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Letter from the Princess of Wales to the defence of her reputation is no the Prince Regent.

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nifies not whether the attack be made Montague-house, Jan. 14, 1819. openly, manfully, and directly ; or by “ SIR,— It is with great reluctance secret insinuation, and by holding such that I presume to obtrude myself up. conduct towards her as countenances on your royal highness, and to solicit all the suspicions that malice can sugyour attention to matters which may, gest. If these ought to be the feelings at first, appear rather of a personal of every woman in England who is than a public nature. If I could think conscious that she deserves no reproach, them 60-if they related merely to your royal highness has too sound a myself—I should abstain from a pro- judgment, and too nice a sense of hoceeding which might give uneasiness, nour, not to perceive, how much more or interrupt the more weighty occu- justly they belong to the mother of pations of your royal highness's time. your daughter-the mother of her who I should continue, in silence and re. is destined, I trust at a very distant tirement, to lead the life which has period, to reign over the British em. been prescribed to me, and console pire. myself for the loss of that society and « It may be known to your royal those domestic comforts to which I highness, that during the continuance have so long been a stranger, by the of the restrictions upon your royal au: reflection that it has been deemed pro. thority, I purposely refrained from per I should be afflicted without any making any representations which fault of my own—and that your royal might then augment the painful diffi. highness knows.

culties of your exalted station. At the « But, sir, there are considerations expiration of the restrictions, I still of a higher nature than any regard to

was inclined to delay taking this step, my own happiness, which render this in the hope that I might owe the readdress a duty both to myself and my dress I sought to your gracious and daughter. May I venture to say-a unsolicited condescension. I have waitduty also to my husband, and the peo, ed, in the fond indulgence of this ex. ple committed to his care? There is pectation, until, to my inexpressible a point beyond which a guiltless wo. mortification, I find that my unwilling, man cannot with safety carry her for- ness to complain has only produced bearance. If her honour is invaded, fresh grounds of complaint ; and I am

at length compelled, either to abandon whisper suspicions in your ear, beall regard for the two dearest objects trays his duty to you, sir, to your which I possess on earth, mine own daughter, and to your people, if he honour, and my beloved child, or to counsels you to permit a day to pass throw myself at the feet of your royal without a further investigation of my highness, the natural protector of both. conduct. I know that no such ca.

“I presume, sir, to represent to lumniator will venture to recommend your royal highness, that the separa. a measure which must speedily end in tion, which every succeeding month his utter confusion. Then let me im. is making wider, of the mother and plore you to reflect on the situation in the daughter, is equally injurious to which I am placed : without the sha. my character and to her education. dow of a charge against me-without I say nothing of the deep wounds even an accuser-after an enquiry that which so cruel an arrangement inflicts led to my ample vindication-yet treatupon my feelings, although I would ed as if I were still more culpable than fain hope that few persons will be the perjuries of my suborned traducers found of a disposition to think lightly represented me, and held up to the of these. To see myself cut off from world as a mother who may not enjoy one of the few domestic enjoyments the society of her only child. left me-certainly the only one upon “ The feelings, sir, which are natuwhich I set any value, the society of ral to my unexampled situation, might my child-involves me in such misery, justify me in the gracious judgment of as I well know your royal highness your royal highness, had I no other could never inflict upori me if you motives for addressing

you but such were aware of its bitterness. Our in.

as relate to myself. But I will not tercourse has been gradually diminish- disguise from your royal highness ed. A single interview, weekly, seem- what I cannot for a moment conceal ed sufficiently hard allowance for a mo. from myself, that the serious, and it ther's affections. That, however, was soon may be, the irreparable injury reduced to our meeting once a fort. which my daughter sustains from the night ; and I now learn that even this plan at present pursued, has done more most rigorous interdiction is to be still in overcoming my reluctance to id. more rigidly enforced.

trude upon your royal highness, thad “ But while I do not venture to in. any sufferings of my own could actrude my feelings as a mother upon complish ; and if for her sake I preyour royal highness's notice, I must sume to call away your royal highbe allowed to say, that in the eyes of ness's attention from the other cares an observing and jealous world, this of your exalted station, I feel confi

. separation of a daughter from her mo. dent I am not claiming it for a matter ther, will only admit of one construc- of inferior importance either to your tion-a construction fatal to the mo. self or your people. ther's reputation. Your royal high

