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believe the child came to the Princess in Noveniber: (Signed) C. SANDER. Sworn at Lord Grenville's House, in Downing-street, the 7th day of June, 1806. (Signed) ERSKINE, GRENVILLE,


(No. 12.)-The Deposition of Sophia Austin. I know the child which is now with the Princess of Wales; I am the mother of it; I was delivered of it four years ago the 11th of next July, at Brownlow-street Hospital. I have lain in there three times; William, who is with the Princess, is the second child I laid in of there. It was marked in the right hand with red wine. My husband was a labourer in the Dock-yard at Deptford. When peace was proclaimed a number of the workmen were discharged, and my husband was one who was discharged. I went to the Princess with a petition on a Saturday, to try to get my husband restored. I lived at that time at Deptford-new-row, No. 7, with a person of the name of Bearblock; he was a milkman. The day I went to the Princess with the petition was a fortnight before the 6th of November. Mr. Bennet, a baker, in New-street, was our dealer, and I took the child to Mr. Bennet's, when I went to receive my husband's wages, every week, from the time I left the Hospital till I carried the child to the Princess. I knew

Mr. Stikeman only by having seen him once before, when I went to apply for a letter to Brownlow-street Hospital. When I went to Montague-house, I desired Mr. Stikeman to present my petition. He said they were denied to do such things, but seeing me with a baby, he could do no less. He then took the child from me, and was a long time gone; he then brought me back the child, and brought half a guinea, which the Ladies sent me. He said, if the child had been younger, he thought he could have got it taken care of for me, but desired that I would come up again; I went up again on the Monday following, and I saw Mr. Stikeman; Mr. Stikeman afterwards came several times to us, and appointed me to take the child to Montague-house on the 5th of November, but it rained all day, and I did not take it. Mr. Stikeman came down to me on the Saturday, the 6th of November, and I took the child on that day to the Princess's house. The Princess was out, I waited till she returned; she saw the child, and asked its age. I went down into the coffee room, and they gave me some arrow-root to wean the child, for I was suckling the child at this time, and when I had weaned the child, I was to bring it and leave it with the Princess. I did wean the child, and brought it to the Princess's house on the 15th of November, and left it there, and it has been with the Princess ever since. I saw the child last Whit-Monday, and I swear that it is my child.

(Signed) SOPHIA AUSTIN, Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-street, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us,

(No. 13.)

20th June, 1806.

My Lord,-In consequence of certain inquiries directed by His Majesty, Lady Douglas, wife of Sir John Douglas, of the Marines, has deposed upon oath, that she was told by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, that at a breakfast at Lady Willoughby's house in May or June, 1802, &c.

[Extract from Lady Douglas's Deposition.] It being material to ascertain, as far as possible, the truth of this fact, I am to request that your Lordship will have the goodness to desire circumstance in any manner relative thereto (if Lady Willoughby to put down in writing every any such there be) of which her Ladyship has any recollection; and also to apprize me, for His Majesty's information, whether at any time, during the course of the above-mentioned year, Lady Willoughby observed any such alteration in the Princess's shape, or any other circumstances, as might induce her Ladyship to believe that Her Royal Highness was then pregnant.—I am, &c.

(No. 14.)


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(No. 17.)-The Deposition of Elizabeth Gosden. I am the wife of Francis Gosden, who is a servant of the Princess of Wales, and has lived with (Signed) ERSKINE, SPENCER, Her Royal Highness eleven years. In NovemGRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH. ber, 1802, I was sent for to the Princess's house


Supplement to No. 12, Vol. XXIII.-Price 1s.


