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circumstance of your Majesty's staying at Windsor through the whole of the week. I, therefore, determined to wait a few days longer, before I took a step, which, when once taken, could not be recalled. Having, however, now assured myself, that your Majesty was in town yesterday—as I have received no command to wait upon your Ma- . jesty, and no intimation of your pleasure--I am reduced to the necessity of abandoning all hope, that your Majesty will comply with my humble, my earnest, and anxious requests.
Your Majesty, therefore, will not be surprised to find, that the publication of the Proceedings alluded to, will not be withheld beyond Monday next.
As to any consequences which may arise from such publication, unpleasant or hurtful to my own feelings and interests, I may, perhaps, be properly responsible ; and, in any event, have no one to complain of but myself, and those with whose advice I have acted; and whatever those consequences may be, I am fully and unalterably convinced, that they must be incalculably less than those, which I should be exposed to from my silence: Eut as to any other consequences, unpleasant or hurtful to the feelings and interests of others, or of the public, my conscience will certainly acquit me of them ;-I am confident that I have not acted impatiently, or precipitately. To avoid coming to this painful extremity, I have taken every step in my power, except that which would be abandoning my character to utter infamy, and my station and life to no uncertain danger, and, possibly, to no very distant destruction.
With every prayer, for the lengthened continuance.of your Majesty's health and happiness ; for every possible blessing, which a Gracious God can bestow upon the beloved Monarch of a loyal People, and for the continued prosperity of your dominions, under your Majesty's propitious reign, I remain,
Daughter-in-law, Subject, and Servant,
SIRE,* In discharge of the duty I owe to myself, and the great duty I owe to your Majesty and your Illustrious Family, I have herewith transmitted a statement which I confidently trust wiil appear to prove me not unworthy of the protection and favour with which your Majesty has pleased to honour me.
To be restored to that favour and protection, in consequence of a conviction in your Majesty's mind of my innocence, produced by the papers, humbly lay before your Majesty, is the first wish of my heart.
Grieved, Sire, deeply grieved, as I cannot but be, that your Majesty should be exposed to so much trouble, on so painful an occasion, and on my account, it is yet my humble trust that your Majesty will graciously forgive me, if extremne anxiety about my honour and your Majesty's favourable opinion, leads me humbly to solicit, as an act of justice, that scrupulous attention on your Majesty's
* Tbis letter accompanied the Princess's Answer to the Commissioners' leport, and should have been inserted after page 180.
part to these papers, which cannot fail, I think, to produce in your Majesty's inind, a full conviction of my innocence, and a due sense of the injuries I have suffered.
One other prayer 1, with all possible humility, and anxiety, address to your Majesty, that, as I can liope for no happiness, nor expect to enjoy the benefit of that fair reputation to which I know I am entitled, till I am re admitted into your Majesty's presence, and as I am in truth without guilt, suffering what to me is heavy punishment, whilst I am denied access to your Majesty, your Majesty will be graciously pleased to form an early determination whether my conduct and my sufferings do not authorize ine to hope that the blessing of being restored to your Majesty's presence may be conferred upon, Sire, your Majesty's dutifully attached, affectionate, and afflicted daughter-in-law and subject,
(Signed) CAROLINE Blackheath, Oct. 2, 1806.
To the King
MINUTE OF COUNCIL, APRIL 22, 1807.
Mr. Secretary CANNING
Your Majesty's confidential servants have, in obedience to your Majesty's commands, most attentive.
- ly considered the original Charges and Report, the Minutes of Evidence, and all the other papers sub· mitted to the consideration of your Majesty, on the subject of those charges against her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
In the stage in which this business is brought under their consideration, they do not feel themselves called upon to give any opinion as to the proceeding itself, or to the mode of investigation in which it has been thought proper to conduct it. But adverting to the advice which is stated by his - Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to have dihis conduct, your Majesty's confidential servants are anxious to impress upon your Majesty their conviction that his Royal Highness could not, under such advice, consistently with his public duty, have done otherwise than lay before your Majesty the Statement and Examinations wbich were submitted to him upon
this subject. After the most deliberate consideration, however, of the evidence which has been brought before the Commissioners, and of the previous examination, as well as of the answer and observations which have been subinitted to your Majesty upon them, they feel it necessary to declare their decided concurrence in the clear and unanimous opinion of the Commissioners, confirmed by that of all your Majesty's late confidential servants, that the two main charges alleged against her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, of pregnancy and delivery, are completely disproved ; and they further submit to your Majesty, their unanimous opinion, that all other particulars of conduct brought in accusation against her Royal Highness, to which the character of crimi: nality can be as ribed, are satisfactorily contradicted, or rest upon evidence of such a nature, and which was given under such circumstances, as render it, in the judgment of your Majesty's confidential servants, undeserving of credit.
Your Majesty's confidential servants, therefore, concurring in that part of the opinion of your late servants, as stated in their Minute of the 25th of January, that there is no longer any necessity for your Majesty being advised to decline receiving the Princess into your Royal presence, humbly submit to your Majesty, that it is essentially necessary, in justice to her Royal Highness, and for the honour and interests of your Majesty's Illustrious Family, that her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, should be udmitted, with as little delay as possible, into your Majesty's Royal Presence, and that she should be received in a manner due to her rank and station, in your Majesty's Court and Family.
Your Majesty's confidential servants also beg leave to submit to your Majesty, that considering that it may be necessary that your Majesty's Government should possess the means of referring to thestate of this transaction, it is of the utmost importance that these documents, demonstrating theground on which your Majesty has proceeded, should be preserved in safe custody; and that for that purpose the originals, or authentic copies of all these Papers, should be sealed up and deposited in the Office of your Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,