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(No. 1.)

Smith before she was Princess of Wales. The

Princess saw Sir S. Smith as frequently as ourGEORGE R.

selves. We were usually kept at Montague WHEREAS our trusty and well-beloved Coun- House later than the rest of the party, often till cillor Thomas Lord Erskine, our Chancellor, has three or four in the morning. I never observthis day laid before us an Abstract of certain ed any impropriety of conduct between Sir written Declarat ons touching the conduct of her Sydney Smith and the Princess. I made the Royal Highness the Princess of Wales: We do Princess a visit at Montague House, in March, hereby authorize, empower, and direct the said 1802, for about a fortnight. She desired me to Thomas Lord Erskine, our Chancellor; our right

come there, because Miss Garth was ill. In May

or June following, the Princess came trusty and well-beloved Cousin and Counciilor

house alone: she said she came to tell me someGeorge John Earl Spencer, one of our principal thing that had happened to her, and desired Secretaries of Siate ; our right trusty and well

me to guess I gressed several things, and at beloved Councillor William Wyndham Lord

last I said, I could not guess any thing more.-Grenville, First Commissioner of our Treasury ;

She then said she was pregnant, and that the and our right trusty and well-belored Councillor

child had come to life. I don't know whether Edward Lord Ellenborough, our Chief Justice to she said on that day or a few days before, that hold Pleas before ourself, to inquire into the truth she was at breakfast at Lady Willoughby's, that

and to examine upon oath such per. the milk flowed up to her breast and came through sons as they shall see fit touching and concerning

her gown; that she threw a napkin over herself, the same, and to report to us the result of such

and went with Lady Willoughby into her room, examinations.

and adjusted herself to prevent its being obr

served. She never told me who was the father Given at our Castle of Windsor, on the 29th

of the cbild. She said she hoped it would be a day of May, in the forty-sixth year of our

boy. She said that if it was discovered she should reign.

give the Prince of Wales the credit of being the A true Copy-J. Becket.

G. R. father, for she had slept two nights at Carlton

House within the year. I said that I should go

abroad to my mother. The Princess said she (No. 2.)

should manage it very well, and if things came

to the worst, she should give the Prince the THE DEPOSITION OF CHARLOTTE

credit of it. While I was at Montague House, LADY DOUGLAS.

in March, I was with child, and one day I said I I think I first becaine acquainted with the was very sick, and the Princess desired Mrs. Princess of Wales in 180). Sir John Douglas Sander to get me a saline draught. She then had a house at Blackheath. One day, in No- said that she was very sick herselt, and that she vember 1801, the snow was lying on the ground. would take a saline draught too. I observed, The Princess and a lady, who, I believe, was that she could not want one, and looked at her. Miss Heyman, came on foot, and walked several The Princess said, yes, I do. What do you look times before the door. Lady Stewart was with me, at me for with your wicked eyes; you are always and said, she thought that the Princess wanted finding me Mrs. Sander looked very something, and that I ought to go to her. I went much distressed. She gave us a saline draught to her. She said, she did not want any thing, each. This was the first time I had any suspibut she would walk in; that I had a very pretty cion of her being with child. The Princess little girl. She came in, and staid some time. never said who was the father. When she first About a fortnight after Sir J. D. and I received told me she was with child, I rather suspected an invitation to go to Montague House ; after that Sir Sydney Smith was the father, but only that I was very frequently at Montague House, because the Princess was very partial to him: and dined there. The Princess dined frequently I never knew he was with her alone. We had with us.

About May or June, 1802, the Princess constant intercourse with the Princess, from the first talked to me about her own conduct. Sir time I was at Montague House, till the end of Sydney Smith, who had been Sir John's friend for October. After that she had first communicated to more than twenty years, came to England about me that she was with child, she frequently spoke November, 1801, and came to live in our house. upon the subject. She was hled twice during I understood the Princess knew Sir Sydney' the time. She recommended me to be bled tuo,


