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Considering it as a matter which, on every ae

count, demanded the most immediate investi. THE REPORT OF THË FOUR LORDS.

gation, your Majesty had thought fit to commit

into our hands the duty of ascertaining, in the May it please your Majesty,-Your Majesty first instance, what degree of credit was due to having been graciously pleased, by an instru- the informations, and thereby enabling your ment under your Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, Majesty to decide what further conduct to adopt a copy of which is aunexed to this Report, to concerning them. On this review therefore « authorize, empower, and direct us to inquire of the matters thus alleged, and of the course

into the truth of certain written declarations, hitherto pursued upon them, we deemed it pro

touching the conduct of Her Royal Highness per, in the first place, to examine those persons < the Princess of Wales, an abstract of which in whose declarations the occasion for this In“had been laid before your Majesty, and to ex- quiry had originated. Because if they, on be. “ amine upon oath such persons as we should see ing examined upon oath, liad retracted or va“ fit, touching and concerning the same, and to ried their assertions, all necessity for further “ report to Yonr Majesty the result of such exa. investigation might possibly have been pre“ minations,” We have, in dutiful obedience to cluded. We accordingly first examined on Your Majesty's commands, proceeded to examine oath the principal informants, Sir Joho Douglas, the several witnesses, the copies of whose depo- and Charlotte his wife ; who both positively sitions we have hereunto annexed; and, in fur. swore, the former to his having observed the ther execution of the said commands we now fact of the pregnancy of Her Royal Highness, most respectfully submit to Your Majesty the re- and the latter to all the important particulars port of these examinations as it has appeared to contained in her former declaration, and above us : But we beg leave at the same time hambly referred to. Their examinations are annexed to to refer Your Majesty, for more complete infor- this Report, and are circumstantial and positive. mation, to the examinations themselves, in or- --The most material of those allegations, into the der to correct any error of judgment, into which truth of which we had been directed to inquire, bewe may have unintentionally fallen, with respect Ing thus far supported by the oath of the parties to any part of this business. On a reference to from whom they had proceeded, we then felt it the above-mentioned declarations, as the neces- our duty to follow up the Inquiry by the examisary foundation of all our proceedings, we found nation of such other persons as we judged best that they consisted in certain statements, which able to afford

us information, as to the facts in had been laid before His Royal Highness the question.---We thought it beyond all doubt

Prince of Wales, respecting the conduct of Her that, in this course of inquiry, many particulars Royal Highness the Princess. That these state- must be learnt which would be necessarily conments, not only imputed to Her Royal Highness clusive ou the truth or falsehood of these degreat impropriety and indecency of behaviour, clarations. So many persons must have been but expressly asserted, partly on the ground of witnesses to the appearances of an actually existcertain alleged declarations from the Princess's ing pregnancy; 80 many circumstances must own mouth, and partly on the personal observa- have been attendant upon a real delivery; and tion of the informants, the following most im. difficulties so numerous and insurmountable portant facts; viz. That Her Royal Highness had must have been involved in any attempt to ac. been pregnant in the year 1802, in

count for the infant in question, as the child of quence of an illicit interconrse, and that she another woman, if it had been in fact the child had in the same year been secretly deli- of the Princess; that we entertained a full and vered of a male child, which child had ever confident expectation of arriving at complete since that period been brought up by Her Roy- proof, either in the affirmative or negative, on al Highness, in her own house, and under her this part of the subject. This expectation immediate inspection. These allegations thus was not disappointed. We are happy to declare made, had, as we found, been followed by decla: to your Majesty our perfect conviction that there rations from other persons, who had not indeed is no foundation whatever for believing that the spoken to the important facts of the pregnancy child now with the Princess is the child of or delivery of Her Royal Highness, but had Her Royal Highness, or that shie was delivered related other particulars, in themselves ex. of any child in the year 1802 ; nor has any thing tremely suspicious, and still more so when con appeared to us which would warrant the belief nected with the assertious already mentioned. that she was pregnant in that year, or at any