Greenwich, Surgeon and Apothecary.


to look after a little child. I understood that | (No. 19.)-The Deposition of Thomas Edmeades, of
he had been then nine days in the house. I was
nurse to the child. One of the Ladies, I think
Miss Sander, delivered the child to me, and
told me Her Royal Highness wished me to take
care of him. The child never slept with the
Princess. I sometimes used to take him to the
Princess before she was up, and leave him with
her on her bed. The child had a mark on the
hand; it appeared to be a stain of wine, but is
now worn out. I was about a year and three
quarters with the child. The mother used to
come often to see him. I never saw the Princess
dress the child, or take off its things herself, but
she has seen me do it. The child is not so much
now with the Princess as he was.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in
Downing-street, the 23d day of
June, 1806, before us,


(No. 18.)-The Deposition of Betty Townley.
I lived at Charlton 'sixteen years, and till
within the last two years I was a laundress, and
used to wash dinen for the Princess of Wales's
family. After the Princess left Charlton, and
went to Blackheath, I used to go over to Black-
heath to fetch the linen to wash. I have had
linen from the Princess's house the same as other
Ladies, I mean, that there were such appear
ances on it as might arise from natural causes to
which women are subject. I never washed the
Princess's own bed linen, but once or twice oc-
casionally. I recollect one bundle of linen once
coming, which I thought rather more marked
than usual. They told me the Princess had been
bled with leeches, and it dirted the linen
more. The servants told me so, but I don't
remember who the servants were that told me
so. I recollect once I came to town and left
the linen with my daughter to wash; I looked at
the clothes slowly before I went, and counted
them, and my daughter and a woman she em-
ployed with her, washed them, while I was in
town. I thought when I looked them over,
that there might be something more than usual;
my opinion was, that it was from a miscarriage,
the linen had the appearance of a miscarriage.
I believed it at the time. They were fine da-
mask napkins, and some of them marked with
a little red crown in the corner, and some with-
out marks. I might mention it to Fanny Lloyd.
I don't recollect when this was, but it must be
more than two years and a half ago, for I did
not wash for the Princess's family but very little
for the last six months. Mary Wilson used to
give me the linen, and I believe it was she who
told me the Princess was bled with leeches, but
the appearance of the linen which I have spoken
of before was different from that which it was
said was stained by bleeding with leeches. I
remember the child coming, I used to wash the
linen for the child; and Mrs. Gosden, who
nursed the child, used to pay me for it. I kept
a book in which I entered the linen I washed. I
am not sure whether I have it still, but if I have,
it is in a chest at my daughter's, at Charlton,
and I will produce it if I can find it.

(Signed) B. TOWNLEY.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in
Downing-street, the 23d day of June,
1806, before us,


I am a Surgeon and Apothecary at Green-
wich, and was appointed the Surgeon and Apo
thecary of the Princess of Wales in 1801. From
that time I have attended Her Royal Highness
and her Household. I know Fanny Lloyd who
attended in the coffee-room at the Princess's; I
have frequently attended her for colds. I do
not recollect that I ever said any thing to her
respecting the Princess of Wales; it never once
entered my thoughts, while I attended the
Princess, that she was pregnant; I never said
that she was so to Fanny Lloyd. I have bled
the Princess twice. The second bleeding was
in 1802, and it was in the June quarter, as ap-
pears by the book I kept. I do not know what
she was bled for; it was at her own desire; it
was not by any medical advice. I was unwill-
ing to do it, but she wished it. If I recollect,
she complained of a pain in her chest, but I do
not remember that she had any illness. I did
not use to bleed her twice a year. I certainly
saw Her Royal Highness in November, 1802; I
saw her on the 16th of November, but I had not
any idea of her being then with child. I did not
attend her on the 16th of November, but I saw
her then. I was visiting a child ; (a male child),
from Deptford. I have no recollection of hav
ing seen the Princess in Oct. 1802. The child
must have been from three to five months old,
when I first saw it. I have no recollection of
the Princess having been ill about the end of
October, 1802. I have visited the child very
often since, and I have always understood it to
be the same child. The Princess used some-
times to send for leeches, and had them from
me. I do not think that I attended the Princess,
or saw her often in the Summer and Autumn of
1802. I had not the sole care of the Princess's
health during the time I have spoken of; Sir
Francis Millman attended her occasionally.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in
Downing-street, the 25th day of
June, 1806, before us,

(Signed) ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH. (No. 20.)-The Deposition of Samuel Gillam Mills, of Greenwich, Surgeon.

