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colouring at least in this representation, which false as they are malicious, could never have must have proved much more against the dispo- proved crime in me, however manifestly they sition and character of the informers, and the might display the malice of my accusers.quality of their information, than against the Must it not, then, have occurred to any one, person who was the object of their charge. But who had seen the whole of this Narrative, if the when, in addition to all this, the Declaration motive of my accusers was, as they represent it, states, that I had, with respect to my unforta-merely that of good patriots, of attached and nate and calamitous separation from His Royal loyal subjects, bound, in execution of a painful Highness, stated that I bad acknowledged my duty, imposed upon them by His Royal Highself to have been the aggressor, from the beginness the Prince of Wales, to disclose, in detail, ning, and myself alone; and when it further all the facts which could establish my guilt, that states, that if any other womau had so played these circumstances never would have made a and sported wiib her husband's comfort and po- part of their detail? But on the other hand, if pularity, she would have been turned out of his their object was to traduce me ;---if, falsely athouse, or left alone in it, aud have deservedly tributing to His Royal Highness, sentiments forfeited her place in society; and further still, which could belong to no generous bosom, but when, alleging that I had once been desirous of measuring his nature by their own, they thought, procuring a separation from His Royal Highness, vainly and wickedly, to ingratiate themselves and had pressed former Chancellors to accom- with him, by being the instruments of accomplish this purpose, it flippantly adds, that “ The plishing my snin ;-if aiming at depriving me of Chancellor may now perhaps be able to graut my rank and station, or of driving me from this her request.” The malicious object of the whole country, they determined to bring forward a must surely have been most obvious. For sup- charge of treason against me, which, thonghi. posing these facts to have been all true; sup- they knew in their consciences it was false, yet posing this infamons and libellous description of they might hope would serve at least as a cover, my character bad been nothing but a correct and a pretence, for such an imputation upon my and faithful representation of my vices and my character, as, rendering my life intolerable in infamy, would it not have been natural to have this country, might drive me to seek a refuge ju asked why they were introduced into this De another ; it, the better to effectuate this purpose, claration ? What effect could they have had they had represented all my misfortunes as my upon the charge of crime, and of adultery, which faults, and my faults alone, drawn an odions and it was intended to establish? If it was only, in disgusting picture of me, to extinguish every execution of a painful duty, which a sense of seutiment of pity and compassion, which, in the loyalty to your Majesty, and obedience to the generosity, not only of your Majesty's royal commands of the Prince of Wales at length re- bosom, and of the members of your Royal luctantly drew from them, why all this malicious Family, but of all the inhabitants of your kingaccompaniment? “ His Royal Highness" indeed, dom, might arise to commiserate the unfortuthey say,

" desired that they would communi- nate situation of a stranger, persecuted under a cate the whole circumstances of their acquaint charge originating in their malice ;-if, for this, ance with me, from the day they first spoke with they Hung out, that I had justly forfeited my me till the present time ; a full detail of all that station in society, and that a separation from my passed during our acquaintance," and " Low

they' husband was, what I myself had once wished, became known to me, it appearing to His Royal and what the Chancellor might now perhaps Highness, from the representation of his Royal procure for me ;-or, if, in short, their object Highness the Duke of Sussex, that His Majesty's was to obtain my condemnation by prejudice, dearest interests, and those of this country, inflamed by falsehood, which never conld be ob were very deeply interested in the qu n," tained by justice informed by truth, then the and “ that he particularly commanded them to whole texture of the declaration is consistent, be very circumstantial in their detail respecting and it is well contrived and executed for its purall they might kuow relative to the child that I pose. But it is strange, that its purpose should affected to adopt."- -But from the whole of have escaped the detection of intelligent and this it is sufficiently apparent, that the parti- impartial miods. There was enough at least to cularity of this detail was required, by His have made them panse before they gave such a Royal Highness, in respect of matters connected degree of credit to informations of this descripwith that question, in which the dearest inte- tion, as to have made them the foundations of so rests of your Majesty and this country were in- important and decisive a step, as that of advisvolved; and not of circumstances which could ing them to be laid before your Majesty: And, have no bearing on those interests. If it had indeed, such seems to have been the effect which been therefore true, as I most solemnly protest this declaration at first produced. Because if it it is not, that I had in the confidence of private had been believed, the only thing to have been conversation, so far forgot all sense of decency, done (according to the judgment of the Comloyalty, and gratitude, as to have expressed missioners,) would have been to have laid it immyself with that disrespect of your Majesty mediately before your Majesty, to whom, upon which is imputed to me ;--If I had been what I every principle of duty, the conmmunication was trust those who have lived with me, or, ever due. But the declaration was made on the 3d have partaken of my society, would not confirm, of December, in the last year, and the commu. of a mind so uninformed and uncultivated, without nication was not made to your Majesty till the education or talents, or without any desire of very end of May. And that interval appears to improving myself, incapable of employment, of have been employed in collecting those other a temper so furious and violent, as altogether to additional declarations, which are referred to in form a character, which no one could bear to the Report, and which your Majesty has likelive with, who had the means of living else wise been pleased, by your gracions commands, where;-What possible progress would all this