--- In the painful situation, in which His Royal other period within the compass of our inquiries. Higliness was placed, by these communications, -The identity of the ehild, now with the we learnt that His Royal Higlmess had adopted Princess, its parentage, the place and the date the only course which could, in our judgment, of its birth, the time and the circumstances of with propriety be followed. When informations its being first taken under Her Royal Highness's such as these, had been thus confidently alleged, protection, are all established by such a concur. and particularly detailed, and had been in some rence both of positive and circumstantial evi. degree supported by collateral evidence, apply. dence, as can, in our judgment, leave no quesing to other points of the same nature (though tion on this part of the subject. That child was, going to a far less extent,) one line only conld beyond all doubt, born in the Brownlow-street be pursued. Every sentiment of duty to your Hospital, on the 11th day of July, 1802, of the Majesty, and of concern for the public welfare, body of Sophia Austin, and was first brought to the required that these particulars should not bé Princess's house in the month of November fol. withheld froin your Majesty, to whom more par- lowing. Neither should we be more warranted ticularly belonged the cognizance of a matter of in expressing any donbt respecting the alleged State, so nearly touching the honour of your pregnancy of the Princess, as stated in the origiMajesty's Royal Family, and, by possibility, nal declarations-a fact so fully contradicted, affecting the Succession of your Majesty's crown, and by so many witnesses, to whom, if true, it

- Your Majesty had been pleased, on your must, in various ways have been known, that we part, to view the subject in the same light, cannot drink it entitled to the smallest credit.

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The testimonies on these two points are con- | loved Councillor Edward Lord Ellenborongh, tained in the annexed depositions and letters. our Chief Justice, to hold pleas before our self, We have not partially abstracted them in this to inquire into the truth of the same, and to ex Report, lest, by any unintentional omission, we amine, upon oath, such persons as they shall mighat weaken their effect; but we humbly offer see fit touching and concerning the same, and to to your Majesiy this our clear and unanimous report to us the result of such examinations.judgment upon them, formed on full deliberation, Given at our Castle of Windsor, on the 29th day and pronounced without hesitation on the result of May, in the 46th year of our Reign. G. R. of the whole Inquiry. We do not however A true Copy, J. Becket. feel ourselves at liberty, much as we should wiska it, to close our report here. Besides the allegations of the pregnancy and delivery of the Prin

DEPOSITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT. cess those declarations, on the whole of which | (No. 2.)—Copy of the Deposition of Charlotte Lady your Majesty has been pleased to command us to

