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repeated voluntary examinations for such a purpose, and although he was all that time a servant on my establishment, and eating my bread, yet never once communicating to me tbat such examinations were going on-am I to understand that your Majesty's confidential servants agree with the four Lords in thinking, that be cannot, under such circumstauces, be suspected of unfavourable bias ? That after having had pointed out to them the direct, Aat contradiction between the same William Cole and Fanny Lloyd, they nevertheless agree to think them both (though in direct contradiction to each other, yet both) witnesses, whose re-acity they see no ground to question ? After having seen Fanny Lloyd directly and positively contradicted in an assertion most injurious to my honour, by Mr. Mills and Mr. Edmeades, do they agree ia opinion with the four noble Lords, that they see no ground to question her veracity ? -After having read the observations on Mr. Bidgood's evidence; after having seen tbat he had the hardihood to swear that he believed Captain Manby slept in my house at Soutbend, and to insinuate that he slept in my bed-room; after having seen that he founded himself on this most false fact, and most foul and wicked insinuation, upon the circumstance of observing a bason and some towels where he thought they ought not to be placed; after having seen that this fact and this insinuation were disproved before the four noble Lords themselves, by two maid-servants, who, at that time, lived with me at Southend, and whose duties about my person and my apartments must have made them acquainted with this fact, as asserted, or as insinuated, if it had happened; after having observed too, in confirmation of their testimony, that one of them mentioned the name of another female servant (who was not examined), who had, from ber situation, equal means of knowledge with themselves-I ask whether, after all this decisive weight of contradictiou to Robert Bidgood's testimong, I am to understand your Majesty's confidential servants to agree with the four noble Lords in thinking, that Mr. Bidgood is a witness, who cannot be suspected of unfavourable bias, and that there is no ground to question his veracity? If, Sire, I were to go through all the remarks of this description, wbich occur to me to make, I should be obliged to repeat nearly all my former observations, and to make this letter as long as my original answer; but to that answer I confidently appeal, and I will veature to challenge your Majesty's confidential servants to find a single impartial and bonourable man, uncounected in feeling and interest with the parties, and unconnected in Council with those who have already pledged themselves to an opinion upon this subject, who will lay his hand upon his heart, and say that these two witnesses, on whom that Report so mainly relies, are not to be suspected of the grossest partiality, and that their veracity is not most fundamentally impeached.

Was it then noble, was it generous, was it manly, was it just, in your Majesty's confidential servants, instead of fair.yadmitting tliei: justice which had beeu, inadvertently and unintentionally, no doubt, done to me, by the four noble Lords in their Report upon the evidence of these witnesses, to state to your Majesty that they agree with these noble Lords in {heir opinion, though they cannot, it seems, go the length of agreeing any longer to withhold the advice which restores me to your Majesty's presence? And with respect to the particulars to my prejudice, remarked upon in the Report as those " which justly deserve the most serious cousideration, and which must be credited till decisively contradicted," instead of fairly avowing, either that there was originally no pretence for such a remark, or that, if there bad bten originally, yet that my answer had given that decisive contradiction which was sufficient to discredit thein ; instead, I say, of acting this just, honest, and open part, to take no notice whatsoever of those contradictions, and content themselves with saying, that " none of the facts or allegations stated in preliminary examinations, carried on in the absence of the parties interested, could be considered as legally or conclusively establislied.”

They agree in the opinion that the facts or allegations, though stated in preliminary examibation, carried on in the absecce of the parties interested, must be credited till decisively cona tradieted, and deserve the most serious consideration. They read, with the fullest consideration, the contradiction which I have tendered to them; they must have known that no other sort of contradiction could, by possibility, from ibe nature of things, bave been offered upon such

subjects; they do not question the truth, they do not point out the insufficiency of the contradiction, but in loose, general, indefinite terms, referring to my answer, consisting, as it does, of above two hundred written pages, and coupling it with those examinations (which they admit establish nothing against an absent party), they advise your Majesty, that “there appear many circumstances of conduct, which could not be regarded by your Majesty without serious coucern; and that, as to all the other facts and allegations, except those relative to my preguancy and delivery, they are not to be considered as “legally and conclusively established,” because spoken to in preliminary examinations, not carried op in the presence of the parties concerned. They do not, indeed, expressly assert, that my contradiction was not decisive or satisfactory; they do not expressly state, that they think the facts and allegations want nothing towards their legal and conclusive establishment but a re-examination in the presence of the parties interested, but they go far to imply such opinions. That those opinions are utterly antenable, against the observations I have made upon the credit and character of those witnesses, I sball ever most confidently maintain ; but that those obserpations leave their credit wbolly unaffected, and did not deserve the least notice from your Majesty's servants, it is impossible that any honourable man can assert, or any fair aud unpre. judiced mind believe.

