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dence, by which they state that it was proved
that the child was, beyond all doubt, born in
Brownlow-street Hospital, on 11th July, 1802,
of the body of Sophia Austin, and brought to
my house in the month of November following.
"Neither should we," they add, "be more
"warranted in expressing any doubt respecting
"the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, as
"stated in the original declarations; a fact so
"fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses,
"to whom, if true, it must, in various ways,
“ have been known, that we cannot think it
"titled to the smallest credit." Then, after
stating that they have annexed the depositions
from which they have collected these opinions,
they add-"We humbly offer to your Majesty
66 our clear and unanimous judgment upon them,
“formed on full deliberation, and pronounced
" without hesitation, on the result of the whole
"Inquiry.". These two most important facts,
therefore, which are charged against me, being
so fully, and satisfactorily, disposed of, by the
unanimous and clear judgment of the Commis
sioners; being so fully and completely disproved
by the evidence which the Commissioners col-
lected, I might, perhaps, in your Majesty's
judgment, appear well justified, in passing them
by without any observation of mine.-But
though the observations which I shall make shall
be very few, yet I cannot forbear just dwelling
upon this part of the case, for a few minutes;
because, if I do not much deceive myself, upon
every principle which can govern the human
mind, in the investigation of the truth of any
charge, the fate of this part of the accusation
must have decisive weight upon the determina-
tion of the remainder. I therefore must beg to
remark, that Sir John Douglas swears to my
having appeared, some time after our acquaint-
ance had commenced, to be with child, and that
one day I leaned on the sofa, and put my hand
upon my stomach, and said, " Sir John, I shall
"never be Queen of England;" and he said,
"not if you don't deserve," and I seemed angry
at first.

nion of my pregnancy, to convey a meaning most contrary to that which I could by possibility have intended to convey, but which it was necessary that he should impute to me, to give the better colour to this false accusation.As to Sir John Douglas, however, when he swears to the appearances of my pregnancy, he possibly might be only mistakeu. Not that mistake will excuse or diminish the guilt of so scandalous a falsehood upon oath. But for Lady Douglas there cannot be even such an excuse. Indepen en-dent of all those extravagant confessions which she falsely represents me to have made, she states, upon her own observation and know. ledge, that I was pregnant in the year 1802. Now, in the habits of intercourse and intimacy, with which I certainly did live with her, at that time, she could not be mistaken as to that fact. It is impossible, therefore, that in swearing. positively to that fact, which is so positively disproved, she can fail to appear to your Ma jesty to be wilfully and deliberately forsworn. As to the conversations which she asserts to have passed between us, I am well aware, that those, who prefer her word to mine, will not be satisfied to disbelieve her upon my bare denial; nor, perhaps, upon the improbability and extravagance of the supposed conversations themselves. But as to the facts of pregnancy and delivery, which are proved to be false, in by so many witnesses, the words of the report, " "to whom, if true, they must in various ways have been known," no person living can doubt that the crime of adultery and treason, as proved by those facts, has been attempted to be fixed upon me, by the deliberate and wilful falsehood of this my most forward accuser. And when it is once established, as it is, that my pregnancy and delivery are all Sir John and Lady Douglas's invention, I should imagine that my confessions of a pregnancy which never existed; my confession of a delivery which never took place; my confession of having suckled a child which I never bore, will hardly be be 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 John 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 astoright 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, upon 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 an opinion, but to report it to your Majesty pates to me, my memory will not enable me, 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 subject 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, intend-nounce 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 ever, forbear to notice this passage in Sir John's the reputation of the Princess of Wales, seem, -In the part examination, because it must serve to demon- indispensably to have demanded.strate to your Majesty how words, in themselves of the Report already referred to, the particu most 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

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no further upon your Majesty at present, than to point out, in passing this part of the Report, the just foundations which it affords me for making the complaint.- -Your Majesty will also, I am persuaded, not fail to remark the strange obscurity and reserve, the mysterious darkness, with which the Report here expresses itself; and every one must feel how this aggravates the severity and cruelty of the censure, by rendering it impossible distinctly and specifically to meet it. The Commissioners state indeed that some things are proved against me, which must be credited till they shall receive a decisive contradiction, but what those things are they do not state. They are "particulars and circum"stances which, especially considering my ex"alted rank, must give occasion to the most un"favourable interpretations. They are several

