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any cause, the Princess might still have produce fresh inquiry. The resolutions
Wales, touching the conduct of Her Royal When this letter was read to the House Highness the Princess of Wales.---That of Commons the ministers were asked, the said Commissioners, in pursuance of whether they meant to propose the adop- the said authority and direction, did enter tion of any proceeding upon it, or to enter into an examination of several witnesses, into any explanations. This they declined and that they delivered to His Majesty a upon the ground, that as a motion was report of such examination, and also of speedily to be proposed by Mr. Cochrane their judgment of the several parts alleged Johnstone, relative to the Princess, it against Her Royal Highness, which Rewould be best to defer all discussion upon port, signed by the four Commissioners the subject till that motion should be made. aforesaid, and dated on the 14th of July, The motion was made, in two days after- 1806, was accoinpanied with copies of the wards, and a very long debate took place; declarations, examinations, depositions, and but, the moment Mr. Cochrane Johnstone other documents on which it was founded. rose to make his motion, another motion -That it has been stated to this House, was made for putting out all persons in the in manner aforesaid, that the said written gallery and shutting the doors. This accusations against Her Royal Highness measure might be very proper; but I wish expressly asserted, “ That Her Royal Highyou to observe, that Mr. Cochrane John- ness had been pregnant in the year 1802, stone expressed his disapprobation of it. in consequence of an illicit intercourse, and He, at any rate, did not wish to keep se- that she had in the same year been secretly cret any thing that might transpire ; any delivered of a male child, which child had Dlife, there might be said by any body. In- ever since that period been brought up by
vill seen from his resolutions, Her Royal Highness in her own house, and
am now about to insert, under her immediate inspection. That cess herself, wished to the Report further stated that the Commis
sioners' first examined on oath the principal sioners to have taken them in their capacity informants, Sir John Douglas and Charlotte of Justices of the Peace) possess a legal his wife, who both positively swore, the character; but that no legal decision has former to his having observed the fact of the yet been made upon any of the important pregnancy of Her Royal Highness, and the facts stated in these depositions and examiother to all the important particulars contain- nations, and that it has not yet been legally ed in her former declaration, and before re- decided that the fact positively sworn to, ferred to,' and that the Report added, that of Her Royal Highness having been delithe examinations are annexed to the Report, vered of a male child in the year 1802, is and are circumstantial and positive. not true. That in any claim to the sucThat the Commissioners, after the above cession to the Throne, which, by possibi. statements, proceeded in their said Report lity, at least, may hereafter be set up, by to state to His Majesty that they thought it any aspiring personage possessed of great their duty to examine other witnesses as to power, the circumstantial and positive evithe facts in question, and that they stated, dence of Sir John Douglas, and of Char. as the result of such farther examination, lotte his wife, if again called for, would • their perfect conviction that there is no still retain all its legal character and foundation whatever for believing that the weight, while it might happen, that the child now with the Princess is the child of evidence on the other side might, from Her Royal Highness, or that she was deli- death or other causes, be found deficient; vered of any child in 1802, or that she and that there can be no doubt that if it was pregnant in that year, and that the should hereafter be made to appear, that Commissioners added, " That this was their the facts sworn to by Lady Douglas are true, clear and unanimous judgment, formed and if the identity of the male child so upon full deliberation, and pronounced born should be proved, he would be the without hesitation, on the result of the legal heir to the throne, notwithstanding whole inquiry. That the Noble Lords any assertions, or any proofs, relating to the composing the Commission aforesaid had alleged illicit intercourse of Her Royal not, and could not, in that capacity, have Highness the Priucess of Wales. That, any legal power to pronounce a judgment therefore, the honour of Her Royal Highor decision in the case; that the matter of ness the Princess of Wales, the sacred right charge submitted to them as a subject of in. of the Princess Charlotte of Wales, the quiry amounted to a charge