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would break off all further communication NARRATIVE OF THE DUKE OF KENT. between her and that lady; tbat, bowever,

contrary to her expectation, upon the return To introduce the following relation, it is of Sir John and her from Plymouth to Loudon, necessary for me to premise that, on entering Lady Douglas had called and left her name the Prince of Wales's bed-room, where our

twice or three times, potwithstanding she interview took place, my brother, after dis- must have seen that admission was refused missing his attendants, said to me, that some her ; that having been confirmed in the opi. circumstances had come to his knowledge, with nion she had before had occasion to form of respect to a transaction with the Princess of her Ladyship, by an anonymous letter she Wales, in which he found that I had been a

had received, in which she was very strongly party concerned; that if be bad vot placed cautioned against renewing her acquaintance the most entire reliance on my attachment to with her, both as being uuworthy of her conhim, and, he was pleased to add, on the well. fidence, from the liberties she had allowed herknown uprightness of my character and prin- self to take with the Princess's name, and the ciples, he should certainly have felt himself in tightness of her character, she bad felt berbo small degree offended, at having learned self obliged, as Lady Douglas would not take the facts alluded to from others, and not, in the bint that her visits were not wished for, the first instance, from me, which he con- to order Miss Vernon to write her à note, spe. ceived himselfevery way entitled to expect, but cifically telling her, that they would in future more especially from that footing of confi- be dispensed with ;

that the consequence of dence on which he had ever treated me this bad been an application through one of through life; but, that being fully satisfied her ladies, in the joivt names of Sir Sidney sy explanation of the matter would prove, Smith, Sir John and Lady Douglas, for an authat he was not wrong in the opinion be had dience, to require an explanation of this, formed of the honourable motives that had which they considered as an affront; and that actuated me in observing a silence with regard being. determined not to grant it, or to suffer to him upon the subject; he then was an

any uppleasant discussion upon the subject, xiously waiting for me to proceed with a nar- she entreated me to take whatever steps I rative, his wish to hear which, he was sure be might judge best to put an end to the matter, had only to express, to ensure my immediate and rid her of all further trouble about it. I acquiescence with it. The Prince then gave stated, is reply, that I had no knowledge of me bis band, assuring me he did not feel the either Sir John or Lady Douglas, and theresmallest degree of displeasure towards me, and fore could not, in the first instance, address proceeded to introduce the subject upon which myself to them; but that I had some acbe required information; when, feeling it a quaintance with Sir Sidney Smith, and if the duty i owed bim, to withhold from his know. Princess was not averse to that channel, I ledge no part of the circumstances connected would try what I could in that way effect. with it that I could bring back to my recollec- This being assented to by the Princess, I took tion, I related the facts to him, as nearly as 1 my leave, and immediately on my return can remember, in the following words :

home, wrote a note to Sir Sidney, requesting “ About a twelvemonth since, or there. bim to call upon me as soon as he convenient. abouts, (for I cannot speak positively to the ly could, as I had some business to speak to exact date,) I received a note from the Princess bim upon. Sir.Sidney, in consequence, called of Wales, by which she requested me to come on me (I think) the next day, when I related over to Blackheath, in order to assist ber in

to him the conversation, as above stated, that arranging a disagreeable matter between her, I had had with the Princess. After hearing Sir Sidney Smith, Sir John and Lady Douglas, all I had to say, he observed, that the Princess, the particulars of which she would relate to

in stating to me that her prohibition to Lady me when I should call. I, in consequence, Douglas to repeat her visits at Blackheath, waited upon her, agreeable to her desire, a had led to the application for an audience of day or two after, when she commenced the ber Royal Highness, had kept from me the conversation by telling me, that she supposed real cause wby he, as well as Sir John and I knew she had, at one time, lived with Lady Lady Douglas had made it, as it originated in Douglas on a footing of intimacy, but that a most scandalous anonymous letter, of a she had had reason afterwards to repent hav. nalure calculated to set on Sir Joha and him ing made her acquaintance, and was therefore to cut each other's throats, which, from the rejoiced when she left Black beath for Ply- hand-writing and style, they were both fully mouth, as she conceived that circumstance convinced, was the production of the Princess herself. I naturally expressed my sentiments (Nov. 10, 1805), I never have heard the subject upon such conduct, on the part of the named again in any shape, until called upon Princess, in terms of the strongest animadver- by the Prioce to make known to him the sion ; but, nevertheless, anxious to avoid the circumstances of this transaction, as far as I shameful eclat which the publication of such could bring them to my recollection.” a fact to the world must produce ; the effect, And now, having fulfilled wbat the Prince which it coming to the King's knowledge wished me to do, to the best of my abilities, would probably have on bis health, from the in case hereafter any one, by whom a narrative delicate state of his nerves, and all the addi

