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ment to the pure constitutional principles in which she was educated of incalculable importance to the people over whom she appeared destined one day to reign.-But all these fair prospects are shrouded by untimely darkness!-these flattering hopes are for ever blasted !-these fond anticipations are dashed to the earth!-and instead of the joyful anthem, Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given,” the low funeral dirge has sounded in our ears; and we listened to the requiem for the death of two generations of princes in the short space of a few hours !
The dislike which the Princess Charlotte entertained for Camelford-House increased every time she visited it; and circumstances, which were at that time not publicly known, rendered it necessary that a town residence should be immediately provided for the illustrious couple, divested of those inconveniences which were the foundation of the complaint against Camelford-House, and which had such a preponderating influence on the decisions of the Princess Charlotte, that she rather chose to be without a town residence at all, than to be subject to even a temporary abode at Camelford-House. Orders were, in consequence, issued to the Board of Works to examine the various mansions which were then either to be let or sold, and to fix
upon that which would be considered as the most appropriate for the residence of their Royal and Serene Highnesses. After a lapse of some time,
Marlborough-House was selected, and a treaty was immediately entered into with the noble owner for the lease of it. Many difficulties, however, stood in the way of an arrangement relative to the letting of this family mansion. The Princess Charlotte wished to occupy it for a term of three years only, and the Duke was unwilling to part with it for a shorter period than five years. Whilst this discussion was pending, a particular circumstance occurred, which rendered it questionable whether her Royal Highness would accede to any proposition, and made the seclusion of Claremont doubly dear to her. In fact, her Royal Highness stated, “ that the more she saw or heard of the world, the more forcibly was the conviction impressed upon her, that happiness was only to be found in retirement from it.”
For the honor, the dignity of human nature, I would not have it thought that there lived the being, who, for the sake of paltry lucre or of pelf, could hire the minions of detraction, and send them forth with poisoned daggers to stab the heart of suffering innocence. Christian charity rises with indignation at the act, and the tear of sympathy falls over the afflicted mourner. The Princess Charlotte, during that year of her life, which may justly be called the year of her happiness, was doomed even to have that happiness imbittered by the unfortunate situation of her mother, and the continual reports which were industriously conveyed to her of her imprudencies.
The base and infamous report of an illicit connexion with a foreigner had no sooner died away, having failed to make that impression in a certain quarter which it was intended to make, than the seams of the old wounds were again to be torn open by the appearance of a work, entitled “The Journal of an English Traveller; or remarkable Events and Anecdotes of the Princess of Wales, from 1814 to 1816.” It professes to have been originally written, as it appears it was, in English; and is also said to have been translated into Italian, by B. D., (a very illustrious gentleman, no doubt, though we may not know him,) and into French, by C. G., (a member, we suppose, of the same family.) The account which the English author gives of himself, is this, that he was some person possessed (Query, with some satanic spirit?) by an irresistible desire to follow the footsteps, and observe the conduct of the Princess of Wales. I took," says he, “ so much interest in this employment, that I constituted myself a most strict and attentive observer of all her proceedings; nothing escaping me that could interest either the public or myself.” This work was no sooner published, than by some unknown means, a copy of it was transmitted to the Princess Charlotte, as it was intended that the rank poison which it contained, should first operate in that quarter; and in the end produce those effects, for which this infamous publication was
designed. Can it be for a moment doubtful that one of these effects was, to occasion a breach between the Princess Charlotte and her illustrious Father, when the tenor of the following passage is considered :
“ It was a short time after that an infamous plot was formed against the Princess of Wales. It is not difficult to guess at its high origin. Mr. William Burrell, son of one of the most distinguished personages of England, was at Milan at the time when the Princess was there also. Always wishing to have some English with her, she proposed to him to remain with her some months. He accompanied her Royal Highness in her journey to Mantua, Bologna, Ferrara, and Venice; but not feeling disposed to undertake a long sea voyage on account of his health, he left the Princess at Como, in the month of August, in the house of the Marquis of Villani, in the Borgo Vico. One of his domestics, called Whit, took upon him to propagate ridiculous and exaggerated stories of what passed in the house of her Royal Highness. Mr. Burrell went to Brussels; it was in the great inn at that town, that Whit spread stories of the Princess, in the most indecentand the lowest manner. These stories from the servant were carried to the cynical Court of Pall Mall, which gave rise to the idea of sending to Milan, Lord Charles Stuart, brother of Lord Castlereagh, minister at Vienna. Lord Stuart never presented
himself to her Royal Highness, as it was his duty to do; but contracted a friendship with the Baron D'Omptdat, knight of Hanover, and formerly ambassador of Jerome Nap., King of Westphalia, to the court of Vienna; who bore his mortal ennui, and his disgrace with him into Italy. Drawn on by promises, he degraded himself by the infamous trade of a spy, and began to observe scrupulously the conduct of the Princess of Wales. Lord
minister of the cabinet of London, the confidant of the Prince Regent, seconded these contrivances and plots, which date from the month of September, 1815.”
At this time her Royal Highness was ready to set out to undertake her journey, but she felt herself greatly alarmed at hearing from the police, when she returned to Milan, that she was surrounded by spies in her own house. The Baron D’Omptdat, who was at their head, had tried to corrupt the persons in the service of the Prin. cess during her absence, but they all rejected with horror the propositions and promises which he made to them.
What must have been the feelings of the Princess Charlotte, on reading the above and similar passages
in this work, in which the ministers of her Royal Father, with his concurrence and support, were represented as suborning unprincipled individuals, with a view of discovering some flaw in the conduct of her mother, by which, perhaps, her life might be affected; and when it was sub