Douglas. inquire and report, contain, as we have already I think I first became acqnainted with the remarked, other particulars respectivg the con- Princess of Wales in 1801. Sir John Douglas had duct of Her Royal Highness, such as must, espe- a house at Blackheath. One day, in November cially consillering her exalted rank and station, 1801, the snow was lying on the ground. The necessarily give occasion to very unfavourable Princess and a Lady, who, I believe, was Miss interpretations. From the various depositions Heyman, came on foot, and walked several and proofs annexed to this Report, particularly times before the door. Lady Stewart was with from the examinations of Robert Bidgood, Wilme, and said, she thought that the Princess liam Cole, Frances Lloyd, and Mrs. Lisle, your wanted something, and that I ought to go to her. Majesty will perceive that several strong circum- I went to her. She said, she did not want any stances of this description have been positively thing, but she would walk in; that I had a very sworn to by witnesses, who cannot, in oor judg- pretty little girl. She came in and staid some ment, be suspected of any unfavourable bias, and time. Abont a fortuight after Sir J. D. and I whose veracity, in this respect, we have seen no received an invitation to go to Montagne house; ground to qnestion.—On the precise bearing after that I was very freqnently at Montagueand effect of the facts thus appearing, it is not house, and dined there. The Princess dined for us to decide; these we subinit to your Ma. frequently with us. About May or June, 1802, jesty's wisdom : but we conceive it to be on the Princess first talked to me about her own duty to report on this part of the Inquiry as dis- conduct. Sir S. Smith, who had been Sir John's tinctly as on the former facts: that, as on the friend for more than twenty years, came to Eng. one hand, the facts of pregnancy and delivery land about November, 1801, and came to live in are to our minds satisfactorily disproved, so on our house. I understood the Princess knew Sir the other hand we think that the circumstances Sydney Smith before she was Princess of Wales. to which we now refer, particularly those stated The Princess saw Sir S. Smith as frequently as to have passed between Her Royal Highness and ourselves. We were usually kept at MontagueCaptain Manby, must be credited until they house later than therest of the party, often till three shall receive some decisive contradiction; and, or foar o'clock in the morning. I never observed if true, are justly entitled to the most serious any impropriety of conduct between Sir 8. Smith consideration.--We cannot close this Report, and the Princess. I made the Princess a visit at without humbly assuring your Majesty, that Montague-house in March, 1802, for about a it was, on every account, our anxious wish to fortnight. She desired me to come there, belave executed this delicate trust with as little cause Miss Garth was ill. In May or June fol. publicity as the nature of the case would possibly lowing, the Princess came to my house alone : allow; and we entreat your Majesty's permission she said she came to tell me something that had to express our full persuasion, that if this wish happened to her, and desired me to guess. I has been disappointed, the failure is not imput- guessed several things, and at last I said, I could able to any thing unnecessarily said or done by not guess any thing more. She then said she was us. -All wbich is most humbly submitted to pregnant, and that the child had come to life. I your Majesty.

don't know whether she said on that day or a few (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE,

days before, that she was at breakfast at Lady SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH.

Willoughby's, that the milk tlowed up to her

breast and came throngh her gown; that she July 14th, 1806.-A true Copy, J. Becket. threw a napkin over herself, and went with Lady

Willonghby into her room, and adjusted herself to prevent its being observed. She never told

me who was tbe father of the child. She said APPENDIX. (A.)

she hoped it would be a boy. She said, that if (No. 1.) Copy of His Majesty's Commission. it was discovered, she would give the Prince of

