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fect credit to what I had said. He observed,

(A.) that the matter was then confined to the know- Memorandums of the Heads of Conversation be ledge of a few; and that he had hoped, if there tween Lord Moira, Mr. Lowten, and himself. had been any foundation for the affidavit, I

May 14, 1806. might have acknowledged it, that the affair May 13, 1806. I received a letter from Lord might have been hushed. With respect to the Moira, of which the following is an exact copy : minor question, I observed, that it was not pro

St. James's-place, May 13, 1806. bable that I should condescend to ask any such Sir,-A particular circumstance makes me question, as that imputed to me, of a menial desire to have the pleasure of seeing you, and, servant; and that I was not in the habit of con- indeed, renders it indispensable tiat you should ferring confidentially with servants. Mr. Con- take the trouble of calling on me. As the trial nant cautioned me to be on my guard; as, that in Westminster Hall occupies the latter hours of if it appeared, ou further investigation, I had the day, I must beg you to be with me as early made such inquiry, it might be very unpleasant as nine o'clock to-morrow morning; in the mean to me, should it come under the consideration time, it will be better that you should not apof the Privy Council. I said, that I considered prize any one of my having requested you to the report as a malicious one; and was ready to converse with me.--I have the honour, Sir, to make oath, before any Magistrate, that I had be your obedient servant, pot, at any time, asserted, or even thonght, that

(Signed) MOIRA. Her Royal Highness had ever been in a state of To Mr. Mills. pregnancy since I had had the honour of attend. This is the Paper A. referred to by ing the household.

Mr. Connant asked me, the Affidavit of Thomas Edmeades, whether, whilst I was bleeding Her Royal High- sworn before me this 26th Sepness or after I had performed the operation, I tember, 1806. THOMAS LEACH. did not make some comment on the situation of Her Royal Highness, from the state of the

(B.) blood; and whether I recommended the ope. In consequence of the above letter, I waited , ration; I answered in the negative to both ques- on his Lordship, exactly at nine o'clock. In less tions. I said, that Her Royal Highness bad sent than five minutes I was admitted into his room, for me to bleed her, and that I did not they re- and by him received very politely. He began collect on what account. I said, that I had bled the conversation by stating, he wished to conHer Royal Higliness twice; but did not remem- verse with me on a very delicate subject; that I ber the dates. I asked Lord Moira, whether he might rely on his honour, that wliat passed was intended to proceed in the business, or whether to be in perfect confidence; it was his duty to I might consider it as at rest, that I might have his Prince, as his Counsellor, to inquire into the an opportunity, if I thought necessary, of con- subject, which he had known for some time; and sulting my friends relative to the mode of con- the inquiry was due also to my character. He duct I onght to adopt; he said, that if the sub- then stated, that a deposition had been made by ject was moved any further, I should be apa domestic of Her Royal Highness the Princess prized of it; and that, at present, it was in the of Wales, deposing, as a declaration made by hands of a few. I left them, and, in about an me, that Her Royal Higliness was pregnant, and hour, on further consideration, wrote the note, that I made inquiries when interviews miglit of which the following is a copy, to which I bave taken place with the Prince. I answered, never received any reply:- “ Mr. Edmeades that I never had declared tbe Princess to be with

presents his respectful compliments to Lord child, nor ever made the inquiries stated; that “ Moira, and, on mature deliberation, after the declaration was an infamous falsehood. This

leaving bis Lordship, upon the conversation being expressed with some warmth, his Lordship “ which passed at Lord Moira's this morning, he observed that I might have made the inquiries “ feels it necessary to advise with some friend, very innocently, conceiving that Her Royal " on the propriety of making the particulars of Highness could not he in that situation but by " that conversation known to Her Royal High- the Prince. I repeated my assertion of the false. “ ness the Princess of Wales; as Mr. Edmeades hood of the declaration, adding, that thongh the “ would be very sorry that Her Royal Highness conversation was intended to be confidential, I “ should consider him capable of snch intamous felt my character strongly attacked by the decla6 conduct as that imputed to him on the depo- ration, therefore it was necessary that the decla. “ sition of a servant, by Lord Moira, this ration should be investigated; I had no doubt “ morning.

