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the other witnesses which is material for me to observe upon, as far as respects this part of the case. It appears from them indeed, what I have had no difficulty in admitting, and have observed upon before, that Sir Sidney Smith was frequently at Montague House---that they have known hin to be alone with me in the morning, but that they never knew him alone with me in an evening, or staying later than my company or the ladies-for what Mr. Stikemau says, with respect to his being alone with me in an evening, can only mean, and is only reconcileable with all the rest of the evidence on this part of the case, by its being under'stood to mean alone, in respect of other company, but not alone, in the absence of my Ladies. The deposition indeed of my servant, S. Roberts, is thus far material upon that point, that it exhibits. Mr. Cole, not less than three years ago, endeavouring to collect evidence upon these points to any prejudice.--For Your Majesty will find that he says,

" I recollect Mr. Cole* once asking me, I " think three years ago, whether there were any • favourites in the family. I remember saying, " that Captain Manby and Sir Sidney Smith were

frequently at Blackheath, and dined there 5 oftener than other persons. “ ceeds" I never knew Sir Sidney Smith stay “ later than the Ladies; I cannot exaetly say at " what time he went, but I never remember his “ staying alone with the Princess.” As to what is contained in the written declara

* See Appendix (A) No. 8.

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tions of Mr. and Mrs. Lampert, the old servants of Sir John and Lady Douglas (as from some circumstances or other respecting, I conceive, either their credit or their supposed importance) the Commissioners have not thought proper to examine them upon their oaths,* I do not imagine Your Majesty would expect that I should take any notice of them. And as to what is deposed by my Lady Douglas, if your Majesty will observe the gross and horrid indecencies with which she ushers in, and states my confessions to her, of my asserted criminal intercourse with Sir Sidney Smith, Your Majesty, I am confident, will not be surprised that I do not descend to any particular observations on her deposition.-One, and one only observation will "I make, which, however, could not have escaped Your Majesty, if I had omitted it.-That Your Majesty will have an excellent portraiture of the true female delicacy and purity of my Lady Douglas's mind, and character, when you will observe that she seems wholly insensible that what a sink of infamy she degrades herself by her testimony against me. It is not only that it appears, from her statement, that she was contented to live, in famidiarity and apparent friendship with me, after the confession which I imade of my adultery (for by the indulgence and liberality, as it is called, of modern manners, the company of adulteresses has ceased to reflect that discredit upon the characters of other women who admit of their society, which the best interests of female virtue may, perhaps, require.) But she was contented to live in familiarity with a woman, who, if Lady Douglas's evidence of me is true, was a most low, vulgar, and profligate disgrace to her sex. The grossness of whose ideas and conversation, would add infamy to the lowest, most vulgar, and most infamous prostitute. It is not, however, upon this circumstance, that I rest assured no reliance can be placed on Lady Douglas's testimony; but after what is proved, with regard to her evidence respecting my pregnancy and delivery in 1802, I am certain that any observations upon her testimony, or her veracity, must be flung away. Your Majesty has therefore now before you

* For the same reason they are not printed in Appendix (B). Y

the state of the charge against me, as far as it respects Sir Sidney Smith. And this is, as I understand - the Report, one of the charges which, with its unfavourable interpretations, must, in the opinion of the Commissioners, be credited till decidedly contradicted.

As to the facts of frequent visiting. on terms of great intimacy, as I have said before, they cannot be contradicted at all. How inferences and unfavourable interpretations are to be decidedly contradicted, I wish the Commissioners had been so

good as to explain. I know of no possible way : but by the declarations of myself and Sir Sidney

Smith. Yet we being the supposed guilty parties, our denial, probably, will be thought of no great

weight. . As to my own, however, I tender it to your Majesty, in the most soleinn manner, and if I knew what fact it was that I ought to contradict, to clear my innocence, I would precisely address myself to that fact, as I am confident, my conscience would enable me to do, to any, from which a criıninal or an unbecoming inference could be drawn. I am sure, however, your Majesty will feel for the humiliated and degraded situation, to which this Report has reduced your Daughter-inlaw, the Princess of Wales ; when you see her reduced to the necessity of either risking the danger,

that the most unfavourable, interpretatioris should be credited ; or else of stating, as I am now degraded to the necessity of stating, that not only no adulterous or criminal, but no indecent or improper intercourse whatever, ever subsisted between Sir Sidney Smith and myself, or any thing which I should have objected that all the world should have seen. I say degraded to the necessity of stating it; for your Majesty must feel that a woman's character is degraded when it is put upon her to make such statement, at the peril of the contrary being credited, unless she decidedly contradicts it. Sir Sidney Smith's absence from the country prevents my calling upon bim to attest the same truth. But I trust uben your Majesty shall find, as you will find, that my declaration to a similar effect, with respect to the other gentlemen referred to in this Report, is confirmed by

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their denial, that your Majesty will think that in a case, where nothing but my own word can be adduced, my own word alone may be opposed to whatever little remains of credit or weight inay, after all the above observations, be supposed yet to belong to Mr. Cole, to his inferences, his insinuations, or his facts. Not indeed that I have yet finished my observations on Mr. Cole's credit; but I must reserve the remainder, till I consider his evidence with respect to Mr. Lawrence; and till I have occasion to comment upon the testimony of Fanny Lloyd. Then, indeed, I shall be under the necessity of exhibiting to your Majesty these witnesses, Fanny Lloyd and Mr. Cole, (both of whom are represented as so unbiassed, and so credible,) in fla?, decisive, and irreconcileable contradiction to each other.

The next person, with whom my improper intimacy is insinuated, is Mr. Lawrence the painter.

The principal witness on this charge is also Mr. Cole. Mr. R. Bidgood says nothing about him. Fanny Lloyd says nothing about him; and all that Mrs. Lisle says is perfectly true, and I am neither able, nor feel interested, to contradict it.

“That she remembers my sitting to Mr. Lawrence for my picture at Blackheath ; and in London; that she has left ine at his house in town with him, but she thinks Mrs. Fitzgerald was with us; and that she thinks I sat alone with him at Blackheath.” But Mr. Cole speaks of Mr. Lawrence in a inanner that

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