to have communicated to we. - These addi make towards proving that I was guilty of adultional declarations do not, I submit, appear to tery? These, and such like insinuations, as furnish much additional reason for believing the

incredible story. They were taken indeed for transmission of it to your Majesty, (who, once the purpose,” (for they are so described, this formally in possessiou of it, could not fail to is the title which is prefixed to them in the au- subject it to some inquiry.) I have dwelt, per. thentic copies, with which I have been furnish haps, at a tedious length, in disputing the proed,) " for the purpose of confirming the state priety of the Conimissioners“ judgment, in thas ment made by Lady Douglas of the circum. approving the course which was pursued. And, stances mentioned in her narrative," and they looking to the event, and all the circumstances are the examinations of two persons, who appear connected with it, perhaps I have reason to to have formerly lived in the family of Sir John rejoice that the Inquiry has taken place. For and Lady Douglas, and of several servants of if three years' concealment of my supposed my own; they are filled with the hearsay details crime could not impeach the credit of my acof other servants' declarations. And one of cusers, three times that period might perhaps be them, W. Cole, seems to have been examined thought to bave left that credit still noimpaired. over and over again. No less than four of his And, had the false charge been delayed til examinations are given, and some of these evi- death had taken away the real parénts of the dently refer to other examinatious of his, which child, which Lady Douglas charges to be mine ; are not given at all.

if time had deprived me of those servants These, I submit to your Majesty, are rendered and attendants who have been able so fully from this marked circumstance, particularly un- to disprove the fact of my alleged pregdeserving of credit; because, in the only instance nancy, I know not where I could have found the in which the hearsay statement, related to one means of disproving facts and charges, so falseservant, was followed by the examination of the ly, so confidently, and positively sworn to, as other, who was stated to have made it, (I mean those to which Lady Douglas has attested. an instance in which Cole relates what he had Following, as I proposed, the course taken in heard said by F. Lloyd) F. Lloyd does not ap- the Report, I next come to that part of it, to pear to have said any such thing, or even to which unquestionably I must recur with the have heard what she is by him related to have greatest satisfaction ; because it is that part, said, and she relates the fact that she really did which so completely absolves me of every poshear, stripped of all the particulars with which sible suspicion, upon the two material charges, Cole had coloured it, and which alone made it of pregnancy and child birth. The Com.. in any degree deserving to be mentioned. Be missioners state in their Report, that they sides this, the parents of the child which is began by examining “ od oath the two principal ascribed to me by Lady Douglas, are plainly" informants, Sir John and Lady Douglas, who pointed out, and a clue is afforded, by which if both positively swore, the former to bis bavfollowed, it would have been as easy to have “ ing observed the fact of pregnancy, and the ascertained, that that child was no child of nine, latter to all the inportant particulars contain(if indeed it ever had been seriously believed to 4 ed in her former declaration, and above rebe so) and to have proved whose child it was, “ ferred to. Their examinations are addexed to before the appointment of the Commissioners, "the Report, and are circumstantial and posias it had been found to be afterwards. Só « tive." The most material of the allegations far, therefore, from concurring with the Com. into the truth of which they had been directed missioners in approving the advice, under which to inquire, being thus far supported by the His Royal Highness bad acted, I conceive it to oath of the parties from whom they had prohave been at least cruel and inconsiderate, to "ceeded,” they state, “ that they felt it their have advised the transmission of such a charge daty to follow up the Inquiry by the examito your Majesty, till they had exhausted all the “nation of such other persons, as they judged means which private inquiry could have afforded," best able to afford them information, as to the to ascertain its falsehood or its truth.

