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Stuart, a West Indian Lady, who lived in my immediate neighbourhood, and who was in the habit of coming in to see me, was in the room, and said, “You should go out, her Royal Highness wants to come in out of the snow." Upon this I went out, and she came inmediately to me and said, " I believe you are Lady Douglas, and you have a very beautiful child; I should like to see it." I answered that I was Lady Douglas. Her Royal Highness then said, " I should like of all things to see your little child.” I answered, that I was very sorry I could not have the honour of presenting my little girl to her, as I and my family were spending the cold weather in town, and I was only come to pass an hour or two upon
the Heath. I held open the gate, and the Princess of Wales and her Lady, Miss Heyman (I believe) walked in and sat down, and stayed above an hour, laughing very much at Lady Stuart, who being a singular character, talked all kind of nonsense. After her Royal Highness had amused herself as long as she pleased, she inquired where Sir John Douglas and Sir Sidney Smith were, and went away, having shook hands with me, and expressed her pleasure at having found me out and made herself known, I concluded that Sir Sidney Smith had acquainted her Royal Highness that we resided upon the Heath, as he was just arrived in England, and having been in long habits of friendship with Sir John, was often with us, and told us how kind he should think it if we could let him come to and fro without ceremony, and let him have an. airy room appropriated to himself, as he was always ill in town, and from being asthmatic, suffered extremely when the weather was foggy in town. Sir John gave him that hospitable reception he was in the habit of doing by all his old friends, (for I understand they have been known to each other more than twenty years, and he introduced him to me as a person, to whom he wished my friendly attention to be paid; as I had never seen Sir Sidney Smith in my life, until this period, when he becaine, as it were a part of the family. When I returned to town, Į told Sir John Douglas the circumstance of the Princess having visited me, and a few days after this, we received a note from Mrs. Lisle (who was in waiting) commanding us to dine at Moptague House. We went, and there were several persons at tbe dinner. I remember Lord and Lady Dartınouth, and I think Mr. and Mrs. Arbuthnot, &c. &c. -From this time the Princess made me frequent visits, always attended by her Ladies, or Mrs. Sander (her inaid). When Sander came, she was sent back, or put in another room; but when
of her Ladies were with her, we always sat together. Her Royal Highness was never attended by any livery seryants, but she always walked about Blackheath and the neighbourhood only with her female attendants. In a short time, the Princess became so extravagantly fond of me, that, however flattering it might be, it certainly was very troublesome. Leaving her attendants helow, she would push past iny servant, and run up stairs into my bed-chamber, kiss ine, take me in ber arms, and tell me I was beautiful, saying she had never loved any woman so much; that she would regulate my dress, for she delighted in setting off a pretty woman; and such high-flown compliments that women are never used to pay to each other. I used to beg her Royal Highpess not to feed my self-love, as we had all enough of that, without encouraging one another. She would then stap me, and enumerate all my good points. I had, saying she was deterinined to teach me to set them off. She would exclaim, Oh! believe me, you are quite beautiful, different from almost any English woman; your arias are fine her yond imagination, your bust is very good, and your eyes, Ob, I never saty such cyes--all other women who have dark eyes look fierce, but yours (my!deat Lady Douglas) are nothing but softness and sweetnees, and yet quite dark. In this manner she went on perpetually, even before strangers. I remember when I was one morning at her house, with her Royal Highness, Mrs. Harcourt and her Ladies, the Duke of Kent came to take leave before his Royal Highness went to Gibraltar. When we were sitting at table the Princess introduced me, and saidYour Royal Highness must look at her eyes; but now she has disguised herself in a large hat, you cannot see how handsome she is. The Duke of Kent was very polite and obliging, for he continued to talk with Mrs. Harcourt, and took little notice, for which I felt much obliged; but she persisted, and said-Take off your hat. I did not do it, and she took it off; but his Royal Highness, I suppose, conceiving it could not be very pleasant to me, look little notice, and talked of something else.