of high treason, safety of the throne, and the tranquillity of a crime known to the laws, and, therefore, the country, do all unite, in a most impetriable only in a known Court of Justice; rious call on this House, to institute now, that if, as Justices of the Peace, (a charac- while the witnesses on both sides are stilí ter belonging to them as Privy Councillors), living, and while all the charges are capathey were competent to receive informations ble of being clearly established, or clearly and take examinations regarding the con- disproved, an ample and impartial investiduct of Her Royal Highness, they had no gation of all the allegations, facts, and cirlegal power in that capacity, nor in any cumstances appertaining to this most imporother capacity that could be given to them, tant subject of inquiry. to pronounce an acquittal or a condemna- II.-RESOLVED, That an humble address tion upon the charge referred to them; for be presented to His Royal Highness the that, to admit them to have been competent Prince Regent, requesting that His Royal to acquit, is to admit them competent to Highness will be graciously pleased to have found guilty, and this would be to order, that a copy of a Report made to His admit their competence to have sent Her Majesty on the 14th day of July, 1806, by Royal Highness to an ignominious death, in the then Lord Chancellor, Erskine, Earl virtue of a decision founded on selected ex Spencer, Lord Grenville, and Lord Chief parle evidence, taken before a secret tribunal. Justice Ellenborough, touching the conduct
- That the whole Report, as far as it of Her Royal Highness the Princess of relates to the judgment of the Commission- Wales, be laid before the House, together ers, (if the making of it be not an unlawful with the copies of the following written act), is, at least, of no legal validity, and, documents annexed to the Report, namely, in the eye of the law, leaves the question The Narrative of His Royal Highness of the guilt or innocence of Her Royal the Duke of Kent, dated the 27th of DecemHighness where the Commissioners first ber, 1805. found it; that the depositions and exami- Two written Declarations, or Examinanations upon oath (supposing the Commis- tions, of Sarah Lampert; one dated Chel
tenham, 8th of January, 1806, and the other Deposition of Sir Francis Milman, dated the 29th of March, 1806.
3d of July, 1806. One of Mr. Lampert, baker, Chelten- Deposition of Mr. Lisle, dated 3d July, ham, same date with the last.
1 806. Four of William Cole, dated ilih Janu- Letter from Sir Francis Milman to the ary, 14th January, 30th January, and 23d Lord Characellor, dated 4th July, 1806. February, 1806.
Deposition of Lord Gholmondeley, dated One of Robert Bidgood, dated Temple, 6th July, 1806. 4th April, 1806.
One of Sarah Bidgood, dated Tenuple, The debate upon these resolutions appears 23d April, 1806.
to have been of great length ; but as the One of Frances Lloyd, dated Temple, galleries were shut, a mere sketch of it has 12th May, 1806.
gone forth to the world. That sketch, The King's Warrant for holding the however, (which I have inserted below) Commission, dated the 29th May, 1806. will shew, that, in whatever degree the
Deposition of Lady Douglas, dated the different speakers might vary in their opi. 1st of June, 1806.
nions as io other points, they were all Deposition of Sir John Douglas, dated perfectly of accord, that there existed no the 1st of June, 1806.
grounds of charge against the mother who Deposition of Robert Bidgood, dated the was restricted in her visits to her only 6th of June, 1806.
child. The Honourable mover of the reDeposition of William Cole, dated the solutions said there may exist doubts, as to 6th June, 1806.
the innocence of the Priucess; if not at this Deposition of Frances Lloyd, dated the time, there may hereafter exist doubts with 7th of June, 1806.
regard to that innocence ; and, therefore, Deposition of Mary Wilson, dated the while all the witnesses are alive, while all 7th of June, 1806.
the testimony is forth coming, while all the Deposition of Samuel Roberts, dated the means of proof are at hand, let us inquire, 7th of June, 1806.
and for ever put an end to these doubts, Deposition of Thomas Hikeman, dated and to the possibility of doubt. No, no, the 7th of June, 1806.
no, said the ministers, the innocence of Deposition of J. Picard, dated the 7th of the Princess is so clearly established; all June, 1806.
the charges against her so manifestly void of Deposition of Sophia Austin, dated the foundation, that inquiry is not only not ne7th of June, 1806.
cessary, but that to inquire would be doing Letter from Lord Spencer to Lord Gwy. injustice to the Princess, by seeming to allow dir, 20th of June, 1806.
that there are persons in the world who still Letter from Lord Gwydir to Lord Spen- entertain a doubt of her innocence. cer, 20th of June, 1806.