I now proceed, Sire, to observe, very shortly, upon the advice further given to your Majesty as contained in the remaining part of the paper ; wbich has represented that both in the examinations, and even in my answer, tbere bave appeared many circumstances of conduct which could not be regarded but with serious concern, and which have suggested the expression of a desire and expectation that such a coaduct may in future be observed by me, as may fuily justify tbese marks of paternal regard and affection, which.your Majesty wishes to shew to all your Royal Family.

And here, Sire, your Majesty will graciously permit me to notice the hardship of the advice which has suggested to your Majesty to convey to me this reproof. I complain not so much for what it does, as for what it does not contain; I mean the absence of all particular mention of what it is, that is the object of their blame. The circumstances of conduct which appear in these examioatious, and in my answer, to which they allude as those which may be supposed to justify the advice which has led to this reproof, since your Majesty's servants bave not particularly mentioned them, I cannot be certain that I know. But I will venture confidently to repeat the assertion, which I have already made, ibat there are no circumstances of conduct spoken to by any witness (whose infamy and discredit are not unanswerably exposed and established), nor any where apparent in my auswer which have the remotest approach either to crime or to indelicay,

For my future conduct, Sire, impressed with every sense of gratitude for all former kindness, I shall be bound, unquestionably, by sentiment as well as duty, to study your Majesty's pleasure. Any advice which your Majesty may wish to give to me iu respect of any particulars of my conduct, I shall be bound, and be anxions to obey as my law. But I must trust that your Majesty will point out to me the particulars wbich may happen to displease you, and which you may wish to have altered. I shall be as happy in thus feeling myself safe from blame under the benefit of your Majesty's advice, as I am now in finding myself secure from danger, under the protection of your justice.

Your Majesty will permit me to add one word more.

Your Majesty has seen what detriment my character has, for a time, sustained, by the false and malicious statement of Lady Douglas, and by the depositions of the witnesses who were examined in support of her statement. Your Majesty has seen how many enemies I have, and how little their malice has been restrained by any regard to truth in the pursait of my ruin. Few, as it may be boped, may be the iustances of such determined and unprovoked malignity; yet, I cannot fiatter myself, that the world does not produce other persons, who may be swayed hy similar motives to similar wickedness. Whether the statement, to be prepared by the Prince of Wales, is to be confined to the old charges, or is iutended to bring forward new circumstances, I cannot tell; but if any fresh attempts of the same nature shall be made by my accusers, instructed as they will have been, by their miscarriage in this instance, I can hardly hope that they will not renew their charge, with an improved artifice, more skilfully directed, and with a malice inflamed rather than abated, by their previous disappointment. I therefore can only appeal to your Majesty's justice, in which I confidently trust, that whether these charges are to be repewed agaiust me either on the old or on fresh evidence ; or whether new accusations, as well as new witnesses, are to be brought forward, your Majesty, after the experience of these proceedings, will not suffer your Royal mind to be pre. judiced by ex parte, secret examinations, nor my character to be whispered away by insinua. tions or suggestions which I have no opportunity of meeting. If any charge, which the law will recognize, should be brought against me in an open and a legal manner, I should have no right to complain, nor any apprehension to meet it. But till I may have a full opportunity of so meeting it, I trust your Majesty will not suffer it to excite even a suspicion to my prejudice. I must claim the benefit of the presumption of innocence till I am proved to be guilty, for, without that presumption, against the effects of secret insinuation and ex parte examinations the parest innocence can make no defence, and can have no security.

Surrounded, as it is now proved, that I have been, for years, by domestic spies, your Majesty must, I trust, feel convinced, that if I had been guilty, there could not have been wanting evidence to have proved my guilt: and that these spies have been obliged to have resort 10 their own invention for the support of the charge, is the strongest demonstration that the truth, undisguised, and correctly represented, could furnish them with no handle against me. And when I consider the nature and malignity of that conspiracy, which, I feel confident, I have completely detected and exposed, I cannot but think of that detection with the liveliest gratitude, as the special blessing of Providence, who, by confounding the machinations of my evemies, bas enabled me to find, in the very excess and extravagance of their malice, in the very weapons which they fabricated and sharpened for my destruction, the sufficient guard to my innocence, and the effectual means of my justification and defence.

I trust, therefore, Sire, that I may now close this long letter, in confidence that many days will not elapse before I shall receive from your Majesty that assurance that my just requests may be so completely granted, as may render it possible for me (which nothing else can) to avoid the painful disclosure to the world of all the circumstances of that injustice, and of those unmerited sufferings which these proceedings, in the manner in which they have been conducted, have brought upon me.

I remain, Sire, with every sentiment of gratitude, Your Majesty's most dutiful, most submissive Daughter-in-law, Subject and Servant,


C. P. Montague-House, February 16, 1807.

As these observations apply not only to the official communication through the Lord Chancellor, of the 28th ult.; but also to the private letter of your Majesty, of the 12th instant, I have thought it most respectful to your Majesty and your Majesty's servants, to send this letter ia duplicate, one part through Colonel Taylor, and the other through the Lord Chancellor, to your Majesty. To the King.