and said that it made you have a better time. Mr. About a week or nine or ten days after this, I reEdmeades bled her'; she said, one of the days Mr. ceived a note from the Princess, to desire that I Edmeades bled her, that she had a violent heat would not come to Montague House, for they were in her blood, and that Mr. Edmeades should bleed apprehensive that the children she had taken had her. I told the Princess that I was very anxious had the measles in their clothes, and that she was how she would manage to be brought to bed, afraid my child might take it. Wher the without its being known; that I hoped she had Princess came to see me during my lying-in, she a safe person.-She said, yes: she should have told me, that when she should be brought to bed, a person from abroad ; that she had a great she wished I would not come to see her for some horror of having any man about her upon such time, for she might be confused in seeing me. an occasion-slie said, “I am confident in my own About the end of December I went to Gloucesterplans, and I wish you would not speak to me on shire, and stayed there about a month. When I that subject again. I shall tell every thing to returned, which was in January, I went to Mon. Sander." I think this was on the day on which tagne House, and was let in. The Princess was she told me of what happened at Lady Wilc packing up something in a black box. Upon the loughby's—that Sander was a very good woman,

sofa a child was lying, covered over with a piece and might be trusted, and that she must be with of red cloth. The Princess got up, and took me her at the labour; that she would send Miss by the hand. She then led me to the sofa, and Gouch to Brunswick, and Miss Millfield was too said, “ There is the child, I had him only two days young to be trusted, and must be sent out of the after I saw you.” The words were, either, “ I had way. I was brought to bed on the 23d July, 1802. him,” or “ I was brought to bed :” the words The Princess insisted on being present. I de- were such as clearly imported that it was her own termined that she should not, but I meant to child. She said she got very well through it; she avoid it without offending hier. On the day on shewed me a mark on the child's hand ; it is a which I was brought to bed, she came to my pink mark. The Princess said, “ he has a mark house and insisted on coming in. Dr. Mackie, like your little girl.” I saw the child afterwards who attended me, locked the door, and said she frequently with the Princess quite till Christmas, shonld not come in; but there was another door 1803, when I left Blackheath. I saw the mark on the opposite side of the room, which was not upon the child's hand, and I am sure that it was locked, and she came in at that door, and was the same child, I never saw any other child there. present during the time of the labour, and took the | The Princess Charlotte used to see the child and child as soon as it was born, and said that she was play with him. The child used to call the very glad that she had seen the whole of it. The Princess of Wales 66 Mamma." I saw the child Princess's pregnancy appeared to me to be very looking out at the window of the Princess's house visible. She wore a cushion behind, and she made about a month ago, before the Princess went into Mrs. Sander make one for me. During my Devonshire, and I am sure that it was the same lying-in the Princess came one day with Mrs. child. Not long after I had first seen the child, the Fitzgerald. She sent Mrs. F. away, and took a Princess said, that she had the child at first to chair, and sat hy my bedside. She said, “ You will sleep with her a few nights ; but it made her hear of my taking children in baskets, but you nervous, and now they had got a regular nurse won't take any notice of it. I shall have them for him. brought hy a poor woman in a basket., I shall She said, We gave it a little milk at first, but do it as a cover to have my own brought to me in it was too much for me, and now we breed it by that way;” or “ that is the way in which I hand, and it does very well. I can swear posimust have myown brought when I have it.” Very tively that the child I saw at the window soon after this, two children, who were twins, is the same child as the Princess told me she had were brought by a poor woman in a basket. The two days after she parted with me. The child Princess took them, and had them carried up was called William. I never heard that it had into her room, and the Princess washed them her- any other name. When the child was in long self. The Princess told me this herself. The clothes, we breakfasted one day with the Prinfather, a few days afterwards, came and insisted cess, and she said to Sir John Douglas, This is on having the children, and they were given to the Deptford boy. Independently of the Prin. him. The Princess afterwards said to me,

“ Yon

cess's confession to me, I can swear that she was see I took the children, and it answered very pregnant in 1802. In October, 1804, when we well.” The father had got them back, and she returned from Devonshire, I left my card at could not blame bim : that she should take other Montaglie House, and on the 4th October I rechildren, and should have quite a nursery. I saw ceived a letter from Mrs. Vernon, desiring me the Princess on a Sunday, either the 30th or 31st not to come any more to Montagne House. I of October, 1802, walking before her door. She had never, at this time, mentioned the Prin. was dressed so as to conceal her pregnancy; she cess's being with child, or being delivered of a had a long cloak and a very great muff; she had child, to any person, not even to Sir John just returned from Greenwich church ; she looked | Douglas. After receiving Mrs. Vernon's letter, very ill, aud I thought must be very near ber I wrote to the Princess on the subject. The letter time.

was sent back unopened. I then wrote to Mrs.

