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I recollect, nor any other time, nor believe she | APPENDIX (B. No. 2.)- -Narrative of His was in the habit of being blooded twice a year. The Princess at one time appeared to like Lady Douglas; Sir Johm came frequently; Sir Sidney Smith visited about the same time with the Douglas's; I have seen Sir Sidney there very late in the evening, but not alone with the Princess; I have no reason to suspect he had a key of the Park gate; I never heard of any body being found wandering about at Blackheath. I have Treard of somebody being found wandering about late at night at Mount Edgecumtre, when the Princess was there. I heard that two women and a man were seen crossing the hall. The Princess saw a great deal of company at Mount Edgecumbe. Sir Richard Strachan was reported to have spoken freely of the Princess. I did not hear that he had offered a rudeness to her person. She told me she had heard he had spoken disrespectfully of her, and therefore, I believe, wrote to him by Sir Samuel Hood.
(Signed) HESTER LISLE. Sworn before us, in Downi g-street, this third Day of July, 1806. (Signed) ERSKINE, SPENCER,
A true copy, J. Becket.
Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. To introduce the following relation, it is ne cessary for me to premise, that on entering the Prince of Wales's bed-room, where our interview took place, my Brother, after dismissing his attendants, said to me, that some circumstances had come to his knowledge with respect to a transaction with the Princess of Wales, in which he found that I had been a party concerned; that if he had not placed the most entire reliance on my attachment to him, and he was pleased to add, on the well known uprightness of my character and principles, he should cettainly have felt himself in no small degree of fended at having fearnt the facts alluded to from others, and not in the first instance from me, which he conceived himself every way entitled to expect, but more especially from that footing of confidence on which he had ever treated me through life; but, that being fully satisfied my explanation of the matter would prove that he was not wrong in the opinion he had formed of the honourable motives that had actuated me in ob.
serving a silence wi h regard to him upon the subject. He then was anxiously waiting for me to proceed with a narrative, bis wish to hear which he was sure he had only to express to ensure my (No. 28.)-Lower Brook-street, July 4, 1806. immediate acquiescence with it. The Prince My Lord,--Before your arrival in Downing- then gave me his hand, assuring me he did not street, last night, I bespoke the indulgence of feel the smallest degree of displeasure towards me, the Lords of His Majesty's council forinaccuracy and proceeded to introduce the subject upon as to dates, respecting any attendance at Black-which he required information. When, feeling it heath before 1803. Having only notice in the forenoon of an examination, I could not prepare myself for it, to any period previous to that year, and I now hasten as far as the examination, tion of my papers will permit, to correct an error, into which I fell, in stating to their Lordships that I attended Her Royal Higlmess the Princess of Wales in the spring of 1802, and that I then met His Royal Highness the late Duke of Gloucester at Blackheath. It was in the Spring of 1801, and not of 1802, that, after attending Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales for ten or twelve days, I had the honour of seeing the Duke of Gloucester at her house. I have the honour, &c. (Signed) A true copy, J. Becket.
a duty I owed to him, to withhold from his know.
Sir Sydney Smith, and Sir John and Lady "Douglas, the particulars of which she would "relate to me, when I should call. I, in con"sequence, waited upon her, agreeably to Irer "desire, a day or two after, when she com "menced the conversation by telling me, that "she supposed I knew she had at one time lived "with Lady Douglas on a footing of intimacy, "but that she had had reason afterwards to repent having made her acquaintance, and was "therefore rejoiced when she left Blackheath "for Plymouth, as she conceived that circum"stance would break off all further communica"tion between her and that Lady. That, how
Earl Cholmondeley, sworn July 16th, 1806. I have seen the Princess of Wales write frequently, and I think I am perfectly acquainted" with her manner of writing.-A letter pro duced to his Lordship, marked (A).— -This letter is not of the Princess's hand-writing.paper produced to his Lordship, marked (B), with a kind of drawing with the names of Sir Sydney Smith and Lady Donglas.—This paper appears to me to be written in a disgnised hand. Some of the letters remarkably resemble the Princess's writing; but because of the disguise I cannot say whether it be or be not Her Royal" Highness's writing.On the cover being shewn to his Lordship, also marked (B), he gave the same answer. His Lordship was also shewn the cover marked (C), to which his Lordship answered, I do not see the same resemblance to the Princess's writing in this paper.