disposed of, are, as I have already observed, | variously described by the Commissioners; as, "matters of great impropriety and indecency of "behaviour;" as "other particulars in them"selves extremely suspicious, and still more so, "when connected with the assertions already " mentioned," and as "points of the same na"ture, though going to a much less extent." But they do not become the subject of particular attention in the Report, till after the Comanissioners had concluded that part of it, in which they give so decisive an opinion against the truth of the charge upon the two material facts. They then proceed to state-"That they cannot close their report there," much as they could wish it; that besides the allegations of the pregnancy and delivery of the Princess, those declarations on the whole of which your Majesty 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 anwithout 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 nination 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 had 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 opipassed 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, unless 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 specified, 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 decision. 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 "entitled 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 what 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 réserve my defence, bearing and effect they would have been fully leaving the imputation to operate most injucompetent to have pronounced.—I have, to a riously and fatally to my character; or I must, degree, already stated to your Majesty, the un- by entering into a defence against so extended precedented hardship 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 decorum 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

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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 witnesses specifically pointed in the beginning of their Report, that certain ont, as thus particularly deserving 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 permit me to make my observations culars 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, no 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 abso◄ been completely falsified and disproved; that lute necessity of making, upon the other witthey should make no 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 Highness 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 about 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 undivided 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 supportforward to support this false charge,cannot ing the statement of Lady Bouglas on a charge stand otherwise than considerably affected 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 sur pointing 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 some 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 exclude Mrs. Lisle) are under the influence, and exhibit the symptoms of the most unfavourable bias;-that their veracity is in every respect to be doubted :—and that they cannot, by any candid and attentive mind, be deemed worthy of the least degree of credit; upon this charge, your Majesty will easily conceive, how great my surprise and astonishment must have been at this part of the Report. I am indeed a little at a loss to know, whether I understand the passage, which I have cited from the Report. "The witnesses in the judgment of the Commis“sioners, are not to be suspected of unfavour"able bias, and their veracity in that respect "they have seen no reason to question." What is meant by their having seen no reason to suspect their veracity in that respect? Do they mean, what the qualification seems to imply, that they have seen reason to question it

the discontinuance of his attendance at my house till further orders. Of the real bias of their minds, however, with respect to me, your Majesty will be better able to judge from the consideration of their evidence.The imputations which I collect to be considered as cast upon me, by these several witnesses, are too great familiarity and intimacy with several gentlemen,-Sir Sidney Smith, Mr. Lawrence, Čaptain Manby, and I know not whether the same are not meant to be extended to Lord Hood, Mr. Chester, and Captain Moore.With your Majesty's permission, therefore, I will examine the depositions of the witnesses, as they respect these several gentlemen, in their order, keeping the evidence, which is applicable to each case, as distinct from the others, as I can. And I will begin with those which respect Sir Sidney Smith, as he is the person first mentioned in the deposition of W. Cole,

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"that Sir Sidney Smith first | friends, Sir John and Lady Douglas, in my neighbourhood on Blackheath, gave the opportunity of his increasing his acquaintance with me. It happened also that about this time I fitted up, as your Majesty may have observed, one of the rooms in my house after the fashion of a Turkish tent. Sir Sidney furnished me with a pattern for it, in a drawing of a tent of Murat Bey, which he had brought over with him from Egypt. And he taught me how to draw Egyptian Arabesques, which were neces sary for the ornaments of the ceiling; this may have occasioned, while that room was fitting up, several visits, and possibly some, though I do not recollect them, as early in the morning as Mr. Bidgood mentions. I believe also that it has happened more than once, that, walking with my ladies in the Park, we have met Sir Sidney Smith, and that he has come in, with us, through the gate from the Park. My ladies may have gone up to take off their cloaks, or to dress, and have left me alone with him: and, at some one of these times, it may very possibly have happened that Mr. Cole and Mr. Bidgood may have seen him, when he has not come through the waiting room, nor been let in by any of the footmen. But I solemnly declare to your Majesty that I have not the least idea or belief that he ever had a key of the gate into the Park, or that he ever entered in or passed out, at that gate, except in company with myself and my ladies. As for the circumstance of my permitting him to be in the room alone with if suffering a man to be so alone is evidence of guilt, from whence the Commissioners can draw any unfavourable inference, I must leave them to draw it. For I cannot deny that it has happened, and happened frequently; not only with Sir Sidney Smith, but with many, many others; gentlemen who have visited me; tradesmen who have come to receive my orders; masters whom I have had to instruct me, in painting, in music, in English, &c. that I have received them without any one being by. In short, I trust I am not confessing a crinie, for unquestionably it is a truth, that I never had an idea that there was any thing wrong, or objectionable, in thus seeing men, in the morning, and I confidently believe your Majesty will see nothing in it, from which any guilt can be inferred. I feel certain that there is nothing immoral in the thing itself; and I have always understood, that it was perfectly customary and usual for ladies of the first rank, and the first character, in the country, to receive the visits of gentlemen in a morning, though they might be themselves alone at the time. But, if, in the opinions and fashions of this country, there should be more impropriety ascribed to it, than what it ever entered into my mind to conceive, I hope your Majesty, and every candid mind, will make allowance for the different notions which my foreign education and foreign habits may have given me.But whatever character may belong to this practice, it is not a practice which commenced after my leaving Carleton House. While there, and from my first arrival in this country, I was accustomed, with the knowledge of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and without his ever having hinted to me the slightest disapprobation, to receive lessons from various masters, for my amusement and improvement; I was attended by them frequently, from twelve o'clock till five in the afternoon; --Mr. Atwood for music, Mr. Geffadiere for

