself; and worthy of the strongest proofs of ber fri'ndship, so particular were her directions and permis- and whose lying-iu she had attended in so parsion upon this head, that she told me never to ticular a manner, and had thought worthy of put my letters under cover, but always direct shedding tears over ; that her Royal Highuess them to berself. I felt so miserable, that Mrs. had tbought proper to confide in me a secret, Vernon, to whom I was known, and for whom of very serious importance to herself; and I Sir Joho and myself had an esteem, should would not, after acting in the most honourable think ill of me; and I therefore wrote to tbe manner to her, be dismissed by a Lady in Princess, saying, “ From the moment she Waiting; and I meant to be at Montaguejudged proper to come into my family, I had House, and have a satisfactory conversation always conducted myself towards her Royal with Mrs. Vernon; and therefore she would be Highness with the respect her high station so good as to acquaint ber Royal Highness demanded; and that when she forced her with the contents of my letter, or lay it before secrets upon me, I had (wbatsoever my senti. her Royal Highness. Mrs. Fitzgerald sent ments were) kept them most honourably for back a confused pote, saying, she could not her, never yet having even told Sir John, shew the Princess my letter, unless she was although I gave bim my full confidence in all called upon; and when she opened it her dis. other tbings ; vor bad I even, under my pre. appointment was great, for she expected to sent aggravation, imparted it, or meant;- have found respectful inquiries after her Royal that after such generous conduct op my part, Highness's finger (wbich was hurt when she went to see Mr. Canoing), and that I might tunity of * freely with his Majesty, and she make my mind easy, as Ladies in Waiting tbinks my conduct authorizes her to tell bim never repeated any thing ; and she was asto-off, aod that she is my only true and integer nished I had thrown out such a biot. A day friend. Such is the spirit of this foreigner, or two after, a note was sent to Sir Joho, as if which would have disgraced a house-maid to nothing had happened, requesting him to go have written, and it encloses a fabricated to Montague-House. The servant who brought anonymous letter, which she pretends to have it drove Mrs. Vernpa from Blackheath home received, and upon which she built her doubts to her own house in town, and I have no doubt and disapprobation of me, as it advises ber it will be found (if ioquiry is made) that Mrs. not to trust me, for that I am indiscreet, and Vernon was put prematurely out of her wait- tell every body that the child she took from ing, lest I should explain with her. Sir Joho Deptford, was ber own. obeyed ber Royal Highness's summons, and The whole construction of both these episshe received bim in the most gracious pleasant tles, from beginning to end, are evidently that manuer, taking as much pains to please and of a foreigner, and a very ignorant one, and flatter bim now as she had formerly done by the vulgarity of it is altogether quite shoekme, and began a conversation with him rela- ing. In one part she exclaims that she tive to a General Innes, of the Marines, whom did not think I should have had the imthe Admiralty thought proper, with many pudence to come on her door again, and tells others, to put upon the retired list; she ex- me 'tis for my being indiscreet, and not having pressed an ardent desire to get tbat officer allowed her to call me a liar, that she treats me reiustated, and consulted Sir John, as belong-thus, and that I should do well to remember ing to the same corps, how she could ac- the story of Henry the Eighth's Queen, and complish such an uodertaking. Sir Johu Lady Douglas. I was instantly satisfied it listened to her attentively, and made ber was from her Royal Highness the Princess of short and very polite answers, acquainting Wales, and that Mrs. Fitzgerald had shewn her no such thing was ever done. She said ber my letter, and this was ber answer to it. she must speak to Lord Melville about it, I immediately carried it to Sir Job, Douglas, as it was a hard case. The luncheon was then who said he was sure it came from the Prin. announced, and she ordered Sir John to attend cess, and he shewed it to Sir Sidney Smith, herself and the ladies. Sir John found Mrs. who said, “every word and expression in it Vernon was sent off, and a lady was there were those wbich the Princess of Wales conwhom he did not know, but thought was Lady stantly used.” Sir John desired me now to Carnarvon. When they were all seated Sir give bim a full explanation of what ber Royal Jobu remained on his legs, and she looked Highness the Princess of Wales had confided aoxiously at bim, and said, “ My dear Sir to me, and whether I bad ever mentioned it. John, sit dowu and eat.” He bowed, with a | I gave him my solema word of honour it had distant respect, and said, he could not eat; never passed my lips, and I was now only going that he was desirous of returning to town; to utter it at his positive desire. That her and if her Royal Highness had no furtber Royal Higbness the Princess of Wales told business with him, he would beg leave to go. me she was with child, and that it came to The Princess looked quite disconcerted, and life at Lady Willoughby's; that if she was said, “ Whal, not eat any thing, not sit down ; discovered, she would give the Pripce of Wales pray take a glass of wine then.” He bowed

the credit, for she slept at Carlton House twice again as before, and repeated that he could

the year she was pregnant ; that she oftea peither eat por drink. “Well then,” she said, spoke of her situation, compared berself and “ come again soon, my dear Sir Jobn; always

