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but it conld have been but ten minutes, as she the audience was required for the purpose of res appears to have been absent twenty minutes the monstrance and explanation upon this circumsecond time. The Commissioners, though they stance; and as I was determined not to alter my particularly return to the inquiry with respect to resolution, por admit of any discussion upon it, the length of time of her second absence, did I requested His Royal Highness, who happened not require her to tell them the occasion of it; to be acquainted with Sir Sidney Smitli, to try if they bad, she would have told them, that it to prevent my having any further trouble upon was in search of the same book; that having on the subject. His Royal Highness saw Sir Sidney the first occasion looked for it in the drawing. Smith, and being impressed by him with the beroom, she went afterwards to see for it in Mrs. lief of Lady Douglas's story, that I was the anFitzgerald's room. But I made him a present of thor of these anonymous letters, he did that an inkstand. I hope your Majesty will not think wbich naturally became him, under such belief; I am trifling with your patience when I take no he endeavoured, for the peace of your Majesty, tice of such trifles. But it is of such trifles as and the hononr of the Royal Family, to keep these that the evidence consists, when it is the from the knowledge of the world what, if it had evidence of respectable witnesses speaking to been trne, would have justly reflected such infifacts, and, consequer*ly, speaking only the truth. vite disgrace upon me; and, it seems, from the Captain Moore had conferred on me what I felt narrative, that he procured, through Sir Sidney as a considerable obligation. My Mother is very Smith, Sir Joba Douglas's assurance that he partial to the late Dr. Moore's writings. . Cap. would, under existing circumstances, remain tain Moore, as your Majesty knows, is his son, gniet, if left unmolested. “ This result (His and be promised to lend me, for the purpose of Royal Highness says), he communicated to me sending it to my mother, a manuscript of an in- the following day, and I seemed satisfied with published work of the Doctor's. In return for it.” Anil, undoubtedly, as he only communithis civility, I begged his acceptance of a trifiing cated the result to me, I could not be otherwise present. There is one circumstance alluded than satisfied : for as all that I wanted was, pot to in these examinations, which I know not how to be obliged to see Sir John and Lady Donglas, to notice, and yet feel it impossible to omit: I and not to be troubled by them any more, the mean what respects certain anonymous papers or result of His Royal Highness's interference, letters, markod A. B. and C., to which Lord through Sir Siduey Smith, was to procure me ali Cholmondeley appears to have been examined, that I wanted. I do not wonder that His Royal upon the supposition of their being my hand- High'ess did not mention to me the particulars writing. A letter marked A. appears, by the ex- of these infamons letters and drawings, which amination of Lady Douglas, to have been pro- were ascribed to me; for, as long as be believed duced by her; and the two papers marked B. they were mine, undoubtedly it was a subject and a cover marked C. appear to have been pro- which he must have wished to avoid; but I laduced by Sir Joho. These papers I have never ment, as it happens, that he did not, as I should seen; but I collect them to be the same as are have satisfied him as far, at least, as any asseralluded to in Lady Douglas's original declaration; tions of mine could have satisfied bin, by deand, from her representation of them, they are claring to him, as I do now most solemnly, that most infamons productions. From the style and the letter is not mine, and that I know nothing language of the letter, she says, Sir John Doug. whatever of the contents of it, or of the other las, Sir Sydney Smith, and herself, would have papers; and I trust that His Royal Highness, no manner of hesitation in swearing point blauk and every one eise who may have taken up any (for that is her phrase) to their being in my hand false impression concerning them to my prejuwriting: and it seems, from the statement of His dice, from the assertion of Sir John and Lady Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, that Sir Syd- Douglas, will, upon my assertion, and the eviney Smith had been imposed upon to believe, dence of Lord Cholmondeley, remove from their that these letters and papers were really written minds this calumnious falsehood, wlich, with and sent to Sir John and Lady Douglas by me. many others, the malice of Sir John and Lady I cannot help, however, remarking to your Ma- Douglas has endeavoured to fasten upon me. jesty, that thongli Sir John and Lady Douglas To all these papers Lady Douglas states, in her prodnce these papers, and mark them, yet nei. Declaration, that not only herself and Sir John ther the one nor the other swears to their belief Douglas, but Sir Sidney Smith, would bave no of my band-writing; it does not, indeed, appear, hesitation in swearing to be in my hand-writing. that they were asked the question ; and when it What says Lord Cholmondeley? " That he is peronce occurred to the Commissioners to be ma- fectly acquainted with my manner of writing. terial to inquire whose hand-writing these papers Letter A. is not of my hand-writing; that the were, I should have been much surprised at their two papers marked B. appear to be wrote in a not applying to Sir John and Lady Douglas to disguised hand; that some of the letters in them swear it, as in their original declaration they of remarkably resemble nine, but, because of the fer to do, if it had not been that, by that time, I disguise, he cannot say whether they are or not: suppose, the Commissioners had satisfied them- as to the cover marked C. he did not see the selves of the true value of Sir John and Lady same resemblance.” Of these four papers (all Douglass oaths, and therefore did not think it of which are stated by Lady Douglas to be so worth while to ask them any further questions. clearly and plainly mine, that there can be no