GEORGE R.Whereas our right trusty and Wales the eredit of being the father, for she had well-beloved Councillor, Thomas Lord Erskine, slept two nights at Carlton-house within the year. our Chancellor, has this day laid before us an I said that I should go abroad to my mother. Abstract of certain written declarations touching The Princess said she should manage it very the condnct of her Royal Highness the Princess well, and if things came to the worst, she wouă of Wales, we do hereby anthorize, empower, give the Prince the credit of it. While I was at and direct the said Thomas Lord Érskine, our Montague-house, in March, I was with child, and Chancellor, our right trusty and well-beloved one day I said I was very sick, and the Princess Cousin and Councillor George John Earl Spen- desired Mrs. Sander to get me a saline draught. cer, one of our Principal Secretaries of State, She then said that she was very sick herself, and our right trusty and well-beloved Councillor W. that she would take a saline draft too. I observ. Windham, Lord Grenville, First Commissioner of ed, that she could not want one, and I looked at ou Treasury, and our riglut trusty and well-be- her. The Princess said, yes, I do. What do you look at me for with your wicked eyes? you' walking before her door. She was dressed so as are always finding me out. Mrs. Sander looked to conceal her pregnancy. She had a long very much distressed; she gave us a saline | cloak, and a very great muff. She had just redraught each. This was the first time I had any turned from Greenwich Church. She looked suspicion of her being with child. The Princess very ill, and I thought must be very near her never said who was the father. When she first time. About a week or nine or ten days after told me she was with child, I rather suspected this, I received a note from the Princess, to desire that Sir S. Smith was the father, but only because that I would not come to Montague House, for the Princess was very partial to him. I never they were apprehensive that the children she knew he was with her alone. We had constant in- bad taken had had the measles in their clothes, tercourse with the Princess from the time when I and that she was afraid my child might take it. was at Montague-house till the end of October. When the Princess came to see me during my After she had first communicated to me that lying-in, she told me that, when she should be she was with child, she frequently spoke upon brought to bed, she wished I would not come to the subject. She was bled twice during the her for some time, for she might be confustime. She recommended me to be bled too, and ed in seeing me. About the end of Decemsaid, it would make you have a better time. ber I went to Gloucestershire, and stayed there Mr. Edmeades bled ker; she said, one of the days about a month. When I returned, which was in that Mr. Edmeades bled her, that she had a vio- January, I went to Montague House, and was lent heat in her blood, and that Mr. Edmcades let in. The Princess was packing up something shonld bleed her. I told the Princess that I was in a black box. Upon the sofa a child was lyiug, very anxious how she would manage to be covered over with a piece of red cloth. The bronght to bed, without its being known: that Princess got up, and took me by the hand. She I hoped she had a safe person.-She said, yes : then led me to the sofa, and said, there is the she should have a person from abroad, that she child, I had him only two days after I saw you. had a great horror of having any man about her The words were, either I had him, or I was upon such an occasion—she said, I am confident brought to bed: the words were such as clearly in my own plans, and I wish you would not speak imported that it was hier own child. She said to me on that subject again. She said, I shall she got very well through it; she shewed me a tell every thing to Sander. I think this was on mark on the child's band, it is a pink mark. the day on which she told vie of what had hap The Princess said, she has a mark like your pened at Lady Willoughby's.-Sander was a little girl. I saw the child afterwards, frequently very good woman, and might be trusted, and with the Princess quite till Christmas, 1805, that she must be with her at the labour; that when I left Blackheath. I saw the mark upon she would send Miss Gonch to Brunswick, and the child's hand, and I am sure it was the same Miss Milfield was too young to be trusted, and child, I never saw any other child there. The must be sent out of the way. I was bronght to Princess Charlotte used to see the child and bed on the 230 July, 1802. The Princess in- ' play with him. The child used to call the Pripsisted on being present. I determined that she cess of Wales “ Mamma." I saw the child lookshould not, but I meant to avoid it withont ing at the window of the Princess's house about offending her.

On the day on which I was a month ago, before the Princess went into De. brought to bed, she came to my house and in- vonshire, and I am sure that it was the same sisted on coming in. Dr. Mackie, who attended child. Not long after I had first seen the child, me, locked the door, and said she should not the Princess said, that she had the child at first come in, but there was another door on the oppo to sleep with her for a few nights; but it made site side of the room, which was not locked, her nervous, and now they had got a regular and she came in at that door, and was present nurse for her. She said, We gave it a little daring the time of the labour, and took the milk at first, but it was too much for me, and child as soon as it was born, and said she was now we breed it by hand, and it does very well. very glad she had seen the whole of it. The I can swear positively that the child I saw at the Princess's pregnancy appeared to me to be very window is the same child as the Princess told me visible. She wore a cushion behind, and made she had two days after she parted with me. Miss Saunder make one for me. During my The child was called William. I never heard lying-in the Princess came one day with Mrs. that it had any other nane. When the child Fitzgerald. She sent Mrs. F. away, and took a was in long clothes, we breakfasted one day chair, and sat by my bedside. She said, you with the Princess, and she said to Sir John will hear of my taking children iv baskets, but Douglas, This is the Deptford boy. Independyou won't take any notice of it. I shall have ently of the Princess's confessions to me, I can them brought by a poor woman in a basket. I swear that she was pregnant in 1802. In Octoshall do it as a cover to have my own brought to ber, 1804, when we returned from Devonshire, me in that way; or, that is the way in which I | I left my card at Montague House, and on 'the must have my own brought when I have it. 4th of October I received a letter from Mrs. Very soon after this two children, who were Vernon, desiring me not to come any more to twins, were brought by a poor woman in a Montague House. I had never, at this time, basket. The Princess took them, and had them mentioned the Princess's being with child, or becarried up into her room, and the Princess ing delivered of a child, to any person, not even washed them herself.