I am a Surgeon at Greenwich, have been in partnership with Mr. Edmeades since 1800; before he was my partner I attended the Princess of Wales's family from the time of her coming to Blackheath from Charlton; I was appointed by the Princess her Surgeon in April, 1801, by a written appointment, and from that time I never attended Her Royal Highness or any of the servants in my medical capacity, except that I once attended Miss Gonch, and once Miss Millfield; there was a child brought to the Princess while I attended her; I was called upon to ex amine the child; it was a girl. It must have been in 1801, or thereabouts. The child afterwards had the measles, and I attended her. When first I saw the child I think it must have been about ten months old; it must have been prior to April, 1801. I understood that the child was taken through charity. I remember that there was a female servant who attended in the coffee-room. I never said to that woman, or to any other person, that the Princess was with child, or looked as if she was with child; and I never thought so, or surmised any thing of the kind. I was once sent for by Her Royal

Highness to bleed her; I was not at home, and
Mr. Edmeades bled her. I had bled her two or
three times before, it was by direction of Sir
Francis Millman, it was for an inflammation she
had on the lungs. As much as I knew, it was
not usual for the Princess to be bled twice a
year. I don't know that any other medical
person attended her at the time that I did, nor
do I believe that there did. I don't know that
Sir Francis Millman had advised that she should
be blooded at the time that I was sent for, and
was not at home, nor what was the cause of her
being then blooded. I do recollect something
of having attended the servant, who was in the
coffee-room, for a cold; but I am sure I never
said to her that the Princess was with child, or
looked as if she was so. I have known that the
Princess had frequently sent to Mr. Edmeades'
for leeches. When I saw the female child, Mrs.
Sander was in the room, and some other ser-
vants, but I don't recollect who; I was sent for
to see, whether there was any disease about the
child, to see whether it was a healthy child, as
Her Royal Highness meant to take it under her
patronage; the child could just walk alone. I
saw the child frequently afterwards, it was one
time with Bidgood, and another time with Gos-
den and his wife. I don't recollect that the
Princess was by at any time when I saw the
I never saw the child in Montague-house
when I attended it as a patient, but when I was
Arst sent for to see if the child had any disease,
it was in Montague-house.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in
Downing-street, the 25th day of
June, 1806, before us,


(No. 91.)-The Deposition of Harriet Fitzgerald. I came first to live with the Princess of Wales in 1801, merely as a friend and companion, and have continued to live with Her Royal Highness till this time. I know Lady Douglas; I remember her lying-in; it happened by accident that Her Royal Highness was in the house at the time of Lady Douglas's delivery. I think it was in July, 1802. I was there myself, the Princess was not in the room at the time Lady Douglas was delivered; there was certainly no appearance of the Princess being pregnant at that time. I saw the Princess at that time every day, and at all hours. I believe it to be quite impossible that the Princess should have been with child without my observing it. I never was at a breakfast with the Princess at Lady Wik loughby's. The Princess took a little girl into the house about nine years ago. I was not in the house at the time. I was in the house when the boy, who is now there, was brought there. She had said before, openly, that she should like to have a child, and she had asked the servant who brought the child, if he knew of any persons who would part with a child. I was at South End with the Princess. I remember Captain Manby being there sometimes. He was not there very often; he used to come at different hours as the tide served; he dined there, but never stayed late; I was at South End all the time the Princess was there, I cannot recollect that I have seen Captain Manby there, or known him to be there later than nine, or half after nine; I never knew of any correspondence by letter

