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is a hard lot; but use had, in some degree inured me to it: But to find
misfortunes and my juries imputed to me as faults ; to be called to account upon a charge, made against me by Lady Douglas, who was thought at first worthy of credit, although she had pledged her veracity to the fact, of my having admitted that I was myself the aggressor in every thing, of which I had to complain, has subdued all power of patient bearing ; and when I was called upon by the Commissioners, either to admit, by my silence, the guilt which they imputed to me, or to enter into
defence, in contradiction to it-no longer at liberty to remain silent, I, perhaps, have not known how, with exact propriety, to limit my expressions.
In happier days of my life, before my spirit had been yet at all lowered by my misfortunes, I should have been disposed to have met such a charge with the contempt which, I trust, by this time, Your Majesty thinks due to it; I shoule have been disposed to have defied my enemies to the utmost, and to have scorned to answer to any thing but a legal charge, before a competent tribunal ; but, in my present misfortunes, such force of mind is gone. Iought, perhaps, so far to be thankful to them for their wholesome lessons of humi. lity. I have, therefore, entered into this long detail, tu endeavour to remove, at the first possible opportunity, any unfavourable impressions ; to rescue myself from the dangers which the continuance of these suspicions might occasion, and
preserve to me your Majesty's good opinion, in whose kindness, hitherto, I have found infinite consolation, and to whose justice, under all circumstances, I can confidently appeal.
Under the impression of these sentiments I throw myself at your Majesty's feet. I know, that whatever sentiments of resentment; whatever wish for redress, by the punishment of
my false accusers, I ought to feel, Your Majesty, as the Father of a Stranger, smarting under false accusation, as the Head of your illustrious House, dishonoured in me, and as the great Guardian of the Laws of your Kingdom, thus foully attempted to have been applied to the purposes of injustice, will not fail to feel for me. At all events, I trust your Majesty will restore me to the blessing of your Gracivas Presence, and confirm to me, by your own Gracious Words, your satisfactory conviction of my
Your Majesty's most affectionate
The Deposition of Thomas Manby, Esquire, a
Captain in the Royal Navy.
Having had read to me the following passage, from the Copy of a Deposition of Robert Bidyood, sworn the 6th of June last, before Lords Spencer and Grenville, viz. " I was waiting one day in the anti-room ; Captain
“ Manby had his hat in his band, and appeared to " be going away; he was a long time with the “ Princess, and, as I stood on the steps, waiting, I « looked into the room in which they were, and, in 66 the reflection on the looking-glass, I saw them sa" lute each otherI mean, that they kissed each “ other's lips. Captain Manby then went away. " I then observed the Princess have her handker* chief in her hands, and wipe her eyes, as if she
was crying, and went into the drawing-room.” I do solemnly, and upon my oath, declare that the said passage
is a vile and wicked invention; that it is wholly and absolutely false; that is impossible he ever could have seen, in the reflection of any glass, any such thing ; as I never, upon any occasion, or in any situation, ever had the presumption to salute Iler Royal Highness in any such manner, or to take any such liberty, or offer any such insult to her person. And having had read to me another passage, from the same Copy of the same Deposition, in which the said Robert Bidgood says“ I stispected 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.” I solemnly swear, that such suspicion is wholly un. founded, and that I never did, at Montague House, Southend, Ramsgate East Cliff, or any where else, ever
sleep in any house occupied by, or belonging to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales; and that there never did any thing pass between her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales and myself, that I should be in any degrec unwilling that all the world should have seen.
(Signed) THO. MANBY. Sworn at the Public Office,
Hatton Garden, London,
(Signed) THOMAS LEACH.
The Deposition of Thomas Lawrence, of Greek
Street, Soho, in the County of Middleser,
Having had read to me the following Extract from a Copy of a Deposition of William Cole, purporting to have been sworn before Lords Spencer and Grenville, the 10th day of June, 1806, viz. 66 Mr. Lawrence, the painter, used to go to Montague 66 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 or twelve “ o'clock at night; he has been there as late as one ” or two o'clock in the morning. One night I saw 66 him with the Princess in the blue room after the 6 ladies had jetired; sometime afterwards, when I “ supposed he was gone to his bed-room, I went to
that all was safe, and found ihe blue room door “ locked, and heard a whispering in it, and then
I do solemnly, and upon my oath, depose, that having received the commands of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to paint Her Royal Higliness's Portrait, and that of the Princess Charlotte ; I attended for that purpose at Montague House, Blackheath, several times about the beginning of the year, 1901, and having been informed that Sir William Buechey, upon a similar occasion, had slept in the house, for the greater convenience of executing his painting; and it having been intimated to me, that I might probably be allowed the same advana tage, I signified my wish to avail myself of it; and accordingly I did sleep at Montague House several nights; --that frequently, when employed upon this painting, and occasionally, between the close of a day's sitting and the time of Her Royal Highness dressing for dinner, I have been alone in Her Royal Highness's presence; I bave likewise been graciously admitted to Her Royal Highness's presence in the evenings, and remained there till twelve, one, and two o'clock ; but, I do solemnly swcar, I was never alone in the presence of Her Royal Higliness in an evening, to the best of my recollection and belief, except in one single instance, and that for a short time, when I remained with her Royal Highness in the blueroom, or drawing-room, as I remember, to answer some question which had been put to me, at the moment I was about to retire together with the ladies in waiting, who had been previously present as well as myself; and, though I cannot recollect the particulars of the conversation which then took place, I do solemnly swear, that nothing passed between Her Royal Ilighness and myself, which I could have had the least objection for all the world to have seen and heard. And I do further, upon my oath, solemnly declare, that I never was alone in the presence of Hir Royal Higliness in any other place, or in any other way, than as above described ; and that neither, upon the occasion last inentioned, nor upon any other, was I ever in the presence of Her Royal Highness, in any room what.