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, as ap- hesitation upon the subject), two bear no repears by his narrative, was convinced, by Sir semblance io it; and although the other two, Sidney Smith, that these letters came from me, written in a disguised hand, have some letters reHis Royal Highness bad been applied to by me, markably resembling mine, yet, I trust, I shall in consequence of my having received a formal not, upon such evidence, be subjected to so base note from Sir John, Lady Douglas, and Sir Sid. an imputation; and really, Sire, I know not how Dey Smitli, requesting an audience immediately: to account for the Commissioners examining and this was soon after my having desired to see no reporting upon this subject in this manner. For more of Lady Douglas. I conceived, therefore, I understand from Mrs. Fitzgerald, that these drawings were produced by the Commissioners | the compass of their Inquiries--that they would to her; and that she was examined as to her not Be warranted in expressing any doubt reknowledge of them, and as to the hand-writing specting the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, upon them; that she was satisfied, and swore as stated in the original declarations, a fact so that they were not my hand-writing, and that fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, to she knew nothing of them, and did not believe whom, if true, it must in various ways have they conld possibly come from any lady in my been known, that we cannot think i entitled to house. She was shewn the seal also, which Lady the smallest credit.”- There are, indeed, some Douglas, in her Declaration, says, was the other matters mentioned in the original declara