Whenever the Princess visited us, either Sir John, or I, returned home with her and her party quite to her door; and if he were out, I went with her Royal Highness, and look my footinan; for we soon saw that her Royal Highness was a very singular and a very indiscreet womap, and ise resolved to be always very careful and guarded with her; and when she visited us, if any visitor whosoever came to our house, they were put into another room, and they could not see the Princess, or be in her society, unless : she positively desired it. However, her Royal Highness forgot her bigh station (and she was always forgetting it); we trust, and hope, and feel satisfied, we never for a moment lost sight of her being the wife of the Heir Apparent.
We passed our time as Her Royal Highness chose when together, and the usual amusements were playing French Proverbs, in which the Princess always cast the parts, and played; Musical Magic, forfeits of all kinds; sometimes dancing; and iņ thiş inanner, çitler the Princess and her: Ladies with ine, or we at Montague House, we passed our jime., Twice, after spending the morning with me, sbe semained without giving me any previous nøtice, and would dive with us, and thus ended the year 1801.
In the month of February, before Miss Garth was to come into waiting in March 1802, the Princess, in one of her inorning visits, after she had sent Sander home, said, “ My dear Lady Douglas, I am come to see you this “ morning to ask a great favour of you, which I hope you “ will grant me." I told her, “ I was sure she could not “ make any unworthy request, and that I could only say, “ I should have great pleasure in doing any thing to oblige
her, but I was really at a loss to guess how I possibly “ could have it in my power to grant her a favour.” Her Royal Highness replied, “ what I have to ask is for you to come and spend a fortnight with ine; you shall not be seo parated from Sir John, for he may be with you whenever he pleases, and bring your little girl and maid. I mean you to come to the Round Tower, where there are a complete suite of rooms for a lady and her servant. When Mrs. Lisle was in waiting, and hurt her foot, she resided there: Miss Heyman always was there, and Lord and Lady Lavington have slept there. When I have any married people visiting me, it is better than their being in the house, and we are only separated by a small garden. I dislike Miss Garth, and she hates to be with me, more than what her duty demands, and I don't wish to trouble any of my ladies out of their turn. I shall require you, as lady in waiting, to attend me in my walks; and when I". drive out: write my notes and letters for me, and be in the way to speak to any one who may come on business. I seldom appear until about three o'clock, and you may go home before I want you after breakfast every day.” , 1 replied, that being a married woman, I could not promises for myself, and, as Sir John was much out of health, I. should not like to leave him ; but he was always so kind : and good-natured to me, that I dared venture to say he would allow me if he could; and when he came home I asked hini if I should go. Sir John agreed to the Princess's desire, and I took the waiting. During my stay !
attended Her Royal Highness to the play and the opera, I think twice, and also to dine at Lord Dartmouth's and Mr. Windham's. At Mr. Windham's, in the evening, while one of the ladies was at the harpsichord, the Princess complained of being very warm, and called out for ale, which, by a mistake in the language, she always calls oil. Mrs. Windbam was perfectly at a loss to comprehend her wishes, and came to me for an explanation. I told her I believed she meant ale. : Mrs. Windham said she had none in the house; was it any particular kind she required ? I told her I believed not; that when the Princess thought proper to visit me, she always wanted it, and I gave her what I had, or could procure for her upon Blackheath. We eould not always suddenly obtain what was wished. Mrs. Windham then proposed to have some sent for, and did so; it was brought, and the Princess drank it all. When at Lord Dartmouth's, his Lordship asked me if 1 was the only lady in waiting, being, I suppose, surprised at my appearing in that situation, when, to his knowledge, 1. had not known the Princess more than four months. I answered, I was at Montague House, acting as lady in waiting, until Miss Garth was well, as the Princess told me she was ill. Lord Dartmouth looked surprised, and said he had not heard of Miss Garth being ill, and was surprised. I was struck with Lord Dartmouth's seeming doubt of Miss Garth's illness, and after, thought upon it. From the dinner we went at an early hour to the opera, and then returned to Blackheath. During this visit, I was greatly surprised at the whole style of the Princess of Wales's conversation, which was constantly very loose, and such as I had not been accustomed to hear; such as, in many instances, I have not been able to repeat, even to Sir John, and such as made me hope I should cease to know her, before my daughter might be old enough to be corrupted by her. I confess I went home hoping and believing she was at times a good deal disor