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Fitzgerald, saying, that I thought myself ex

(No. 4.) tremely ill used. In two or three days after this,

THE DEPOSITION OF ROBERT BID. I received an anonymous letter, which I produce,

GOOD and have marked it with the letter A, and signed with my name, both on the letter and the en

I have lived with the Prince twenty-three velope. The Princess of Wales has told me that years next September; I went to the Princess in she got a bedfellow whenever she could ; that March, 1798, and have lived with her Royal nothing was more wholesome. She said that no- Highness ever since. About the year 1802, early thing was more convenient than her room

in that year, I obsewed Sir Sydney Smith come stands at the head of the staircase which leads

to Montaglie House; he used to stay very late at into the Park, and I have bolts in the inside, night; I have seen him early in the morning and have a bedfellow whenever I like. I wonder

there, about ten or eleven o'clock. He was at you can be satisfied only with Sir John.” She

Sir Jolin Douglas's; and was in the habit, as has said this more than once. She has told me

well as Sir John and Lady Douglas, of dining, that Sir Sydney Smith had lain with her; that

or having luncheon, or supping there almost she believed all men liked a bedfellow, but Sir

every day. I saw Sir Sydney Smith one day in Sydney better than any body else; that the Prince

1802, in the blue room, about eleven o'clock in was the most complaisant man in the world ; that

the morning, which is full two hours before we she did what she liked, went where she liked, expected ever to see any company. I asked why and bad what bedfellow she liked, and the Prince

the servants did not let me know that he was paid for all.

there. The footman informed me that they had CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS.

let no person in. There was a private door to June 1, 1806.

the Park, by which he might have come in if he Sworn before us, June 1, 1806, at Lord Gren.

had a key to it, and have got into the blue room ville's, Downing-street, Westininster. without any of the servants perceiving him. I ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE,

never observed any appearance of the Princess ELLENBOROUGH.

which could lead me to suppose that she was A true Copy-J. Becket.

with child. I first observed Captain Manby

come to Montague House either the end of 1803, (No. 3.)

or beginning of 1804. I was waiting one day in THE EPOSITION OF SIR JOHN

the anti-rooin; Captain Manby had his hat in DOUGLAS, Knt.

his hand, and appeared to be going away; he was

a long time with the Princess; and as I stood on I had a house at Blackheath, in 1801. Sir

the steps waiting, I looked into the room in Sydney Smith used to come to my house. I had which they were,

and in the reflection in the a bed for him. The Princess of Wales forined an

looking-glass, I saw them salute each other: I acquaintance with Lady Douglas, and came fre

mean that they kissed each other's lips. Capquently to our house. I thought she came more

tain Manby then went away. I then observed for Sydney Smith than for us. After she had

the Princess have her handkerchief in her hands, some

and wipe her eyes as if she

she leaned on the sofa, and put her hand upon her

to Southend in May, 1804; I went with her : we stomach, and said, -Sir John, I shall never be

were there, I believ abont six weeks before the Queen of England. I said, Not if you don't de

Africaine cagne in. Siçard was very often watch. serve it. She seemed angry at first. In 1804, on

ing with a glass to see when the ship would the 27th of October, I received two letters by arrive. One day he said he saw the Africaine, and the twopenny post, one addressed to me, which I

soon after the Captain put off in a boat from the now produce, and have marked it with the let- ship. Sicard went down the shrubhery to meetter B,* both on the envelope and the enclosure, him. When the Captain came on shore, Sicard and another letter addressed to Lady Douglas, conducted him to the Princess's house, and he which I now produce, and have marked with the dined there with the Princess and her ladies. letter C,* both on the envelope and the enclosure. After this he came very frequently to see the

JOHN DOUGLAS. Princess. The Princess had two houses on the
June 1.

Cliff, Nos. 8 and g. She afterwards took the Sworn before us, at Lord Grenville's house, in drawing-room of No. 7, which communicated Downing-street, Westminster, June 1, 1806.

by the balcony with No. 8, the three houses ERSKINE, SpenceR, GRENVILLE, being adjoining. The Princess used to dine in ELLENBOROUGH.