Sworn before us, July 16th, 1806.
ever, contrary to her expectation, upon the "return of Sir John and her from Plymouth to "London, Lady Douglas had cafted and left her name twice or three times, notwithstanding stre "must have seen that admission was refused her; that having been confirmed in the opinion she had before had occasion to form of her Lady"ship by an anonymous letter she had received, in which she was very strongly cautioned "against renewing her acquaintance with her, "both as being unworthy of her confidence, "from the liberties she had allowed herself to "take with the Princess's name, and the light"ness of her character, she had felt herself "obliged, as Lady Douglas would not take the "hint that her visits were not wished for, to order Miss Vernon to write her a note, speci
"fically telling her that they would in future be" as he thought that if any man could prevail upon him, he might flatter himself with being "dispensed with; that the consequence of this "the most likely to persuade him from the "had been an application, through one of her "weight he had with him; he would immediately "Ladies, in the joint names of Sir Sydney "try how far he could gain upon him, by making વ Smith, Sir John and Lady Douglas, for an "audience, to require an explanation of this, "use of those arguments I had brought forward "which they considered as an affront, and that," to induce him to drop the matter altogether. "About four or five days after this, Sir Sydney "being determined not to grant it, or to suffer "called upon me again, and informed me, 66 any unpleasant discussion upon the subject, "that upon making use, with Sir John, of "she entreated me to take whatever steps I "those reasons which I had authorized his might judge best to put an end to the matter, "and rid her of all farther trouble about it. I "stating to be those by which I was actuated "stated in reply, that I had no knowledge of" in making the request that he would not press "either Sir John or Lady Douglas, and there-"the business farther, he had not been able to "fore could not, in the first instance, address "resist their force, but that the whole extent of "promise he had been able to obtain of him, "myself to them, but that I had some ac "quaintance with Sir Sydney Smith, and if the amounted to no more than that he would, under "Princess was not averse to that channel, I" existing circumstances, remain quiet, if left un"would try what I could in that way effect." molested, for that he would not pledge himself This being assented to by the Princess, I took "not to bring the subject forward hereafter, "my leave, and immediately on my return "when the same motive might no longer operate home, wrote a note to Sir Sydney Smith, re- " to keep him silent. This result I communi"questing him to call on me as soon as he conve-❝cated, to the best of my recollection, the fol "niently could, as I had some business to speak "lowing day, to the Princess, who seemed sa"to him upon. Sir Sydney in consequence "tisfied with it, and from that day to the pre"called on me (I think) the next day, when I sent one, (November 10, 1805,) I never "related to him the conversation, as above" have heard the subject named again in any stated, that I had had with the Princess, After" shape, until called upon by the Prince, to "hearing all I had to say, he observed, that the "make known to him the circumstances of this "Princess, in stating to ine that her prohibition "transaction, as far as I could bring them to my "to Lady Douglas to repeat her visits at Black-recollection." "heath, had led to the application for an an"dience of Her Royal Highness, had kept from "me the real cause why he, as well as Sir John "and Lady Douglas, had made it, as it origi"nated in a most scandalous anonymous letter, "of a nature calculated to set on Sir John and "him to cut each other's throats, which, from "the hand-writing and style, they were both "fully convinced was the production of the "Princess herself, I naturally expressed my "sentiments upon such conduct, on the part of "the Princess, in terms of the strongest animad"version; but, nevertheless, anxious to avoid "the shameful eclat which the publication of "such a fact to the world must produce, the ef"fect which its coming to the King's knowledge "would probably have on his health, from the "delicate state of his nerves, and all the ad"ditional misunderstandings between His Ma"jesty and the Prince, which I foresaw would "inevitably follow, were this fact, which would give the Prince so powerful a handle to express his feelings upon the countenance shewn by the King to the Princess, at a time "when I knew him to be severely wounded by "His Majesty's visits to Blackheath on the one "hand, and the reports he had received of the "Princess's conduct, on the other, to be brought "to light, I felt it my bounden duty, as an "honest man, to urge all these arguments with Sir Sydney Smith in the most forcible manner "I was master of, adding also as a farther object, worthy of the most serious consideration, the "danger of any appearance of ill blood in the "family at such an eventful crisis, and to press "upon his mind the necessity of his using his "best endeavours with Sir John Douglas, not"withstanding all the provocation that had been "given them, to induce him to let the matter "drop, and pursue it no farther. Sir Sydney "observed to me, that Sir John Douglas was a man whom, when once he had taken a line from a principle of honour, it was very difficult "to persuade him to depart from it; however,