with him when he was abroad. I don't recollect to have seen him ever early in the morning at the Princess's; I was at Ramsgate with the Princess, Captain Manby may have dined there once, he never slept there to my knowledge, nor do I believe he did. The Princess rises at different hours, seldom before ten or eleven. I never knew her up, at six o'clock in the morning. If she had been up so early, I should not have known it, not being up, so early myself. I re member the Princess giving Captain Manby an ink-stand. He had the care of two boys, whom she protected. I cannot say that Captain, Manby did not sleep, at South End. He may have slept in the village, but I believe he never slept in the Princess's house, I was at Catherington with the Princess. I remember Her Royal Highness going out in an open carriage with the present Lord Hood; I believe Lord Hood's servant attended them; there was only one servant, and no other carriage with them. I was at Dawlish this summer with the Princess, and afterwards at Mount Edgecumbe. The Princess saw a great deal of company, there; Sir Richard Strachan used to come there. I do not know what was the cause of his discontinuing his visits there. I remember Sir Sydney Smith being frequently at Montague-house; he was sometimes there as late as twelve or one o'clock in the morning, but never alone that I know, of The Princess was not in the room when Lady, Douglas was brought to-bed; I know she was not, because I was in the room myself when Lady Douglas was delivered. Dr. Mackie, of Lewisham, was the accoucher. I do not recollect Sir Sydney Smith ever being alone with the Princess in the evening. It may have happen. ed, but I do not know that it did. I used to sit with the Princess always in the evening, but not in the morning. I was with the Princess in the Isle of Wight; Mr. Hood and Lord Amelins Beauclerk were there with her: she went there from Portsmouth.

(Signed) HARRIET FITZGERALD. Sworn before us at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing-street, the 27th day of June, 1806, before us,


(No. 22.)

Whitehall, July 1, 1806, My Lord, The extreme importance of the business on which I have before troubled your Lordship, and Lady Willoughby, makes it the indispensable duty of the persons to whom His Majesty has intrusted the inquiry, further to request that her Ladyship will have the goodness to return in writing, distinct and separate an swers to the enclosed Queries. They beg leave to add, that in the discharge of the trust com mitted to them, they have been obliged to ex amine upon oath the several persons to whose testimony they have thought it right to have recourse on this occasion. They have been unwilling to give Lady Willoughby the trouble of so long a journey for that purpose, well knowing the full reliance which may be placed on every thing which shall be stated by her Ladyship in this form. But on her return to town it may probably be judged necessary, for the sake of uniformity in this most important proceeding, that she should be so good as to confirm on oath,


the truth of the written answers requested from | between Her

her Ladyship.

(No Signature in the original.)

Sidmouth, July 3, 1806. (No. 23.) My Lord, I immediately communicated to Lady Willoughby the Queries transmitted to me in the envelope of a letter dated July the first, which I had the honour to receive this day from your Lordship. I return the Queries with Lady Willoughby's Answers in her own hand-writing. -We are both truly sensible of your Lordship's kind attention in not requiring Lady Willoughby's personal attendance. She will most readily obey the order of the Council, should her presence become necessary.I have the honour, &c.

To Earl Spencer, &c. &c. &c.
A true Copy, J. Becket.

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(No. 24.)

1. Does Lady Willoughby remember see ing the Princess of Wales at breakfast or dinner at her house, either at Whitehall or Beckenham, on or about the months of May or June, 1802?

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2. Has her Ladyship any recollection of the circumstance of Her Royal Highness having retired from the company at such breakfast or dinner, on account, or under the pretence, of having spilt any thing over her handkerchief? And if so, did Lady Willoughby attend her Royal Highness on that occasion? and what then passed between them relative to that circumstance?

3. Had Lady Wil loughby frequent opportunities in the course of that year to see Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and at what periods? And did she at any time during the year, observe any appearance, which led her to suspect that the Princess of Wales was pregnant?

4. Is Lady Willoughby acquainted with any other circumstances leading to the same conclusion, or tending to establish the fact of a criminal intercourse or improper familiarity



1. In the course of
the last ten years the
Princess of Wales has
frequently done me the
honour to breakfast and
dine at Whitehall, and
Langley, in Kent. Her
Royal Highness may
have been at my house
in the months of May
or June, 1802, but of
the periods at which I
had the honour of re-
ceiving her, I have no
precise recollection.

2. I do not remem-
ber her Royal Highness
having at any time re-
tired from the company
either at Whitehall, or
at Langley, under the
of having
spilt any thing over her

3. To the best of my remembrance I had few opportunities of seeing the Princess of Wales in the year 1802, and I do not recollect having observed any particular circumstances relative to her Royal Highness's appearance.

4. During the ten years I have had the honour of knowing the Princess of Wales, I do not bear in mind a single instance of Her Royal Highness's conduct in society towards


Highness and any other person whatever? and if so, what are they?

any individual, tending to establish the fact of a criminal intercourse, or improper familiarity. WILLOUGHBY.