No. 8, and after dinner to remove with the A true Copy-J. Becket.

company into No. 7, and I have several times

seen the Princess, after having gone into No.7, * No copy of these letters, or either of them, with Captain Manby and the rest of the comhad been sent to her Royal Highness the Prin- pany, retire alone witla Captain Manby froin cess of Wales

No.7, through No. 8 into No. 9, wbich, was the

house in which the Princess slept; I suspected, thought it would be more agreeable to me to be that Captain Manhy slept frequently in the told this by him than throngh Sicard. , After house. It was a subject of conversation in the this I never attended at Montagne House, but house. Hints were given by the servants, and occasionally, when the Princess sent for me. I believe that others suspected it as well as my- About July, 1802, I observed that the Princess self.

had grown very large, and in the latter end of The Princess took a child, which I understood the same year she appeared to be grown thin; was brought into the house by Stikeman. I

and I observed it to Miss Sander, who said that waited only one week in three, and I was not the Princess was much thinner than she had there at the time the child was brought, but I saw

been; I had not any idea of the Princess being it there early in 1803. The child who is now with child. Mr. Lawrence, the painter, used to with the Princess is the same as I saw there early go to Montague House, about the latter end of in 1303; it has a mark on its left hand. Austin

1801, when he was painting the Princess, and is the name of the man who was said to be the he has slept in the house two or three nights father. Austin's wife is, I believe, still alive. together. I have often seen him alone with the She has had another child, and has brought it Princess at eleven and twelve o'clock at night. sometimes to Montague House. It is very like He has been there as late as one or two o'clock the child who lives with the Princess. Mrs. in the morning. One night I saw bin with the Gosden was employed as a nurse to the child, Princess in the blue room after the ladies had and she used to bring the child to the Princess as retired. Some time afterwards, when I supposed soon as the Princess awoke, and the child used that he had gone to his room, I went to see that to stay with her Royal Highness the whole morn- all was safe, and I found the blue room door ing. The Princess appeared to be extremely locked, and heard'a whispering in it, and I went fond of the child, and still appears so.

away. R. Bid good.

WM. Cole. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing- Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 6th day of June, 1806.

street, the 6th day of June, 1806, before us, SPENCER, GRENVILLE.

SPENCER, GRENVILLE. A true Copy–J. Becket.

A true Copy–J. Becket.

(No. 5.)

(No. 6.) THE DEPOSITION OF WILLIAM COLE. THE DEPOSITION OF FRANCES I have lived with the Princess of Wales ever

LLOYD. since her marriage. Sir Syduey Smith first visited I have lived twelve years with the Princess of at Montague House about 1802. I have observed Wales next October. I am in the coffee-room ; the Princess too familiar with Sir Sydney Smith. my situation in the coffee-room does not give me One day, I think about February in that year, opportuvities of seeing the Princess. I do not the Princess ordered some sandwiches ; I carried see her sometimes for months. Mr. Mills atthem into the blue-room to her. Sir Sydney

tended me for a cold. He asked me if the Prince Sinith was there; I was surprised to see him came to Blackheath backwards and forwards, there; he must have come in from the Park; if

or something to that effect, for the Princess was he had been let in from Blackheath, he must bave with child, or looked as if she was with child. passed through the room in which I was waiting. This must have been three or four years ago. It When I had left the sandwiches, I returned, after may have been five years ago. I think it must some time, into the room, and Sir Sydney Smith have been some time before the child was brought was sitting very close to the Princess, on the sofa.

to the Princess. I remember the child being I looked at him, and at her Royal Highness; she brought; it was bronght into iny room.

I had caught my eye, and saw that I noticed the manner orders sent to me to give the mother arrow-root, in wbich they were sitting together. They ap. with directions how to make it, to wean the peared both a little confused when I came into child, and I gave it to the mother, and she took the room.