-Apd « facts in question." “ We thought it,” they when it appears that it was not thought necessary, say, " beyond all doubt, that in this course of upon the first statement of it, as the Commis- " Inquiry many particulars must be learnt which sioners seem to have imagined, forthwith to “ would be necessarily conclusive on the truth or transmit to your Majesty; but it was retained « falsehood of these declarations. So many per. for near six months, from the beginning of De. sons must have been witnesses to the appears cember till near the end of May; what is due to « ances of an actual existing pregnancy, so many myself obliges me to state, that if there bad but circumstances must have been attendant upon been in that interval, half the industry employed " a real delivery, and difficulties so nourerous to remove suspicions, which was exerted to " and insurmountable must have been involved raise them, there would never have existed a “ in any attempt to account for the infant in necessity for troubling your Majesty with this question, as the child of another woman, if it charge at all. I beg to be understood as im. « had been in fact the child of the Princess; that puting this solely to the advice given to His " we entertained 'a full and confident expecta. Royal Highness. He must, of necessity, have tion of arriving at complete proof, either in left the detail and the determination upon this the affirmative, or negative, on this part of the business' to others. And it is evident to me, “ subject. “ This expectation, they proceedfrom what I now know, that His Royal Highnessed to state, “ was not disappointed. We are was not fairly dealt with ; that 'material infor. happy to declare to your Majesty, our perfect mation was obtained to disprove part of the “ conviction that there is no foundation what? case against me;" which, not appearing in the ever for believing that the child vow with the declarations that were transmitted to your Ma- " Princess is the child of Her Royal Higliness, jesty, I conclude was never communicated to or that she was delivered of any child in the His Royal Highness. Feeling, Sire, strongly, year 1802; nor has any thing appeared to us that I have much to complain of, that this fout which would warrant the belief that she was charge should bave been so 'readily credited to pregnant in that year, or at any other period my great prejudice, as to have occasioned that " within the compass of our inquiries. They advice to be given which recommended the thew proceed to refer to the circumstantial evi:

dence, by which they state that it was proved nion of my pregnancy, to convey a meaning most that the child was, beyond all doubt, born in contrary to that which I could by possibility Brownlow-street Hospital, on 11th July, 1802, bave intended to convey, but which it was ne. of the body of Sophia Austin, and brought to cessary that he should impnte to me, to give the my house in the month of November following. better colour to this false accusation. As to - Neither should we," they add,“ be more Sir John Donglas, however, when be swears to " warranted in expressing any doubt respecting the appearances of my pregnancy, he possibly " the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, as might be only mistakeu. Not that mistake will & stated in the original declarations; a fact so excuse or diminish the guilt of so scandalous “ fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, falsehood upon oath. But for Lady Douglas " to whom, if true, it must, in various ways, there cannot be even such an excuse. Indepen« have been known, that we cannot think it endent of all those extravagant confessions which “ titled to the smallest credit.” Then, after she falsely represents me to have made, she stating that they have annexed the depositions states, upon her own observation and know. from which they have colleeted these opinions, ledge, that I was pregnant in the year 180%. they add" We humbly offer to your Majesty Now, in the babits of intercourse and intimacy, “ our clear and unanimous judgment upon them, with which I certainly did live with her, at that " formed on full deliberation, and pronounced time, she could not be mistaken as to that fact. « without hesitation, on the result of the whole It is impossible, therefore, that in swearing * Inquiry." These two most important facts, positively to that fact, which is so positively therefore, which are charged against me, being disproved, she can fail to appear to your Mas to fully, and satisfactorily, disposed of, by the jesty to be wilfully and deliberately forsworn. unanimous and clear judgment of the Commis

-As to the conversations which she asserts to sioners; being so fully and completely disproved bave passed between us, I am well aware, by the evidence which the Commissioners col- that those, who prefer her word to mine, wilí lected, I might, perhaps, in your Majesty's not be satisfied to disbelieve her upon my bare jadgment, appear well justified, in passing them denial ; nor, perhaps, upon the improbability by without any observation of mine.-But and extravagance of the supposed conversations though the observations which I shall make shall themselves. But as to the facts of pregnancy be very few, yet I cannot forbear just dwelling and delivery, which are proved to be false, in upon this part of the case, for a few minutes; the words of the report, “ by so many witnesses, because, if I do not much deceive myself, upon " to whom, if true, they must in various ways every principle which can govern the human have been known," no person living can doubt mind, in the investigation of the truth of any that the crime of adultery and treason, as charge, the fate of this part of the accusation proved by those facts, has been attempted to be must have decisive weight upon the determina fixed upon me, by the deliberate and wilful tion of the remainder. I therefore must beg to falsehood of this my most forward accuser, Avd remark, that Sir John Donglas swears to my when it is once established, as it is, that my having appeared, some time after our acquaint-pregnancy and delivery are all Sir John and ance had commenced, to be with child, and that Lady Douglas's invention, I should imagine that one day I leaned on the sufa, and put my hand my confessions of a pregnancy wbich never ex. upon my stomach, and said, "Sir John, I shall isted; my confession of a delivery which never “ never be Queen of England;" and he said, took place; my confession of having suckled a “ not if you don't deserve, and I seemed angry child which I never bore, will' hardly be beo at first.

