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Whitehall, July 1, 1806.
Tạe extreme importance of the business on which I have before troubled your Lordship and Lady Willoughby, makes it the indispensable duty of the persons to whom His Majesty has entrusted the Inquiry, further to request that her Ladyship will have the goodness to return in writing, distinct and separate answers to the enclosed Queries. They beg leave to add, that in the discharge of the trust committed to thein, they have been obliged to examine upon oath the several persons to whose testimony they have thought it right to have recourse on this occasion. They have been unwilling to give Lady Willoughby the trouble of so long a journey for that purpose, well knowing the full reliance which may be placed on every thing which shall be stated by her Ladyship in this form. But on her return to town it may probably be judged necessary, for the sake of uniformity in this most important proceeding, that she should be so good as to confirm on oath, the truth of the written answers requested from her Ladyship.
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(No. 23.) )
Sidmouth, July 5, 1806.
I IMMEDIATELY communicated to Lady Willoughby the Queries transmitted to me in the envelope of a letter dated July the first, which I had the honour to receive this day from your Lordship. I return the Queries with Lady Willoughby's Answers in her own hand-writing.
We are both truly sensible of your Lordship's kind attention in not requiring Lady Willoughby's personal attendance. She will most readily obey the Order of the Council, should her presence become necessary.
I have the honour, &c.
GWYDIR. To Earl Spencer, &c. &c. &c.
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1. Does Lady Willough- 1. In the course of the by remember seeing the last ten years the Princess Princess of Wales at break- of Wales has frequently fast or dinner at her house, done me the honour to either at Whiteball or Bec- breakfast and dine at White
kenham, on or about the hall, and Langley, in Kent. months of May or June, Her Royal Highness may 1802?
have been at my house in the months of May or June, 1802, but of the periods at which I had the honour of receiving her, I have no precise recollection.
3. Has her Ladyship any 2. I do not remember recollection of the circum- Her Royal Highness hava stance of Her Royal High- ing at any time retired ness having retired from the from the company, either at company at such breakfast Whitehall, or' at Langley, or dinner, on account, or under the pretence of bave under the pretence, of hav- ing spilt any thing over her ing spilt any thing over her handkerchief. handkerchief? And if so, did Lady Willoughby attend Her Royal Highness on that occasion ? and what then passed between them relative to that circumstance?
3. Had Lady Willoughby
3. To the best of my refrequent opportunities in membrance I had few opthe course of that year, to portunities of seeing the see Her Royal Highness Princess of Wales in the the Princess of Wales, and year 1802, and I do not reat what periods? And did collect having observed any she at any time during the particular circumstances reyear, observe any appear- lative to Her Royal Highance, which led her to sus- ness's appearance. pect that the Princess of Wales was pregnant?
4. Is Lady Willoughby 34. During the ten years acquainted with any other cir- I have had the honour of cumstances leading to the knowing the Princess of same conclusion, or tending Wales, I do not bear in to establish the fact of a mind a single instance of criminal intercourse, or im- Her Royal Highness's conproper familiarity between duct in society towards any Her Royal Highness and individual, tending to estabany other person whatever? lish the fact of a criminal * and if so, what are they? intercourse, or improper fa
Robert Bidgood further deposition.
* The Princess used to go out in her phaeton with coach*** inan' and helper, towards Long Reach; eight or ten ders as soon as she went to Southend. I used to see water-jugs, basons, and towels, set out opposite the Princess's door, in the passage, -never saw them so left in the passage at any other time, and I suspected he was there at those times. There was a general suspicion throughout the house. Mrs. and Miss Fitzgerald there, and Miss Hamond (now Lady Hood) there. My suspicions arose from seeing them in the glasses kiss each other, as I mentioned before, like people fond of each other--a very close kiss.—Her behaviour like that of a woman attached to a man;- used to be by themselves, at luncheon at Southend—when ladies not sent for a number of times. There was a poney which Captain Manby used to ride; it stood in the stable ready for him, and which Sicard used to ride.
times, carrying luncheon and wine with her, when Cap*** tain Manby's ship was at Long Reach-always Mrs. Fitz
gerald with her-She would go out at o and return
gave me the or
The servants used to talk and laugh about Captain Manby, it was matter of discourse amongst them. I lived there when Sir Sidney Smith came, her manner with him appeared very familiar. She appeared very attentive to him but I did not suspect any thing farther. All the upper servants had keys of the doors to the Park to let her Royal Highness in and out. I used to see Sicard receive letters from Mrs. Sander to put in the post instead of the bag. This was after Captain Manby was gone to sea,
I suspected this to be for Captain Manby, and others in the house suspected the same.
Sworn before us in Downing-street, this third day of
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