identical one with which I had summoned Sir tions, which I might have found it necessary to “ John Douglas to luncheon.” To this seal, observe upon; but as the Commissioners do not though it so much resembled one that belonged appear to have entered into any examination to herself, as to make her hesitate till she had with respect to them, I content myself with particularly observed it, she was at last as posi- thinking that they had found the means of satistive as to the hand-writing; and having expressed fying themselves of the utter falsehood of those herself with some feeling and indignation at the particulars, and, therсtore, that they can require supposition, that either I, herself, or any of my do contradiction or observation from me.- -On ladies, could be guilty of so foul a transaction, the declaration, therefore, and the evidence, I the Conimissioners tell her they were satisfied bave nothing further to remark. And, conscious and believed her; and there is not one word of of the length at which I have trespassed on your all this related in her examinatiou.--Now, if Majesty's patience, I will forbear to waste your their Lordships were satisfied from this, or any time by any endeavour to recapitulate what I other circumstance, that these letters were not have said. Some few observations, however, my writing, and did not come from me, I canuot before I conclude, I must hope to be permitted account for their not preserving any trace of to subjoin.In many of the observations Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence on this poiut, and which I have made, your Majesty will observe leaving it out of their inquiry altogether; but, if that I have noticed, what have appeared to me they thought proper to preserve any evidence to be great omissions on the part of the Comupon it, to make it the subject of any examina- missioners, in the manner of taking their examition, surely they should not bave left it on Lord nations; in forbearing to pnt any questions to the Cholmondeley's alone; but I ought to have had witnesses, in the nature of a cross-examination the benefit of Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence also; of them; to confront them with each other; and but, as I said before, they take no notice of her to call other witnesses, whose testimony must evidence; nay, they finish their Report, they either have confirmed or falsified, in important execnte it according to the date it bears upon particulars, the examinations as they have taken the 14th of July, and it is not until two days af- them. It may perlaps occur, in consequence of terwards, namely, on the 16th, that they ex. such observations, that I am desirous that this amined Lord Cholnjondeley to the hand-writing Inquiry should be opened again; that the Com---with what view, and for what purpose, I can- missioners should recommence their labours, and not even surmise; but with whatever view, and that they should proceed to supply the defects in for whatever purpose, if these letters are at all their previous examinations, by a fuller executo be alluded to in their Report, or the exami- tion of their duty. I therefore think it necesnations accompanying it, surely I onght to have sary, most distinctly and emphatically to state, had the benefit of the other evidence, which dis- that I have no such meaning; and whatever may proved my connexion with them.--I have now, be the risk that I may incur of being charged Sire, gone through all the matters contained in with betraying a consciousness of guilt, by thus the examination, on which I think it, in any de- flying froni au extension or repetition of this Io. gree, necessary to trouble your Majesty with quiry, I must distinctly state, that so far from any observations. For as to the examination of requesting the revival of it, I humbly request Mrs. Townley the washerwoman, if it applies at your Majesty would be graciously pleased to un. all, it must have been intended to have afforded derstand me as remonstrating and protesting evidence of my pregnancy and miscarriage.-- against it, in the strongest and most solemn mauAnd whether the circumstances she speaks to ner in my power.--I am yet to learn the lewas occasioned by my having been bied with gality of such a Commission to inquire, even in leeches, or whether an actual miscarriage did the case of High Treason, or any other crime take place in my family, and by some means knowu to the laws of the country. "If it is lawful linen belonging to me was procured and used in the case of High Treason, supposed to be upon the occasion, or to whatever other circum. committed by me, surely it must be lawful also stance it is to be ascribed, after the manner in in the case of High Treason, supposed to be which the Commissioners have expressed their committed by other subjects of your Majesty. opinion, on the part of the case respecting my -That there is much objection to it, in reasupposed pregnancy, and after the evidence on son and principle, my understanding assures me. which they formed their opinion, I do not con- That such Inquiries, carried on upon ex parle ceive myself called upon to say any thing upon examination, and a Report of the result by pera it; or that any thing I could say could be more sons of high authority, may, day must, have a satisfactory than repeating the opinion of the tendency to prejudice the character of the parn Commissioners, as stated in their Report, viz. ties who are exposed to them, and thereby influe “ That nothing had appeared to them which ence the further proceedings in their case ;would warrant the belief that I was pregnant in that are calculated to keep back from notice, that year (1804), or at any other period within and in security, the person of a false accuser,