lieved upon the credit of her testimony. The This conversation, I apprehend, if it has the credit of Lady Douglas, therefore, being thus least relation to the subject on which Sir Jobn destroyed, I trust your Majesty will think that I was examined, must be given for the purpose of ought to scorn to answer to any thing which her insinuating that I made an allusion to my preg- examination may contain, except so far as there nancy, as if there was a sort of understanding may appear to be any additional and concurrent between him and me upon the subject, and that evidence to support it. This brings me to the he made me angry, by an expression which im. remaining part of the Report, which I read, I plied that what I'alluded to would forfeit my do assure your Majesty, with a degree of asto right to be Queen of England. If this is not the nishment and surprise, that I know not how to meaning which Sir John intends to be annexed express. How the Commissioners could, opon to this conversation, I am perfectly at a loss to such evidence, from such witnesses, upon such conceive what he can intend to convey. Whether an information, and in such an ex parte proceed at any time, when I may have felt myself unwell ing, before I had had the possibility of being I may haveused the expression which he here im- heard, not only suffer themselves to form such potes to me, my memory will not enable me, an opinion, but to report it to your Majesty with the least degree of certainty to state. The with all the weight and authority of their great words themselves seem to me to be perfectly names, I am perfectly at a loss to conceive. Their innocent; and the action of laying my hand great official and judicial occupations, no doubt, upon my breast, if occasioned by any sense of prevented that full attention to the sub,ect which internal pain at the moment, neither unnatural, it required. But I am not surely without just nor, as it appears to me in any way censurable. grounds of complaint, if they proceeded to proBut that I could have used these words, intendonounce an opinion upon my character, without ing to convey to Sir John Douglas the meaning all that consideration and attention which the which I suppose him to insinuate, surpasses all importance of it to the peace of your Majesty's human credulity to believe. I could not, how- mind, to the honour of your Royal Family, and erer, forbear to notice this passage in Sir John's the reputation of the Princess of Wales, seem, examination, because it must serve to demon- indispensably

to have demanded. In the part strate to your Majesty low words, in themselves of the Report already referred to, the particumost innocent, are endeavoured to be tortured, lars of the charge, exclusive of those two ,imby being brought into the context with his opi. portant facts, which have been so satisfactorily

disposed of, are, as I have already observed, no further upon your Majesty at présent, than to variously described by the Commissioners ; as, point out, in passing this part of the Report, the “ matters of great impropriety and indecency of jast foundations which it affords me for making “ behaviour;" as “other particulars in them- the complaint.- -Your Majesty will also, I am ► selves extremely suspicious, and still more so, persnaded, not fail to remark the strange ob« “ when connected with the assertions already scurity and reserve, the mysterious darkness, “ mentioned;" aud as “points of the same na- with which the Report here expresses itself ;

ture, though going to a much less extent." and every one must teel how this aggravates the But they do not become the subject of particu- severity and cruelty of the censare, by rendere lar attention in the Report, till after the Com- ing it impossible distinctly and specifically to missioners bad concluded that part of it, in meet it. The Commissioners state indeed that which they give so decisive an opinion against some things are proved against me, which must the truth of the charge upon the two material be credited till they shall receive a decisive confacts. They then proceed to state" That they tradiction, but what those things are they do cannot close their report there,” much as they not state. They are “particulars and circumcould wish it ; that besides the allegations of the “stances which, especially considering my expregnancy and delivery of the Princess, those “ alted rank, must give occasion to the most undeclarations on the whole of which your Ma- “ favourable interpretations. - They are severat jesty had required their Inquiry and Report, strong circumstances of this description," contain other particulars respecting the conduct of “ they are, if true, justly deserving of most seHer Royal Highness, such as must, especially con- “ rious.consideration," and they “must be cresidering her exalted rank and station, necessarily “ dited till decidedly contradicted.” But what give occasion to very unfavourable interpretations. are these circumstances? What are these deeds That from various depositions and proofs an

