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on in the presence, of the parties concerned. They do not, indeed, expressly assert, that my contradiction was not decisive or satisfactory; they do not expressly state, thåt they think the facts and allegations want nothing towards their legal and conclusive establishment, but a re-examination in the presence of the parties interested, but they go far to imply such opinions. That those opinions are utterly untenable, against the observations I have made, upon the credit and character of those witnesses, I shall ever most confidently maintain; but that those observations leave their credit wholly unaffected, and did not deserve the least notice from your Majesty's servants, it is impossible that any honourable man can assert, or any fair and unprejudiced mind believe.
I now proceed, Sire, to observe very shortly, upon the advice further given to your Majesty as contained in the remaining part of the
which has represented that, both in the examinations, and even in mny answer there have appeared many circumstances of conduct which could not be regarded but with serious concern, and which have suggested the expression of a desire and expectation. that such a conduct may in future, be observed by me, as may fully justify these marks of paternal regard and affection, which your Majesty wishes to shew to all your Royal Family.
And here, Sire, your Majesty will graciously permit me to notice the hardship of the advice, which has suggested to your Majesty, to convey to the
this reproof. I complain not so much for what it does, as for what it does not contain; I mean the absence of all particular mention of what it is, that is the object of their blame. The circumstances of conduct which appear in these examinations, and in my answer to which they allude as those which may be supposed to justify the advice, which has led to this reproof, since your Majesty's servants have not particularly mentioned them, I cannot be certain that I know. But I will venture confidently to repeat the assertion which I have already made, that there are no circumstances of conduct spoken to by any witness, (whose infamy and discredit are not unanswerably exposed and established,) nor any where apparent in my answer which have the remotest approach, to crime or to indelicacy.
For my future conduct, Sire, impressed with every sense of gratitude for all former kindness, I shall be bound unquestionably, by sentiment as well as duty, to study your Majesty's pleasure. Any advice which your Majesty may wish to give to me in respect of any particulars in my conduct, I shall be bound, and be anxious to obey as my law. But I must trust that your Majesty will point out to me the particulars, which may happen to displease you, and which you may wish to have altered. I shall be as happy in thus feeling myself safe from blame under the benefit of your Majesty's advice, as I am now in finding myself secured from 'danger; under the protection of your justice
Your Majesty will permit me to add one word more.
Your Majesty has seen what detriment my character has for a time sustained, by the false and malicious statement of Lady Douglas, and by the depositions of the witnesses who were eramined in support of her statement. Your Majesty has seen how many enemics I have, and how little their malice has been restrained by any regard to truth in the pursuit of my ruin. Few, as it may be hoped, may be the instances of such determined, and unprovoked malignity, yet, I cannot flatter myself, that the world does not produce other persons, who may be swayed by similar motives to similar wickedness. Whether the statement to be prepared by the Prince of Wales, is to be confined to the old charges, or is intended to bring forward new circumstances, I cannot tell; but if any fresh attempts of the same nature shall be made by my accusers, instructed as they will have been by their carriage in this instance, I can hardly hope that they will no genew their charge, with an improved artifice, more skilfully directed, and with a malice, inflamed rather than abated, by their previous disappointment. I therefore can only appeal to your Majesty's justice, in which I confidently trust, that whether these charges are to be renewed against me, eithçř on the old or on freshı evidence; or whether new accusations, as well as new witnesses, are to be brought forward, your
Majesty, after the experience of these proceedings, will not suffer your Royal mind to be prejudiced by er parte secret examinations, nor my character to be whispered away by insinuations or suggestions which I have no opportunity of meeting. If
If any charge, which the law will recognize, should be brought against me in an open and legal manner, I should have' no right to complain, nor any apprehension to meet it. But till I may have a full opportunity of so meeting it, ! trust your Majesty will not suffer it to excite even a suspicion to my prejudice. I must claim the benefit of the presumption of innocence, till I am proved to be guilty, for without that presumption, against the effects of secret isinuation and ex parte examinations, the purest innocence can make no defence, and can have no security.
Surrounded, as it is now proved, that I have been, for years, by domestic spies, your Majesty, must, I trust, fcel convinced, that if I had been guilty, there could not have been wanting evidence to have proved my guilt. And that these spies have been obliged to have resort to their own invention, for the support of the charge, is the strongest demonstration that the truth, uzdisguised, and correctly represented, could furnish them with no handle against
And when I consider the nature and malignity of that conspiracy, which, I feel conficent I have completely detected and exposed, I cannot but think of that detection, with the liveliest gratitude, as the special blessing of Pro
vidence, who, by confounding the machinations of my enemies, has enabled me to find, in the very excess and extravagance of their malice, in the very weapons, which they fabricated and sharpened for my destruction, the sufficient guard tu my innocence, and the effectual means of my justification and defence.
I trust therefore, Sire, that I may now close this long letter, in confidence that many days will not elapse before I shall receive from your Majesty that assurance, that my just requests may be so completely granted, as may render it possible for me (which nothing else can) to avoid the painful disclosure to the world of all the circumstances of that injustice, and of those unmerited sufferings, which these proceedings, in the manner in which they have been conducted, have brought upon me.
Subject and Servant,
As these observations apply not only to the official communication through the Lord Chan