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before, respecting Sicard's putting letters for him in the post, which he had received from me, contains the whole of his deposition as far as respects Captain Manby. And, Sire, as to the fact of retiring through No. 8, from No. 7, to No. 9, alone with Captain Manby, I have no recollection of ever having gone with Captain Manby, though but for a moment, from the one room in which the company was sitting, through the dining. room to the other drawing-room. It is, however, now above two years ago, and to be confident that such a circumstance might not have happened is more than I will undertake to be. But in the only sense in which he uses the expression, as retiring alune, coupled with the immediate context that follows, it is most false and scandalous. I know no means of absolutely proving a negative. If the fact was true, there must have been other witnesses, who could have proved it as well as Mr. Bidgood. Mrs. Fitzgerald is the only person of the party who was examined, and her evidence proves the negative, so far as the negative can be proved; for she says, “ he dined there, but never staid late. She was at Southend all the time I was there, and cannot recollect to have seen Captain Manby there, or known him to be there later than nine, or half-past vine." Miss Fitzgerald and Miss Hammond (now Mrs. Hood), are not called to this fact; although a fact so extremely importaut, as it must appear to your Majesty ; nor indeed are they examined at all,

As to the putting out of the candles, it seems, he says, I gave the orders as soon as I went to Southend, which was six weeks before the Africaine arrived ; so this plan of excluding him from the opportunity of knowing what was going on at No. 9, was part of a long meditated scheme, as he would represent it, planned and thought of six weeks before it could be executed, and which, when it was executed, your Majesty will recollect, according to Mr. Bidgood's evidence, there was so little contrivance to conceal, that the basons and towels, which the Captaiu is insinuated to have used, were exposed to sight, as if to declare that he was there. It is tedious and disgusting, Sire, I am well aware, to trouble your Majesty with such particulars; but it, doubtless, is true; that I bid him not take the candles away from No. 9. The candles which are used in my drawing-room are considered as his perquisites ; those, on the contrary, which are used in my private apartment are the perquisites of my maid. I thought that, upon the whole, it was a fairer arrangement, when I was at Southend, to give my maid the perquisites of the candles used at No. 9, and I made the arrangement accordingly, and ordered Mr. Bidyood to leave them. This, Sire, is the true account of the fact respecto ing the candles; an arraugement which, very possibly, Mr. Bidgood did not like.

But the putting out the candles myself was not the only thing from which the infe. rence is drawn that Captain Manby slept at my house, at No. 9, and as is evidently insinuated, if not stated, in my bed-room. There were water-jugs, and basons, and towels left in the passage, which Mr. Bidgood uever saw at other times. At what other times does he mean? At other times than those at which he suspected, from seeing them there, that Captain Manby slept in my house? If every time he saw the basons and towels, &c. in the passage, he suspected Captain Manby slept there, it certainly would follow that he never saw them at times when he did not suspect that fact. But, Sire, upon this important fact, important to the extent of convicting me, if it were true, of High Treason, if it were not for the indignation which such scandalous, licentious wickedness and malice excite, it would hardly be possible to treat it with any gravity. Whether there were or were uot basons and towels sometimes left in a pagsage at Southend, which were not there generally, and ought to have been vever there, I really cannot inform your Majesty. It certainly is possible, but the utmost it can prove, I should trust, might be some sloveuliness in my servaut, who did not put them in their proper placés; but surely it must be left to Mr. Bidgood alone to trace any evi,


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dence from such a circumstance, of the crime of adultery in me. But I cannot thus leave this fact, for I trust I shall here again have the same advantage from the excess and extravagance of this man's malice, as I have already had on the other part of the charge, from the excess and extravagance of his confederate Lady Douglas.