without a name? Was there ever a charge so nexed to their Report, particularly from the exa- framed? Was ever 'any one put to answer any mination of Robert Bidgood, w. Cole, F. Lloyd, charge, and decidedly to contradict it, or suband Mrs. Lisle, several strong circumstances of this mit to have it credited against him, which was description, have been positively sworn to by conceived in such terms without the means of witnesses, who cannot, in the judgment of the ascertaining what these things are, except as Commissioners, be suspected of any unfavourable conjecture may enable me to surmise, to what bias, and whose veracity in this RESPECT, they parts of the examinations of the four witnesses on bad seen no ground to question.” They then state whom they particularly rely, they attach the imthat “on the precise bearing and effect of the portance and the weight which seem to them facts thus appearing, it is not for them to de- to justify these dark and ambiguous censures on cide, these they submit to your Majesty's wis. my conduct? But such as they are, and whatdom. But they conceive it to be their duty to ever they may be, they must, your Majesty “is report on this part of the Inquiry, as distinctly told, be credited unless they are decidedly conas on the former facts; that as, on the one hand, tradicted.- -Circumstances respecting Captain the facts of pregnancy and delivery are, in their Manby, indeed are particularized; but referring minds satisfactorily disproved, so on the other to the depositions which apply to him, they hand they think, that the circumstances to which contain much matter of opinion, of hearsay, of they now refer, particularly those stated to have suspicion. Are these hearsays, are these copipassed between Her Royal Highness and Captain nions, are these suspicions and conjectures of these Manby, must be credited until they shall receive witnesses to be believed against me, upless de. some decisive contradiction, and if true, are justly cidedly contradicted? How can I decidedly entitled to the most serious consideration." contradict another person's opinion ? I may Your Majesty will not fail to observe, that the reason against its justice, but how can I conCommissioners have entered into the examina- tradict it? Or how can I decidedly contradict tion of this part of the case, and have reported any thing which is not precisely specitied, nor upon it, not merely as evidence in confirmation distinctly known to me? Your Majesty will of the charges of pregnancy and delivery which also observe that the Report states that it is not they have completely negatived and disposed of, for the Commissioners to decide upon the but as containing substantive matters of charge bearing and effect of these facts; these are left in itself.—That they consider it indeed as re- for your Majesty's decisiou. But they add, that lating to points “of the same nature, but going if true, they are justly entitled to the most " to a much less extent,” not therefore as con- serious consideration. I cannot, Sire, but colstituting actual crime, but as amounting to lect from these passages, an intimation that “ improprieties and indecencies of behaviour, some further proceedings may be meditated. And

aggravated by the exalted rank which I hold," perhaps, if 'I acted with perfect prudence. as.occasioning unfavourable interpretations," seeing how much reason I have to fear, from the and as “ eutitled to the most serious considera fabrications of falsehood, I ought to have tion. And when they also state that it is not waited till I knew whát course, civil or criminal, for them to decide on their precise bearing and your Majesty might be advised to pursue before effect, I think I am justified in concluding that I offered any observations or answer. To this they could not class them under any known alternative however I am driven. I must head of crime; as, in that case, upon their either remain silent, and reserve my defence, bearing and effect they would have been fully leaving the imputation to operate most injucompetent to bave pronounced.- -1 have, to a riously and fatally to my character; or I mnst, degree, already stated to your Majesty, the un- by entering into a defence against so extended precedented bardship to which I conceive myself a charge, expose myself with ' much greater to have been exposed, by this ex parte Inquiry hazard to any future attacks. But the fear of into the decoram of my private conduct, I have possible danger, to arise from the perverted already stated the prejudice done to my charac-interpretation of my answer, cannot induce me ter, by this recorded censure, from which I can to acquiesce under the certain mischief of the have no appeal; and I press these considerations unjust censure and judgment which stands against