C. P.

SIRE,When I last troubled your Majesty upon my unfortunate business, I had raised my mind to hope that I should have the bappiness of bearing from your Majesty, and receiving your gracious commands, to pay my duty in your Royal presence, before the expiration of the last week. And when that hope was disappointed (eagerly clinging to any idea, which offered me a prospect of beiog saved from the necessity of having recourse, for the vindication of my

character, to the publication of the proceedings upon the Inquiry into my conduct), I thought it just possible, that the reason for my not having received your Majesty's commands to that effect, might bave been occasioned by the circumstance of your Majesty's stay at Windsor through the whole of the week. I, therefore, determined to wait a few days longer, before I took a step, which, when once taken, could not be recalled. Having, however, now assured myself, that your Majesty was in town yesterday as I have received no command to wait upon your Majesty, and no intimation of your pleasựre-I am reduced to the necessity of abandoning all hope, that your Majesty will comply with my humble, my earnest, and anxious requests,

Your Majesty, therefore, will not be surprised to find, that the publication of the proceedings alluded to, will not be withheld beyond Monday next.

As to any consequences which may arise from such publication, unpleasant or burtful to my own feelings and interests, I may, perhaps, be properly responsible; and, in any event, bave no one to complain of but myself, and those with whose advice I have acted; and what. ever those consequences may be, I am fally and unalterably convinced, that they must be incalculably less than those which I should be exposed to from my silence: but as to any other consequences, unpleasant or hurtful to the feelings and interests of others, or of the public, my conscience will certaivly acquit me of them ;-I am confident that I have not acted impatiently or precipitately. To avoid coming to this painful extremity, I have taken every step in my power, except that which would be abandoning my character to utter infamy, and my station and life to no uncertain danger, and, possibly, to no very distant destruction.

With every prayer for the lengthened continuance of your Majesty's health and happiness ; for every possible blessing which a gracious God can bestow upon the beloved Monarch of y loyal people, and for the continued prosperity of your dominions, under your Majesty's propitious reigu, I remain

Your Majesty's most dutiful, loyal, and affectionate,

But most onhappy, and most injured Daughter-in-law, Subject and Servant, Montague-House, March 5, 1807.

C. P. To the King


Lord Chancellor (ELDON),

The Earl of BATHURST,
Lord President (CAMDEN),

Lord Privy Seal (WESTMORLAND), Lord MulgrAVE,
The Duke of PORTLAND,

Mr. Secretary CANNING,
The Earl of CHATHAM,

Lord HAWKESBURY. Your Majesty's confidential servants have, in obedience to your Majesty's commands, most attentively considered the original Charges and Report, the Minutes of Evidence, and all the other papers, submitted to the cousideration of your Majesty, on the subject of those charges against her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.

In the stage in which this business is brought under their consideration, they do not feel themselves called upon to give any opinion as to the proceeding itself, or to the mode of investigation in which it has been thought proper to conduct it. But ada verting to the advice which is stated by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to have directed his conduct, your Majesty's confidential servants are anxions to impress upon your Majesty their couviction that his Royal Highness could not, under such advice, consistently with his public duty, have done otherwise than lay before your Majesty the statement and examinations which were submitted to him upon this subject.

After the most deliberate consideration, however, of the evidence which has been brought before the Commissioners, and of the previous examination, as well as of the answer and observations which have been submitted to your Majesty upon them, they feel it necessary to declare their decided concurrence in the clear and unanimous opinions of the Commissioners, confirmed by all your Majesty's late confidential servants, that the two main charges alleged against her Royal Highness the Privcess of Wales, of pregnancy and delivery, are completely disproved ; and they further submit to your Majesty, their unanimous opinion, that all other particulars of conduct brought in accusation against her Royal Highness, to which the character of criminality can be ascribed, are satisfactorily contradicted, or rest upon evidence of such a nature, and which was given under such circumstances, as render it, in the judgment of your Majesty's confidential servants, undeserving of credit.

Your Majesty's confidential servants, therefore, concurring in that part of the opinion of your late servants, as stated in their Minute of the 25th of January, that there is no longer any necessity for your Majesty being advised to decline receiving the Princess into your Royal presence, humbly submit to your Majesty, that it is essentially necessary, in justice to her Royal Highness, and for the honour and interests of your Majesty's illustrious Family, that her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales shouldbe admitted, with as little delay as possible, into your Majesty's Royal presence, and that she, should be received in a manner due to her rank and station, in your Majesty's Court and Family.

Your Majesty's confidential servants also beg leave to submit to your Majesty, that considering that it may be necessary that your Majesty's Government should possess the means of referring to the state of this transaction, it is of the utmost importance that these documents, demonstrating the ground on which your Majesty has proceeded, should be preserved in safe custody ;, and that for that purpose the originals, or authentic copies of all these papers, should be sealed up and deposited iu the Office of your Majesty's principal Secretary of State.

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