And now having fulfilled what the Prince wished me to do, to the best of my abilities, in case hereafter any one by whom a narrative of all the circumstances as related by Sir John and Lady Douglas, of whom I was informed by my brother, subsequent to our conversation, should imagine that I know more of them than I have herein stated, I hereby spontaneously declare, that what I have written is the whole extent of what I was apprized of, and had the Princess thought proper to inform me of what, in the Narrative of the Information given by Sir John and Lady Douglas, is alluded to, I should have felt myself obliged to decline all interference in the business, and to have at the same time stated to her, that it would be impossible for me to keep a mat(Signed) EDWARD. ter of such importance from the knowledge of the Prince.
Dec. 27, 1805.
A true copy, B. Bloomfield, A true copy, J. Becket,
No. 3.-For the purpose of confirming the State. ment, made by Lady Douglas, of the Circumstances mentioned in her Narrative, the following Examinations have been taken, and which have been signed by the several Persons who have been examined.
N. B. This witness was not examined by the Commissioners; at least, no copy of any examination of her's was transmitted with the other papers; and no observation is made in the Report of the Commis It has, therefore, been sioners, or in the answer of Her Royal Highness upon her examinations. thought that there was no necessity for publishing them.-There are two of them; one dated at Chelten ham, 8th January, 1806; the other with no date of place, but dated 29th March, 1806.
MR. WILLIAM LAMPERT.
N. B. The same observations apply to Mr. Wa tiam Lampert's Examination, as to those of his wife,
with this additional circumstance, that the whole of Sander knows every thing; that she has aphis Examination is mere hearsay.
peared in great distress on many occasions, and
11th January, 1806.-William Cole. Has been with the Prince for 21 years in this month; he went with the Princess on her marriage, and remained till April, 1802-In 1801, he says, he had reason to be dissatisfied with the Princess's conduct. During the latter part of that year he has seen Mr. Canning several times alone with the Princess, in a room adjoining to the drawing-room, for an hour or two, of which the company took notice.-In January, 1802, Sir Sidney frequently came to dine with the Princess, and their intimacy became familiar; he has frequently dined and supped at the house, and when the ladies have retired, about eleven o'clock, he has known Sir Sidney remain aloue with the Princess an hour or two afterwards; his suspicions increased very much; and one night, about twelve o'clock, he saw a person wrapped up in a great coat, go across the park, into the gate to the green house, and he verily believes it was Sir Sidney.-In the month of March, 1802, the Princess ordered some sandwiches, which Cole took into the drawing-room, where he found 14th January, 1806.-William Cole. Sir Sidney talking to the Princess; he sat down Says, that the Princess was at Mr. Hood's, at the sandwiches, and retired. In a short time he Satherington, near Portsmouth, for near a month went again into the room, where he found the in the last summer, where she took her footman gentleman and lady sitting close together, in so and servants. That the house in which Mr. familiar a posture as to alarm him very much, Hood lived was given up to the Princess, and which he expressed by a start back, and a look he, and his family, went to reside in a small at the gentleman. He dates his dismissal from house adjoining. That the Princess and Mr. this circumstance; for, about a fortnight after. Hood very frequently went out in the forenoon, wards, he was sent for by the Duke of Kent, who and remained out for four or five hours at a time. told him he had seen the Princess at court the That they rode in a gig, attended by a boy, (a day before: that she had expressed the greatest country lad) servant to Mr. Hood, and took regard for him, and that she intended to do with them cold meat; that they used to get out something for him, by employing him, as a con- of the gig, and walk into the wood, leaving the fidential person, to do her little matters in town; boy to attend the horse and gig till their return. and his attendance at Montague House would This happened very frequently; that the Duke not be required. He received this intimation of Kent called one day, and seeing the Princess's with much concern; but said, her Royal High- attendants at the window, came into the house, ness's pleasure must govern him.