-W. Cole says, visited at Montague House in 1802; that he observed that the Princess was too familiar with Sir Sidney Smith. One day, he thinks in February, he (Cole) carried into the Blue Room to the Princess some sandwiches which she had ordered, and was surprised to see that Sir Sidney was there. He must have come in from the Park. If he had been let in from Blackheath he must have passed through the room in which he (Cole) was waiting. When he had left the sandwiches, he returned, after some time, into the room, and Sir Sidney Smith was sitting very close to the Princess on the sofa; he (Cole) looked at Her Royal Highness, she caught his eye, and saw that he noticed the manner in which they were sitting together, they appeared both a little confused." R. Bidgood says also, in his deposition on the 6th of June, (for he was examined twice)" that it was early in 1802 that he first observed Sir Sidney Smith come to Montague House. He used to stay very late at night; he had seen him early in the morning there; about ten or eleven o'clock. He was at Sir John Douglas's, and was in the habit as well as Sir John and Lady Douglas of dining or having luncheon, or supping there every day. He saw Sir Sidney Smith one day in 1802 in the Blue Room, about 11 o'clock in the morning, which was full two hours before they expected ever to see company. He asked the servants why they did not let him know that Sir Sidney Smith was there; the footmen told him that they had let no person in. There was a private door to the Park, by which he might have come in if he had a key to it, and have got into the Blue Room without any of the servants perceiving him. And in his second deposition taken on the Sd of July, he says he lived at Montague House when Sir Sidney came. Her (the Princess's) manner with him appeared very familiar; she appeared very attentive to him, but he did not suspect any thing further. Mrs. Lisle says that the Princess at one time appeared to like Sir John and Lady Douglas. "I have seen Sir Siduey Smith 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."- Fanny Lloyd does not mention Sir Siduey Smith in her deposition. Upon the whole of this evidence then, which is the whole that respects Sir Sidney Smith, in any of these depositions (except some particular passages in Cole's evidence which are so important as to require very particular and distinct statement) I would request your Majesty to understand that, with respect to the fact of Sir Sidney Smith's visiting frequently at Montague House, both with Sir John and Lady Douglas, and without them; with respect to his being frequently there, at luncheon, dinner, aud supper; and staying with the rest of the company till twelve, one o'clock, or even sometimes later, if these are some of the facts" which must "give occasion to unfavourable interpretations, "and must be credited till they are contra"dicted;" they are facts, which I never can contradict for they are perfectly true. And I trust it will imply the confession of no guilt, to admit that Sir Sidney Smith's conversation, his account of the various and extraordinary events, and heroic achievements in which he had been concerned, amused and interested me; and the circumstance of his living so much with his

