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11th January, 1806. WILLIAM COLE
Has been with the Prince for 21 years in this month; he went with the Princess on her marriage, and remained till April, 1802.
In 1801, he says, he had reason to be dissatisfied with the Princess's conduct. During the latter part of that year he has seen Mr. Canning, several times, alone with the Princess, in a room adjoining to the drawing-room, for an hour or two, of which the company took notice.
In January 1802, Sir Sidney frequently came to dine with the Princess, and their intimacy became familiar; he has frequently dined and supped at the House, and when the Ladies have retired, about eleven o'clock, he has known Sir Sidney remain alone with the Princess an hour or two afterwards; his suspicions increased very much ; and, one night, about twelve o'clock, he saw a person wrapped up in a great coat, go across the park, into the gate to the green house, and he verily believes it was Sir Sidney.
In the month of March, 1802, the Princess ordered some sandwiches, which Cole took into the drawingroom, where he found Sir Sidney talking 10 the Princess; he sat down the sandwiches, and retired. In a short time he went again into the room, when he found the Gentleman and Lady sitting close together, in so familiar a posture as to alarm him very much, which he expressed by a start back, and a look at the gentleman. He dates his dismissal from this circumstance; for, about a fortnight afterwards, he was sent for by the Duke of Kent, who told him he had seen the Princess at Court the day before ; that she had expressed the greatest regard for him, and that she intended to do something for him, by employing him, as a confidential person, to do her little
matters in town; and his attendance at Montague House would not be required. He received this intimation with much concern ; but said, Her Royal Highness's pleasure must govern him.
He says, that the cordiality between the Princess and Lady. D. was very soon brought about; and, he supposes on Sir Sidney's account; that the Princess frequently went across the Heath to Lady D. where she has stayed till late in the evening, and that, sometimes, Lady D, and Sir Sidney have come with the Princess to Montague House, late in the evening, when they have supped.
Sometime after he had left Montague House, he went down, when he spoke to Fanny Lloyd, and asked her how things went on amongst them; she said, she wished he had remained amongst them; there was strange goings on ;--that Sir Sidney was frequently there, and that one day, when Mary Wilson supposed the Princess to be gone into the library, she went into the bed-room, where she found a man at breakfast with the Princess; that there was a great to do about it; and that Mary Wilson was. sworn to secrecy, and threatened to be turned away if she divulged what she had seen.
He does not know much of what passed at Margate in 1803.
In 1804, the Princess was at Southend, where Fanny Lloyd also was ; when Cole saw her after her return, he asked how they had gone on; she said, “ Delightful doings, always on ship-board, or the Captain at our house."
She told him, that one evening, when all were supposed to be in bed, Mrs. Lisle met a man in the passage ; but no alarm was made this was Captain Manby; he was constantly in the house. Mr. Cole says, that Mrs. Sander knows every thing; that she has appeared in great distress on many occasions, and has said to him, the
Princess is an altered woman; he believes Sander to be a very respectable woman.
He says, that he believes Roberts to be an honest man; that Roberts has said to him(As Roberts himself was examined by the Commissioners, and his deposition is given in Appendix A. No. 8, what Cole says he heard him say, is omitted here.)
That Arthur, the gardener, is a decent man, but does not know if he is privy to any thing.
That Bidgood is a deaf quiet man, but thinks he has not been confidentially trusted.
That Mrs. Gosden was nurse to the child, and was always up-stairs with it; she is a respectable woman; but, after some time, took upon herself much consequence, and refused to dine in the servants' hall.
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 much suspicion was entertained of him.'
14th January, 1806.
Says, that the Princess was at Mr. Hood's, at Catherington, near Portsmouth, for near a month in the last summer, where she took her footman and servants.
That the house in which Mr. Hood lived was given up to the Princess, and he, and his family, went to reside in a small house adjoining.
That the Princess and Mr. Hood very frequently went out in the forenoon, and remained out - for four or five hours at a time.
That they rode in a gig, attended by a boy, (a country
lad) servant to Mr. Hood, and took with them cold weat; that they used to get out of the gig, and walk into the wood, leaving the boy to attend the horse and gig, till their return. This happened very frequently ; that the Duke of Kent called one day, and seeing the Princess's attendants at the window, came into the house, and, after waiting some time, went away without seeing the Princess, why was out with Mr. Hood.
This information Mr. Cole had from Fanny Lloyd.
When Mr. Cole found the drawing-room, which led to the staircase to the Princess's apartments, locked, he does not know whether any person was with her, but it appeared odd to him, as he had formed some suspicions.
Mr. Cole says, that he saw the Princess at Blackheath, about four times in the year 1802, after he left her in April, and five or six times in London; that he had heard a story of the Princess's being with Child, but cannot say that he formed an opinion that she was so; that she grew lusty, and appeared large behind; and that at the latter end of the year he made the observation, that the Princess was grown thinner.
That he cannot form an opinion about the child; that he has seen an old man and woman (about 50 years of age) at Montague House on a Sunday, and has inquired who they were, when he was answered by the servants in the hall, “ That is litle Billy's mother,” (meaning the child the Princess had taken, and which was found by Stikeman.)
Temple, 30th January, 1806.
Says, that on the 17th of January instant, he walked from Blackheath to London with Mr. Stikeman, and, in the conversation on the road, Cole mentioned the circumstance of the little child, saying, that he was grown a fine interesting boy; to which Suikeman replied, What, do you mean Billy Austin ? Cole said, Yes. Pray do the old man and woman come to see the child as usual? Stikeman said, “ Old man and woman! they are not old; we have not seen them much lately; they live at Deptford;" but he appeared to avoid any conversation on the subject. Cole says, that the account of the correspondence between the Princess and Captain Manby was communicated to him by Fanny Lloyd, but she never mentioned any such correspondence having taken place through Sicard, since Captain Manby went abroad.
Cole says, that he has not been in the company, or presence, of the Prince alone, or had any conversation with him on this, or any other subject, since the Princess went to live at Charlton, which is near nine years ago.
23rd February, 1806.
Says, that the Gentleman and Lady were sitting close together on the sofa; but there was nothing particular in their dress, position of legs or arms, that was extraordinary; he thought it improper that a single Gentleman should be sitting quite close to a married Lady, on the