of all the circumstances, as related by Sir Joba tional misunderstandings between his Majesty and Lady Douglas, of whom I was informed and the Prince, which, 1 foresaw, would inevi. by my brother, snbsequent to our conversation, tably follow, were this fact, which would give should imagine, tbat I knew more of them the Prince so powerful a handle to express his than I have herein stated, I bereby spontanfeelings upon the countenance shewn by the cously declare, that what I have written, is the King to the Princess, at a time when I knew whole extent of what I was apprized of; bim to be severely wounded by his Majesty's and had the Princess thought proper to inform visits to Black heatb, on the one hand, and the

me of what, in the narrative of the informareports he bad received of the Princess's con.

tion giveu by Sir John and Lady Douglas, is duct on the other, to be brought to light, 1 attended to, I should have felt myself obliged felt it my bounden duty, as an honest man, to to decline all interference in the business; urge all these arguments with Sir Sidney Smith and to have, at the same time, stated to her, in the most forcible manuer I was master of; that it would be impossjble for me to keep a adding also, as a further object, worthy of the matter of such importance from the knowmost serious consideration, the danger of any ledge of the Prince. appearance of ill-blood in the family at such

EDWARD. an eventful crisis, and to press upon his mind December 27, 1805. the necessity of his usiog his best endeavours A true copy-B. Bloomfield. with Sir Jobn Douglas, notwithstanding all A true copy-J. Becket. the provocation that had been given them,

Whitehall, 29th August, 1806. to induce bim to let the matter drop, and pur. sue it no further. Sir Sidney observed to me, that Sir John Douglas was a man, whom, when

(No. 3.) once he had taken a line, from a principle of For the purpose of confirming the statement made honour, it was very difficult to persuade to by Lady Douglas, of the circumstances men. depart from it; however, as be thought, that tioned in her narrative, the following examira. if any man could prevail upon bim, be might tions have been taken, and which have been flatter himself with being the most likely to signed by the several persons who have been persuade him, from the weight he had with examined :: him; he would immediately try how far he

SARAH LAMPERT. could gain upon bim, by making use of tbose

N. B.-This witness was not examined by the arguments I had brought forward to induce Commissioners; at least, no copy of any examihim to drop the matter altogether. Abuut nation of hers was transmitted with the other pafour or five days after this, Sir Sidaey called pers; and no observation is made in the report of upou me again, and informed me, that upon the Commissioners, or in the answer of her Royal making use with Sir John of those reasons, Highness upon her examinations. It has, therewhich I had authorised his stating to be those fore, been thought that there was no necessity for by which I was actuated in making the re publishing them. There are two of them; one quest, that he would not press the business dated at Cheltenham, 8th January, 1806; the further, be had not been able to resist their other with no date of place, but dated 29tă force; but that the whole extent of promise he March, 1806. had been able to obtain of him, amounted to no more, than that he would, under existing

MR. WM. LAMPERT. circumstances, remain quiet, if left unmolest. N. B.-The same observations apply to Mr. ed; for that he would not pledge himself not William Lampert's examination, as to those of to bring the subject forward hereafter, when his wife, with this additional circumstance, that the same motive might no longer operate to the whole of his examination is mere hearsay. keep him silent. This result I communicated, to the best of my recollection, the following

WILLIAM COLE day to the Princess, who seemed satisfied with Has been with the Prince for twenty-one it; and from that day to the present one years in this month; he went with the Princess on her marriage, and remained till April, In 1804, the Princess was at Southend, where 1802

Fanny Lloyd also was; when Cole saw her afIn 1801, he says, he had reason to be dissatisfied ter her return, he asked how they had gone on; with the Princess's conduct. During the latter she said, “ delightful doings, always on shippart of that year he has seen Mr. Canning, se board, or the Captain at our house." veral times, alone with the Princess, in a room She told him, that one evening, when all were adjoining to the drawing-room, for an hour or supposed to be in bed, Mrs. Lisle met a man in the two, of which the company took notice.