The Princess told me to Sir John Donglas. After receiving Mrs. this herself. The father, a few days afterwards, Vernon's letter, I wrote to the Princess ou the caine and insisted on having the children, and subject. The letter was sent back unopened. they were given to him.— The Princess after I then wrote to Mrs. Fitzgerald, saying, that I wards said to me, “ You see I took the child- thought myself extremely ill-used.

In two or ren, and it answered very well.”—The father three days after this, I received an anonymons had got them back, and she could not blame letter which I produce, and have marked with the him. That she should take other children, and letter A,* and signed with my name, both on the have quite a nursery. I saw the Princess on a Sunday, either the 30th or 31st October, 1802, | Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.

No copy of this letter has been sent to Her

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letter and the envelope.' The Princess of Wales had a key to it, and have got into the blue room has told me, that she gota bed-fellow whenever without any of the servants perceiving him. I she could, that nothing was more wholesome: never observed any appearance of the Princess she said, that nothing was more convenient than which could lead me to suppose that she was with her room; it stands at the head of the stair-child. I first observed Captain Manby come to case which leads into the Park, and I have bolts Montague House either the end of 1803, or be in the inside, and have a bed-fellow whenever I gioning of 1804. I was waiting one day in the like. I wonder you can be satisfied only with anti-room, Captain Manby had his hat in his hand, Sir John. She said this more than once. She and appeared to be going away; he was a long, has told me that Sir Sydney Smith had lain with time with the Princess, and as I stood on the her. That she believed all men liked a bed-fel. steps, waiting, I looked into the room in which low, but Sir Sydney better than any body else; they were, and in the reflection of the lookingthat the Prince was the most complaisant man in glass, I saw them salute each other, I mean, that the world; that she did what she liked, went they kissed each other's lips. Captain Manby where she liked, and had what bed-fellow she then went away. I then observed the Princess liked, and the Prince paid for all.

have her handkerchief in her hand, and wipe her (Signed) CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS. eyes as if she was crying, and went into the

June 1, 1806. drawing-room. The Princess went to Southend Sworn before ns, June 1st, 1806, at

in May, 1804, I went with her: we were there, Lord Grenville's, Downing-street,

I believe, about six weeks before the Africaine Westminster.

came in.' Sicard was very often watching with (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE, a glass to see when the ship would arrive. One

SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH. day he said he saw the Africaine, and soon after A trne Copy, J. Becket.

the Captain put off in a boat froin the ship.

Sicard went down the shrubbery to meet him. (No. 3.) The Deposition of Sir J. Douglas, Knt. When the Captain came on shore, Sicard con

I had a house at Blackheath, in 1801. Sir ducted him to the Princess's house, and 'he dined Sydney used to come to my house. I had a bed there with the Princess and her Ladies. After for him. The Princess of Wales formed an ac- this he came very frequently to see the Princess. quaintance with Lady Douglas, and came fre- The Princess had two houses on the Cliff, Nos. 8 quently to our house. I thought she came more and 9.' She afterwards took the drawing-room, for Sir Sydney Smith than for us. After she had of No. 7, which communicated by the balcony been some time acquainted with us, she appear with No. 8, the three houses being adjoining. ed to me to be with child. One day she leaned on The Princess used to dine in No. 8, and after the sofa, and put her hand upon her stomach,

and dinner to remove with the company into No. 7, said, Sir John, I shall never be Queen of Eng. and I have several times seen the Princess, after land.- I said, Not if you don't deserve it. She having gone into No. 7 with Captain Manby and seemed angry

at first. In 1804, on the 27th of the rest of the conipany, retire alone with CapOctober, I received two letters by the two. tain Manhy from No. 7, through No. 8, into No. penny post, one addressed to me, which I now 9, which was the house in which the Princess produce, and have marked with the letter (B, slept; I suspected that Captain Manby slept fre. both on the envelope and the enclosure, and the quently in the house. It was a subject of conver. other letter addressed to Lady Douglas, and sation in the house. "Hints were given by the which I now produce, and have marked with the servants, and I believe that others suspected it letter (C)" both on the envelope and enclosure. as well

as myself.

