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house in which the Princess slept; I suspected that Captain Manby slept frequently in the house. It was a subject of conversation in the house. Hints were given by the servants, and I believe that others suspected it as well as myself.
The Princess took a child, which I understood was brought into the house by Stikeman. I waited only one week in three, and I was not there at the time the child was brought, but I saw it there early in 1803. The child who is now with the Princess is the same as I saw there early in 1803; it has a mark on its left hand. Austin is the name of the man who was said to be the father. Austin's wife is, I believe, still alive. She has had another child, and has brought it sometimes to Montague House. It is very like the child who lives with the Princess. Mrs. Gosden was employed as a nurse to the child, and she used to bring the child to the Princess as soon as the Princess awoke, and the child used to stay with her Royal Highness the whole morning. The Princess appeared to be extremely fond of the child, and still appears so.
R. BIDGOOD. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 6th day of June, 1806. SPENCER, GRENVILLE.
thought it would be more agreeable to me to be told this by him than through Sicard. After this I never attended at Montagne House, but occasionally, when the Princess sent for me. About July, 1802, I observed that the Princess
grown very large, and in the latter end of the same year she appeared to be grown thin; and I observed it to Miss Sander, who said that the Princess was much thinner than she had been; I had not any idea of the Princess being with child. Mr. Lawrence, the painter, used to go to Montague House, about the latter end of 1801, when he was painting the Princess, and he has slept in the house two or three nights together. I have often seen him alone with the Princess at eleven and twelve o'clock at night. He has been there as late as one or two o'clock' in the morning. One night I saw him with the Princess in the blue room after the ladies had retired. Some time afterwards, when I supposed that he had gone to his room, I went to see that all was safe, and I found the blue room door locked, and heard a whispering in it, and I went
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THE DEPOSITION OF WILLIAM COLE.
I have lived with the Princess of Wales ever since her marriage. Sir Sydney Smith first visited at Montague House about 1802. I have observed the Princess too familiar with Sir Sydney Smith. One day, I think about February in that year, the Princess ordered some sandwiches; I carried them into the blue-room to her. Sir Sydney Smith was there; I was surprised to see him there; he must have come in from the Park; if he had been let in from Blackheath, he must have passed through the room in which I was waiting. When I had left the sandwiches, I returned, after some time, into the room, and Sir Sydney Smith was sitting very close to the Princess, on the sofa. I looked at him, and at her Royal Highness; she caught my eye, and saw that I noticed the manner in which they were sitting together. They appeared both a little confused when I came into the room. A short time before this, one night, about twelve o'clock, I saw a man go into the house, from the Park, wrapped up in a great coat. I did not give any alarm, for the impression on my mind was, that it was not a thief. Soon after I had seen the Princess and Sir Sydney Smith sitting together on the sofa, the Duke of Kent sent for me, and told me, that the Princess would be very glad if I would do the duty in town, because she had business to do in town which she would rather trust to me than any body else. The Duke said, that the Princess had
THE DEPOSITION OF FRANCES
I have lived twelve years with the Princess of Wales next October. I am in the coffee-room; my situation in the coffee-room does not give me opportunities of seeing the Princess. I do not see her sometimes for months. Mr. Mills attended me for a cold. He asked me 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. It may have been five years ago. I think it must have been some time before the child was brought to the Princess. I remember the child being brought; it was brought into my room. I had orders sent to me to give the mother arrow-root, with directions how to make it, to wean the child, and I gave it to the mother, and she took the child away; afterwards the mother brought the child back again. Whether it was a week, ten days, or a fortnight, I cannot say, but it might be about that time. The second time the nother brought the child, she brought it into my room; I asked how a mother could part with her child? I am not sure which time I asked this. The mother cried, and said she could not afford to keep it. The child was said to be about four months old when it was brought. I did not particularly observe it myself.