MR. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE might well Letter from Lady Willoughby to Lord say that the day on which he made his Spencer, 21st of June, 1806.
motion was a proud day for, him. It was Extracts from the Register of Brownlow- so, but it was a still prouder day for the street Hospital, dated 23d of June, 1806. Princess of Wales, who, at the end of
Deposition of Elizabeth Gosden, dated seven years of calumny, of base parasitical 23d of June, 1806.
slander, heard herself pronounced innocent Deposition of Betty Townley, dated 25th and her traducers pronounced perjured, of June, 1806.
and that, too, by the chosen ministers, by Deposition of Thomas Edmonds, dated the confidential Servants, by the advisers 25th of June, 1806.
of the Prince her husband. Deposition of Samuel G. Mills, dated This discussion in the House of Gom25th of June, 1806.
mons has, in the minds of all men of comDeposition of Hamit Fitzgerald, dated mon sense, settled the question. There 27th of June, 1806.
are still some persons to throw out insinuaLetter from Lord Spencer to Lord Gwy- tions against Her Royal Highness, but these dir, dated 1st of July, 1806.
are so notoriously the panders of mean Letter from Lord Gwydir to Lord Spen- hatred, cowardly malice, despicable imcer, dated 3d July, 1806.
potence, and of every thing that is vile in Query to Lady Willoughby, and Answer, man, aye, in the meanest of mankind, that dated 3d of July, 1806.
no one pays the smallest attention to what Farther Depositions of Robert Bidgood, they say. dated 3d of July, 1806.
Whether the parliament may think it
meet to adopt any proceeding upon the sub- of Labrador. Talk of LIBELS, indeed! ject; whether they may think it right, in What libels has she not had to endure ? the way of address or otherwise, to inter- A month has not passed over our heads fere in behalf of the Princess, I cannot since the writers in the Courier and Times pretend to say, and they are a body far too newspapers poured forth libels against her, wise for me to presume to offer them any which no private person would have suf thing in the way of advice ; but, I have no fered to pass without prosecution. They scruple to say, that I think it a fit occasion called her rash, foolish, and with an inso for the people, assembled in a constitutional lent affectation of compassion, poiuted her manner, to prove, by some solemn decla- out as seduced and unfortunate. ration of their sentiments, that they still they spoke of her in terms the most con. retain that love of justice and that hatred temptuous, they affected to pity her for of false accusation, which were formerly having been so weak as to call for fresh inprominent features in the character of Engquiry into her conduct, which conduct they lishmen. As to the precise way in which had the impudence unequivocally to describe they ought to do this, it is not for me to point as indecent to the last degree. Seven years. out; but, the way will not be difficult of these calumnies she has had to endure, to discover by men of proper feeling and of and, to her immortal honour be it spoken, just minds. It is now seven years since she has relied upon her innocence for the chese calumnies were first circulated against support of her character, and has, in no the Princess of Wales; and, now, that instance, resorted to the assistance of the they are all shewn to have been false, now, law. She has wisely relied upon the wever. that we are fully able to estimate all her failing power of truth; she has relied also sufferings and her long forbearance, it (and I hope, for the sake of the character of would be a shame indeed, if there were the country, she will not here be deceived) none to be found amongst us to shew that upon the good serise and love of justice of we feel for her as we ought. The people the people of England. have not, indeed, the power to punish her Besides the justice due to the Princess, traducers; they have not the power to re- we ought to consider the light in which we place ber in Carlton House; they have not as a nation, shall appear, in this instance, the power to give her admission to her in the eyes of the world. It will not be daughter; but they have the power to shew forgotten with what addresses, what to all the world, and to that daughter in speeches, what exhibitions, what acclamaparticular, that they are lovers of Justice, tions of joy this lady was received upon her and that they hold in abhorrence false arrival in England. The world will not accusers, cowardly and malicious calumni- forget the praises we then bestowed upon ators.
her, and even the gratitude we expressed In the case of the Princess of Wales there at her having condescended to become inis every thing to excite a feeling in her strumental in the happiness of ourselves favour. In the first place, we see that it and our posterity: and, the world will was owing to no fault of hers that her hus- not fail to remark, that the commencement band's palace was no longer her place of of the calumnies against her, that the perabode. In the next place we see false and juries by which she was traduced took infamous accusations trumped up against place in a very few months after her father her, and the tongue of calumny let loose, was killed, and his successors bereft of while she was destitute of all the means of their dominions !