English, Mr. Tourfronelli for painting, Mr. | sandwiches to have been brought in, or any other Tutoye for imitating marble, Mr. Elwes for the act to have been done, which must have brought harp. I saw them all alone; and indeed, if I myself under the notice of my servants, while I were to see them at all, I could do no otherwise continued in a situation which I thought improthan see them alone. Miss Garth, who was then per and wished to conceal. Any of the cireumsub-governess to my daughter, lived, certainly, stances of this visit, to which this part of the deunder the same roof with me, but she could not position refers, my memory does not enable me be spared from her duty and attendance on my in the least degree to particularize and recal. daughter. I desired her sometimes to come Mr. Cole may have seen me sitting on the same down stairs, and read to me, during the time when sofa with Sir Sidney Smith; nay, I have no I drew or painted, but my Lord Cholmondely in- doubt he must have seen me, over and over formed me that this could not be. I then re- again, not only with Sir Sidney Smith, but with quested that I might have one of my bed-cham- other gentlemen, sitting upon the same sofa; ber women to live constantly at Carleton Honse, and I trust your Majesty will feel it the hardest that I might have her at call whenever I wanted thing imaginable, that I should be called upon to her; but I was answered that it was not cus- account what corner of a sofa I sat upon four tomary, that the attendants of the Royal Family years ago, and how close Sir Sidney Smith was should live with them in town; so that request sitting to me. I can only solemnly aver to your could not be complied with. But, independent Majesty, that my conscience supplies me with of this, I never conceived that it was offensive to the fullest means of confidently assuring you, the fashions and manners of the country to receive that I never permitted Sir Sidney Smith to sit gentlemen who might call upon me in a morning, on any sofa with me in any manner, which, in whether I had or had not any one with me; and my own judgment, was in the slightest degree of it never occurred to me to think that there was fensive to the strictest propriety and decorum. either impropriety or indecorum in it, at that In the judgment of many persons, perhaps, a time, nor in continuing the practice at Montague Princess of Wales should at no time forget the House. But this has been confined to morning elevation of her rank, or descend in any degree visits, in no private apartments in my house, but to the familiarities and intimacies of private life. in my drawing-room, where my ladies have at all Under any circumstances, this would be a hard times free access, and as they usually take their condition to be annexed to her situation. Under luncheon with me, except when they are engaged the circumstances in which it lias been my miswith visitors or pursuits of their own, it could fortune to have lost the necessary support to the but rarely occur that I could be left with any diguity and station of a Princess of Wales, to gentleman alone for any length of time, unless have assumed and maintained an unbending digthere were something, in the known and avowed nity would have been impossible, and if possible, business, which might occasion his waiting upon could hardly have been expected from me.me, that would fully account for the circum- After these observations, Sire, I must now restance. I trust your Majesty will excuse the quest your Majesty's attention to those written length at which I have dwelt upon this topic. I declarations which are mentioned in the Report, perceived, from the examinations, that it had and which I shall never be able sufficiently to been much inquired after, and I felt it necessary thank your Majesty for having condescended, in to represent it in its true light. And the candour compliance with my earnest request, to order to of your Majesty's mind will, I am confident, be transmitted to me. From observations upon suggest that those who are the least conscious of those declarations themselves, as well as upon intending guilt, are the least suspicious of having comparing them with the depositions made beit imputed to them; and therefore that they do fore the Commissioners, your Majesty will see not think it necessary to guard themselves at the strongest reason for discrediting the testimony every turn with witnesses to prove their inno- of W. Cole, as well as others of these witnesses, cence, fancying their character to be safe as long whose credit stands, in the opinion of the Com as their conduct is innocent, and that guilt will missioners, so unimpeachable. They supply imnot be imputed to them from actions quite indif- portant observations, even with respect to that ferent. The deposition, however, of Mr. part of Mr. Cole's evidence which I'am now, Cole, is not confined to my being alone with Sir considering, though in no degree equal in imSidney Smith; the circumstances in which he ob-portance to those which I shall afterwards have served us together he particularizes, and states occasion to notice.Your Majesty will please his opinion. He introduces, indeed, the whole to observe, that there are no less than four differof the evidence, by saying that I was too familiar ent examinations, or declarations, of Mr. Cole. with Sir Sidney Smith; but as I trust I am not They are dated on the 11th, 14th, and 30th of Jayet so far degraded as to have my character de-nuary, and on the 23rd of February. In these cided by the opinion of Mr. Cole, I shall not comment upon that observation. He then proceeds to describe the scene which he observed on the day when he brought in the sandwiches, which I trust your Majesty did not fail to notice, I had myself ordered to be brought in--for there is an obvious insinuation that Sir Sidney must have come in through the Park, and that there was great impropriety in his being alone with me: and at least the witness's own story proves, whatever impropriety there might be in this stance, that I was not conscious of it, nor meant to take advantage of his clandestine entry from the Park, to conceal the fact from my servant's observation; for if I had had such consciousness, or such meaning, I never could have ordered

four different declarations, he twice mentions the circumstance of finding Sir Sidney Smith and myself on the sofa, and he mentions it not only in a different manner at each of those times, but at both of them in a manner which materially differs from his deposition before the Commissioners. In his declaration on the 11th of January, he says, that he found us in so familiar a posture, as to alarm him very much, which he expressed by a start back and a look at the gencircum-tleman.In that dated on the 22d of February, however (being asked, I suppose, as to that which he had dared to assert, of the familiar posture which had alarmed him so much), hẹ says, "there was nothing particular in our dress, position of legs, or arms, that was extraordinary;

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