I was at Ramsgate with the Princess in 1803. One morning, when we were in the house at East Cliff, somebody, I do not recollect who, knocked at my door, and desired me to get up, 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 breakfast for the Princess. slept in the housekeeper's room, on the ground floor. I opened the shutters of the windows for light. I knew at that time that Captain Manby's ship was in the Downs. When I opened the shutters, I saw the Princess walking down the garden with a gentleman; she was walking down the gravel walk towards the sea. No orders had been given me over night to prepare breakfast early. The gentleman the Princess was walking 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. While we were at Blackheath, a woman at Charlton, of the name of Townley, told me that she had some linen to wash from the Princess's house; that the linen was marked with the appearance of a miscarriage, or a delivery. The woman has since left Charlton, but she has friends there. I think it must have been before the child was brought to the Princess that the woman told me this. I know all the women in the Princess's house. I don't think that any of them were in a state of pregnancy; and, if any had, I think I must have known it. I never told Cole that Mary Wilson, when she supposed the Princess to be in the library, had gone into the Princess's bed-room, and had found a man there at breakfast with the Princess; or that there was a great to do about it, and that Mary Wilson was sworn to secresy, and threatened to be turned away if she divulged what she had seen.
FRANCES LLOYD. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us,
ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE,
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THE DEPOSITION OF MARY ANN
I believe it will be ten years next quarter that I have lived with the Princess of Wales as housemaid. I wait on the ladies who attend the Princess. I remember when the child, who is now with the Princess, was brought there. Before it came I heard say that it was to come. The mother brought the child. It appeared to be about four months old when it was brought. I remember twins being brought to the Princess before this child was brought. I never noticed the Princess's shape to be different in that year from what it was before. I never had a thought that the Princess was with child. I have heard it re
ported. It is a good while ago. I never myself suspected her being with child. I think she could not have been with child, and have gone on to her time, without my knowing it. I was at Southend with the Princess. Capt. Manby used to visit the P.incess there. I made the Princess's bed, and have been in the habit of making it ever since I lived with her Royal Highness. Another maid, whose name is Ann Bye, assisted with me in making the bed. From what I observed I never had any reason to believe that two persons had slept in the bed; I never saw any particular appearance in it. The linen was washed by Stikeman's wife.
MARY WILSON. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, Downingstreet, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.
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THE DEPOSITION OF SAMUEL
I am a footman to the Princess of Wales. I remember the child being taken by the Princess. I never observed any particular appearance of the Princess in that year-nothing that led me to believe that she was with child. Sir Sydney Smith used to visit the Princess at Blackheath. I never saw him alone with the Princess. He never stayed after eleven o'clock. I recollect Mr. Cole once asking me, I think three years ago, whether there were any favourites in the family.. I remember saying that Captain Manby and Sir Sydney Smith were frequently at Blackheath, and dined there oftener than any other persons. I never knew Sir Sydney Smith-to stay later than the ladies. I cannot say exactly at what hour he went, but I never remember his staying alone with the Princess.
SAMUEL ROBERTS. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.
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DEPOSITION OF THOMAS STIKEMAN.