I will not impute even defence, having by her counsellors, been to perjured wretches the baseness of choosprevented from making public the refuta- ing such a time for the making of their attion of charges, the substance of which tack; but the fact, as to the time, is as I charges, unaccompanied with any answer, have stated it; and most assuredly the bad gone forth to the world. Lastly, we change produced by the events here spoken see her denied the sight of her daughter of, in the circumstances of her family, except once in a fortnight, while even the must have great weight in the mind of eveadvisers of the Prince declare her to be in. ry considerate person. The more destitute nocent and her traducers to be perjured. she is of the means of protection from any Such is briefly the state of her case, and other quarter, the stronger is her claim on say, for the whole nation to remain silent, the people of England; and I cannot help for no part of the people to give utterance repeating my opinion, that if the occasion to any feeling for her would justify the opi- be suffered to pass without some testimony nion, that Englishmen have less sensibility of public feeling in her favour, it will be a than the half-Irozen inhabitants of the coast | great and lasting reproach to this nation.
This interference on the part of the lished; and I further say, that I think the people is the more necessary, and at public should wait and HEAR Sir John the same time more likely to be proper, as and Lady Douglas, before it makes up both the great political factions have left its mind as to the guilt of either of them. Her Royal Highness to her fate, or, rather, have, each in its turn, been her MR. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE then rose. enemies. Nay, they have not only by His motion, he stated, originated entirely turns disclaimed her cause ; but they have with himself, without any communication both of them accused her of having resorted with other persons. He even did not to the support of the “ enemies of social know that he should find one Member to 6 order and regular government ;' that is second it. He had transmitted to the to say, men who meddle with politics Princess of Wales, and to the King's Miwithout pocketing, or wishing to pocket, nisters, a copy of the Resolutions he inthe public money. These are, in our tended to propose. He then referred to country, called Jacobins and friends of the Report made by the Commissioners of Buonaparlé ; and to these men the factions, the Privy Council, at the command of His who fight for the public money, have ac- Majesty, in 1806; and the authenticity of cused the Princess of resorting for advice which, he said, he was enabled to prove and support. If this accusation be true at the bar, if required to do so. He read (and I have no inclination to deny it), it over the charges made against Her Royal appears that she has not made a bad choice Highness at the time, and many of the at last. She has not been betrayed this particular items of those charges, with the time, at any rate. Uutil now her conduct concluding Report, The Princess, he has been an object of calumny with her stated, had, on receiving a copy of that enemies and of suspicion with many good Report, addressed a letter to His Majesty, people ; but, by following the advice of a copy of which he read, (this letter was The Jacobins, she has silenced the former of considerable length), the authenticity of and removed the doubts of the latter. If which he was also prepared to substanti. her husband were to take a little advice ate. The letter alluded to the malice of from the same source, it would, I am per- her enemies,- to her not being called upon suaded, be full as well for him. The to make a fair defence,--and to the parties Princess has, in fact, made her appeal to not being credible witnesses. That Report the people. She has published her com- was signed by the four Lords, Spencer, plaint. She has called upon the people Grenville, Erskine, and Ellenborough. for their opinion upon the merits of her In March, 1807, a change took place in case; and, though that opinion has been His Majesty's Councils, and Mr. Perceval pronounced without hesitation in private, then prevailed upon the King to restore it wants, in order to give it its full effect, the Princess to favour : and she was acto be expressed in a public, solemn, and cordingly again received at Court. Since authentic inander.
that time no material change had occurred In a future Letter it will give me great in her situation till recently, when she had pleasure to tell you that this has been done ; received a communication froun the Earl of and, in the meanwhile, I remain your Liverpool, by which she was informed, faithful friend,
that her accustomed intercourse with the WM. COBBETT. Princess Charlotte was to be abridged.
This produced Her Royal Highness's Let
ter to the Prince Regent, and led to the REPORT
late reference of the case to certain Mem(Copied from the Times News-paper of the 6th bers of the Privy Council. In his opinion, March)
the four Lords Commissioners in 1806 had of a Debale in the House of Commons on gone beyond their authority, in pronouncthe 5th of March, 1813, relative to ing their opinion on the Princess's conduct, Her Royal Highness the Princess of as they had done. The charge against Wales.
Her Royal Highness was
no less than [N.B. I insert this Report just as I find | High Treason. If, as Magistrates, they it printed ; but, I think it right to observe, had a right to examine witnesses to the that it is said to be a very imperfect sketch facts, yet he conceived that they had no of the real debate; and I think it my duty right to pronounce either her condemnato stale most distinctly,—that I do not im- tion or her acquittal. That Report, therepute perjury to Lady or Sir John Douglas ; fore, as far as concerned their judgment, I merely show what other editors have pub- he looked upon as of no effect in law. La