—He says, that and after waiting some time, went away without the cordiality between the Princess and Lady D. seeing the Princess, who was out with Mr. was very soon brought about; and, he supposes, Hood. This information Mr. Cole had from Fanon Sir Sidney's account; that the Princess fre- ny Lloyd. When Mr. Cole found the drawingquently went across the heath to Lady D., where room, which led to the staircase to the Princess's she staid till late in the evening, and that, some- apartments, locked, he does not know whether times, Lady D. and Sir Sidney have come with any person was with her, but it appeared odd to the Princess to Montague House late in the even- him, as he had formed some suspicions. Mr. ing, when they have supped.-Sometime after Cole says, that he saw the Princess at Blackhe left Montague House, he went down, when heath about four times in the year 1802, after he he spoke to Fanny Lloyd, and asked her how left her in April, and five or six times in London; things went on amongst them; she said, she that he had heard a story of the Princess's being wished he had remained aniongst them; there with child, but cannot say that he formed an was strange goings on; that Sir Sidney was fre- opinion that she was so; that she grew lusty, and quently there; and that one day, when Mary appeared large behind; and that at the latter Wilson supposed the Princess to be gone into end of the year he made the observation, that the library, she went into the bed-room, where the Princess was grown thinner, That he canshe found a man at breakfast with the Princess; not form an opinion about the child; that he that there was a great to do about it; and that has seen an old man and woman (about 50 years Mary Wilson was sworn to secrecy, and threat- of age) at Montague House on a Sunday, and ened to be turned away if she divulged what she has inquired who they were, when he was anhad seen. He does not know much of what pass-swered by the servants in the hall, "That is lited at Margate in 1803.-In 1804, the Princess tle Billy's mother," (meaning the child the Prinwas at Southend, where Fanny Lloyd also was ; cess had taken, and which was found by Stikewhen Cole saw her after her return, he asked man.) WM. COLE. how they had gone on; she said, "Delightful doings, always on ship-board, or the Captain at our house."-She told him, that one evening, when all were supposed to be in bed, Mrs. Lisle met a man in the passage; but no alarm was made this was Captain Manby; he was constantly in the house. Mr. Cole says, that Mrs.
Temple, 30th January, 1806.-William Cole. Says, that on the 17th of January instant, he walked from Blackheath to London with Mr. Stikeman, and, in the conversation on the road, Cole mentioned the circumstance of the little child, saying, that he was grown a fine interest
ing boy; to which Stikeman replied, What, do | you mean Billy Austin? Cole, said, Yes. Pray do the old man and woman come to see the child as usual? Stikeman said, "Old man and woman! they are not old; we have not seen them much lately; they live at Deptford;" but he appeared to avoid any conversation on the subject. Cole says, that the account of the correspondence between the Princess and Captain Manby was communicated to him by Fanny Lloyd, but she never mentioned any such correspondence having taken place throngh Sicard, since Captain Manby went abroad. Cole says, that he has not been in the company, or presence, of the Prince alone, or had any conversation with him on this, or any other subject, since the Princess went to live at Charlton, which is near nine years ago. WM. COLE.
23d February, 1806.-William Cole. Says, that a Gentleman and Lady were sitting close together on the sofa; but there was nothing particular in their dress, position of legs or arms, that was extraordinary; he thought it improper that a single Gentleman should be sitting quite close to a married Lady on the Sofa; and from that situation, and former observations, he thought the thing improper. The person who was alone with the Lady at late hours of the night (twelve and one o'clock), and whom he left sitting up after he went to bed, was Mr. Lawrence the painter, which happened two different nights at least. As to the observation made about Sir Sidney having a key of every door about the gardens, it was a gardener, who was complaining of the door of the green-house being left open, and the plants damaged, and who made the same to Mr. Lampert, the servant of Sir John Douglas, and which he mentioned at Cheltenham to Sir John and Mr. Lowten. Lampert said he should know the gardener again.