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and to leave the accused in the predicament of to my dearest interests, most solemnly to remonneither being able to look forward for protec- strate and to protest against them. If such tion to an acquittal of himself, nor for redress to tribunals as these are called into action against the conviction of his accnser. That these and me, by the false charges of friends tarned ene many other objections occur to such a mode of mies, of servants turved traitors, and acting as proceeding, in the case of a crime known to the spies, by the foul conspiracy of such social and laws of this country, appears to be quite obvi- domestic treason, I can look to no security to ous. But if Commissioners acting under such a my honour in the most spotless and most cau. power, or your Majesty's Privy Council, or any tious innocence. regular Magistrates, when they have satisfied By the contradiction and denial which in this themselves of the falsehood of the principal case I have been enabled to procure, of the most charge, and the absence of all legal and sub- important facts which have been sworn against stantive offence, are to be considered as empow. me by Mr. Cole and Mr. Bidgood ;-by the ob. ered to proceed in the examination of the parti- servations and the reasonings which I have ad. culars of private life; to report upon the pro- dressed to your Majesty, I am confident, that to prieties of domestic conduci, and the decorunus those whose sense of justice will lead them to of private behaviour, and to pronounce their wade through this long detail, I shall have reopinion against the party, upon the evidence of moved the impressions which have been raised dissatisfied servants, whose veracity they are to against me. But how am I to ensure a patient hold up as unimpeachable; and to do this with attention to all this statement? How many will out permitting the persons, whose conduct is in- hear that the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief quired into, to suggest one word in explanation Justice of the King's Bench, the First Lord of or contradiction of the matter with which they the Treasury, and one of your Majesty's Princi. ebarged: it would, I submit to your Majesty, pal Secretaries of State, have reported against prove such an attack upon the security and con- me, upon evidence which they have declared to fidence of domestic life, such a means of record- be unbiassed and unquestionable ; who will nee ing, under the sanction of great names and high ver have the opportunity, or if they had the authority, the most malicious and foulest impu- opportunity, might not have the inclination, to tations, that no character could possibly be se- correct the error of that Report, by the exami. eure; and would do more to break in upon and nation of my statement.--I feel, therefore, undermine the liappiness and comfort of life, that by this proceeding, my character has rethan any proceeding which could be imagined. ceived essential injury. For a Princess of Wales

- The public in general, perhaps, may feel not to have been placed in a situation, in which it much interest in the establishment of such a was essential to her honour to request one genprecedent in my case. They may think it to be tleman to swear, that he was not locked up at à course of proceeding, scarcely applicable to midnight in a room with hier alone : and another, any private subject : yet, if once such a court of that he did not give her a lascivious salute, and honoor, of decency, and of manners, was esta- never slept in her house, is to have been ac. blished, many subjects might occur, to which it tually degraded and disgraced. I have been, might be thought advisable to extend its juris. Sire, placed in this situation, I have been diction, beyond the instance of a Princess of cruelly, your Majesty will permit me to say so, Wales. But slionld it be intended to be confined cruelly degraded into the necessity of making to me, your Majesty, I trust, will not be sur

such requests. A necessity which I never could prised to find that it does not reconcile me the have been exposed to, even under this Inquiry, better to it, should I learn myself to be the sin- if more attention had been given to the examigle instance in your kingdom, who is exposed to nation of these malicious charges, and of the the scrutiny of so severe and fornuidable a tribu evidence on which they rest. - - Much solicinal. So far, therefore, from giving that sanc- tude is telt, and justly so, as connected with this tion or consent to any fresh Inquiry, upon similar Inquiry, for the honour of your Majesty's illusprinciples, which I should seem to do, by re- trious Family. But surely a true regard to that quiring the renewal of these examinations, I honour should have restrained those who really must protest against it; protest against the nature felt for it, from casting such severe reflections of the proceeding, because its result cannot be on the character and virtue of the Princess of fair. I must protest, as long at least as it re- Wales.---If, indeed, after the most diligent mains doubtful, against the legality of what has and anxious Inquiry, penetrating iuto every cir. already passed, as well as the legality of its re- cumstance connected with the charge, searching petition. If the course be legal, I must submit every source from which information could be to the laws, however severe they may be; but I derived, and scrutinizing with all that acuteness trust new law is not to be found out, and applied into the credit and character of the witnesses, to my case. If I am guilty of crime, I know I which great experience, talent, and intelligence am amenable; I am most contented to continue could bring to such a subject; and above all, it, so, to the impartial laws of your Majesty's king- after giving me some opportunity of being beard, dom; and I fear no charge brought against me, the force of truth had, at lengtii, compelled any in open day, under the public eye, before the persous to form, as reluctantly, and as unwill. known tribunals of the country, administering ingly as they would, against their own daugbjustice under those impartial and enlightened ters, the opinion that has been pronounced ; no laws. But secret tribunals, created for the first regard, anquestionably, to my honour and cha. time for me, to form and pronounce opinions racter, nor to that of your Majesty's Family, as,' upop my conduct without hearing me; to re- in some degree, involved in mine, conld have sord, in the evidence of the witnesses whicla justified the suppression of that opiujov, if leo they report, imputations against my character gally called for, in the course of official and pubupon ex parte examinations—till I am better re- (lic duty. Whether such caution and reluctance conciled to the justice of their proceedings, I are really manifest in these proceedings, I must cannot fail to fear. And till I am better in- leave to less partial judgments than my own to formed as to their legality, I canpot fail in duty determine. In the full examination of these