- The Princess took a child, (Signed) JOHN DOUGLAS. which I understood was brought into the house

June 1.

by Stikeman. I waited only one week in three, Sworn before us, at Lord Grenville's

and I was not there at the time the child was bouse, in Downing-street, West

brought, but I saw it there early in 1803. The minster, June 1, 1806.

child who is now with the Princess is the same as (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE, I saw there early in 1803; it has a mark on its left

SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH hand. Austin is the name of the man who was said *No copy of these letters has been sent to to be the father. Austin's wife is, I believe, still Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. alive. She has had another child, and has brought it

sometimes to Montague House. It is very like (No. 4.) The Deposition of Robert Bidgood. the child wlio lives with the Princess. Mrs.

I have lived with the Prince twenty-three Gosden was employed as a nurse to the child, years next September, I went to the Princess in and she nsed to bring the child to the Princess as March 1798, and have lived with Her Royal soon as the Princess awoke, and the child used Highness ever since. About the year 1802, early to stay with Her Royal Highness the whole in that year, I first observed Sir Sydney Smith morning. The Princess appeared to be ex: come to Montague Honse; he used to stay very tremely fond of the child, and still appears so. late at night; I have seen him early in the morn

(Signed) R. BIDGOOD. ing there about ten or eleven o'clock. He was Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in at Sir John Donglas's; and was in the habit, as Downing-street, the 6th day of well as Sir John and Lady Douglas, of dining, June, 1806. or having luncheon, or supping there almost