What is the charge that he would insinuate? That I meditated aud effected a stolen, secret, clandestine, iotercourse with an adulterer? No.--Captain Manby, it seems, according to his insinuation, slept with me in my own house, under circumstances of such notoriety, that it was impossible that any of my female attendants, at least, should not have known it. Their duties were varied on the occasion; they had to supply basons and towels in places where they never were supplied, except when prepared for him; and they were not only purposely so prepared, but prepared in an open passage, exposed to view, in a manner to excite the suspicion of those who were not admitted into the secret. And what a secret was it, that was thus to be hazarded! No less than what, if discovered, would fix Captain Manby and myself with High Treason! Not only, therefore, mast I have been thus careless of reputation, and eager for infamy; but I must have been as careless of my life as of my honour.—Lost to all sense of shame, surely I must have still retained some regard for my life. Captain Manby too, with a folly and madness equal to his supposed iniquity, must then have put his life in the hands of my servants, and depended for his safety upon their fidelity to me, and their perfidy to the Prince their master. If the excess of vice and crime in all this is believed, could its indiscretion, its madness, find credulity to adopt it almost upon any evidence? But what must be the state of that man's mind, as to prejudice, who could come to the conclusion of believing it, from the fact of some water jugs and towels being found in an unusual place, in a passsage near my bed-room? For as to his suspicion being raised by what he says he saw in the looking-glass, if it was as true as it is false, that could not occasion his believing, on any particular night, that- Capiain Manby slept in my house ;

the situation of these towels and basers is what leads to that belief. But, Sire, may I ask, did the Commissioners believe this man's suspicions? If they did, what do they mean by saying that these facts of great indecency, &c. went to a much less extent than the principal charges ? And that it was not for them to state their bearing and effect? The bearing of this fact unquestionablý, if believed, is the same as that of the principal charge; namely, to prove me guilty of High Treason. They, therefore, could not believe it. But if they did not believe it, and as it seems to me, Sire, no meu of common judgment could, on such a statement, how could they bring themselves to name Mr. Bidgood as one of those witnesses on whose unbiassed testimony they could so rely? or how could they (in pointing him out with the other three as speaking to facts, particularly with respect to Captain Manby, which must be credited till decidedly contradicted) omit to specify the facts which he spoke to that they thought thus worthy of 'belief, but leave the whole, including this in. credible part of it, recommended to belief by their general and unqualified sanction and approbation.

But the falsehood of this charge does not rest on its credibility alone. My servant, Mrs. Sander, who attended constantly on my person, and whose bed-room was close to mine, was examined by the Commissioners; she must have kuown this fact if it had been true: she positively swears “that she did not know or believe, that Captain Manby staid till very late hours with me; that she never suspected there was any improper familiarity between us." M. Wilson, who made my bed, swears, that she had been in the habit of making it ever since she lived with me, that another maid, whose name was Ann Bye, assisted with her in making it, and swears from what she abserved, she never had any reason to believe that two persons had slept in it. Re

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ferring thus by name to her fellow-servant, who made the bed with her, but that servant, why I know not, is not examined.

As your Majesty then finds the inference drawn by Mr. Bidgood to amount to a fact, so openly and undisguisedly profligate, as to outrage all credibility; as your Majesty finds it negatived by the evidence of three witnesses, one of whom, in particular, if such a fact were true, must have known it; as your Majesty finds one witness-appealing to another, who is pointed out as a person who must have been able, with equal means of knowledge, to have confirmed her if she spoke true, and to have contradicted her if she spoke false. And, Sire, when added to all this, your Majesty is graciously pleased to recollect that Mr. Bidgood was one of those who, though in my service, submitted themselves voluntarily to be examined previous to the appointment of the Commissioners, in confirmation of Lady Douglas's statement, without iuforming me of the fact; when I state to your Majesty, upon the evidence of Philip Krackeler and Robert Eaglestoue, whose deposition I anuex, that this unbiassed witness, during the pendency of these examinations before the Commissioners, was seen to be in conference and communication with Lady Douglas, my most ostensible accuser, do I raise my expectations too high, when I confidently trust that his malice, and his falsehood, as well as his connection in this conspiracy against my honour, my station in this kingdom, and my life, will appear to your Majesty too plainly for him to receive any credit, either in this or any other part of his testimony ?

The other circumstances, to which he speaks, are comparatively too trifling for me to trouble your Majesty with any more observations upon his evidence.