(No. 25.)—Robert Bidgood's farther Deposition. The Princess used to go out in her phaeton, with coachman and helper, towards Long Reach, eight or ten times, carrying luncheon and wine with her, when Captain Manby's ship was at Long Reach; always Mrs. Fitzgerald was with her; she would go out about one, and return about five or six, sometimes sooner or later. The day the Africaine sailed from South End, the Princess ordered us to pack up for Blackheath next morning. Captain Manby was there three times a week, at least, whilst his ship lay for six weeks off South End, at the Nore; he came as tide served; used to come in a morning, and dine, and drink tea. I have seen him next morning, by ten o'clock. I suspected he She always slept at No. 9, the Princess's, put out the candles herself in the drawing-room, at No. 9, and bid me not wait to put them up. She gave me the orders as soon as she went to South End. I used to see water-jugs, basins, and towels set ont opposite the Princess's door in the passage. Never saw them so left in the passage at any other time. I suspected he was there at those times, and there was a general Mrs, and Miss suspicion throughout the house. Fitzgerald there, and Miss Hammond (now Lady Hood). My suspicions arose from seeing them in the glasses kiss each other, as I mentioned before, like people fond of each other, a very close kiss. Her behaviour like that of a wonian attached to a man; used to be by themselves at luncheon at South End, when Ladies not sent for, a number of times. There was a pony which Captain Manby used to ride. It stood in the stable ready for him, and which Sicard used to ride. The servants used to talk and laugh about Captain Manby. It was a matter of discourse amongst them. I lived there when Sir Sidney Smith came; her manner with him ap. peared very familiar; she appeared very attentive to him, but I did not suspect any thing further. All the upper servants had keys of the doors to the Park, to let Her Royal Highness in and out. I used to see Sicard receive letters from Mrs. Sander to put in the post instead of the bag; this was after Captain Manby was gone to sea. I suspected them to be for Captain Manby, and others in the house supposed the same.

(Signed) R. BIDGOOD. Sworn before us, in Downing-street, this 3d day of July, 1806.


(No. 26.)-Sir Francis Millman's Deposition. I attended the Princess of Wales in the spring, and latter end of the year 1802, i. e. in March and towards the Autumn. Mr. Mills, of Greenwich, attended then as her Royal Highness's Apothecary, and Mr. Mills, and his partner, Mr. Edmeades have attended since. I do not know that any other medical person attended her at that time, either as apothecary or physician. In March, 1802, I attended her for a sore throat and fever. In 1803, in April, I attended her Royal Highness again with Sir Walter Farquhar. I don't know whether she was blooded in 1802

with the Princess, and sat in the same room, he generally retired about 11 o'clock; he sat with us till then. This occurred three or four times a week, or more. Her Royal Highness, the Lady in Waiting, and her Page, have each a key of the door from the Green-house to the Park. Captain Manby and the Princess used, when we were together, to be speaking together separate

She was, with difficulty, persuaded to be blood-
ed in 1803, for a pain in her chest, saying, she
had not been blooded before, that they could
not find a vein in her arm. I saw no mark on
her arm of her having been blooded before, I
observed Her Royal Highness's person at the
end of that year 1802. I never observed then, or
at any other time, any thing which induced me
to think Her Royal Highness was in a pregnantly,
situation. I think it is impossible she should in
that year have been delivered of a child without
my observing it. She, during that year, and at
all times, was in the habit of receiving the visits
of the Duke of Gloucester. I never attended
Her Royal Highness but in extraordinary illness.
Her Royal Highness has for the last year and a
half had her prescriptions made up at Walker
and Young's, St. James's-street. If she had been
a pregnant woman in June, 1802, I could not
have helped observing it.

Sworn before us, in Downing-street,
July 3d, 1806, by the said Sir
Francis Millman.


GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH. A true copy, J. Becket.

