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(No. 11.)

The Deposition of Charlotte Sander.

I HAVE lived with the Princess of Wales eleven years. I am a native of Brunswick, and came with the Princess from Brunswick. The Princess has a little boy living with her under her protection. He had a mark on his hand, but it is worn off. I first saw him four years ago, in the autumn. The father and mother of the child are still alive. I have seen them both. The father worked in the Dock Yard at Deptford, but has now lost the use of his limbs. The father's name is Austin. The mother brought the child to the Princess when he was four months old. I was present when the child was brought to the Princess. She was in her own room up stairs when the child was brought. She came out and took the child herself. I understood that the child was expected before it was brought. I am sure that I never saw the child in the house before it appeared to be four months old. The Princess was not ill or indisposed in the autumn of 1802. I was dresser to Her Royal Highness. She could not be ill or indisposed without my knowing it. I am sure that she was not confined to her room or to her bed in that autumn. There was not to my knowledge any other child in the house. It was hardly possible there could have been a child there without any knowing it. I have no recollection that the Princess had grown bigger in the year 1802 than usual. I am sure the Princess was not pregsant. Being her dresser, I must have seen if she was. I solemnly and positively swear I have no reason to know or believe that the Princess of Wales has been at any time pregnant during the time I have lived with Her Royal Highness at Montague House. I may have said to Cole that the Princess was grown much thinner, but I don't rccollect that I did. I never heard any body say any thing about the Princess being pregnant till I came here to-day. I did not expect to be asked any question to-day respecting the Princess being pregnant. Nobody came over to the Princess from Germany in the autumn of 1802 to my knowledge. Her Royal Highness was generally blooded twice in a year, but not lately. I never had any reason to suppose that the Princess received the visits of any gentlemen at improper hours. Sir Sidney Smith visited her frequently, and almost daily. He was there very late, sometimes till two o'clock in the morning. I never saw Sir Sidney Smith in a room alone with the Princess late at night. I never saw any thing which led me to suppose that Sir Sidney Smith was on a very familiar footing with the Princess of Wales. I attended the Princess of Wales to Southend. She had two houses, No. 9. and No. 8. I knew Captain Manby. He commanded the Africaine. He visited the Princess. While his ship was there, he was frequently with the Princess. I don't know or believe, and I have no reason to believe, that Captain Manby staid till very late hours with the Princess. I never suspected that there was any improper familiarity between them. I never expressed to any body a wish that Captain Manby's visits were not so frequent. If the Princess had company, I was never present. The Princess was at Ramsgate in 1808. I have seen Captain Manby there frequently. He came to the Princess's house to dinner. He never stayed till late at night at the Princess's house. I was in Devonshire with the Princess lately. There was no one officer that she saw when she was in Devonshire more than the rest. I never heard from the Princess that she apprehended her conduct was questioned. When I was brought here I thought I might be questioned respecting the Princess's conduct, and I was sorry to come. I don't know why I

thought so. I never saw any thing in the conduct of the Princess while I lived with her, which would have made me uneasy

if I had been her husband. When I was at Southend I dined in the Steward's room. I can't say whether I ever heard any body in the steward's room say any thing about the Captain, meaning Captain Manby. It is so long ago I may have forgot it. I have seen Captain Manby alone with the Princess at No. 9, in'the drawing-room at Southend. I have seen it only once or twice. It was at two or three o'clock in the afternoon, and new ver later. I slept in a room next to the Princess in the house No. 9, at Southend. I never saw Captain Manby in any part of that house but the drawing-room. I have no reason to believe he was in any other room in the house. I was at Catherington with the Princess. She was at Mr. Hood's house. I never saw any familiarity between her and Mr. Hood. I have seen her drive out in Mr. Hood's carriage with him alone. It was a gig. They used to be absent for several hours. A servant of the Princess attended them. I have delivered packets by the order of the Princess, which she gave me sealed up, to Sicard, to be by him forwarded to Captain Manby. The birth-day of the child who lives with the Princess is the 11th of July, as his mother told me. She

says

that he was christened at Deptford. The child had a mark on the hand. The mother told me that it was from red wine. I believe the child came to the Princess in November:

C. SANDER.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street,

the seventh day of June, 1806.

ERSKINE,
SPENCER,
GRENVILLE,
ELLENBOROUGH.

A true Copy,

J. Becket.

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(No. 12.) Deposition of Sophia Austin.

I KNOW the child which is now with the Princess of Wales. I am the mother of it. I was delivered of it four years ago the 11th of July next, at Brownlow-street Hospital. I have lain in there three times. William, who is with the Princess, is the second child I laid in of there. It was marked in the right hand with red wine, My husband was a labourer in the Dock-yard at Deptford. When peace was proclaimed, a number of the workmen were discharged, and my husband was one who was discharged. I went to the Princess with a petition on a Saturday, 1o try to get my husband restored. I lived at that time at Deptford New-Row, No. 7, with a person of the name of Bearblock. He was a milkman. The day I went to the Princess with the petition, was a fortnight before the 6th of November. Mr. Bennet, a baker in New-street, was our dealer, and I took the child to Mr. Bennet's when I went to receive my husband's wages every week from the time I left the Hospital till I carried the child to the Princess. I kpew Mr. Stikeman only by having seen him once before, when I went to apply for a letter to Brownlowstreet Hospital. When I went to Montague House, I desired Mr. Stikeman to present my petition. He said they were denied to do such things, but seeing me with a baby he could do no less. He then took the child from me, and was a long time gone. He then brought me back the child, and brought half-a-guinea which the ladies sent me. He said if the child had been younger, he could have got it taken care of for me, but desired that I would come up again. I went

up again on the Monday following, and I saw Mr. Srikeman. Mr. Stikeman afterwards came several times to us, and appointed we to take the child to Montague House on the 5th of November, but it rained all day, and I did not take it. Mr. Stikeman came down to me on the Saturday the 6th of November, and I took the child on that day to the Princess's house. The Princess was out. I waited till she returned. She saw the child, and asked its age. I went down into the coffee-room, and they gave me some arrow-root to wean' the child; for I was suckling the child at this time, and when I had weaned the child, I was to bring it and leave is with the Princess. I did wean the child, and brought it to the Princess's house on the 15th of November, and left it there, and it has been with the Princess ever since. I saw the child last Whit* . Monday, and I swear that it is my child. .

SOPHIA AUSTIN.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street,

the seventh day of June, 1806, before us,

ERSKINE,
SPENCER,
GRENVILLE,
ELLENBOROUGH.

A true Copy,

J. Becket.

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(No. 13.)
Earl Spencer to Lord Gwydir.

20th June, 1806.
MY LORD,
In consequence of certain inquiries directed by his
Majesty, Lady Douglas, wife of Sir John Douglas of the
Marines, has deposed upon oath that she was told by her

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