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"municated, to the best of my recollection, the follow"ing day to the Princess, who seemed satisfied with it ; "and from that day to the present one (Nov. 10, 1805), "I never have heard the subject named again in any shape, until called upon by the Prince to make known to him the circumstances of this transaction, as far as I "could bring them to my recollection."
And now, having fulfilled what the Prince wished me to do, to the best of my abilities, in case hereafter any one, by whom a narrative of all the circumstances, as related by Sir John and Lady Douglas, of whom I was informed by my Brother, subsequent to our conversation, should imagine, that I knew more of them than I have herein stated, I hereby spontaneously declare, that what I have written, is the whole extent of what I was apprized of; and had the Princess thought proper to inform me of what, in the narrative of the information given by Sir John and Lady Douglas, is attended to, I should have felt myself obliged to decline all interference in the business; and to have, at the same time, stated to her, that it would be impossible for me to keep a matter of such importance from the knowledge of the Prince.
For the Purpose of confirming the Statement, made by Lady Douglas, of the Circumstances mentioned in her Narrative, the following Examinations have been taken, and which have been signed by the several Persons who have been examined.
N. B. This witness was not examined by the Commissioners; at least, no Copy of any Examination of her's was transmitted with the other Papers; and no observation is made in the Report of the Commissioners, or in the answer of Her Royal Highness upon her Examinations. It has, therefore, been thought that there was no necessity for publishing them.
There are two of them; one dated at Cheltenham, 8th January, 1806; the other with no date of place, but dated 29th March, 1806.
MR. WM. LAMPERT.
N. B. The same observations apply to Mr. Wiliam Lampert's Examination, as to those of his Wife, with this additional circumstance, that the whole of his Examination is mere hearsay.
11th January, 1806.
Has been with the Prince for 21 years in this month; he went with the Princess on her marriage, and remained till April, 1802.
In 1801, he says, he had reason to be dissatisfied with the Princess's conduct. During the latter part of that year he has seen Mr. Canning, several times, alone with the Princess, in a room adjoining to the drawing-room, for an hour or two, of which the company took notice.
In January 1802, Sir Sidney frequently came to dine with the Princess, and their intimacy became familiar; he has frequently dined and supped at the House, and when the Ladies have retired, about eleven o'clock, he has known Sir Sidney remain alone with the Princess an hour or two afterwards; his suspicions increased very much; and one night, about twelve o'clock, he saw a person wrapped up in a great coat, go across the park, into the gate to the green house, and he verily believes it was Sir Sidney.
In the month of March, 1802, the Princess ordered some sandwiches, which Cole took into the drawingroom, where he found Sir Sidney talking to the Princess; he sat down the sandwiches, and retired. In a short time he went again into the room, when he found the Gentleman and Lady sitting close together, in so familiar a posture as to alarm him very much, which he expressed by a start back, and a look at the gentleman. He dates his dismissal from this circumstance; for, about a fortnight afterwards, he was sent for by the Duke of Kent, who told him he had seen the Princess at Court the day before; that she had expressed the greatest regard for him, and that she intended to do something for him, by employing him, as a confidential person, to do her little
matters in town; and his attendance at Montague House would not be required. He received this intimation with much concern; but said, Her Royal Highness's pleasure must govern him.
He says, that the cordiality between the Princess and Lady D. was very soon brought about; and, he supposes on Sir Sidney's account; that the Princess frequently went across the Heath to Lady D. where she has stayed till late in the evening, and that, sometimes, Lady D. and Sir Sidney have come with the Princess to Montague House, late in the evening, when they have supped.
Sometime after he had left Montague House, he went down, when he spoke to Fanny Lloyd, and asked her how things went on amongst them; she said, she wished he had remained amongst them; there was strange goings on; that Sir Sidney was frequently there; and that one day, when Mary Wilson supposed the Princess to be gone into the library, she went into the bed-room, where she found a man at breakfast with the Princess; that there was a great to do about it; and that Mary Wilson was. sworn to secrecy, and threatened to be turned away if she divulged what she had seen.
He does not know much of what passed at Margate in
In 1804, the Princess was at Southend, where Fanny Lloyd also was; when Cole saw her after her return, he asked how they had gone on; she said, " Delightful doings, always on ship-board, or the Captain at our house."
She told him, that one evening, when all were supposed to be in bed, Mrs. Lisle met a man in the passage; but no alarm was made this was Captain Manby; he was constantly in the house. Mr. Cole says, that Mrs. Sander knows every thing; that she has appeared in great distress on many occasions, and has said to him, the
Princess is an altered woman; he believes Sander to be a very respectable woman.
He says, that he believes Roberts to be an honest man; that Roberts has said to him-(As Roberts himself was examined by the Commissioners, and his deposition is given in Appendix A. No. 8, what Cole says he heard him say, is omitted here.)
That Arthur, the gardener, is a decent man, but does not know if he is privy to any thing.
That Bidgood is a deaf quiet man, but thinks he has not been confidentially trusted.
That Mrs. Gosden was nurse to the child, and was always up-stairs with it; she is a respectable woman; but, after some time, took upon herself much consequence, and refused to dine in the servants' hall.
In 1801, Lawrence, the painter, was at Montague House, for four or five days at a time, painting the Princess's picture; that he was frequently alone, late in the night, with the Princess, and much suspicion was entertained of him. WM. COLE.
Says, that the Princess was at Mr. Hood's, at Cather ington, near Portsmouth, for near a month in the last summer, where she took her footman and servants.
That the house in which Mr. Hood lived was given up to the Princess, and he, and his family, went to reside in a small house adjoining.
That the Princess and Mr. Hood very frequently went out in the forenoon, and remained out for four or five hours at a time.
That they rode in a gig, attended by a boy, (a country