but the character I had so many years naintainLundon, May 20, 1806."

ed, would make my assertion believed before the

deposition ot a domestic. I then requested to I have been enabled to state the substance of know, what date the declaration bore? His my interview with Lord Moira and Mr. Con. Lordslip said, he did not remember; but he had nant with the more particularity, as I made me

desired the Solicitor to meet me, who would morandums of it, within a day or two afterwards. shew it me. I then observed, that I should in And I do further depose, that the Papers here-confidence communicate to his Lordship why I unto annexed, marked A. and B. are in the

was desirous to know the date; I then stated to hand-writing of Samuel Gillam Mills, of Greenhis Lordship, that soon after 'Her Royal Highwich aforesaid, my Partner; and that lie is at

ness came to Blackheath, I attended her in an present, as I verily believe, npon his road from illness, with Sir Francis Millman, in which I bled Wales, through Gloucester, to Batb.

her twice. Soon after her recovery, she thought (Signed) THOS. EDMEADES. proper to form a regular medical appointment,

and appointed myself and Mr. Edmeades to be Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton

Sargeons and Apothecaries to Her Royal HighGarden, this 26th day of Septem

ness. On receiving my warrant for such appointber, 1806.

ment, I declined accepting the honour of being (Signed) THOMAS LEACH appointed Apothecary, being inconsistept with

my character, being educated as Surgeon, and ( Royal Highness's servants waited upon them, as having had an honorary degree of Physic confer- I was in a dishabille. His Lordship asked me, red ou me. Her Royal Highness condescended whether they went up stairs and I told them to appoint me her Surgeon only. His Lordship that they did not. He asked me, how long they rang to know if Mr. Lowten was come; he was staid? and I said, as far as I recollected, they did in the next room, His Lordship left me for a not stay above an hour, or an hour and quarter; few minutes, returned, and introduced me to that they waited some little time for the carriMr. Lowten with much politeness, as Dr. Mills ; age, which had gone to the public-house, and, repeating the assurance of what passed being till it came, they walked up and down altogether confidential. I asked Mr. Lowten' the date of in the portico before the house. His Lordship, the declaration, that had been asserted to be in the course of what he said to me, said, it was a made by me?' He said, in the year 1802. I subject of importance, and might be of consethen, with permision of his Lordship, gave the quence. His Lordship, finding that I had nothing history of my appointment, adding, since then more to say, told me I might go.--Sometime I had never seen the Princess as a patient. Once afterwards lis Lordship sent for me again, and she sent for me to bleed her; I was frona home; asked me, if I was sure of what I said being all Mr. Edmeades went; nor had I visited any one that I could say respecting the Princess? I said, in the house, except one Mary, and that was in it was ; and that I was ready to take my oath of a very bad case of surgery; I was not sure whe- it, if his Lordship thought proper. He said, it ther it was before or after my appointment. Mr. was very satisfactory; said, I might go, and he Lowten asked me the date of it; I told him I should not want me any more. did not recollect. He observed, from the warnıth (Signed) JONATHAN PARTRIDGE, of my expressing my contradiction to the depo- Sworn at the County Court of Middlesex, sition, that I saw it in a wrong light; that I might in Fullwood's Rents, the 25th day of suppose, and very innocently, Her Royal High- September, 1806, before me, ness to be pregnant, and then the inquiries were (Signed) THOMAS LEACH. as innocently made. I answered, that the idea of pregnancy never evtered my head; that I The Deposition of Philip Krackeler, one of the Footnever attended Her Royal Highness in any sexual men of Her Royal Highness the Princess of complaint; whether she ever had any I never Wales, and Robert Eaglestone, Park-keeper to knew. Mr. Lowten said, I might think so, from Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. her increase of size; I answered, no; I never did These Deponents say, that on or about the think her pregnant, therefore never could say it, 28th day of June last, as they were walking toand that the deposition was an infanuous false gether across Greenwich Park, they saw Robert hood. His Lordship then observed, that he per- Bidgood, one of the Pages of Her Royal High. ceived there must be a mistake, and that Mr. ness, walking in a direction as if he were going Edmeades was the person meant, whom he wish from the town of Greenwich, towards the house ed to see; I said, he was then at Oxford, and did of Sir John Douglas, and which is a different not return before Saturday; his Lordship asked, road from that which leads to Montagne House, if he came through London; 1 said, I could not and they at the same time perceived Lady Doug. tell.-- Finding nothing now arising froni con- las walking in a direction to meet bim. And this versation, I asked to retire ; his Lordship atteud- Deponent, Philip Krackeler, then desired the ed me out of the room with great politeness. other Depopent to take notice, whether Lady. When I came home, I sent his Lordship a letter, Douglas and Mr. Bidgood would speak to each with the date of my warrant, April 10, 1801 ; he other; and both of these Deponents observed, answered my letter, with thanks for my imme- that when Lady Douglas and Mr. Bidgood met, diate attention, and wished to see Mr. Evimeades they stopped, and conversed together for the on Sunday morning. This letter came on the space of about two or three minutes, whilst in Saturday, early on the Sunday I sent Timothy, view of these Deponents; but how much longer to let his' Lordship know Mr. Edmeades would their conversation lasted these Deponents cannot pot return till Monday; on Tuesday I promised say, as they, these Depouents, proceeded on he should attend, which he did.----- The preced- their road which took them out of sight of Lady ing Memorandum is an exact copy of what I Douglas and Mr. Bidgood. made the day after I had seen Lord Moira.


