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February 10, 1807. As the Princess of Wales may have ben led to expect, from the King's letter to her, that he-would fix an early day for seeing her, his Majesty thinks it right to acquaint her, that the Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several documents, which the King directed his Cabinet to transmit to him, made a formal communication to him, of his intention to put them into the hands of his lawyers; accompanied by a request, that his Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to submit to him, the statement which he, proposed to make. The King therefore considers it incumbent upon him to defer naming a day to the Princess of Wales, until the further result of the Prince's intention shall have been made known to him.
February 12th, 1807. SIRE, I RECEIVED yesterday, and with inexpressible pain, your Majesty's last communication. The duty of stating, in a representation to your Majesty, the various grounds upon which I feel the hardship of my case,
which I confidently think that, upon a review of it, your Majesty will be disposed to recall your last determination, is a duty I owe to myself; and I cannot forbear at the moinent when I acknowledge your Majesty's letter, to announce to your Majesty, that I propose to execute that duty without delay.
After having suffered the punishment of banishment from your Majesty's presence, for seven months, pending an Inquiry, which your Majesty had directed, , into my conduct, affecting both my life and my honour; after that Inquiry had at length terminated in the advice of your Majesty's confidential and sworn servants, that there was no longer any reason for your Majesty's declining to receive me; after your Majesty's gracious communication, which led me to rest assured, that your Majesty would appoint an early day to receive me; if after all this, by a renewed application on the part of the Prince of Wales, upon whose communication the first Inquiry had been directed, I now find that that punishment which had been inflicted, pending a seven months' Inquiry before the determination, bs
should, contrary to the opinion of your Majesty's servants, be continued after that determination, to await the result of some new proceeding, to by suggested by the lawyers of the Prince of Wales ; it is impossible that I can fail to assert to your Majesty, with the effect due to truth, that I am, in the consciousness of my innocence, and with a strong sense of my unmerited sufferings, * Your Majesty's most dutiful, and most affectionate, but much injured Subject,
and Daughter-in-Law, (Signed)
C. P. To the King
short setter to Your Majesty, of the 12th instant, in answer to your Majesty's communi. cation of the 10th, I notified my intention of representing to your Majesty the various grounds on which I felt the hardship of my case; and, a review of which, I confidently hoped, would dispose your Majesty to recall your deterinination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my reception into your Royal Presence; a determination, which, in addition to all the other pain which it brought along with it, affected me with the disappointment of hopes, which I bad fondly cherished, with the most perfect confidence, because they rested on your Majesty's gracicus assurance.
Independently; however, of that communication
from your Majesty, I should have felt myself bound to lrave troubled your Majesty with much of the contents of the present letter.
Upon the receipt of the paper, which by your, Majesty's cominands, was transmitted to me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last month, and which communicated to me the joyful intelligence, that your Majesty was advised, that “ it was no longer necessary for you to decline “ receiving me into your Royal Presence," I conceived myself necessarily called upon to send an immediate answer to so much of it as respected that intelligence. I could not wait the time, which it would have required, to state those observations, which it was impossible for me to refrain from making, at some period, upon the other important particulars which that paper contained. Accordingly, I answered it immediately: and, as your Majesty's gracious and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, announced to me your pleasure, that I should be received by your Majesty, on a day subsequent to the then ensuing week, I was led most confidently to assure myself, that the last week would not have passed, without my having received that satisfaction. I therefore determined to wait in patience, without further intrusion upon your Majesty, till I miglit have the opportunity of guarding myself from the possibility of being inisunderstood, by personally explaining to your Majesty, that whatever observation: I bad to
the paper so communicated to me, on the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaints respecting the delay, and the many cruel circumstances which had attended the whole of the proceedings against '
me, and the unsatisfactory state, in which they were at length left by that last communication, they were observations and complaints which affected those only, under whose advice your Majesty had acted, and were not, in any degree, intended to intimate even the most distant insinuation against your Majesty's justice or kindness.
That paper established the opinion, which I certainly had ever confidently entertained, but the justness of which I had not before any document to establish, that your Majesty had from the first, deemed this proceeding a high and important matter of state, in the consideration of which your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to trust to your own generous feelings, and to your own Royal and gracious judgment. I never did believe, that the cruel state of anxiety in which I had been kept, ever since the delivery of my Answer, (for at least sixteen weeks) could be at all attributable to your Majesty; it was most unlike every thing which I had ever experienced from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and justice; and I found from that paper, that it was to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the length of banishment from your Presence, which they at lest advised your Ma