The remaining part of the case, which respects Captain Manby, relates to my conduct at East Clif.

i How little Mrs. Lisle's examination affords for observations upon this part of the case, except as shewing how very seldom Captain Manby called upon me while I was there, I have already observed. Mr. Cole says nothing upon this part of the case ; nor Mr. Bidgood. The only witness amongst the four whose testimonies are distinguished by the Commissioners as most material, and as those on which they particư. larly rely, who says any thing upon this part of the case, is Fanny Lloyd. Her deposition is as follows.*

“ I was at Ramsgate with the Princess in 1803. One morning when we were in the house at East Cliff, somebody, I dou't recollect who, knocked at my door, and desired me to prepare breakfast. for the Princess. This was about six o'clock;"I was asleep: During the whole time I was in the Princess's service, I had never been called up before to make the Princess's breakfast. I slept in the housekeeper's roona, on the grounde floor. I opened the shutters of the window for light. I kuew at that time that Captain Manby's ship was in the Downs. When I opened the shutters, I saw the Princess walking down the Gravel-Walk to the sea. No orders had been given me over. night to prepare breakfast early. The gentleman the Princess was with was a tall man. I was surprised to see the Princess walking with a gentleman at that time in the morning. I am sure it was the Princess."

What this evidence of Fanny Lloyd applies to, I do not feel' certain that I recollect. The circumstances which she mentions might, I think, have occurred twice while I was there; and which time she alludes to, I cannot pretend to say. I mean on'occasion of two water parties, which I intended ; one of which did not take place at all, and the other not so, early in the day as was intended, nor was its object effected. Once I inteuded to pay Admiral Montague a visit at Deal. But wind and tide not serving, we

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sailed much later than we intended; and instead of landing at Deal, the Admiral came on board our vessel, and we returned to East Cliff in the evening, on which occasion Captain Manby was not of the party nor was he in the Downs but it is very possible, that having prepared to set off early, I might have walked down towards the sea, and beey seen by Fanny Lloyd. On the other occasion, Captain Mauby was to liave been of the party, and it was to have been on board his ship. I desired him to be early at my house in the morning, and if the day suited me, we would go. He came; I walked with him towards the sea, to look at the morning; I did not like the appearance of the weather, and did not go to sea. Upon either of these occasions Fanny Lloyd might have been called up to make hreakfast, and might have seen me walking. As to the orders not having been given her over-night, to that I can say nothing.

But upon this statement, what inference can be intended to be drawn from this fact? It is the only one which F. Lloyd's evidence can in any degree be applied to Captain Manby, and she is one of the important witnesses referred to, as proving something which must, particularly as with regard to Captain Manby, be credited till contradicted, and as deserving the most serious consideration. From the examination of Mrs. Fitzgerald I recollect, that she was asked whether Captain Manby ever slept in the house at East Cliff, to which she, to the best of her knowledge, answers in the negative. Is this evidence then of Fanny Lloyd's relied upon to afford an inference that Captaiu Manby slept in my house? or was there at an improper hour? or in a manner, and under circumstances, which afforded reason for unfavourable interpretations? If this were so, can it be believed that I would, under such circumstances, have taken a step, such as calling for breakfast, at an unusual hour, which must have made the fact more notorious and remarkable, and brought the attention of the servants, who must have waited at the breakfast, more particularly and pointedly to it?

But if there is any thing which rests, or is supposed to rest, upon the credit of this witness—though she is one of the four, whose credit your Majesty will recollect it has been stated that there was no reason to question, yet she stands in a predicament in which, in general, at least, I had understood it to be supposed, that the credit of a witness was not only questionable, but materially shaken. For, towards the beginning of her examination, she states, that Mr. Mills attended her for a cold ; he asked her if the Prince came to Blackheath backwards and forwards; or something to that effect; for the Princess was with child; or looked as if she was with child. This must have been three or four years ago. She thought it must be some time before the child (W. Austin) was brought to the Princess. To this fact she positively swears, and in this she is as positively contradicted by Mr. Mills;* for he swears, in his deposition, before the Commissioners, that he never did say to her, or any one, that the Princess was with child, or looked as if she was with child ;--that he never thought so, nor surmised any thing of the kind. Mr. Mills has a partner, Mr. Edmeades. The Commissioners therefore, conceiving that Fanny Lloyd might have mistaken one of the partners for the other, examined Mr. Edmeades also. Mr. Edmeades, in his deposition,t is equally positive that he never said any such thing—so the matter rests upon these depositions; and upon that state of it, what pretence is there for saying, that a witness who swears to a conversation with a medical person, who attended me, of so extremely important a, nature; and is so expressly and decidedly contradicted in the important fact which she speaks to, is a witness whose credit there appears no reason to question ? This important circumstance must surely have been overlooked when that statement was made. * Appendix (A.)