passage ; but no alarm was made-this was CapIn January 1802, Sir Sidney frequently came tain Manby; he was constantly in the house. to dine with the Princess, and their intimacy be- Mr. Cole says, that Mrs. Sander knows every came familiar; he has frequently dined and thing; that she has appeared in great distress on supped at the house, and when the ladies have many occasions, and has said to him, the Princess retired, abont eleven o'clock, he has known Sir is an altered woman; he believes Sander to be a Sidney Smith remain alone with the Princess an very respectable woman. hour or two afterwards; his suspicions'increased He says, that he believes Roberts to be an hovery much; and one night, about twelve o'clock, nest man; that Roberts has said to him-(As he saw a person wrapped up in a great coat, go Roberts himself was examined by the Commissioners, across the park, into the gate to the green and his deposition is given in Appendix A. No. 8, house, and he verily believes it was Sir Sidney. what Cole says he heard him say, is omitted here.)

In the month of March, 1802, the Princess or- That Arthur, the gardener, is a decent man, dered some sandwiches, which Cole took into but does not know if he is privy to any thing. the drawing-room, where he found Sir Sidney That Bidgood is a deaf quiet man, but thinks talking to the Princess; he set down the sand he has not been confidentially trusted. wiches and retired. In a short time he went That Mrs. Gosden was nurse to the child, and again into the room, when lie found the gentle. was always up stairs with it; she is a respectable man and lady sitting close together, in so fami- woman; but, after some time, took upon herself liar a posture as to alarm himn very much, which much consequence, and refused to dine in the he expressed by a start back, and a look at the servants' hall. gentleman. He dates his dismissal from this cir- In 1801, Lawrence, the painter, was at Mon. cumstance; for, about a fortnight afterwards, he tague House, for four or five days at a time, paintwas sent for by the Duke of Kent, who told him ing the Princess's picture; that he was frequenthe had seen the Princess at Court the day before; ly alone, late in the night, with the Princess, and that she had expressed the greatest regard for him, much suspicion was entertained of him. and that she intended to do something for him, 11th January, 1806.

WM. Cole. by employing bim, as a confidential person, to do her little matters in town ; and his attendance at Montague House would not be required. He

WILLIAM COLE received this intimation with much concern; Says, that the Princess was at Mr. Hood's, at but said, her Royal Highness's pleasure must go- Catherington, near Portsmouth, for near a month vern him.

in the last summer, where she took her footman He says, that the cordiality between the Prin- and servants. cess and Lady D. was very soon brought about;

That the house in which Mr. Hood lived was and, he supposes, on Sir Sidney's account; that given up to the Princess, and he and his family, the Princess frequently went across the Heath to went to reside in a small house adjoining. Lady D. where she has stayed till late in the even- That the Princess and Mr. Hood very frequenting, and that, sometimes, Lady D. and Sirly went out in the forenoon, and remained out for Sidney have come with the Princess to Montague four or five hours at a time. House, late in the evening, when they have

That they rode in a gig, attended by a boy, (a supped.

country lad) servant to Mr. Hood, and took with Some time after he had left Montague House, them cold meat; that they used to get out of the he went down, when he spoke to Fanny Lloyd, gig, and walk into the wood, leaving the boy to and asked her how things went on amongst attend the horse and gig till their return. This them; she said, she wished be had remained happened very frequently; that the Duke of amongst them; there was strange goings on ;~ Kent called one day, and seeing the Princess's that Sir Sidney was frequently there ; and that attendants at the window, came into the house, one day, when Mary Wilson supposed the Prin- and, after waiting some time, went away without cess to be gone into the library, she went into seeing the Princess, who was out with Mr. Hood, the bed-room, where she found a man at break- This information Mr. Cole had from Fanny fast with the Princess ; that there was a great to Lloyd. do about it; and that Mary Wilson was sworn to

When Mr. Cole found the drawing-room, secrecy, and threatened to be turned away if she which led to the staircase to the Princess's aparta divulged what she had seen.

ments, locked, he does not know whether any He does not know much of what passed at Mar- person was with her, but it appeared odd to him, gate in 1803.

as he had formed some suspicions,


Mr. Cole says, that he saw the Princess at plants damaged, and who made the same to Mr. Blackheath about four times in the year 1802, Lampert, the servant of Sir John Douglas, and after he left her in April, and five or six times in which he mentioned at Cheltenbam to Sir John London;

that be bad heard a story of the Prin- and Mr. Lowten. Lampert said he should cess's being with child, but cannot say that he know the gardener again. formed an opinion that she was so ; that she grew 23d February, 1806. lusty, and appeared large behind; and that at the latter end of the year he made the observation,