(Signed) SPENCER. every day. I saw Sir Sydney Smith one day, in

GRENVILLE. 1802, in the blue room, about eleven o'clock in the morning, which is full two hours before we (No. 5.)--The Deposition of William Cole. ever expected to see company. I asked the ser- I have lived with the Princess of Wales ever vants why they did not let me know that he was since her marriage. Sir Sydney Smith first visit there. The footman informed me that they had ed at Montague House about 1802. I have ob let no person in. There was a private door to served the Princess too familiar with Sir Sydney the Park, by which he might have come in if he Smith. One day, I think about February in that year, the Princess ordered some sandwiches ; ! the mother brought the child back again. Whecarried them into the blue room to her. Sir ther it was a week, ten days, or a fortnight, I Sydney Smith was there; I was surprised to see cannot say, but it might be about that time, him there, he must have come in from the Park; The second time the mother brought the child, if he had been let in from Blackbeath, he must she brought it into my room ; I asked her, how á have passed through the room in which I was in mother could part with her child? I am not sure waiting. When I had left the sandwiches, I re- which time I asked this.--The mother cried, and turned, after some time, into the room, and Sir said she could not afford to keep it. The child Sydney Smith was sitting very close to the Prin- was said to be about four months old when it was cess, on the sofa. I looked at him and at Her brought. I did not particularly observe it myself. Royal Highness. She caught my eye, and saw (Signed) FRANCES LLOYD. that I noticed the manner in which they were sit. ting together. They appeared both a little con- I was at Ramsgate with the Princess iu 1803, fused when I came into the room. A short time -One morning, when we were in the house at before this, one night, about twelve o'clock, I East Cliff, somebody, I do not recollect who, saw a man go into the house from the Park, knocked at my door, and desired me to get up, wrapped up in a great coat. I did not give any to prepare breakfast for the Princess; this was alarm, for the inipression on my mind was, that about six o'clock; I was asleep. During the it was not a thief. Soon after I had seen the whole time I was in the Princess's service I had Princess and Sir Sydney Smith sitting together never been called up before, to make breakfast on the sofa, the Dake of Kent sent for me, and for the Princess. I slept in the housekeeper's told me, that the Princess would be very glad if room, on the ground-floor; I opened the shutters I would do the duty in town, because she had of the windows for light. I knew at that time business to do in town which she would rather that Captain Manby's ship was in the Downs, trust to me than any body else.The Duke When I opened the shutters, I saw the Princess said, that the Princess had thought it would be walking down the garden with a gentleman; she more agreeable to me to be told this by him than was walking down the gravel walk towards the through Sicard. After this I never attended at sea. No orders had been given me over night to Montague House, but occasionally, when the prepare breakfast early. The Gentleman the Princess sent for me. About July, 1802, I ob- Princess was walking with, was a tall man; I was served that the Princess had grown very large, sarprised to see the Princess walking with a and in the latter end of the same year she ap. Gentleman at that time in the morning ; I am peared to be grown thin ; and I observed it to sure it was the Princess. While we were at Miss Sander, who said that the Princess was Blackheath, a woman at Charlton, of the name much thinner than she had been : I had not any of Townly, told me that she had some linen to idea of the Princess being with child. Mr. Law-wash from the Princess's house; that the linen rence, the Painter, used to go to Montague was marked with the appearance of a miscarriage, House, about the latter end of 1801, when he or a delivery. The woman has since left Charl was painting ; the Princess and he have slept iv ton, but she has friends there. I think it must the house two or three nights together. I have have been before the child was brought to the often seen him alone with the Princess at eleven Princess, that the woman told us this. I know and twelve o'clock at night. He has been there all the women in the Princess's house. I don't as late as one or two o'clock in the morning. think that any of them were in a state of preg One night I saw him with the Princess in the blue pancy, and if any had, I think I must have room, after the Ladies had retired. Some timc known it.-I never told Cole, that Mary Wilson, afterwards, when I supposed that he had gone to when she supposed the Princess to be in the Li his room, I went to see that all was safe, and Ibrary, had gone into the Princess's bed-room, found the blue room door locked, and heard a and had found a man there at breakfast with the whispering in it, and I went away.

Princess; or that there was a great to do abont (Signed)

WM. COLE. it; and that Mary Wilson was sworn to seerecy, Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in

and threatened to be turned away if she divulged Downing-street, the 6th day of

what she had s'en. Jume, 1806, before ns,

(Signed) FRANCES LLOYD. (Signed) SPENCER. Sworn at Lord Grenville's House in GRENVILLE. Dowving-street, the 7th day of

June, 1806, before us, (No. 6.)—The Deposition of Frances Lloyd. (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE, I have lived twelve years with the Princess of

SPENCER, ELLENBOROUGH. Wales next October. I am in the coffee-room; my situation in the coffee-room does not give me (No. 7.)- The Deposition of Mary Ann Wilson. ? opportunities of seeing the Princess. I do not I believe it will be ten years next quarter that see her sometimes for months. Mr. Milles at. I have lived with the Princess of Wales as housetended me for a cold. He asked me if the maid. I wait on the Ladies who attend the Prince came to Blackheath backwards and for- Princess. I remember when the child, who is wards, or something to that effect, for the Prin- now with the Princess, was brought there. Becess was with child, or looked as if she was with fore it came I heard say that it was to come. child. This must have been three or four years The mother brought the child. It appeared to ago. It may have been five years ago. I be about four months old when it was branght. think it must have been some time before I remember twins being brought to the Princess the child was brought to the Princess. I remem- before this child was brought. I never noticed ber the child being brought, it was brought into the Princess's shape to be different in that year my room. I had orders sent to me to give the from what it was before. I never had a thought mother arrow-root, with directions how to make that the Princess was with child, I have heard it, to wean the child, and I gave it to the mo- it reported. It is a good while ago. I never ther, and she took the child away; afterwards myself suspected her being with child. I think

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