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calls for particular observation. He says* “ 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 11 or 12 o'clock at night. He has been there as late as one and 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 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 away.
Here, again, your Majesty observes, that Mr. Cole deals his deadliest blows against my character by insinuation. And here, again, his insinuation is left unsisted and unexplained. I here understand him to insinuate that, though he supposed Mr. Lawrence to have gone to his room, he was still where he had said he last left bim; and that the locked door prevented him from seeing me and Mr. Lawrence alone together, whose whispering, however, he, notwithstanding overheard.
Before, Sire, I come to my own explanation of the fact of Mr. Lawrence's sleeping at Montague House, I must again refer to Mr. Cole’s original declarations. I must again examine Mr. Cole, against Mr. Cole; which I cannot help lamenting it does not seem to have occurred to others to have done ; as I am persuaded if it had, his prevarications, and his falsehood, could never have escaped them. They would then have been able to have traced, as your Majesty will now do, through my observations, by wbat degrees he hardened himself up to the infamy (for I can use no other expression) of stating this fact, by which he means to insinuate that he heard me and Mr. Lawrence, locked up in this Blue Room, whispering together, and alone. I am sorry to be obliged to drag your Majesty through so long a detail ; but I am confident your Majesty's goodness, and love of justice, will excuse it, as it is essential to the vindication of my character, as well as to the illustration of Mr. Cole's.
* Appendix (A.) No. 5.
Mr. Cole's examination, as contained in his first written declaration of the 11th of January, has nothing of this. I mean not to say that it has nothing concerning Mr. Lawrence, for it has much, which is calculated to occasion unfavourable interpretations, and given with a view to that object. But that circumstance, as I subunit to your Majesty, increases the weight of my observation. Had there been nothing in his first declaration about Mr. Lawrence at all, it might have been iinagined that perhaps Mr. Lawrence escaped his recollection altogether; or that his declaration had been solely directed to other persons; but as it does contain observations respecting Mr. Lawrence, but nothing of a locked door, or the whispering within it;-how he happened at that time not to recollect, or if he recollected, not to mention so very striking and remarkable a circumstance, is not, I should imagine, very satisfactorily to be explained. His statement in that* first declaration stands thus, “In 1801, Lawrence " the painter was at Montague House, for four
or five days at a time, painting the Princess's picture. That he was frequently alone late in the night with the Princess, and inuch suspicion
was entertained of him.”, Mr. Cole's nextt declaration, at least the next which appears among the written declarations, was taken on the 14th of January; it does not mention Mr. Lawrence's name, but it has this passage.
" When Mr. Cole found the drawing-room, which led to the staircase to the Princess's apartments, locked (which your Majesty knows is the same which the witnesses call the Blue Rooin,) he does not know whether any person was with her ; but it appeared odd to him, as he had formed some suspicions.” The striking and important observation on this passage is, that when he first talks of the door of the drawing-room being locked, so far from his mentioning any thing of whispering being overheard, he expressly says, that he did not know that any body was with me. The passage is likewise deserving yoạr Majesty's most serious consideration on another ground. For it is one of those which shews that Mr. Cole, though we have four separate declarations made by him, has certainly made other statements which have not
* See Appendix (B.) p. 100.
† Appendix (B.) p. 100.
been transmitted to your Majesty; for it evidently refers to something, which he had said before, of having found the drawing-room door locked, and no trace of such a statement is discoverable in the previous axamination of Mr. Cole, as I have received it, and I have no doubt that, in obedience to your Majesty's commands, I have at length been furnished with the whole. I don't know, indeed, that it should be matter of complaint from me, that your Majesty has not been furnished with all the statements of Mr. Cole, because from the sample I see of them, I cannot suppose that any of them could have furnished any thing favourable to me, except indeed that they might have furnished me with fresh means of contradicting him by himself.
But your Majesty will see that there have been other statements not communicated; a circumstance of which both your Majesty and I have reason to complain. But it may be out of its place further to notice that fact at present.
To return therefore to Mr. Cole;-in his third* declaration, dated the 30th of January, there is not a word about Mr. Lawrence. In his fourth and last, † which is dated on the 23rd of February, he says, " the person who was alone with the lady at “ late hours of the night (twelve and one o'clock,) “ and whom he left sitting up after he went to bed, “ was Mr. Lawrence, which happened two diffe" rent nights.” Here is likewise another trace of
Appendix, (B) p. 102.
† Appendix (B) p. 103.
a former statement which is not given ; for no such person is mentionod before in any that I have been furnished with.
Your Majesty then here observes that, after having given evidence in two of his declarations, res, pecting Mr. Lawrence by name, in which he mentions nothing of locked doors,--and after having, in another declaration, given an account of a locked door, but expressly stated that he knew not whether any one was with me within it, and said nothing about whispering being overheard, but, impliedly, at least, negatived it;--in the deposition before the Commissioners, he puts all these things together, and has the hardihood to add to them that remarkable circumstance, which could not have escaped his recollection, at the first, if it had been true, "of his “ having, on the same night in which he found me 6 and Mr. Lawrence alone, after the ladies were
gone to bed, come again to the room when he
thought Mr. Lawrence must have been retired, “ and found the door locked and heard the whisper
ing;” and then again he gives another instance of his honesty, and upon the same principle on which he took no notice of the man in the great coat, he finds the door locked, hears the whispering, and then he silently and contentedly retires:
And this witness, who thus not only varies in his testimony, but contradicts himself in such important particulars, is one of those who cannot be suspected of unfavourable bias, and whose veracity is