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proceedings, which jastice to my own character to admit, by my sitence, the guilt which they has required of me, I have been compelled to imputed to me, or to enter into my defence, in make inany observations, which, I fear, may contradiction to it-no longer at liberty to reprove offensive to persons in high power. Your main silent, i, perhaps, have not known how, Majesty' will easily believe, when I solemnly with exact propriety, to limit my expressions. assure you, that I have been deeply sorry to In happier days of my life, before my spirit yield to the necessity of so doing. This pro- had been yet at all lowered by my misfortunes, I ceeding manifests that I have enemies enough; should have been disposed to have met such a I could not wish unnecessarily to increase their charge with the contempt which, I trust, by number, or their weight. I trust, however, I this time, your Majesty thinks dne to it; I bave done it, I know it has been my purpose 10 sliould have been disposed to have deäed my do it, in a manner as little offensive as the jug. enemies to the utmost, and to ha'e scorned to tice due to myself would allow of; but I have answer to any thing but a legal charge, before a felt that I have been deeply injured; that I have competent tribunal : but in my present misfor. had much to complain of; and that my silence tunes, such force of mind is gone. I ought, per now would not be taken for forbearance, but haps, so far to be thankful to them for their would be ascribed to me as a confession of guilt. wholesome lessons of humility. I have, there. The Report itself announced to me, that these fore, entered into this long detail, to endeavour things, which had been spoken to by the wit- to remove, at the first possible opportunity, any nesses, great improprieties and indecencies of nnfavourable impressions ; to reseue myself from conduct," necessarily occasioning most unfa- the dangers which the continuance of these sus. vourable interpretations, and deserving the most picions might occasion, and to preserve to me Serious consideration, “ must be credited till de- your Majesty's good opinion, in whose kindness, cidedly contradicted.” The most satisfactory hitherto, I have found infinite consolation, and disproof of these circumstances (as the contra- to whose justice, under all circumstances, I can diction of the accused is always received with confidently appeal.- -Under the impression of caution and distrust) rested in the proof of the these sentiments I throw myself at your Ma. foul malice and falsehood of my accusers and jesty's fect. I know, that whatever sentiments their witnesses. The Report announced to of resentment; whatever wish for redress, by your Majesty that those witnesses, whom I felt the punishment of my false accusers, I ought to to be foul 'confederates in a base conspiracy feel, your Majesty, as the Father of a Stranger, against me, were not to be suspected of unfa- smarting under false accusation, as the Head of vourable bias, and their veracity, in the judg. your illustrious House dishonoured in me, and as ment of the Commissioners, not to be questioned the great Guardian of the Laws of your King.

- Under these circumstances, Sire, what dom, thus foully attempted to bave been apcould I do? Could I forbear, in justice to my- plied to the purposes of injustice, will not fail to self, to announce to your Majesty the existence feel for me. At all events, I trust your Majesty of a conspiracy against my honour, and my sta- will restore me to the blessing of your Gracious tion in this country at least, if not against my Presence, and confirm to me, by your own life? Could I forbear to point ont to your Ma Gracions Words, your satisfactory conviction of jesty, how long this intended mischief had been my innocence.--I am, Sire, with every sentimeditated against me? Could I forbear to point ment of gratitude and loyalty, your Majesty's out my doubts, at least, of the legality of the most affectionate and dutiful Daughter-in-law, Cominission under which the proceeding had subject and servant,

