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The Deposition of Samuel Roberts, I AM a footman to the Princess of Wales. remember the child being taken by the Princess. I never observed any particular appearance of the Prineess in that year-nothing that led me to believe that she was with child. Sir Sidney Smith used to visit the Princess at Blackbeath. I never saw him alone with the Princess. He never stayed after- eleven oʻelock. I recollect Mr. Cole once asking me, I 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 diped there oftener than other persons. I never knew Sir Sidney Smith stay later than the ladies. I cannot say exactly at what-hour he went, but I never remember him staying alone with che Princess.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's House in Downing-street, the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,
(No. 9.) The Deposition of Thomas Stikeman. I HAVE been Page to the Princess of Wales since she has been in England. When I first saw the child who is with the Princess, it is about four years ago. Her Royal Highness had a strong desire to have an infant, which I and all the house knew. I heard there was a woman who had twins, one of which the Princess was desirous to have, but the parents would not part with itay A woman came to the door with petition to get her husband replaced in the Dock Yard, who had been removed. She had a child with her. I took the child, I believe, and shewed it to Mrs. Sander. I then returned the child to the woman, and made inquiries after the father, and afterwards desired the woman to bring the child again to the house, which she did. The child was taken to the Princess. After the Princess had seen it, she desired the woman to take it again and bring it back in a few days, and Mrs. Sander was desired to provide linen for it. Within a few days the child was brought again by the mother, and was left, and has been with the Princess ever since. I don't recollect the child had any mark; but
reflection I do recollect the mother said he was marked with elder wine on the hand. The father of the child, whose name is Austin, lives with me at Pimlico. My wife is a laundress, and washed the linen of the Prince. Austin is employed to turn a mangle for me. The child was born in Brownlow-street, and it was baptized there; but I only know this from the mother. The mother has since lain-in a second time in Browolow-street. I never saw the
woman to my knowledge before she came with the petition to the door. I had no particular directions by the Princess to procure a child. I thought it better to take the child of persons of good character, than the child of a pauper. Nothing led me from the appearance of the Princess, to suppose that she was with child, but from ber shape it is difficult to judge when she is with child. When she was with child of the Princess Charlotte, I should not have known it when she was far advanced in her time, if I had not been told it. Sir Sidney Smith at one time visited very fre quently at Montague House, two or three times a week. At the time the Princess was alțering her rooms in the Turkish style, Sir Sidney Smith's visits, were very frequent. The Princess consulted him upon them. Mr. Morell was the upholsterer. Sir Sidney Smith came frequently alone. He stayed alone with the Princess sometimes till eleven o'clock at night. He has been there till twelve o'clock, and after, I believe alone with the Princess. The Princess is, of that lively vivacity, that she makes herself familiar with gentlemen, which prevented my being struck with his staying so late. I do not believe that at that time any other gentleman visited the Princess so frequently, or stayed so late. I have seen the Princess when they were alone sitting with Sir Sidney Smith on the same sofa in the Blue Room. I had access to the Blue Room at all times. There was an inner room which opened into the Blue Room. When that room was not lighted ups I did not go into it, and did not consider that I had a right
into it. I had no idea on what account I was brought here. I did not know that the Princess's conduct was questioned or questionable. I was with tbe Princess at Ramsgate. When she was at East
Cliff, Captain Manby was very frequently there; went away as late at night as eleven o'clock. I don't remember Fanny Lloyd being called up any morning to make breakfast for the Princess. I did not like Capt. Manby coming so often, and staying so late, and I was uneasy at it. I remember a piece of plate, a silver lamp, being sent to Captain Manby. I saw it in Sicard's possession. He told me it was for Captain Manby, and he had a letter to send with it. I have never seen Captain Mauby at the Princess's at Ramsgate before nine o'clock in the morning, but I have heard he has been there earlier. I had never any suspicions of there being any thing improper, either from the frequent visits of Captain Manby, or from his conduct. I was at Catherington with the Princess. She used to go out generally in her own chaise. I think I have once or twice seen her go with Mr. Hood in his one-horse chaise. They have been out for two hours, or two hours and a half, together. I believe only a day or two elapsed between the time the child being first brought, and being then brought back again, and left with the Princess. I am sure the child was not weaned after it had been first brought. I don't recollect any gentleman ever sleeping in the house. I don't remember Lawrence the painter ever sleeping there. The Princess seems very fond of the child. It is always called William Austin.
THOMAS STIKEMAN. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street, the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,
(No. 10.) The Deposition of John Sicard. I have lived seven years with the Princess of Wales, am house-steward, and have been in that situation from the end of six months after I first lived with Her Royal Highness. I remember the child who is now with the Princess of Wales being brough there. It was about five months old when it was broughi. It is about four years ago, just before we went to Ramsgate. I had not the least suspicion of the object of my being brought here I had opportunity of seeing the Princess frequently. I waited on her at dinner and supper. I never observed that the Princess had the appearance of being with child. I think it was hardly possible that she should have been with child without my perceiving it. Sir Sidney Smith used to visit very frequently at Montague House in 1802, with Sir John and Lady Douglas. He was very often, I believe, alone with the Princess, and so was Mr. Canning, and other gentlernen. I cannot say that I ever suspected Sir Sidney Smith of any improper conduct with the Princess. I never liad any suspicion of the Princess acting improperly with Sir Sidney Smith or any other gentleman, I remember Captain Manby visiting at Montague House. The Princess of Wales did not pay for the expence of fitting up
his cabin, but the linen furniture was ordered by me, by direction of the Princess, of Newberry and Jones. It was put by Newberry and Jones in the Princess's bill, and was paid for with the rest of the bill by Miss Heyman
JOHN SICARD. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street, the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,