I have been page to the Princess of Wales ever since she has been in England. When I first saw the child who is with the Princess, it is about
four years ago. Her Royal Highness had a strong desire to have an infant, which I and all the house knew. I heard there was a woman who had twins, one of which the Princess was desirous to have, but the parents would not part with it. A woman came to the door with a petition to get her husband replaced in the dockyard, who had been removed; she had a child
with her; I took the child, I believe, and shewed it to Mrs. Sander. I then returned the child to the woman. I made inquiries after the father, and afterwards desired the woman to bring the child again to the house, which she did. The child was taken to the Princess; after the Princess had seen it, she desired the woman to take it again, and bring it back in a few days, and Mrs. Sander was desired to provide linen for it. Within a few days the child was brought again by the mother, and was left, and has been with the Princess ever since. I do not recollect the child had any mark; but, upon reflection, I
do recollect that the mother said he was marked with elder wine on the hand. The father of the child, whose name is Austin, lives with me at Pimlico. My wife is a laundress, and washed the linen of the Prince. Austin is employed to turn a mangle for me. The child was born in Brownlow-street, and it was baptized there; but I ouly know this from the mother. The mother has since lain-in a second time in Brownlow-street. I never saw the woman to my knowledge before she came with the petition to the door. I had no particnlar directions by the Princess to procure a child. I thought it better to take the child of persons of good character than the child of a pauper. Nothing led me, from the appearance of the Princess, to suppose that she was with child; but, from her shape, it is difficult to judge when she is with child. When she was with child of the Princess Charlotte, I should not have known it, when she was far advanced in her time, if I had not been told it. Sir Sydney Smith, at one time, visited very frequently at Montague House, two or three times a week. At the time the Princess was altering her room in the Turkish style, Sir Sydney Smith's visits were very frequent. The Princess consulted him upon them. Mr. Morell was the upholsterer. Sir Sydney Smith came frequently alone. He staid alone with the Princess sometimes till eleven o'clock at night. He has been there till twelve o'clock, and after, I believe,
alone with the Princess. The Princess is of that lively vivacity, that she makes herself familiar with gentlemen, which prevented my being struck with his staying so late. I do not believe that at that time any other gentleman visited the Princess so frequently, or stayed so late. I have seen the Princess, when they were alone, sitting with Sir Sydney Smith on the same sofa, in the blue-room. I had access to the blue-room at all times; there was an inner room which opened into the blue-room. When that room was not lighted up I did not go into it; I did not consider that I had a right to go into it. I had no idea on what account I was brought here. I I did not know that the Princess's conduct was questioned, or questionable. I was with the Princess at Ramsgate; when she was at East Cliff, Captain Manby was very frequently there; went away as late at night as eleven o'clock. I
do not remember Fanny Lloyd being called up any morning to make breakfast for the Princess. I did not like Captain Manby's coming so often, and staying so late, and I was uneasy at it. I remember a piece of plate, a silver lamp, being sent to Captain Manby; I saw it in Sicard's possession; he told me, it was for Captain Mənby, and he had a letter to send with it. I have never seen Captain Manby at the Princess's, at Ramsgate, before nine in the morning, but I have heard he has been there earlier. I had never any suspicion of there being any thing improper either from the frequent visits of Captain Manby, or from his conduct. I was at Catherington with the Princess; she used to go out generally in her own chaise. I think I have once or twice seen her go out with Mr. Hood, in his one-horse chaise; they have been out for two hours, or two hours and a half together. I believe only a day or two elapsed between the time of the child being first brought, and being then brought back again, and left with the Princess. I am sure the child was not weaned after it had been first brought. I do not recollect any gentleman ever sleeping in the house. I do not remember Lawrence, the painter, ever sleeping there. The Princess seems very fond of the child; it is always called William Austin.
THOS. STIKEMAN. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.
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THE DEPOSITION OF JOHN SICARD. I have lived seven years with the Princess of Wales, am house-steward, and have been in that situation from the end of six months after I first lived with her Royal Highness. I remember the child who is now with the Princess of Wales
being brought there; it was about five months old when it was brought; it is about four years ago, just before we went to Ramsgate. I had not the least suspicion of the object of my being brought here. I had opportunity of seeing the Princess frequently; I waited on her at dinner and supper; I never observed that the Princess had the appearance of being with child: I think it was hardly possible that she should have been with child without my perceiving it. Sir Sydney Smith used to visit very frequently at Montague House, in 1802, with Sir John and Lady Douglas. He was very often, I believe, alone with the Princess, and so was Mr. Canning, and other gentlemen. I cannot say that I ever suspected Sir Sydney Smith of any improper conduct with the Princess. I never had any suspicion of the Princess acting improperly with Sir Sydney Smith, or any other gentleman. I remember Captain Manby visiting at Montague House.