C.P. been had ? or to point out the errors and inac- Montague House, 2d October, 1806. curacies, into which the great and able men who were named in this commission, under the hurry The Deposition of Thomas Manby, Esquire, a Cage and pressure of their great official occupations,

tain in the Royal Navy.. had tallen, in the execution of this duty ? Could Having had read to me the following passage, I forbear 'to state, and to urge, the great injus. from a Copy of the Deposition of Robert Bidgood, tice and injury that had been done to my cha. sworn the 6th of June last, before Lords Spencer racter and my honour, by opinions pronounced and Grenville, viz.- -“ I was waiting one day against me without hearing me? And if, in the “ in the anti-room; Captain Manby had his lat execution of this great task, so essential to my « in his hand, and appeared to be going away; honour, I have let drop any'expressions which a " he was a long time with the Princess, and, as colder and more cantious prndence wouli have " I stood on the steps, waiting, I looked into checked, I appeal to your Majesty's warm “ the room in which they were, and, in the re. heart and generous feelings, to suggest my ex- “ flection on the looking-glass, I saw them sacuse and to afford my pardon.-- What I have “Jute each other“I mean, that they kissed said I have said under the pressure of much mis- “ each other's lips. Captain Manby then went fortune, under the provocation of great and ac- away, I then observed the Princess have her cumulated injustice. Oh! Sire, to be unfortu- “ handkerchief in her hands, and wipe her eyes, nate, and scarce to feel at liberty to lament; to as if she was crying, and went into the draws be cruelly used, and to feel it almost an offence ing-room."I do solemnly, and upon my and a duty to be silent is a hard lot; but use oath, declare, that the said passage is a vile and had, in some degree, inured me to it: but to wicked inventiou ; that it is wholly and absofind my misfortunes and my injuries impnted to lutely false; that it is impossible he ever could me as faults; to be called to account upon a have seen, in the reflection of any glass, any charge made against me by Lady Donglas, who such thing, as I never, upon any occasion, or in was thought at first worthy of credit, although any situation, ever had the presumption to sa. she had pledged her veracity to the fact, of my lute Her Royal Highness in any such manner, having admitted that I was myself the aggressor or to take any such liberty, or offer any such in every thing of which I had to complain, has insult her person. And having had read to subdued all power of patient bearing, and when me another passage, from the same Copy of the I was called upon by the Commissioners, either same Deposition, in which the said Robert Bid

good says " I suspected that Captain Manby / culars of the conversation which then took place, « slept frequently in the house; it was a subject I do solemnly swear, that nothing passed be < of conversation in the house. Hints were tween Her Royal Highness and myself, which I ** given by the servants; and I believe that could have had the least objection for all the “ others suspected it as well as myself."-world to have seen and heard. And I do fursolemnly swear, that such suspicion is wholly un- ther, upon my oath, solemnly declare, that I founded, and that I never did, at Montague never was alone in the presence of Her Royal House, Southend, Ramsgate, East Cliff, or any Highness in any other place, or in any other where else, ever sleep in any house occupied by, way, than as above described, and that neither, or belonging to, Her Royal Highness the Prin- upon the occasion last mentioned, nor upon any cess of Wales, and that there never did any other, was I ever in the presence of Her Royal thing pass between Her Royal Highness the Highness, in any room wliatever, with the door Princess of Wales and myself, that I should be locked, bolted, or fastened, otherwise than in in any degree unwilling that all the world should the common and usual manner, which leaves it have seen.

in the power of any person on the outside of the (Signed) THO. MANBY. door to open it. Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton

(Signed) THOMAS LAWRENCE. Garden, London, the 22d day of

Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton September, 1806, before me,

Garden, this 24th day of Septem(Signed) THOMAS LEACH. ber, 1806, before me,

(Signed) THOMAS LEACH. , The Deposition of Thomas Lawrence, of Greek

street, Soho, in the County of Middlesex, Por- | The Deposition of Thomas Edmeades, of Greentrait Painter.