“ The powers with which the con. ness will also pardon me for adding, stitution of these realms vests your that there is no less inconsistency than royal highness in the regulation of the injustice in this treatment. He who royal family, I know, because I am dares advise your royal highness to so advised, are ample, and unquestionoverlook the evidence of my inno. able. My appeal, sir, is made to your cence, and disregard the sentence of excellent sense and liberality of mind complete acquittal which it produced, in the exercise of those powers ; and or is wicked and false enough still tá I willingly hope that your own pa.

rental feelings will lead you to excuse tuation. It is my earnest prayer, for the anxiety of mine for impelling me her own sake, as well as her country's, to represent the unhappy consequences that your royal highness may be inwhich the present system must entail duced to pause before this point be upon our beloved child.

reached. “ It is impossible, sir, that any one

« Those who have advised you, sir, can have attempted to persuade your to delay so long the period of my royal highness, that her character will daughter's commencing her intercourse not be injured by the perpetual vio- with the world, and for that purpose lence offered to her strongest affec. to make Windsor her residence, aptions-the studied care taken to es- pear not to have regarded the inter. trange her from my society, and even ruptions to her education which this to interrupt all communication be arrangement occasions ; both by the tween us ! That her love for me, with impossibility of obtaining the attende whom, by his majesty's wise and gra- ance of proper teachers, and the time cious arrangements, she passed the unavoidably consumed in the frequent years of her infancy and childhood, journeys to town which she must never can be extinguished, I well make, unless she is to be secluded know, and the knowledge of it forms from all intercourse even with your the greatest blessing of my existence. royal hignness and the rest of the royal

“ But let me implore your royal family. To the same unfortunate coun. highness to reflect how inevitably all sels I ascribe a circumstance in every attempts to abate this attachment, by way so distressing both to my parental forcibly separating us, if they succeed, and religious feelings, that my daughmust injure my child's principles--if ter has never yet enjoyed the benefit they fail, must destroy her happiness. of confirmation, although above a year

• The plan of excluding my daugh- older than the age at which all the ter from all intercourse with the world, other branches of the royal family appears to my humble judgment pe- have partaken of that solemnity. May culiarly unfortunate. She who is des. I earnestly conjure you, sir, to hear tined to be the sovereign of this great my entreaties upon this serious matcountry, enjoys none of those advan. ter, even if you should listen to other tages of society which are deemed ne- advisers on things of less near concerncessary for imparting a knowledge of ment to the welfare of our child ? mankind to persons who have infinite- “ The pain with which I have at ly less occasion to learn that important length formed the resolution of adlesson ; and it may so happen, by a dressing myself to your royal highness chance which I trust is very remote, is such as I should in vain attempt to that she should be called upon to ex. express. If I could adequately deercise the powers of the crown, with scribe it, you might be enabled, sir, an experience of the world more con- to estimate the strength of the mofined than that of the most private in. tives which have made me submit to dividual. To the extraordinary ta- it. They are the most powerful feel. lents with which she is blessed, and ings of affection, and the deepest im. which accompany a disposition as sin- pressions of duty towards your royal gularly amiable, frank, and decided, I highness, my beloved child, and the willingly trust much, but beyond a country, which I devotedly hope she certain point the greatest natural en. may be preserved to govern, and to dowments cannot struggle against the show, by a new example, the liberal disadvantages of circumstances and sis affection of a free and generous people


to a virtuous and constitutional mo letter so published, and adverting to aarch.

the directions heretofore given by his “ I am, sir, with profound respect, majesty, that the documents relating and an attachment which nothing can to the said enquiry should be sealed alter,

and deposited in the office of his maYour royal highness's most devoted jesty's principal secretary of state, in and most affectionate

order that his majesty's government Consort, cousin, and subject, should possess the means of resorting (Signed) Caroline Louisa:” to them if necessary: his royal high

ness has been pleased to direct, that A

copy of the report of the honour- the said letter of the Princess of Wales, able the privy council, having been and the whole of the said documents, laid before the prince regent, was together with the copies of other lettransmitted to her royal highness by ters and papers, of which a schedule Viscount Sidmouth on the evening of is annexed, should be referred to your the day on which the above letter was lordships, being members of his masent; and Lord Harrowby replied to jesty's most honourable privy council, her royal highness, by letter, to this for your consideration : and that you effect :

should report to his royal highness The report is as follows:

your opinion, whether, under all the To his royal highness the prince re. circumstances of the case, it be fit and

gent. The members of his ma- proper that the intercourse between jesty's most honourable privy coun- the Princess of Wales, and her daugh. cil : viz.---his grace the archbishop ter the Princess Charlotte, should of Canterbury, &c. &c. ; having continue to be subject to regulations been summoned by command of and restrictions." your royal highness, on the 19th of