ROBERT BIDGOOD. that the Princess was grown thinner. That he cannot form an opinion about the child; 18th of September next, and have been with the

Have lived with the Prince 23 years on the that he has seen an old man and woman (about 50

Princess since 21st March, 1798. In 1802 we years of age) at Montague House on a Sunday, and has inquired who they were, when he was an

were at Blackheath, and did not go to any other swered by the servants in the hall, « That is little place ; in 1801 Sir Sidney Smith left his card at Billy's mother,” (meaning the child the Princess Montague House, and he was afterwards invited had taken, and which was found by Stikeman.)

to dinner; and in the spring of 1802 Lady Dou

glas came to reside at the Tower, where she stay14th January, 1806.


ed about three weeks. During this time Sir

Sidney was frequently at the house, both mornWILLIAM COLE

ing and evening, and remained till three or four

o'clock in the morning. He has seen Sir Sidney Says, that on the 17th of January instant, be in the blue parlour early (by ten o'clock) in the walked from Blackheath to London with Mr. morning; and on inquiring from the footmen Stikeman, and in the conversation on the road, how he came there without his knowledge, they Cole mentioned the circumstance of the little said, they had not let him in, and knew nothing child, saying, that he was grown a fine interest of his being there. He does not know of Sir ing boy; to which Stikeman replied, “what, do Sidney being alone till three or four o'clock in you mean Billy Austin ?" Cole said, “ Yes. Pray the morning, as there were other ladies in the do the old man and woman come to see the child house. During the year 1802 the Princess tased as usual ?” Stikeman said, “ Old man and wo- to ride out in her phaeton, attended by Mrs. man! they are not old; we have not seen them Fitzgerald, and took out cold meat, and went tomuch lately; they live at Deptford;” but he ap- wards Dartford, where she spent the day, and repeared to avoid any conversation on the subject. turned about six or seven in the evening.Cole says, that the account of the correspondence Williams, the coachman, always attended the between the Princess and Captain Manby was Princess. communicated to him by Fanny Lloyd, but she Lady Douglas, during the year 1802, was connever mentioned any such correspondence hav- stantly at Montagne House, and was admitted at ing taken place through Sicard, since Captain all times. The Princess was used frequently to Manby went abroad.

go to Lady Douglas's house, where Sir Sidney Cole says, that he has not been in the company resided; ai the end of that year there was a misor presence of the Prince alone, or had any con-understanding between Lady Douglas and the versation with him on this, or any other subject, Princess ; and one day he saw Lady Douglas since the Princess went to live at Charlton, which leave the house in tears, and afterwards she has is near nine years ago.

not visited the Princess. Mr. Bidgood's wife has Temple, 30th Jan. 1806. WM. Cole. lately told him, that Fanny Lloyd told her, that

Mary Wilson had told Lloyd, that one day, when

she went into the Princess's room, she found the WILLIAM COLE

Princess and Sir Sidney in the fact; that she Says, that the gentleman and lady were sit-|(Wilson) immediately left the room, and fainted ting close together on the sofa ; but there was no- at the door. thing particular in their dress, position of legs or In the winter of 1802, and the spring of 1803, arms, that was extraordinary; he thought it im. Captain Manby became a visitor at Montague proper that a single gentleman should be sitting House ; his frigate was fitting out at Deptford, quite close to a married lady on the sofa; and and Bidgood has reason to believe that the from that situation, and former observations, he Princess fitted up bis cabin, for he has seen the thought the thing improper.

cotton furniture brought to the Princess to chuse The person who was alone with the lady at late the pattern, which was sent to Blake, her uphol. hours of the night (twelve and one o'clock), and sterer, in London-street, Greenwich. When whom he left sitting up after he went to bed, was Captain Manby was about to sail, he was walking Mr. Lawrence, the painter, which happened two in the anti-room, to let Captain Manby out; and, different nights at least.

as he stayed some time, Bidgood looked into the As to the observation made about Sir Sidney room, and, from a mirror on the opposite side of having a key of every door about the gardens, it the room to wbere Captain Manby and the was a gardener, who was complaining of the Princess stood, he saw Captain Manby kissing door of the green-house being left open, and the the Princess's lips; and soon afterwards he weat. away. He saw the Princess, with her handker

SARAH BIDGOOD. chief to her face, and go into the drawing-room, About six months ago, in a conversation with apparently in tears.