wich, in the County of Kent, Surgeon. Having had read to me the following Extract On Tuesday, May 20th, 1806, I waited upon from a copy of a Deposition of William Cole, Earl Moira, by his appointment, who, having purporting to have been sworn before Lords introduced me to Mr. Connant, a Magistrate for Spencer and Grenville the 10th day of June, Westminster, proceeded to mention a charge 1806, viz.----" Mr. Lawrence, the painter, preferred against me, by one of the female ser. “ used to go to Montagne House about the latter vants of Her Royal Highuess the Princess of « end of 1801, when he was paiuting the Prin- Wales, of my having said, that Her Royal High

cess, and he has slept iu the house two or ness had been pregnant. His Lordship then “ three nights together.' I have often seen him asked me, if I had not bled Her Royal High« alone with the Princess at eleven or twelve ness; and wliether, at that time, I did not men“ o'clock at night ; he has been there as late as tion to a servant, that I thought Her Royal “one or two o'clock in the morning. One night Highness in the family way; and whether I did “ I saw him with the Princess in the blue room, not also ask, at the same time, if the Prince had “ after the ladies liad retired; sometime after- | been down to Montague House. I answered, “ wards, when I supposed he was gone to his that it had never entered my mind that Her “ bed-room, I went to see that all was safe, and Royal Highness was in such a situation, and « found the blue room door locked, and heard that, therefore, certainly, I never made the * a whispering in it, and then went away.”- remark to any one; nor had I asked whether I do solemnly, and upon my oath, depoše, that His Royal Highness had visited the house:-1 having received the commands of Her Royal said, that, at that time, a report, of the patnre Highness the Princess of Wales to paint Her alluded to, was prevalent; but that I treated it Royal Highness's portrait, and that of the Prin- as the infamous lie of the day. His Lordship cess Charlotte; I attended for that purpose at adverted to the circumstance of Her Royal Montague House, Blackheath, several times Higliness's baving taken a child into her house; about the begiuning of the year 1801, and having and observed, how dreadful mistakes about snc. been informed that Sir William Beechey, upon a cession to the throne were, and what confusion similar occasion, had slept in the house, for the might be caused by any claim of this child: I greater convenience of executing his painting ; observed, that I was aware of it; but repeated and it having been intimated to me, that I might the assertion, that I had never thought of such a probably be allowed the same advantage, I sig- thing as was suggested, and therefore considered nified my wish to avail myself of it; and accord- it impossible, in a manner, that I could have ingly I did sleep at Montague House several given it utterance.' I observed, that I believed, nights :--that freqnently, when employed upon in the first instance, Mr. Stikeman, the page, this painting, and occasionally, between the had mentioned this child to Her Royal Highness, close of a day's sitting and the time of Her Royal and that it came from Deptford, where I went, Higliness dressing for dinner, I have been alone when Her Royal Highness first took it, to see if in Her Royal Highness's presence; I have like any illness prevailed in the family. Mr. Conwise been graciously admitted to Her Royal nant observed, that he believed it was not an Highness's presence in the evenings, and re- unusual thing for a medical man, when he ima. mained there till twelve, one, and two o'clock; gined that a Lady was pregnant, to mention but, I do solemnly swear, I was never alone in his suspicion to some confidential domestic in the presence of Her Royal Higlitress in an even the family :-I admitted the bare possibility, i ing, to the best of my recollection and belief, such had been my opinion ; but remarked, that except in one single instance, and that for a the if must have been renoved, before I could short time, when I remained with Her Royal have committed myself in so absurd a manner. Highness in the blue-room, or drawing-room, as Lord Moira, in a very significant manner, I renember, to answer some question which with his hands behind him, his head over one had been put to me, at the moment I was about shoulder, his eyes directed towards me, with s to retire, together with the ladies in waiting, sort of smile, observed, “ that he could not help who had been previously present as well as my thinking that there must be something in the self; and, though I cannot recollect the parti- servant's deposition;" as if he did not give per

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