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But this fact of Mr. Mills and Mr. Edmeades's contradiction of Fanny Lloyd, appears to your Majesty, for the first time, from the examination before the Commissioners.But this is the fact which I charge as having been known to those, who are concerned in bringing forward this information, and which, nevertheless, was not communicated to your Majesty.-The fact that Fanny Lloyd declared, that Mr. Mills told her the Princess was with child, is stated in the declarations which were delivered to his Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and by him forwarded to your Majesty. The fact that Mr. Mills denied ever having so said, though known at the same time, is not stated.

That I may not appear to have represented so strange a fact, without sufficient autlio. rity, I subjoin the declaration of Mr. Mills, and the deposition of Mr. Edmeades, which prove it. Fanny Lloyd's original declaration, which was delivered to his Royal High ness, is dated on the 12th of February. It appears to have been taken at the Temple; I conclude therefore at the Chambers of Mr. Lowten, Sir John Douglas's Solicitor, who, according to Mr. Cole, accompanied him to Cheltenham to procure some of these declarations. On the 13th of February, the next day after Fanny Lloyd's declaration, the Earl of Moira sends for Mr. Mills upon pressing business. Mr. Mills attendshim on the 14th; he is asked by his Lordship upon the subject of this conversation ; he is told he may rely upon his Lordship’s honour, that wbat passed should be in perfect confidence; (a confidence which Mr. Mills, feeling it to be on a subject too important to his character, at the moment disclaims ;)—that it was his (the Earl of Moira's) duty to his Prince, as his Counsellor, to inquire into the subject, which he had known for some time.--Fanny Lloyd's statement being then related to Mr. Mills, Mr. Mills, with great warmth, declared that it was an infamous falsehood.- Mr. Lowten, who appears also to have been there by appointment, was called into the room, aud he furvished Mr. Mills with the date to which Fanny Lloyd's declaration applied. The meeting ends in Lord Moira's desiring to see Mr. Mills's partner, Mr. Edmeades, who, not being at home, cannot attend him for a few days. He does, however, upon his return, attend him on the 20th of May: on his attendance, instead of Mr. Lowten, he finds Mr. Conant, the Magistrate, with Lord Moira. He denies the conversation with Fauny Lloyd, as positively and peremptorily as Mr. Mills. Notwithstanding however all this, the declaration of Fanny Lloyd is delivered to his Royal Highness, unaccompanied by these contradictions, and forwarded to your Majesty on the 29th. That Mr. Lowten was the Solicitor of Sir John Douglas in this business, cannot be doubted; that he took some of those declarations, which were laid before your Majesty, is clear; and that he took this declaration of Fanny Lloyd's, seems not to be questionable.-That the inquiry by Earl Moira, two days after her declaration was taken, must have been in consequence of an early communication of it to him, seems necessarily to follow from what is above stated; that it was known on the 14th of May, that Mr. Mills contradicted this assertion; and, on the 20th, that Mr. Edmeades did, is perfeetly clear; and yet, notwithstanding all this, the fact, that Mr. Edmeades and Mr. Mills contradicted it, seems to have been not communicated to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, for he, as it appears from the Keport, forwarded the declarations which had been delivered to his Royal Highness, through the Chancellor, to your Majesty; and the declaration of Fanny Lloyd, which had been so falsified, to the knowledge of the Earl of Moira and of Mr. Lowten, the solicitor for Sir John Douglas, is sent in to your Majesty as one of the documents, on which you were to ground your Inquiry, unaçcompanied by its falsification by Mills and Edmeades ; at least, no declarations by them are amongst those which are transmitted to me, as copies of the original declarations which were laid before your Majesty. I know not whether it was Lord Moira, or Mr.

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