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About four years ago, as I think, Mr. Mills attended me for a cold, and, in conversation, he asked me if the Prince visited at our ho use? I said, not to my knowledge. He said, the Princess certainly was with child.
A true Copy,
(Signed) J. Becket,
Whitehall, 29th August, 1806.
END OF THE DOCUMENTS.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
Now under the Protection of Her Royal Highness
Describing, at large, the Circumstance of the Child's being taken
from a Poor Woman from DEPTFORD;
PARTICULARS OF ITS BIRTH, &c.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD.
Soon after the memorable Investigation of 1806-7, it was currently rumoured, for want of evidence on the subject, that the Child which her Royal Highness had adopted, was, in fact, her own General was, very considerable doubts arose in the mind of the writer as to its authenticity. In order to remove these doubts, and to obtain satisfactory information relative to this circumstance, he instituted a diligent inquiry concerning the reputed mother; confident that, by these means, he should
procure a complete proof of the fact; at least, so far as proof could be obtained, without witnessing the actual birth of the infant. His inquiries were successful; and an interview was had with the mother of the Child, who is still living.
The writer being a perfect stranger to this woman, he introduced himself to her by remarking how fortunate she was to be known to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. The mother acquiesced in this observation, and said that ber Royal Highness had been so good as to take under her care one of her children, a little boy named William; that her Royal Highness had kept the child in her possession for some years; ever since 1802. He next inquired the reason of her Royal Highness's taking a fancy to the child; she then detailed soine particulars relative to this affair, and he left her; promising, however, to renew his visit, as he wished to put some further questions to her. And this, the writer observed, he was the more anxious to do; having heard it reported, that doubts were entertained as to her being the mother of the child. She wept, and said she had herself heard reports of that nature; but she could not imagine what could be the cause of these doubts; that she was positive as to its being her own child; and could prove this fact by bringing forward several persons who had known the child from the time of its birth.
Some few days after this interview, the writer paid another visit to the mother, at which time he also saw her husband, and conversed with them both. He then signified a desire to see the child; but was informed that it was at Dr. Burney's school at Greenwich, and that the mother saw the child only when it was with her Royal Highness at Blackheath or Kensington; and that she never had it at home with her, since the Princess first took it under her protection. She thought, however, that the writer might see the child at Green-. wich, as he constantly attended church on Sundays with the other boys.
The writer afterwards, frequently saw Mrs. AUSTIN (the mother of the child) and conv.rsed with her respecting her son. Feeling great anxiety to behold the Child, he went to Greenwich expressly for this purpose, but was, the first time, dis ppointed – William being on that day, with her Royal Highness at Kensington. He however repeated his visit to this place, and actually saw the Child ; and walked by his side, from the church to Dr. Burney's school. When he inquired for