(No. 27.)-The Deposition of Mrs. Lisle. I, Hester Lisle, am in the Princess of Wales's family, have been so ever since Her Royal Highness's marriage. I was not at South End with the Princess; was at Blackheath with ber in I 1802, but am not perfectly sure as to dates. am generally a month at a time, three months in the year, with Her Royal Highness, in April, August, and December; was so in August, 1802. I did not observe any alteration in Her Royal Highness's shape which gave me any idea that she was pregnant. I had no reason to know or believe that she was pregnant. During my attendance hardly a day passes without my seeing her. She could not be far advanced in pregnancy without my knowing it. I was at East Cliffe with Her Royal Highness, in August, 1803; I saw Captain Manby only once at East Cliffe, in August, 1803, to the best of my recollectionhe might have been oftener; and once again at Deal Castle; Captain Manby landed there with some boys the Princess takes on charity. I saw Captain Manby at East Cliffe one morning, not particularly early. I do not know of any presents which the Princess made Captain Manby. I have seen Captain Manby at Blackheath one Christmas; he used to come to dine the Christmas before we were at Ramsgate. It was the Christmas after Mrs. Austin's child came. He always went away in my presence. I had no reason to think he staid after we (the Ladies) retired. He lodged on the Heath at that time. I believe his ship was fitting up at Deptford. He was there frequently. I think not every day. He generally came to dinner three or four times a week or more. I suppose he might be alone with her. But the Princess is in the habit of seeing Gentlemen and tradesmen without my being present; I have seen him at luncheon and dinner both; the boys came with him, not to dinner, and not generally, not above to or three times,-two boys;-I think. Sir Sidney Smith came also frequently the Christmas before that, to the best of my recollection. At dinner, when Capt. Manby dined, he always sat next Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales; the constant company were Mrs, and Miss Fitzgerald and myself; we all retired

conversing separately, but not in a room alone together, to my knowledge. He was a person with whom she appeared to have greater pleasure in talking than to her Ladies. She behaved to him only as any woman would who likes flirting. I should not have thought any married woman would have behaved properly, who should have behaved as Her Royal Highness did to Captain Manby. I can't say whether she was attached to Capt. Manby, only that it was a flirting conduct. Never saw any gallantries, as kissing her hand, or the like. I was with Her Royal Highness at Lady Sheffield's, last Christmas, in Sussex. I inquired what company was there when I came. She said, only Mr. John Chester, who was there by Her Royal Highness's orders; that she could get no other company to meet her, on account of the roads and season of the year. He dined and slept there that night. The next day other company came, Mr. Chester remained; I heard her Royal Highness say she had been ill in the night, and came and lighted her candle in her servant's room; I returned from Sheffield-place to Blackheath with Captain Moore dined there. I the Princess. left him and the Princess twice alone for a short time; he might be alone half an hour with her. In the room below in which we had been sitting, I went to look for a book to comiplete a set her Royal Highness was lending Captain Moore. She made him a present of an inkstand, to the best of my recollection. He was there one morning in January last, on the Princess Charlotte's Birth-day. He went away be fore the rest of the company; I might be absent twenty minutes the second time. I was away the night Captain Moore was there. At Lady Sheffield's Her Royal Highness paid more attention to Mr. Chester than to the rest of the conpany. I knew of Her Royal Highness walking out twice alone with Mr. Chester in the morning; once a short time it rained-the other not an hour-not long. Mr. Chester is a pretty young man. Her attentions to him were not uncommon, not the same as to Captain Manby. I am not certain whether the Princess answered any letters of Lady Douglas. I was at Catherington with the Princess. Remember Mr. now Lord Hood, there, and the Princess going ont airing with him alone in Mr. Hood's little whiskey, and his servant was with them. Mr. Hood drove; and staid out two or three hours, more than once. Three or four times. Mr. Hood dined with us several times, once or twice he slept in a house in the garden. She appeared to pay no attention to him but that of common civility to an intimate acquaintance. I remember the Princess sitting to Mr. Lawrence for her picture, at Blackheath and in London; I have left her at his house in town with him. I think Mrs. Fitzgerald was with her, and she sat alone with him, I think, at Blackheath. I was never in her Royal Highness's confidence, but she has always been kind and good-natured to me. She never mentioned Captain Manby particularly to me. member her being blooded the day Lady Shef field's child was christened, not several times tha

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