me to Mary and Elizabeth, and told me when glad to see you." Sir John made no reply, she shewed me the cbild, that it was tbe little bowed, and left the room. I vow received, by boy she had two days after I last saw her, that ibe twopenny post, a long anonymous letter, was the 30th of October; therefore her son written by this restless mischievous person, the was born upon the 1st of November, and I Princess of Wales,in wbich, in language which took a retrospect view of things after I knew any one whu had ever heard her speak would the day of his birth, and her Royal Highness bave known to be hers, she called me all kind

must have gone down stairs and dined with of pames, impudent, silly, wretched, ungrate. all the Chancellors about the fourth day after ful, and illiteral (meaning illiterate), she tells she was delivered, with the intention, if she me to take that, and it will mend my ill temper, &c. &c. &c. and says, she is a person high * So in the authenticated copy; some word ju Ibis government, and has often an oppor. seems omitted,



was discovered, of having them all to say they Douglas to be the same virtuous domestic wodined with her in perfect health so early in man he thought her, when Sir John first made November, that it could not be. Sir John re- him knowo to her. Sir Sidney added, “I never collected all her whims, and went over her said a word to your wife, but what you might whole conduct, and he firmly believes her to be

have heard; and bad I been so base as to the mother of the reputed Deptford child. Ithep attempt any thing of the kind under your acquainted bim of the pains she had taken to 'roof, I should deserve for you to shoot me like estrange my mind and affections from bim, a mad dog. I am ready to go with Lady and be saw ber pursuit of pow changing sides, Douglas and yourself, and let us ask her what and endeavouring to estrange him from me, she means by it; confront her.” Accordingly, lest, if we lived in a happy state, I migbt make Sir Jobn wrote a note to the lady in waiting, kuown her situation to him; aud we agreed, which was to this effect :-"Sir John and Lady that as we had no means of communicating Douglas, and Sir Sidney Smith, present their at present with bis Majesty, or the Heir compliments to the lady in waiting, and reApparent, we must wait patiently until called quest she will have the goodness to say to her upon to bring forward ber conduct, as there | Royal Higbness the Princess of Wales, that seemed little doubt we should one day be. they are desirous of having an audience of her Finding that Sir John Douglas did not choose Royal Highuess immediately.” We received to visit where his wife was discarded and hurt

no answer to this note; but, in a few days, an in the estimation of her acquaintance, her auswer was sent to Sir Sidney Smith, ,stating, fury became so unbounded, that sbe sought that her Royal Highuess the Princess of Wales what she could do most atrocious, wicked, was much indisposed, and could oot see any and inhuman, she reached her

ope at present. This was directed to Sir would seem, and the result was, she made two

Sidney Smith, at our house, although be did drawings with a pen and ink, and sent them not live there. This was an acknowledgment to us by the twopenny post, representing me of her guilt: she could not face us; it wis

having disgraced myself with his old satisfactory to us all, for it said, I am the friend Sir Sidney Smith. They are of the most author, let me 'off; but to make one's satisindecent pature, drawn with her own hand, faction upon this the more perfect, and to and words upon them in her own hand writ- warn her of the danger she runs of discovery, ing. Sir John, Sir Sidney, and myself, can all when she did such flagrant things, I wrote the swear point blavk without a moment's hesita

under-written note, and put it into the Post tion; and if her Royal Highness is a subject, Office, directed to herself :: and amenable to the laws of this country (and “ MADAM-I received your former anoI conceive her to be so) she ought to be tried

nymous letter safe; also your two last, with and judged by those laws for doing thus,

drawings. I am, Madam, your obedient serthrow firebrands into the bosom of a quiet vant,

CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS." family. My husband, with that cool good sense which has ever marked his character, It appears evident that ber Royal Highand with a belief in my innocence, which ness received this safe, and felt how she bad nothing but facts can stagger (for it is found- committed herself, for, instead of returning it ed upon my having been faithful to him for in the old style, she sent for his Royal Highbine years before we were married, and seven ness the Duke of Kent, and requested him to years since), as well as his long acquaintance send for Sir Sidney, and by the post Sir Sidney with Sir Sidney Smith's character and dispo- received an anonymous letter, saying, the sition, and having seen the Princess of writer of that wished for no civil dissentions, Wales's loose and vicious character, put the and that there seldom was a difference, where, letters in his pocket, and went instantly to Sir | if the parties wished it, they could not arrange Sidney Smith. Sir Sidney was as much asto. matters. Sir Sidney Smith brought this cupished as we had been. Sir John then told rious letter to sbow Sir John, and we were all him, he put the question to bim, and ex- satisfied it was from ber Royal Highness; pected an answer such as an officer and a wbo, thinking Sir Sidney and Sir John might, gentleman ought to give to bis friend : Sir by this time, be cutting each other's throats, Sidney Smith gave Sir John bis hand, as bis sent very graciously to stop them; in sbort, old friend and companion, and assured bim in sbe called them civil dissentions. His Royal ibe most solemn manner, as an officer and Higbness the Duke of kent, being employed gentleman, that the whole was the most to negociate, sent for Sir Sidney Smith, and audacious and wicked calumny; and be would acquainted him, that he was desired by her swear to its being the hand-writing of the Royal Highness to say, that she would see Princess of Wales ; and that he believed Lady Sir Sidney Smith in the course of a few days,