me, as it were, recorded in this Report. I shall | in other respects? Is it meant to be insinuated therefore, at whatever hazard, proceed to that they saw reason to question their veracity, submit to your Majesty, in whose justice I have not in respect of an unfavourable bias, but of a the most satisfactory reliance, my auswer and bias in my favour? I cannot impute to them my observations upon this part of the case. such an insinuation, because I am satisfied that And here, Sire, I cannot forbear again pre- the Commissioners would never have intended suming to state to your Majesty, that it is not to insinuate any thing so directly contrary to a little hard, that the Commissioners (who state the truth.---- The wituesses specifically pointed in the beginning of their Report, that certain out, as thus particularly deserviug of credit, are particulars, in themselves, extremely suspicious, W. Cole, R. Bidgood, F. Lloyd, and Mrs. were, in the judgment which they had formed Lisle. With respect to Mrs. Lisle, I trust your upon them, before they entered into the parti. Majesty will perwit me to make my observations calars of the Inquiry, rendered still more sus- upon her examination, as distinctly and separatepicious from being connected with the assertion ly, as I possibly cau, from the others. Because, of pregnancy and delivery) should have made as I ever had, and have now, as much as ever, Bo observation upon the degree in which that the most perfect respect for Mrs. Lisle, I would suspicion must be proportionably abated, when avoid the possibility of having it imagined that those assertions of pregnancy and delivery, have such observations, as I shall be under the absobeen completely falsified and disproved; that lute necessity of making, upon the other witthey should make vo remark upon the fact, that nesses, could be intended, in any degree, to all the witnesses (with the exception of Mrs. be applied to her. With respect to Cole, Lisle), on whom they specifically rely, were Bidgood, and Lloyd, they have all lived in their every one of them, brought forward by the places for a long time; they had lived with His principal informers, for the purpose of support Royal Higbness the Prince of Wales before he ing the false statement of Lady Douglas; that married, and were appointed by him to situathey are the witnesses therefore of persons, tions abont me; Cole and Lloyd immediately whom, after the complete falsification of their upon my marriage, and Bidgood very shortly charge, I am justified in describing as conspi. afterwards. I know not whether from this cirrators who have been detected in supporting cumstance they may consider themselves as not their conspiracy by their own perjury. And owing that widivided duty and regard to me, surely where a conspiracy, to fix a charge upon which servants of my own appointment might an individual, has been plainly detected, the possibly have felt; but if I knew nothing more witnesses of those who have been so detected of them than that they had consented to be voin that conspiracy,--witnesses that are brought luntarily examined, for the purpose of support. forward to support this false charge, ---cannot ing the statement of Lady Douglas on a charge stand otherwise than considerably atfected in so deeply affecting my honour, without commutheir credit, by their connexion with those who nicating to me the fact of such examination, are detected in that conspiracy. But instead of your Majesty would not, I am sure, be snrpointing out this circumstance, as calling, at prised, to find, that I saw, in that circumstance least for some degree of caution and reserve, in alone, sufficient to raise sone suspicions of an considering the testimony of these witnesses, unfavourable bias. But when I find Cole, parthe Report on the contrary, holds them up as ticularly, submitting to this secret and voluntary worthy of particular credit, as witnesses, who, examination against me, no less than four times, in the judgment of the Commissioners, cannot and when I found, during the pendency of this be suspected of unfavourable bias ; whose ve Inquiry before the Commissioners, that one of racity, in that respect, they have seen no ground them, R. Bidgood, was so far connected, and in to question; and who must be credited till they league, with Sir John and Lady Douglas, as to receive some decided contradiction.Now, have communication with the latter, I thought I Sire, I feel the fullest confidence that I shall saw the proof of such decided hostility and conprove to your Majesty's most perfect satisfac. federacy against me, that I felt obliged to order tion, that all of these witnesses (of course I still the discontinuance of his attendance at my house exclude Mrs. Lisle) are under the intluence, and till further orders. Of the real bias of their exhibit the symptoms of the most unfavourable minds, however, with respect to me, your bias ;-that their veracity is in every respect to Majesty will be better able to judge from the be doubted ;-and that they cannot, by any can consideration of their evidence.—– The imputadid and attentive mind, be deemed worthy of tions which I collect to be considered as cast the least degree of credit; upon this charge, upon me, by these several witnesses, are too your Majesty will easily conceive, how great great familiarity and intimacy with several genmy surprise and astonishment must have been tlemen,-Sir Sidney Smith, Mr. Lawrence, Capat this part of the Report. I am indeed a little tain Manby, and I know not whether the same at a loss to know, whether I understand the are not meant to be extended to Lord Hood, passage, which I have cited from the Report. Mr. Chester, and Captain Moore.----With * The witnesses in the judgment of the Commis- your Majesty's permission, therefore, I will “sioners, are not to be suspected of unfavour- examine the depositions of the witnesses, as 4 able bias, and their veracity in that respect they respect these several gentlemen, in their

they have seen no reason to question." What order, keeping the evidence, which is applicable is meant by their having seen no reason to to each case, as distinct from the others, as I suspect their veracity in that respect? Do can.--And I will begin with those which they mean, what the qualification seems to respect Sir Sidney Smith, as he is the person imply, that they have seen reason to question it first mentioned in the deposition of W. Cole,


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