Fanny Lloyd, respecting the general conduct of In 1803, was not with the Princess at Margate. the Princess, she said, that whilst Sir Sidney vi. In 1904, was with the Princess at Southend. sited the Princess, that Mary Wilson had gone We went there the 2d of May; Sicard was con- into the bed-room to make up the fire, and found stantly on the look-out for the Africaine, Captain the Princess and Sir Sidney in such an indecent Manby's ship; and, about a month afterwards, sitnation, that she immediately left the room, and Sicard descried the ship, before she came to the

was so shocked that she fainted away at the door. Nore. The instant the ship cast anchor, the Cap- (This witness was not examined before the Comtain came on shore in his boat to the Priucess. missioners ; at least, no copy of such examination, The Princess had two houses, Nos. 8 and 9. She if there was any, was transmitted with the other lived at No. 9; and, on Sicard seeing Captain papers. The first paragraph in her examination is, Manhy come on shore, he ran down the shrubbery however, stated above, as it is observed upon in the to meet, and shewed him into the house, No.9;

Princess's answer ; but the remainder, not being Captain Manby was constantly at No.9; and adverted to, either by the Commissioners' report, or used to go in the evening on board his ship, for by the answer, and being all hearsay, is omitted.) some weeks; but afterwards he did not return on board the ship in the evening, and Bidgood has seen him in the morning, by ter o'clock, in the

FRANCES LLOYD. house, No. 9; and, from the circumstance of

FROM RIPLEY, IN SURREY. towels, water, and glasses, being placed in the

Temple, 12th May, 1806. passage, he had reason to believe that Manby had

To the best of my knowledge, Mary Wilson slept there all night. In 1805, Bidgood was not with the Princess in said, that she had seen the Princess and Sir Sidney

in the blue room; but she is so close a woman, Hampshire. After the Princess returned from Hampshire,

that she never opens her mouth on any occasion; Captain Hood used to visit the Princess at Black

never heard Mary Wilson say she was so alarmed

as to be in a fit. heath alone, without his wife. Captain Hood used to come about twelve o'clock, and was

Heard the gardener at Ramsgate say one day, shewn into the blue room, where luncheop was

at dinner, that he had seen Mr. Sicard and Capordered; and the Princess and the Captain were

tain Manby go across the lawn towards a sube alone together, withont a lady or other attend

terraneous passage leading to the sea. ant. He used to stay dinner, and sometimes in

When her Royal Highness was going to the boots; about an hour afterwards coffee was or-launch, Sir Andrew Hammond and his son came dered; after which the Princess retired, and Cap- the day before, and dined with her, and on the tajn Hood had also left the room, and had not

next morning, about four o'clock, after the doors been let out of the house by any of the servants.

of the house were open, she saw Captain Manby Bidgood has not seen Captain Hood since about sitting in the drawing-room of the adjoining Christmas last.

house to her Royal Highness, which room belongBidgood has strong suspicions that Mrs. Sander ed to her. used to deliver letters to Sicard, which he con- One morning, about six o'clock, she was called ceived to be from the Princess to Captain Manby, to get breakfast for her Royal Highuess, when as Sicard used to put the letters into his pocket, she saw Captain Manby and her walking in the and not in the common bag for letters.

garden, at Ramsgate. Mrs. Sander must be fully informed of all the Heard from Mrs. Lisle's maid, that the Princess, circumstances above alluded to. Mary Wilson when at Lady Sheffield's, went out of her bed. and Miss Mielfield must also know all the cir- room, and could not find her way back; but nocumstances.

thing more. Bidgood has seen the mother (as she is called) About four years ago, as I think, Mr. Mills at. of the little boy frequently at Montague House ; tended me for a cold, and, in conversation, he the child was about three weeks old when he first asked me if the Prince visited at our house? I saw it. The mother was at Montague House on said, not to my knowledge. He said the Princess Monday last. The husband worked in Deptford certainly was with child. yard; but was discharged, and Stikeman has

FRANCES LLOYD. since employed him at his house in town. The mother appears to be hetter dressed than usual.

A true copy--J. Becket.
Temple, 4th April 1806. R. BID GOOD. Whitehall, 9th August, 1806.,


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