Their lordships adjourned their February, to meet at the office of Vis- meetings to Tuesday, the 23d of Fe. count Sidmouth, secretary of state bruary; and the intermediate days hafor the home department, a com- ving been employed in perusing the munication was made by his lord. documents referred to them, by comship to the lords then present, in mand of your royal highness, they the following terms :

proceeded on that and the following day “ My Lords, I have it in com- to the forther consideration of the said mand from his Royal Highness the documents, and have agreed to report Prince Regent, to acquaint your lord. to your royal highness as follows: ships, that a copy of a letter from the « In obedience to the commands of Princess of Wales to the Prince Regent your royal highness, we have taken inhaving appeared in a public paper, to our most serious consideration the which letter refers to the proceedings letter from her Royal Highness the that took place in an enquiry institu- Princess of Wales to your royal highted by command of his majesty, in the ness, which has appeared in the public year 1806, and contains, among other papers, and has been referred to us by matters, certain animadversions upon your royal highness, in which letter the mannerin which the Prince Regent the Princess of Wales, amongst other has exercised his undoubted right of matters, complains that the intercourse regulating the conduct and education between her royal highness, and her of his daughter the Princess Char- Royal Highness the Princess Char. lotte ; and his royal highness having lotte, has been subjected to certain retaken into his consideration the said strictions.

** We have also taken into our most by a statement under the hand of her serious consideration, together with the majesty the queen, that your royal other papers referred to us by your royal highness has conformed in this respect highness, all the documents relative to to the declared will of his majesty ; the enquiry instituted in 1806, by com- who has been pleased to direct, that mand of his majesty, into the truth of such ceremony should not take place certain representations, respecting the till her royal highness should have conduct of her Royal Highness the completed her eighteenth year. Princess of Wales, which appear to “We also humbly trust that we have been pressed upon the attention may be further permitted to notice of your royal highness, in

consequence some expressions in the letter of her of the advice of Lord Thurlow, and Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, upon grounds of public duty; by which may possibly be construed as whom they were transmitted to his implying a charge of too serious a na. majesty's consideration; and your ture to be passed over without obser. royal highness having been graciously vation. We refer to the words—“ supleased to command us to report our borned traducers.” As this expresopinions to your royal highness, whe. sion, from the manner it is introduced, ther, under all the circumstances of may, perhaps, be liable to misconstructhe case, it be fit and proper. that the tion (however impossible it may be to intercourse between the Princess of suppose that it can have been so in. Wales and her daughter, the Princess tended) to have reference to some part Charlotte, should continue to be sub. of the conduct of your royal highness, ject to regulation and restraint : we feel it our bounden duty not to

« We beg leave humbly to report omit this opportunity of declaring, to your royal highness, that after a that the documerits laid before us af. full examination of all the documents ford the most ample proof, that there before us, we are of opinion, that un. is not the slightest foundation for such der all the circumstances of the case, an aspersion. it is highly fit and proper, with a view

(Signed) to the welfare of her Royal Highness C. CANTUAR,

MELVILLE, the Princess Charlotte, in which are ELDON,

SIDMOUTH, equally involved the happiness of your E. E BOR,

J. LONDON, royal highness, in your parental and W. ARNAGH, ELLENBOROUGIT, royal character, and the most impor- HARROWBY, P. C. CHAS. ABBOT, tant interests of the state,--that the WESTMORELAND, N. VANSITTART, intercourse between her Royal High

C. BATHURST, ness the Princess of Wales, and her BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, W. GRANT, Royal Highness the Princess Char- BATHURST,

A. MACDONALD lotte, should continue to be subject to LIVERPOOL;

W. Scott, regulation and restraint.

MULGRAVE, J. NICHOL, “ We humbly trust that we may be

SIDMỢUTH." permitted, without being thought to exeed the limits of the duty imposed on us, respectfully to express the just Copy of the Report of the Commis. sense we entertain of the motives by which your royal highness has been actuated in the postponement of the May it please your Majesty, confirmation of her Royal Highness Your majesty having been gracious. the Princess Charlotte ; as it appears ly pleased,' by an instrument under

C. P. S.

A true copy,


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