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took me by the hand; she then led me to the sofa, and said, “ There is the child, I had him only two days after I saw you.” The words were, either,“ I had him,"or, “I was brought to bed.” The words were such as clearly imported that it was her own child. She said she got very well through it. She shewed me a mark on the child's hand; it is a pink mark. The Princess said, " she has a mark like your little girl.” I saw the child afterwards frequently with the Princess, quite till Christmas, 1803, when I left Blackheath. I saw the mark upon the child's hand, and I am sure that it was the same child. I never saw any other child there. Princess Charlotte used to see the child, and play with him. The child used to call the Princess of Wales Mama. I saw the child looking at the window of the Princess's house about a month ago, before the Princess went into Devonshire, and I am sure that it was the same child. Not long after I had first seen the child, the Princess said that she had the child at first to sleep with her for a few nights, but it made her viervous, and now they had got a regular nurse for her. She said, “Wegave it a little milk at first, but it was too much for me, and now we breed it by hand, and it does very well.” I can swear positively that the child í saw at the window is the same child as the Princess told me she had two days after she parted with me. The child was called William. I never heard that it had
other name. When the child was in long clothes, we breakfasted one day with the Princess, and she said to Sir John Douglas, “This is the Deptford Boy.” Independently of the Princess's confessions to me, I can swear that she was pregnant in 1802. In October, 1804, when we returned from Devonshire, I left my card at Montague House, and on the 4th of October I received a letter from Mrs.Vernon, desiring me not to come any more to Montague House. I had bever at this time mentioned the Princess's being
with child, or being delivered of a child, to any person, not even to Sir John Douglas. After receiving Mrs. Vernon's letter, I wrote to the Princess on the subject. The letter was sent back unopened. I then wrote to Mrs. Fitzgerald, saying, that I thought myself extremely illused. In two or three days after this I received an anonymons letter, which I produce, and have marked with the letter A,* and signed with my name both on the letter and the envelope. The Princess of Wales has told me that she got a bedfellow whenever she could; that nothing was more wholesome. She said that nothing was more convenient than her room;
it stands at the head of the staircase which leads into the Park, and I have bolts in the inside, and have a bedfellow whenever I like. I wonder you can be satisfied only with Sir John.” She has said this more than once. She has told me that Sir Side ney Smith had lain with her; that she believed all men liked a bedfellow, but Sir Sidney better than any body else ; that the Prince was the most complaisant man in the world; that she did what she liked, went where she liked, and had what bedfellows she liked, and the Prince paid for all.
June 1, 1806.
Sworn before us, June 1, 1806, at Lord Gren
ville's in Downing-street, Westminster.
A true Copy,
• No copy of this letter' bras been sent to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
The Deposition of Sir John Douglas, Knt.
I had a house at Blackheath iņ 1801. Sir Sidney used to come to my house. I had a bed for him. The Princess of Wales formed an acquaintance with Lady Douglas, and came frequently to our house. I thought she came more for Sir Sidney Smith than for us. After she had been some time acquainted with us, she appeared to me to be with child. One day she leaned on the fa, and put her hand upon her stomach, and said, “ Sir John, I shall never be Queen of England." I said, « Not if you don't deserve it.”. She seemed angry at first. In 1804, on the 27th of October, I received two letters by the two-penny post, one addressed to me, which I now produce, and have marked with the letter (B)* both on the envelope and the inclosure, and the other letter addressed to Lady Douglas, and which I , now produce, and have marked with the letter (C)* both on the envelope and the inclosure.
Sworn before us at Lord Grenville's house in Down
ing-street, Westminster, June the first, 1806.
A true Copy,
• No copy of these letters, or either of them, has been sent to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
Inave lived with the Prince twenty-three years in next September. I went to the Princess in March, 1798, and have lived with her Royal Highness ever since. About the year 1802, early in that year, I first observed Sir Sidney Smith come to Montague House He used to stay very late af night. I have seen him early in the morning there, about ten or eleven o'clock. He was at Sir John Douglas's, and was in the habit, as well as Sir John and Lady, Douglas, of dining or baxing luncheon, or supping there almost every day. I saw Sir, Sidney Smith one day in 1802, in the blue room, about eleven o'clock in the morning, which is full two hours before we expected ever to see company. I asked the servants why they did not let me know that he was there. The footmen inforined me that they had let no person in. There was a private door to the Park by which he might have come in if he had a key to it, and have got into the blue room without any of the servants perceiving him. I pexer observed ang appearance of the Princess, which could lead me to suppose she was with child. I first observed Captaip Manby come to, Montague House, either the end of 1803, or beginping of 1804. I was waiting one day in the anti-room, Captain Man.. by had bis hat in his hand, and appeared to be going away. He was a long time with the Princess, and as I stood on the steps waiting, I looked into the room in which they were, and in the reflection in the looking. glass, I saw them salute each other. I mean that they kissed each other's lips, Captain Manby then went away. I then observed the Princess bave, ber hand
kerchief in her hands, and wipe her eyes as if she was crying, and went into the drawing-room. The Princess went to Southend in May, 1804. I went with her. We were there I believe about six weeks before the Africaine came in. Sicard was very often watching with a glass to see when the ship would arrive. One day he said he saw the Africaine, and soon after the Captain put off in a boat from the ship. Sicard went down the shrubbery to meet him. When the Captain came on shore, Sicard conducted him to the Princess's House, and he dined there with the Princess and her Ladies. After this he came very frequently to see the Princess. The Princess had two houses on the Cliff, Nos. 8 and 9. She afterwards took the drawing-room of No. 7, which communicated by the balcony with No. 8. The three houses being adjoining, the Princess used to dine in No. 8, and after dinner to remove with the company into No. 7, and I have several times seen the Princess, after having gone into No. 7, with Cape tain Manby and the rest of the company, retire alone with Captain Manby from No. 7, through No. 8, No. 9, which was the house in which the Princess slept. I suspected that Captain Manby slept frequently in the house. It was a subject of conversation in the house. Hints were given by the servants, and I bem lieve that others suspected it as well as myself. The Princess took a child, which I understand was brought into the house by Stikeman. I waited only one week in three, and I was not there at the time the child was brought, but I saw it there early in 1803. The child who is now with the Princess is the same as I saw there early in. 1803. It has a mark in its left hand. Austia is the name of the man who was said to be the father. Austin's wife is, I believe, still alive. She has had another child, and has brought it sometimes to Mon