The Princess of Wales did not pay for the ex-
ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE,
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THE DEPOSITION OF CHARLOTTE
I have lived with the Princess of Wales eleven years. I am a native of Brunswick, and came with the Princess from Brunswick. The Princess has a little boy living with her under her protection; he had a mark on his hand, but it is worn off; I first saw him four years ago, in the autumn. The father and mother of the child are still alive: I have seen them both. The father worked in the Dock-yard at Deptford, but has now lost the use of his limbs; the father's name is Austin. The mother brought the child to the Princess when he was four months old; I was present when the child was brought to the Princess; she was in her own room up stairs when the child was brought; she came out, and took the child herself. I understood that the child was expected before it was brought. I am sure that I never saw the child in the house before it appeared to be four months old. The Princess was not ill or indisposed in the autumn of 1802. I was dresser to her Royal Highness; she could not be ill or indisposed without my knowing it. I am sure that she was not confined to her room, or to her bed, in that autumn; there was not, to my knowledge, any other child in the house; it was hardly possible there could have been a child there without my knowing it. I have no recollection that the Princess had grown bigger in the year 1802 than usual; I am sure the Princess was not pregnant; being her dresser, I must have seen it, if she was. I solemnly and positively swear I have no reason to know or believe that the Princess of Wales has been at any time pregnant during the time I have lived with her Royal Highness at Montague House. I may have said to Cole, that the Princess was grown much thinner, but I do not recollect that I did. I never heard any body say any thing about the Princess being pregnant till I came here today. I did not expect to be asked any questions to-day respecting the Princess being pregnant. Nobody came over to the Princess from Germany, in the autumn of 1802, to my knowledge. Her
Royal Highness was generally blooded twice in a year, but not lately. I never had any reason to suppose that the Princess received the visits of any gentleman at improper hours. Sir Sydney Smith visited her frequently, and almost daily. He was there very late, sometimes till two o'clock in the morning. I never saw Sir Sydney Smith in a room alone with the Princess late at night. I never saw any thing which led me to suppose that Sir Sydney Smith was on a very familiar footing with the Princess of Wales. 1 attended the Princess of Wales to Southend; she had two houses, No. 9 and No. 8. I knew Captain Manby, he commanded the Africaine; he visited the Princess while his ship was there; he was frequently with the Princess. I do not know or believe, and I have no reason to believe, that Captain Manby stayed till very late hours wi the Princess. I never suspected that there was any improper familiarity between them. I never expressed to any body a wish that Captain Manby's visits were not so frequent. If the Princess had company I was never present. The Princess was at Ramsgate in 1803. I have seen Captain Manby there frequently. He came to the Princcss's house to dinner. He never stayed till late at night at the Princess's house. I was in Devonshire with the Princess lately: there was no one officer that she saw when she was in Des shire more than the rest. I never heard from the Princess that she apprehended her conduct was questioned. When I was brought here I thought I might be questioned respecting the Princess's conduct, and I was sorry to come; I don't know why I thought so I never saw any thing in the conduct of the Princess, while I lived with her, which would have made me uneasy if I had been her husband. When I was at Southend I dined in the steward's room. I can't say whether I ever heard any body in the steward's room say any thing about the Captain (meaning Captain Manby); it is so long ago, I may have forgot it. I have seen Captain Manby alone with the Princess, at No. 9, in the drawing-room, at Southend; I have seen it only once or twice; it was at two or three o'clock in the afternoon, and never later. I slept in a room next to the Prin cess, in the house, No. 9, at Southend; I never saw Captain Manby in any part of that house but the drawing-room. I have no reason to believe he was in any other room in the house. I was at Catherington with the Princess; she was at Mr. Hood's house. I never saw any familiarity between her and Mr. Hood; I have seen her drive out in Mr. Hood's carriage with him alone; it was a gig; they used to be absent for several hours; a servant of the Princess attended them. I have delivered packets, by the order of the Princess, which she gave me, sealed up, to Sicard, to be by him forwarded to Captain Manby. The birth-day of the child who lives with the Princess is the 11th of July, as his mother told me; she says that he was christened at
Deptford. The child had a mark on the hand: the mother told me that it was from red wine. I believe the child came to the Princess in November.