Temple, 4th April, 1806. ROBERT BİDGOOD. Have lived with the Prince 23 years on the 18th of September next, and have been with the Princess since 21st of March, 1798. In 1802 we were at Blackheath, and did not go to any other place in 1801 Sir Sidney Smith left his tard at Montague House, and he was afterwards invited to dinner; and, in the spring of 1802, Lady Douglas came to reside at the Tower, where she stayed about three weeks. During this time Sir Sidney was frequently at the House, both morning and evening, and remained till three or four o'clock in the morning. He has seen Sir Sidney in the blue parlour early (by ten o'clock) in the morning: and, on inquiring from the footmen how he came there without his knowledge, they said, they had not let him in, and knew nothing of his being there. He does not know of Sir Sidney being alone till three or four o'clock in the morning, as there were other ladies in the house. During the year 1802 the Princess used to ride out in her phaeton, attended by Mrs. Fitzgerald, and took out cold meat, and went towards Dartford, where she spent the day, and returned about six or seven in the evening,-Williams, the coachman, always attended the Princess. Lady Douglas, during the year 1802, was constantly at Montague House, and was admitted at all times., The Princess was used frequently to go to Lady Douglas's House, where Sir Sidney resided; at the end of that year there
was a misunderstanding between Lady Douglas and the Princess; and one day he saw Lady Douglas leave the house in tears, and afterwards she has not visited the Princess. Mr. Bidgood's wife has lately told him, that Fanny Lloyd told her, that Mary Wilson told Lloyd, that one day, when she went into the Princess's room, she found the Princess and Sir Sidney in the fact; that she (Wilson) immediately left the room, and fainted at the door. In the winter of 1802, and the spring of 1803, Captain Manby became a visitor at Montague House; his frigate was fitting out at Deptford, and Bidgood has reason to believe, that the Princess fitted up his cabin, for he has seen the cotton furniture brought to the Princess to chuse the pattern, which was sent to Blake, her upholsterer, in Londonstreet, Greenwich. When Captain Manby was about to sail, he was walking in the anti-room, to let Captain Manby out: and, as he stayed some time, Bidgood looked into the room, and from a mirror on the opposite side of the room to where Captain Manby and the Princess stood, he saw Captain Manby kissing the Princess's lips; and soon afterwards he went away. He saw the Princess, with her handkerchief to her face, and go into the drawing-room, apparently in tears.- -In 1803, was not with the Princess at Margate.-In 1804, was with the Princess at Southend. We went there on the 2d of May: Sicard was constantly on the look-out for the Africaine, Captain Manby's ship: and about a month afterwards, Sicard descried the ship, before she came to the Nore. The instant the ship cast anchor, the Captain came on shore in his boat to the Princess. The Princess had two houses, Nos. 8 and 9. She lived at No. 9; and on Sicard seeing Captain Manby come on shore, he ran down the shrubbery to meet, and shewed him into the house, No. 9; Captain Manby was constantly at No. 9; and used to go in the evening on board his ship, for some weeks; but afterwards he did not returu on board the ship in the evening, and Bidgood had seen him in the morning, by ten o'clock, in the House, No. 9; and, from the circumstance of towels, water, and glasses, being placed in the passage, he had reason to believe that Manby had slept there all night. In 1805, Bidgood was not with the Princess in Hampshire.After the Princess returned from Hampshire, Captain Hood used to visit the Princess at Blackheath alone, without his wife. Captain Hood used to come about twelve o'clock, and was shewn into the blue room, where luncheon was ordered; and the Princess and the Captain were alone together, without a lady or other attendant. He used to stay dinner, and sometimes in boots; about an hour afterwards coffee was ordered; after which the Princess retired, and Captain Hood had also left the room, and had not been let out of the house by any of the servants. Bidgood has not seen Captain Hood since about Christmas last.Bidgood has strong suspicions that Mrs. Sander used to deliver letters to Sicard, which he conceived to be from the Princess to Captain Manby, as Sicard used to put the letters into his pocket, and not into the common bag for letters,
