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To the King

SHRE,

I TRUST your Majesty who knows my constant affection, foyalty, and duty, and the sure confidence with which I readily repose my honour, my character; my happiness in your Majesty's hands, will not think me guilty of any disrepectful or unduteous mpatience, when I thus agaio address myself to your Royal grace and justice.

It is, Sire, nine weeks to-day, since my counset presented to the Lord High Chancellor, my letter to your Majesty, containing my observations, in vindication of my honour and innocence upon the Report, presented to your Majesty by the Commissioners, who had been appointed to examine into my conduct. The Lord Chancellor informed my counsel, that the letter should be conveyed to your Majesty on that very day: and further, was pleased, in about a week or ten days afterwards, to communicate to my Solicitor, that your Majesty had read my letter, and that it had been transmitted to his Lordship with directions that it should be copied for the Commissioners, and that when such copy had been taken the origina) should be returned to your Majesty.

Your Majesty's own gracious and royal mind will easily conceive what must have been my state of anxiety and suspence, whilst I have been fondly

indulging in the hope, that every day, as it passed, would bring me the happy tidings, that your Majesty was satisfied of my innocence; and convinced of the unfounded malice of my etienfies, in every part of their charge. Nine long weeks of daily expectation, and suspence, have now elapsed ; and they have brought me nothing but disappointment. I have remained in total ignorance of what has been done, what is doing, or what is intended upon this subject. Your Majesty's goodness will therefore pardon me, if in the step which I now take, I act upon a mistaken conjecture with respect to the fact. But from the Lord Chancellor's Communication to my Solicitor, and from the time which has elapsed, I am led to conclude, that your Majesty had directed the copy of my letter to be laid before the Commissioners, requiring their advice upon the subject; and, possibly, their official occupations, and their other duties to the state, may not have as yet allowed them the opportunity of attending to it. But your Majesty will permit me to observe, that however excusable this delay may be on their parts, yet it operates most injuriously upon me; iny feelings are severely tortured by the suspence, while my character is sinking in the opinion of the public.

It is known, that a Report, though acquitting me of crime, yet imputing matters highly disreputable to my honour, has been made to your Majesty ; that that Report has been communicated to me; that I have endeavoured to answer it; and that I still remain, at the end of nine weeks from

the delivery of my answer, unacquainted with the judgment which is formed upon it. May I be permitted to observe upon the extreme prejudice which this delay, however to be accounted for by the numerous important occupations of the Commissioners, produces to my honour? The world, in total ignorance of the real state of the facts, begin to infer 'my guilt from it. I feel myself already sinking. in the estimation of your Majesty's subjects, as well as of what remains to me of my own family into (a state intolerable to a mind conscious of its purity and innocence) a state in which my honour appears at least equivocal, and my virtue is suspected. From this state I humbly entreat your Majesty to perceive, that I can have no hope of being restored, until either your Majesty's favourable opinion shall be graciously notified to the world, by receiving me again into the Royal Presence, or untill the full disclosure of the facts shall expose the malice of my accusers, and do away every possible ground for unfavourable inference and conjecture.

The various calamities with which it has pleased God of late to afflict me, I have endeavoured to bear, and trust I have born with humble resignation to the Divine will. But the effect of this infamous charge, and the delay which has suspended its final termination by depriving me of the consolation which I should have received from your Majesty's presence and kindness, have given a Iteavy addition to them all: and surely my bitterest enemies could hardly wislı that they should be in

creased. But on this topic, as possibly not much. affecting the justice, though it does the hardship of my case, I forbear to dwell.

Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to tea collect, that an occasion of assembling the Royal Family and your Şubjects, in dutiful and happy, commemoration of her Majesty's Birth-day, is now near at hand. If the increased occupations. which the approach of Parliament may occasion, or any other cause, should prevent the Commissioners from enabling your Majesty to communicate your pleasure to me before that time; the world will infallibly conclude in their present state of ignorance,) that my answer must have proved unsatisfactory, and that the infamous charges have been thought but too true,

These considerations, Sire, will, I trust in your Majesty's. gracious opinion, rescue this address from all imputation of impatience. For, your Majesty's sense of honourable feeling will naturally suggest, how utterly impossible it is that I, conscious of my own innocence, and believing that the malice of my enemies has been completely detected, can, without abandoning all regard to my interests, my happiness, and my honour, possibly be contented to perceive the approach of such utter ruin to my character, and yet wait, with patience, and in silence till it overwhelmus me. I therefore take this liberty of throwing myself again at your Majesty's feet, and intreating and imploring of your Majesty's goodness and justice, in pity for

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series which this delay so severely aggravates, and in justice to my innocence and character, to urge the Commissioners to an early communication of their advice.

To save your Majesty and the Commissioners all unnecessary trouble, as well as to obviate all unnecessary trouble, as well as to obyiate all probability of further delay, I have directed a duplicate of this letter to be prepared, and have sent one copy of it through the Lord Chancellor, and another through Colonel Taylor to your Majesty,

I am,

ŞIRE,

With every sentiment of gratitude and loyalty,
Your Majesty's most affectionate,
and dutiful Daughter-in-law,
Seryant and Subject,

C. P. Montague House,

December 8th, 1806.

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