A short time before this, one night, the child away; afterwards the mother brought about twelve o'clock, I saw a man go into the the child back again. Whether it was a week, house, from the Park, wrapped up in a great ten days, or a fortnight, I cannot say, but it coat, I did not give any alarm, for the impres-might be about that time. The second time the sion on my mind was, that it was not a thief. mother bronght the child, she brought it into my Soon after I had seen the Princess and Sir Syd- room; I asked how a mother cond part with her ney Smith sitting together on the sofa, the Duke child ? I am not sure which time I asked this. of Kent sent for me, and told me, that the Prin- The mother cried, and said she could not afford cess would be very glad if I would do the duty in to keep it. The child was said to he about four town, because she had business to do in town months old when it was brought. I did not parwhich she would rather trust to me than any body ticularly observe it myself. else. The Duke said, that the Princess had

Frances LLOYD,

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I was at Ramsgate with the Princess in 1803. ported. It is a good while ago. I never myself One morning, when we were in the house at suspected her being with child. I think she East Cliff, somebody, I do not recollect who, could not have been with child, and have gone kuocked at my door, and desired me to get up, on to her time, without my knowing it. I was at to prepare breakfast for the Princess; this was Southend with the Princess. Capt. Manby used about six o'clock; I was asleep. During the to visit the Piincess there. I made the Princess's whole time I was in the Princess's service I had bed, and have been in the habit of making it never been called up before to make breakfast ever since I lived with her Royal Highness. for the Princess. I slept in the housekeeper's Another maid, whose name is Ann Bye, assisted room, on the ground floor. I opened the shutters with me in making the bed. From what I obof the windows for light. I knew at that time served I never had any reason to believe that two that Captain Manby's ship was in the Downs. persons had slept in the bed; I never saw any When I opened the shutters, I saw the Princess particular appearance in it. The linen was walking down the garden with a gentleman; she

washed by Stikeman's wife. was walking down the gravel walk towards the

MARY WILSON. No orders had been given me over night to Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, Downingprepare breakfast early. The gentleman the street, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, Princess was walking with was a tall man


ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, was surprised to see the Princess walking with a

ELLENBOROUGH. gentleman at that time in the morning. I am A true Copy-J. Becket. sure it was the Princess. While we were Blackheath, a woman at Charlton, of the name of Townley, told me that she had some linen to

(No. 8.) wash from the Princess's house; that the linen THE DEPOSITION OF SAMUEL was marked with the appearance of a miscar

ROBERTS. riage, or a delivery. The woman has since left

I am a footman to the Princess of Wales. I Charlton, but she has friends there. I think it

remember ihe child being taken by the Princess. must have been before the child was brought to

I never observed any particular appearance of the Princess that the woman told me this. I

the Princess in that year-nothing that led me to know all the women in the Princess's house. I

believe that she was with child. Sir Sydney don't think that any of them were in a state of

Smith used to visit the Princess at Blackheath. pregnancy; and, if any had, I think I must have

I never saw him alone with the Princess. He known it. I never told Cole that Mary Wilson,

never stayed after eleven o'clock. I recollect when she supposed the Princess to be in the

Mr. Cole once asking me, I think three years library,'had gone into the Princess's bed-room,

ago, whether there were any favourites in the and had found a man there at breakfast with the

family.. I remember saying that Captain Manby Princess ; or that there was a great to do about

and Sir Sydney Smith were frequently at Black. it, and that Mary Wilson was sworn to secresy, heath, and dined there oftener than any other aud threatened to be turned away if she divulged persons. I never knew Sir Sydney Smith_to what she had seen.

stay later than the ladies. I cannot say exactly FRANCES LLOYD.

at what hour he went, but I never remember his Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing- staying alone with the Princess. street, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us,


Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in DowningELLENBOROUGH.

street, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, A true Copy--J. Becket.


(No. 7.)

A true Copy-J. Becket.

(No. 9.)
I believe it will be ten years next quarter that
I have lived with the Princess of Wales as house-

DEPOSITION OF THOMAS STIKEMAN. maid. I wait on the ladies who attend the Prin- I have been page to the Princess of Wales ever


I remember when the child, who is now since she has been in England. When I first with the Princess, was brought there. Before it saw the child who is with the Princess, it is about came I heard say that it was to come.

The mo-
four years ago.

Her Royal Highness had a ther brought the child. It appeared to be about strong desire to have an infant, which I and all four months old when it was brought. I remem

the house knew. I heard there was a woman ber twins being brought to the Princess hefore who had twins, one of which the Princess was this child was brought. I never noticed the desirous to have, but the parents would not part Princess's shape to be different in that year from with it. A woman came to the door with a pewhat it was before. I never had a thought that tition to get her husband replaced in the dockthe Princess was with child. I have heard it re- yard, who had been removed; she had a child



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