provided, when he came to her, he avoided all Sir Sidney to dine with bim at Kensington disagreeable discussious whatscever. His Palace; but the Duke of Kent did not speak Royal Highness the Duke of Kent then sought to Sir Jobo upon the subject, and the matter from Sir Sidney an explanatiou of the matter; rested there, and would have slept for a time, Sir Sidney Smith theo gave the Duke of Kent had not the Princess of Wales re.commenced a a full detail of circumstances, and ended by fresh torrent of outrage against Sir John; saying, “ We all could, and would, swear the and bad he not discovered, tbat she was at. drawings and words contained in those covers, tempting to undermine bis and Lady Doug. were written by the Princess of Wales; for, las's character. Sir Joba, therefore, was comas if she were fully to convict herself, she had pelled to communicate bis siluation to his sealed one of the covers with the identical Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, in order seal she had used upon the cover when she that he might acquaint the Royal family of the summoned Sir John to luncbeon at Montague / manner the Princess of Wales was proceeding House."

in, and to claim his Majesty's and the Heir His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, find. Apparent's protection. His Royal Higbuess ing what a scrape she bad entangled berself in, the Duke of Sussex, with that goodness and exclaimed “Abominable! foolish! to be sure; consideration Sir Joha expected from bim, bas but, Sir Sidney Smith, as this matter, if it informed his Royal Highness the Prince of makes a noise, may dis!ress his Majesty, and Wales, who sent Sir Juhn word ibat “ He be injurious to his health, I wish Sir John desired to have a full detail of all that passed and Lady Douglas would (at least for the pre- during their acquaintance with her Royal sent) try to forget it; and if my making them Highuess the Princess of Wales, and how they a visit would be agreeable, and soothe their became known to ber, it appearing to the minds, I will go with all my heart, though I Heir Apparent, from the representation of his am not yet acquainted with them, and I will Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, that bia speak fully to the Princess of Wales, and Majesty's dearest interests, and i hose of this point out to her the danger of doing such country, were very deeply involved in the things; but, at all events, it would be very question ; his Royal Highness the Prince of iojurious to his Majesty's health, if it came to

Wales bas commanded them to be very cir. his ears just now.” Sir Sidney Smith came cumstantial in their detail respecting all they from bis Royal Highness the Duke of Kent to may know relative to the child the Princess of us, and delivered his Royal Highness's mes- Wales affected to adopt. Sir John and Lady sage. Sir Johu declined all negociation; but Douglas repeat, that, being so called upon, told Sir Sidney Smith, that be was empowered they feel it their duty to detail what they to say to the Duke of Kent from him, that of know, for the iuformation of his Majesty and whatsoever extent he might* - his inju

the Prince of Wales, and they have so done, ries, and however anxious he might be to seek

as upon oath, after having very seriously con. justice, yet when he received such an intima- sidered the matter, and are ready to autbenti. tion from one of the Royal family, he would cate whatever they have said, if it should be certainly pause before be took any of those required, for bis Majesty's further informameasures he meant to take ; and if that was tion. I have drawn up this detail, in the the case, and bis Royal Highness the Duke best manner I could; and fear, from my pever of Kent was desirous of bis being quiet, lest having before attempted a thing of the kind, his Majesty's health or peace might be dis- it will be full of errors, and being much turbed by it, his duty, and bis attachment to fatigued from writing of it from the original in his Sovereign were so sincere, that he would eight-and-forty hours. Of the facts contained bury (for the present) his private calamity, for therein, I believe they are correct: I am ready the sake of his Majesty's repose and the pub-lo assert, in the most solemn manner, that I lic good; but he begged to be clearly under know them all to be true, stood, that he did not mean to bind himself

CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS. hereafter, but reserve to bimself a full right of

JOHN DOUGLAS. exposing the Princess of Wales, wheu be In the presence of AUGUSTUS FREDERICK. judged it might be done with greatest effect, Greenwich Park, Dec. 3, 1895. and when it was not likely to disturb the re

Copies of all the papers alluded to in this pose of this country.,

detail are in the hands of bis Royal Highness Sir Sidney Smith told us that he had deli

. the Prince of Wales. JOHN DOUGLAS. vered Sir Joko's message, verbatim, to the Duke of Kent; and, a short time afterwards,

In the presence of AUGUSTUS FREDERICK. his Royal Highness commanded Sir John and

A true copy-B. Bloomfield.

A true copy-J. Becket. • So in the authenticated opy.

Whitehall, 29th August, 1806.

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