-Mrs. Sander must be fully informed of all the circumstances above alluded to. Mary Wilson and Miss Mielfield must also know all the circumstances.- -Bidgood has seen the mother (as she is called) of the little boy frequently at Montague House; the child was about three weeks old when he first saw it. The mother
properly informed of various circumstances, which must, for a feeling and delicate-minded woman, be very unpleasant to have spread, withont having the means to exculpate herself. But I can, in the face of the Almighty, assure your Majesty that your Daughter-in-law is innocent, and her conduct unquestionable; free from all the indecorums and improprieties which are imputed to her at present by the Lords Commismissioners, upon the evidence of persons who speak as falsely as Sir John and Lady Douglas themselves. Your Majesty can be sure that I shall be anxious to give the most solemn denial in my power to all the scandalous stories of Bidgood and Cole; to make my conduct be cleared in the most satisfactory way for the tranquillity of your Majesty, for the honour of your illus
About six months ago, in a conversation with Fanny Lloyd, respecting the general conduct of the Princess, she said, that whilst Sir Sidney visited the Princess, that Mary Wilson had gone into the bed-room to make up the fire, and found the Princess and Sir Sidney in such an indecent situation, that she immediately left the room, and was so shocked that she fainted away at the door. (This witness was not examined before the Com-trious family, and the gratification of your afmissioners; at least, no Copy of such Examination, if there was any, was transmitted with the other Papers. The first paragraph in her examination is, however, stated above, as it is observed upon in the Princess's answer; but the remainder, not being ad- | verted to, either by the Commissioners' Report, or by the Answer, and being all hearsay, is omitted.
Temple, 12th May, 1806.
Frances Lloyd,-From Kipley in Surrey. To the best of my knowledge, Mary Wilson said, that she had seen the Princess and Sir Sidney in the blue room; but she is so close a woman, that she never opens her mouth on any occasion; never heard Mary Wilson say she was so alarmed as to be in a fit.-Heard the gardener at Ramsgate say one day, at dinner, that he had seen Mr. Sicard and Captain Manby go across the lawn towards a subterraneous passage leading to the sea. -When Her Royal Highness was going to the launch, Sir Andrew Hammond and his son came the day before, and dined with her, and in the next morning, abort four o'clock, after the doors of the house were open, she saw Captain Manby sitting in the drawing-room of the adjoining house to Her Royal Highness, which room belonged to her. One morning, about six o'clock, she was called to get breakfast for Her Royal Highness, when she saw Captain Manby and her walking in the garden, at Ramsgate.--Heard from Mrs. Lisle's maid, that the Princess, when at Lady Sheffield's, went out of her bed-room, and could not find her way back; but nothing more, --About four years ago, as I think, Mr. Mills attended me for a cold, and, in conversation, he asked me if the Prince visited at our house? I said, not to my knowledge. He said the Princess certainly was with child.
A true Copy.
(Signed) J. Becket. Whitehall, 29th August, 1806.
flicted daughter-in-law. In the mean time I can
To the King.
Aug. 17th, 1806. Sire,Upon receiving the copy of the Report, made to your Majesty, by the Commissioners, Blackheath, Aug. 12, 1806. appointed to inquire into certain charges against Sire,With the deepest feelings of grati- my conduct, I lost no time, in returning to your tude to your Majesty, I take the first opportu- Majesty, my heartfelt thanks for your Majesty's nity to acknowledge having received, as yester- goodness in commanding that copy to be comday only, the Report from the Lords Commis- municated to me.I wanted no adviser, but Bioners, which was dated from the 14th of July. my own heart, to express my gratitude for the It was brought by Lord Erskine's footman, di- kindness, and protection which I have uniformly rected to the Princess of Wales; besides a note received from your Majesty. I needed no cauenclosed, the contents of which were, that Lord tion or reserve, in expressing my confident reErskine sent the Evidences and Report by com-liance, that that kindness and protection would mands of His Majesty. I had reason to flatter not be withdrawn from me, on this trying oc myself that the Lords Commissioners would not casion; and that your Majesty's justice would have given in the Report before they had been not suffer your mind to be affected, to my dis