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(No. 26.)

Sir Francis Millman's Deposition.

I ATTENDED the Princess of Wales in the Spring and latter end of the year 1802; i. e. in March, and towards the autumn. Mr. Mills of Greenwich attended then as her Royal Highness's apothecary, and Mr. Mills and his partner Mr. Edmeades have attended since. I do not know that any other medical person attended at that time, either as apothecary or physician. In March 1802, I attended her for a sore throat and fever. In 1803, in April, I attended Her Royal Highness again, with Sir Walter Parquhar. I don't know whether she was blooded in 1802. She was with difficulty persuaded to be blooded in 1803, for a pain in her chest, saying she had not been blooded before; that they could not find a vein in her arm.

I saw no mark on her arm of her having been blooded before. I observed her Royal Highness's person at the end of that year 1802. Never observed then, or at any other time, any thing which induced me to think her Royal Highness was in a pregnant situation. I think it is impossible she should, in that year, have been delivered of a child without my observing it. She during that year, and at all times, was in the habit of receiving the visits of the Duke of Gloucester.

I never attended Her Royal Highness but on extraordiDary illnesses. Her Royal Highness has, for the last year and half, had her prescriptions made up at Walker and Young's, St. James's-street.

If she had been a pregnant woman in June 1802, I could not have holped observing it.


Sworn before us in Downing-street, July third, 1806,

by the said Sir Francis Millman.

A true Copy

J. Becket.


(No. 27.)

The Deposition of Mrs. Lisle.

1 (HÈŠŤÁR LIŠLE) am in the Princess of Wales's fai mily; have been so ever since Her Royal Highness's marriage. I was not at Southend with the Princess----Was at Blackheath with her in 1802, but am not perfectly sure as to date. · I am generally a month at a time (three months in the year) with Her Royal Highness; in April, August, and December; was so in August, 1802. I did not ob serve any alteration in Her Royal Highness's shape which gave me any idea that she was pregnant. I had no reason to know or believe that she was pregnant. During my attendance, hardly a day passes without my seeing her. She could not have been far advanced in pregnancy without my knowing it. I was at East Cliff with her Royal Highness in August, 1803. I saw Captain Manby only once at East Cliff, in August, 1803, to the best of my

recollection. He might have been oftener: and onge again at Deal Castle. Captain Manby landed there with some boys the Princess takes on charity.. I saw Captain Manby at East Cliff one morning, not particularly early. I don't know of any presents which the Princess made Captain Manby-have seen Captain Man by at Blackheath one Christmas. He used to come to dine the Christmas before we were at Ramsgate-it was the Christmas after Mrs. Austin's child came. He always went away in my presence; I had no reason to think he staid after we, the ladies, retired. He lodged on the Heath at that timebelieve his ship was fitting up at Deptford. He was there frequently, I think not every day he generally came to dinner--three or four times a week, or more suppose he might be alone with her, but the Princess is in the habit of seeing gentlemen and tradesmen without my being present.--I have seen him at luncheon and dinner both. The boys came with him, not to dinner, and not generally; not above two or three times two boys; -I think Sir Sidney Smith came also frequently the Christmas before that, to the best of my recollection. At dioner, when Captain Manby dined, he always sat next her-Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. The constant company were, Mrs. and Miss Fitzgerald and myself; we all retired with the Princess, and sat in the same

He generally retired about eleven o'clock; he sat with us till then. This occurred three or four times a week, or more. Her Royal Highness, the Lady in waiting, and her Page, have each a key of the door from the Greenhouse to the Park. Captain Manby and the Princess used, when we were together, to be speaking together separately-conversing separately, but not in a room alone together, to my knowledge. He was a person with whom she appeared to have greater pleasure in talking than to her Ladies. She behaved to him only as any woman would who likes flirting. I should not have thought any


married woman would have behaved properly wlio should have behaved as her Royal Highness did to Captain Manby. I can't say whether she was attached to Captain Manby, only that it was a flirting conduct.--Never saw any gallantries, as kissing her hand, or the like.

I was with her Royal Highness at Lady Sheffields's last Christmas, in Sussex. I inquired what company was there when I came. She said only Mr John Chester, who was there by Her Royal higeness's orders; that she could get no other company to meet her, on account of the roads and season of the year. He dined and slept there that night. The next day other company came ; Mr Chester semained. I heard her Royal Highness say she had been ilt in the night, and came and lighted her candle in her servant's room. I returned from Sheffield Place to Black heath with the Princess-Captain Moore dined there! left bim and she Princess twice alone, for a short time he might be alone balf an hour with her-in the room below, in which we had been sitting - I went to look for a book, to complete a set her Royal Highness was lenditig Captain Moore. She made him a present of an inkstand, to the best of my recollection. He was there one morn: ing in January last, on the Princess Charlotte's birth-day; he went away before the rest of the company : I might be absent about twenty minutes the second time I was away, the night Captain Moore was there. At Lady Sheffield's, her Royal Highness paid more attention to Mr. Chester than to the rest of the company. I knew of her Royal Highness walking out alone iwice wirh Mr. Chesterin the morning-alone-once a short time ;-it rained; the other, not an hour; not long. Mr. Chester is a pretty young man. Her attentions to him were not uncommon; not the same as to Captain Manby. I am not certain whether the Princess answered any letters of Lady Doug

las. I was at Catherington with the Princess. Remember Mr. now Lord Hood, there, and the Princess going out airing with him alone in Mr. Hood's little whiskey, and his servant was with them. Mr. Hood drove, and staid out two or three hours more than once. Three or four times. Mr. Hood dined with us several times. Once or twice he slept in an house in the garden. She appeared to pay no attention to him but that of common civility to an intimate acquaintance. Remember the Princess sitting to Mr. Lawrence for her picture at Blackheath, and in London. I have left her at his louse in town with him, but I think Mrs. Fitzgerand was with her; and she sat alone with him, I think, at Blackheath. I was never in her Royal Highness's confidence, but e she has always been kind and good-natured to me. She

never mentioned Captain Manby particularly to me. I remeinber her being blooded the day Lady Sheffield's child was christened. Not several times, that I recollect; nor any other time; nor believe she was in the habit of being blooded twice a year. The Princess at one time appeared to like Lady Douglas. Sir John came freguently. Sir Sidney Smith visited about the same time wirb the Douglases. I have seen Sir Sidney there

very late in the evening, but not alone with the Princess. I have no reason to suspect he had a key of the Park gate. I never heard of any body being found wandering about at Blackheath. I have heard of soinebody being found wandering about late at night at Mount Edgcumbe, when the Princess (was) there. I heard that two women and a man were seen crossing the hall. The Princess saw a great deal of company at Mount Edgcumbe. Sir Richard Strachan was reported to have spoken freely of the Princess. I did not hear that he had offered a rudeness to her per

She told me she had heard he had spoken disrespect

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