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That have led to the Publication of the Original Docu
ments relative to Her Royal Highness
THE PRINCESS OF WALES.
FOR the last three months, so many hints, advertisements, and notices appeared in the daily papers, and in various other ways, that the public mind, was, in some measure, prepared to expect a full disclosure of the proceedings relative to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. The following occur. rence was the first that strengthened the conviction of every observer on this subject.
On the 14th of January last, a sealed letter was transmitted to Lord Liverpool and Lord Eldon, by Lady Charlotte Campbell, as lady in waiting for the month, expressing her Royal Highness's pleasure that it should be presented to the Prince Regent, and there was an open copy for their perusal.
On the 15th, the Earl of Liverpool presented his compliments to Lady Charlotte Campbell, and returned the letter unopened.
On the 16th, it was returned by Lady Charlotte, intimating, that as it contained matter of importance to the State, she relied on their laying it before his Royal Highness. It was again returned unopened, with the Earl of Liverpool's compliments to Lady Charlotte, saying, that the Prince saw no reason to depart from his determination.
On the 17th, it was returned, in the same way, by command of her Royal Highness, expressing her confidence, that the two noble lords would not take upon themselves the responsibility
of not communicating the letter to his Royal Highness, and that she should not be the only subject in the empire, whose petition was not to be permitted to reach the throne. To this an answer was given, that the contents of it had been made known to the Prince.
On the 19th, her Royal Highness directed a letter to be addressed to the two noble lords, desiring to know whether it had been made known to his Royal Highness, by being read to him, and to know his pleasure thereon.
No answer was given to this letter, and therefore on the 26th, she directed a letter to be written, expressing her surprize, that no answer had been given to her application for a whole week.
To this, an answer was received, addressed to the Princess, stating, that in consequence of her Royal Highness's demand. her letter had been read to the Prince Regent on the 23rd, but that he had not been pleased to express his pleasure thereon. The following is a copy of this important document:
6 It is with great reluctance that I presume to obtrude myself upon your Royal Highness, and to solicit your attention to matters which may, at first, appear rather of a personal than a public nature. If I could think them so if they related merely to myself—I should abstain from a proceeding which might give uneasiness, or interrupt the more weighty occupations of your Royal Highness's time. I should continue, in silence and retirement, to lead the life which has been prescribed to me, and console myself for the loss of that society and those domestic comforts to which I have so long been stranger, by the reflection that it has been deemed proper I should be afflicted without any fault of my own and that your Royal Highness knows.
But, Sir, there are considerations of a higher nature'than any regard to my own happiness, which render this address' a duty both to myself and my daughter. May I venture to say -a duty also to my husband, and the people committed te his care? There is a point beyond which a guiltless woman
dannot with safety carry ber forbearance, If her honour is invaded, the defence of her reputation is no longer a matter of choice ; and it signifies not whether the attack be made openly, manfully, and directly or by secret insinuation, and by holding such conduct towards her as countenances all the suspicions that malice can suggest. If these ought to be the feelings of every woman in England who is conscious that she deserves no reproach, your Royal Highness has too sound a judgment, and too nice a sense of honour, not to perceive, how much more justly they belong to the mother of your daughter--the mother of her who is destined, I trust at a very distant period, to reign over the British Empire.
“ It may be known to your Royal Highness, that during the continuance of the restrictions upon your royal authority, I purposely refrained from making any representations which might then augment the painful difficulties of your exalted station. At the expiration of the restrictions, I still was inclined to delay taking this step, in the hope that I might owe the redress I sought to your gracious and unsolicited condescension. I have waited, in the fond indulgence of this expectation, until, to my inexpressible mortification, I find that my unwillingness to complain, has only produced fresh grounds of complaint; and I am at length compelled, either to abandon all regard for the two dearest objects which I possess on earth, mine own honour, and my beloved child, or to throw myself at the feet of your Royal Highness, the natural protector of both.
“ I presume, Sir, to represent to your Royal Highness, that the separatioń, which every succeeding month is making wider, of the mother and the daughter, is equally injurious to my character and to her education. I say nothing of the deep wounds which so cruel an arrangement inflicts upon my feel. ings, although I would fain hope that few persons will be found of a disposition to think lightly of these. To see my. self cut off from one of the few domestic enjoyments left me -certainly the only one upon which I set any value, the society of my child-involves me in such misery, as I well
upon me if
know your Royal Highness could never jnflict
yok were aware of its bitterness. Our intercourse has been gradaally diminished. A single interview, weekly, seemed sufficiently hard allowance for a mother's affections. That, however, was reduced to our meeting once a fortnight ; and I now learn that even this most rigorous interdiction is to be still more rigidly enforced.
“ But while I do not venture to intrude my feelings as a mother upon your Royal Highness's notice, I must be allowed to say, that in the eyes of an observing and jealous world, this separation of a daughter from her mother, will only admit of one construction---a construction fatal to the mother's reputation. Your Royal Highness will also pardon me for adding, that there is no less inconsistency than injustice in this treatment. He who dares advise your Royal Highness to over, look the evidence of my innocence, and disregard the sentence of complete acquittal which it produced; or is wicked and false enough still to whisper suspicions in your ear, betrays: his duty to you, sir, to your daughter, and to your people, if he counsels you to permit a day to pass without a further investigation of my conduct. I know that no such calumniator will venture to recommend a measure wbich must speedily end in bis utter confusion. Then let me implore you to reflect on the situation in which I am placed : without the shadow of a charge against me---without even an accuser--- . after an inquiry that led to my ample vindication---ýet treated as if I were still more culpable than the perjuries of my suborned traducers represented me, and held up to the world as a mother who may not enjoy the society of her only child.
“ The feelings, sir, which are natural to my unexampled situation, might justify me in the gracious judgment of your Royal Highness had I no other motives for addressing you but such as relate to myself. But I will not disguise from your Royal Highness what I cannot for a moment conceal from my, self, that the serious, and it soon may be, the irreparahle injury which my daughter sustains from the plan at present
pursued, has done more in overcoming my reluctance to intrude upon your Royal Highness, than any sufferings of my own could accomplish ; and it for her sake I presume to call away your Royal Highness's attention from the other cares of your exalted station, I feel confident I am not claiming it for a 'matter of inferior importance either to yourself or your people.
The powers with which the constitution of these realms vests your Royal Highness in the regulation of the royal family, I know, because I am so advised, are ample and unquestion- : able. My appeal, sir, is made to your excellent sense and liberality of mind in the exercise of those powers ; and I willingly hope that your own parental feelings will lead you to excuse the anxiety of mine for impelling me to represent the unhappy consequences which the present system must entail upon our beloved child.
“ It is impossible, sir, that any one can bave attempted to persuade your Royal Highness, that her character will not be injured by the perpetual violence offered to her strongest af. fections--the studied care taken to estrange her from my society, and even to interrupt all communication between us? That her love for me, with whom, by his Majesty's wise and gracious arrangements, she passed the years of her infancy and childhood, 'never can be extinguished, I well know, and the knowledge of it forms the greatest blessing of my existence."
“But let me implore your Royal Highness to reflect how inevitably all attempts to abate this attachment, by forcibly separating us, if they succeed, must injure my child's principles --if they fail, must destroy her happiness.
“ The plan of excluding my daughter from all intercourse with the world, appears to my humble judgment peculiarly unfortunate. She who is destined to be the sovereign of this great country, enjoys none of those advantages of society which are deemed necessary for imparting a knowledge of mankind to
ersons who have infinitely less occasion to learn that important lesson ; and it may so bappen, by a chance which I trust is very remote, that she should be called upon to exercise the