C. SANDER. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th day of June, 1806. ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.
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DEPOSITION OF SOPHIA AUSTIN.
house on the 15th of November, and left it there, and it has been with the Princess ever since. I saw the child last Whit-Monday, and I swear that it is my child.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-
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EARL SPENCER TO LORD GWYDIR. 20th June, 1806.
MY LORD,-In consequence of certain inquiries directed by his Majesty, Lady Douglas, wife of Sir John Douglas of the Marines, bas deposed upon oath that she was told by her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, that at a breakfast at Lady Willoughby's house in May or June, 1802, &c.-(Extract from Lady Douglas's Deposition.)-It being material to ascertain, as far as possible, the truth of this fact, I am to request that your Lordship will have the goodness to desire Lady Willoughby to put down in writing every circumstance in any manner relative thereto (if any such there be) of which her Ladyship has any recollection; and also to apprize me, for his Majesty's information, whether at any time, during the course of the above-mentioned year, Lady Willoughby observed any such alteration in the Princess's shape, or any other circumstances, as might induce her Ladyship to believe that her Royal Highness was then pregnant.-I am, &c.
I know the child which is now with the Princess of Wales. I am the mother of it. I was delivered of it four years ago the 11th of July next, at Brownlow-street Hospital. I have lain in there three times. William, who is with the Princess, is the second child I laid in of there. It was marked in the right hand with red wine. My husband was a labourer in the Dock-yard at Deptford. When peace was proclaimed, a number of the workmen were discharged, and my husband was one who was discharged. I went to the Princess with a petition on a Saturday, to try to get my husband restored. I lived at that time at Deptford New-row, No. 7, with a person of the name of Bearblock. He was a milkman. The day I went to the Princess with the petition was a fortnight before the 6th of November. Mr. Bennet, a baker in New-street, was our dealer, 'and I took the child to Mr. Bennet's when I went to receive my husband's wages every week, from the time I left the Hospital till I carried the child to the Princess. I knew Mr. Stikeman only by having seen him once before, when I went to apply for a letter to Brownlow-street Hospital. When I went to Montague-house, I desired Mr. Stikeman to present my petition. He said they A true Copy-J. Becket. were denied to do such things, but seeing me with a baby he could do no less. He then took the child from me, and was a long time gone. He then brought me back the child, and brought balf-a-guinea which the ladies sent me. He said if the child had been younger, he could have got it taken care of for me, but desired that I would come up again. I went up again on the Monday following, and I saw Mr. Stikeman. Mr. Stikeman afterwards came several times to us, and appointed me to take the child to Montaguehouse on the 5th of November, but it rained all day, and I did not take it. Mr. Stikeman came down to me on Saturday the 6th of November, and I took the child on that day to the Princess's house. The Princess was out. I waited till she returned. She saw the child, and asked its age. I went down into the coffeeroom, and they gave me some arrow-root to wean the child; for I was suckling the child at this time, and when I had weaned the child, I was to bring it and leave it with the Princess. I did wean the child, and brought it to the Princess'slection whatever of the fact stated to have
Sidmouth, 21st June, 1806.
MY DEAR LORD,-In obedience to your commands, I lost no time in communicating to Lady Willoughby the important subject of your private letter, dated the 20th instant, and I have the honour of enclosing a letter to your Lordship from Lady Willoughby.I have the honour, &c.
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MY LORD,-In obedience to the command contained in your Lordship's letter communicated to me by Lord Gwydir, I have the honour to inform you, that I have no recol