« PoprzedniaDalej »
being expressed with some warmth, his Lordship observed, that I might have made the inquiries very innocently, conceiving, that her Royal Highness could not be in that situation but by the Prince. I repeated my assertion of the falsehood of the declaration, adding, that though the conversation was intended to be confidential, I felt my character strongly attacked by the declaration, therefore it was necessary that the declaration should be investigated ; I had no doubt but the character I had so many years maintained, would make my assertion believed before the deposition of a domestic. I then requested to know, what date the declaration bore? His Lordship said, he did not remember ; but he had desired the Solicitor to meet me, who would shew ii me. I then observed, that I should in confidence communicate to his Lordship, why I was desirous to know the date; I then stated to his Lordsbip, that soon after her Royal Highness came to Black heatb, I attended her in an illness, with Sir Francis Millman, in which I bled her twice.Soon after her recovery, she thought proper to form a regular medical appointment, and appointed myself and Mr. Edmeades to be Surgeons and Apothecaries to her Royal Highness; on receiving a warrant for such appointment, I declined accepting the honour of being appointed Apothecary, being inconsistent with my character, being educated as Surgeon, and having had an honorary degree of Physic conferred on me; her Royal Highness condescended to appoint ne her Surgeon only. His Lordship rang to know if Mr. Lowten was come; he was in the next room. His Lordship left me for a few minutes, returned, and introduced me to Mr. Lowten with much politeness--as Dr. Mills ; repeating the assurance of what passed being confidential. I asked Mr. Lowten the date of the declaration, that had been asserted to be made by me? He said, in the year 1802. 1 then, with permission of his Lordship, gave the history of my appointment, adding, since then I had never seen the Prior. cess as a patient. Once she sent for me to bleed her; I was from home; Mr. Edmeades went; nor had I visited any one in the house, except one Mary, and that was in a Very bad case of
surgery; I was not sure whether it was before or after my appointment. Mr. Lowten asked me the date of it; I told him I did not recollect. He observed, from the warmth of my expressing my contradiction to the deposition, that I saw it in a wrong light; that I might suppose, and very innocently, her Royal Highness to be pregnant, and then the inquiries were as innocently made. I answered, that the idea of pregnancy never entered my head; that I never attended ber Royal Highness in any sexual complaint ; whether she ever liad any I never knew. Mr. Lowten said, I might think so, from her increase of size; I answered no, I never did think her pregnant, therefore could never say it, and that the deposition was an infamous falsehood. His Lord. ship then observed, that he perceived there must be a mistake, and that Mr. Edmeades was the person meant, whom he wished to see; I said, he was then at Oxford, and did not return before Saturday ; his Lordship asked, if he came through London; I said, I could not tell.
Finding nothing now arising from conversation, I asked to retire ; his Lordship attended me out of the room with great politeness,
When I came home, I sent his Lordship a letter, with the date of my warrant, April 10, 1801 ; he answered my letter, with thanks for my immediate attention, and wished to see Mr. Edmeades on Sunday morning. This letter came on the Saturday; early on the Sunday I sent Ti. mothy, to let his Lordship know Mr. Edmeades would not return till Monday; on Tuesday I promised he should attend, which he did.
The preceding Memorandum is an exact copy of what I made the day after I had seen Lord Moira.
(Signed) SAM. GILLAM MILLS. Croome Hill, Greenwich,
Aug. 20, 1806.
referred to by the Affida-
(Signed) THOMAS LEACH,
The Deposition of Jonathan Partridge, Porter to
Lord Eardley, at Belvidere. I remember being informed by Mr. Kenny, Lord Eardley's late Steward, now dead, that I was wanted by Lord Moira, in town; accordingly I went with Mr. Kenny to Lord Moira's, in Saint James's-place, on the King's Birth-day of 1804. His Lordship asked me, if I remembered the Princess coming to Belvidere sometime before? I said, yes, and told him that there were two or three ladies, I think three, with her Royal Ilighness, and a gentleman with them, who came on horseback; that they looked at the pictures in the house, had their luncheon there, and that her Royal Highness's servants waited upon them, as I was in dishabille. His Lordship asked me whether they went up stairs ? and I told him that they did not. He asked me, how long they staid ? and I said, as far as I recollected, they did not stay above an hour, or an hour and a quarter; that they waited some little time for the carriage, which had gone to the publichouse, and, till it came, they walked up and down alto. gether in the portico before the house. His Lordship, in the course of what he said to me, said it was a subject of
importance, and might be of conscquence. His Lordship, finding that I had nothing more to say, told me I might go.
Sometime afterwards, bis Lordship sent for me again, and asked me, if I was sure of what I said, being all that I could say respecting the Princess ? I said, it was; and that I was ready to take my oath of it, if his Lordship thought proper. He said, it was very satisfactory; said, I might go, and he should not want me any more.
(Signed) JONATHAN PARTRIDGE. Sworm at the County Court of
Middlesex, in Fullwood's Rents, the 25th day of September, 1806, before me,
(Signed) THOMAS LEACH.
The Deposition of Philip Krackeler, one of the Foot
men of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and Robert Eaglestone, Park Keeper to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
These Deponents say, that on, or about the 28th day of June last, as they were walking together across Greenwich Park, they saw Robert Bidgood, one of the Pages of her Royal Highness, walking, in a direction, as if he were going (from the town of Greenwich, towards the house of Sir John Douglas, and which is a different road from that which leads to Montague House, and they at the same time perceived Lady Douglas walking in a direction to meet him. And this Deponent, Philip Krackeler, than desired the other Deponent to take notice, whethrer Lady Douglas and Mr. Bidgood would speak to each other;
and both of these Deponents observed, that when Lady Douglas and Mr. Bidgood met, they stopped, and conversed together for the space of about two or three mi. nyees, whilst in view of these Deponents; but how much longer their conversation lasted these Deponents cannot say, as they, these Deponents, proceeded on their road, wbich took them out of sight of Lady Douglas and Mr. Bidyood. (Signed) PHILIP KRACKELER.
I trust your Majesty, who knows my constant affection), loyalty, and duty, and the sure confidence with which I readily repose my honour, my character, my happiness in your Majesty's hands, will not think me guilty of any disrespectful or unduteous impatience, when I thus again address myself to your Royal grace and justice.
It is, Sire, nine weeks to-day, since my counsel presented to the Lord High Chancellor my letter to your Majesty, containing my observations, in vindication of my honour and innocence, upon the