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to reach the throne. To this, an answer was given, that the contents of it had been made known to the Prince.
On thel9th, her Royal Highness directed a letter to be addressed to the two noble Lords, desiring to know whether it had been made known to his Royal Highness, by being read to him, and to know his pleasure thereon.
No answer was given to this letter; and, therefore, on the 26th, she directed a letter to be written, expressing her surprise that no answer had been given to her application for a whole week.
To this an answer was received, addressed to the Princess; stating, that in consequence of her Royal Highness's demand, the letter had been read to the Prince Regent on the 20th, but that he had not been pleased to express his pleasure thereon.
Here the correspondence closed; and no ulterior benefit accrued from it to the afflicted mother, nor to the daughter.
On the 5th of February, the Prince Regent gave a splendid fête at Carlton House, in honor of her Majesty's birth-day. On this occasion, her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte of Wales was present. She wore a superb dress of white lace richly embroidered in lama, body and sleeves bordered to correspond, worn over white satin. Her Royal Highness wore a profusion of the finest diamonds. Her dress had altogether a most bril
liant and elegant effect. The ball on this occasion was opened by the Duke of Cumberland and the Princess Mary, to the tune of “Gang nae mair to yon Town.” The second dance was “ Miss Johnstone,” which was led off by the Duke of Clarence, and her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte.
A few days afterwards, the Princess Charlotte was present at the Opera House, and went under the auspices of the Duchess of York, and sat in her box.
The birth-day of her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte was, in the year 1813, observed with every demonstration of joy. The Princesses Augusta and Mary visited her in the morning, and afterwards took her Royal Highness to visit the Duchess of Brunswick; in the evening she dined with the Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace. On the following day, her Royal Highness, accompanied by Lady de Clifford, left town for Windsor.
The indisposition of the Princess Charlotte continuing, she did not remain long at Windsor ; and, during her residence in town, an incident occurred after dinner at Carlton-House, which at that time excited the particular attention of the country; and again opened the current of popular prejudice. The Earl of Lauderdale was one of the guests; and, after dinner, he gave a toast of the genuine whig school, of which his lordship has been a steady supporter.
The party being select and private, the Princess Charlotte was present; and, on the next toast being given by her father, she burst into tears, and left the room. This circumstance gave rise to the following lines from the pen of Lord Byron, which, from their intemperance, were considered as likely to become a subject of parliamentary inquiry
To a Lady weeping.
Weep, daughter of a royal line,
Could wash a father's faults away!
Weep--for thy tears are Virtue's tears ;
Auspicious to these suffering isles;
Repaid thee by thy people's smiles.
The above acrimonious lines very justly drew unon his lordship the severity of the opposite party; and, in the following poem, he is well retaliated upon for that abuse which he so unhandsomely heaped upon others :
Bard of the pallid front and curling hair,
To London taste, and northern critics dear ;-
Apollo drest in trimmest Turkish gear!
'Tis thine to eulogize the fell Corsair,
Scorning all laws that God or men can frame ;
That reading misses wish their loves the same. ,
Thou prov'st that laws are made to aid the strong,
That murderers and thieves alone are brave,
Which troubles life, and leaves us at the grave.
That men and dogs have equal claim on heaven;
Though dogs but bark, and men more wisely prate; That to thyself one friend alone was given ;
That friend a dog, now snatch'd away by fate.
And last, can tell, how daughters best may know
Their love and duty to their fathers dear,
Will give to every crime a cleansing tear.
Long mayst thou please this wonder-seeking age,
By Murray purchas'd, and by Moore admir'd;
Nor e'er be with thy Turkomania fir'd.
The Princess Charlotte not returning to Windsor, the Princess of Wales, on the 8th February, addressed herself to Lord Liverpool, desiring that he would communicate to the Prince Regent, her Royal Highness's intention to visit the Princess Charlotte at Warwick-House, not contemplating the possibility of a prevention on the part of the Prince Regent; and, under the circumstance of the Princess Charlotte's confinement, from illness. Lord Liverpool replied, that he was happy to announce the Princess Charlotte so much better, that her Royal Highness would be able to visit the Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, on the following Thursday, 11th February. On that
morning, however, at the moment, and not before, of the Princess of Wales stepping into her carriage, she received information that the Princess Charlotte was refused coming.
Upon this, the Princess of Wales again addressed Lord Liverpool, to know the reason, none having been assigned, for the Princess Charlotte being thus suddenly prohibited from giving the meeting to her royal mother; and when, and how soon, her Royal Highness might expect to see the Princess Charlotte. To this inquiry, the Princess of Wales received the following, not overcourteous reply:
Fife-House, February 14. Lord Liverpool has the honor to inform your Royal Highness, that, in consequence of the publication in the Morning Chronicle of the 10th, of a letter addressed by your Royal Highness to the Prince Regent, his Royal Highness thought fit by the advice of his confidential servants, to signify his commands, that the intended visit of the Princess Charlotte to your Royal Highness, on the following day, should not take place.
Lord Liverpool is not enabled to make any further communication to your Royal Highness, on the subject of your Royal Highness's note.
To this letter, the Princess of Wales commanded Lady Anne Hamilton, her lady in waiting, to reply, as follows, to Lord Liverpool :
Montague-House, Blackheath, February 15, 1813. Lady Anne Hamilton is commanded by her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to represent to Lord Liverpool, that the insidious insinuation respecting the publication of the letter, addressed by the