ROBT. EAGLESTONE. Croome Hill, Greenwich, Aug. 20, 1806. Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton GarThis is the paper marked B, referred to by

den, this 27th day of September, 1806, the Affidavit of Thomas Edmeades, sworn before me this 26th Sept. 1806.


To the King Tke Deposition of Jonathan Partridge, Porter to Sire,- I trust your Majesty, who knows my Lord Eardley, at Belvidere.

constant affection, loyalty, and duty, and the I remember being informed by Mr. Kenny, sure confidence with which I readily repose my Lord Eardley's Steward, now dead, that I was honour, my character, my happiness in your Mawanted by Lord Moira, in town; accordingly jesty's hands, will not think me guilty of any I went with Mr. Kenny to Lord Moira's, in St. disrespectful or unduteous impatience, when I James's-place, on the King's Birth Day of 1804. thus again address myself to your Royal grace His Lordship asked me, if I remembered the and justice.--It is, Sire, nine weeks to-day, Princess coming to Belvidere some time before? since my counsel presented to the Lord High I said, yes, and told him that there were two or Chancellor my letter to your Majesty, containing three ladies, I think three, with Her Royal High- my observations, in vindication of my honour ness, and a gentleman with them, who came on and innocence, upon the Report presented to horseback; that they looked at the pictures in your Majesty by the Commissioners, who bad the house, had their luncheon there, and that Her been appointed to examine into my conduct.

before me,

The Lord Chancellor informed my Council, that from your Majesty's presence and kindness, bave the letter should be conveyed to your Majesty given a heavy addition to them all; and, surely, on that very day; and further, was pleased, in my bitterest enemies could hardly wish that they about a week or ten days afterwards, to commu- should be increased. But on this topic, as pos. nicate to my Solicitor, that your Majesty had sibly not much affecting the justice, though it read my letter, and that it had been transmitted does the hardship, of my case, I forbear to to his Lordship, with directions that it should be dwell.--Your Majesty will be graciously pleas copied for the Commissioners, and that whened to recollect, that an occasion of assembling such copy had been taken, the original should be the Royal Family and your subjects, in dutiful returned to your Majesty:- - Your Majesty's and happy commemoration of Her Majesty's own gracions and royal mind will easily conceive birth-day, is now near at hand. If the increased what must have been my state of anxiety and sus- occnpations which the approach of Parliament pense, whilst I have been fondly indulging in the may occasion, or any other canse, should prevent hope, that every day, as it passed, would bring the Commissioners from enabling your Majesty me the happy tidings, that your Majesty was sa- to communicate your pleasure to me before that tisfied of my innocence, and convinced of the time, the world will infallibly conclude in their unfounded malice of my enemies, in every part present state of ignorance), that my answer must of their charge. Nine long weeks of daily ex. llave proved unsatisfactory, and that the infapectation and suspense have now elapsed, and nous charges have been thought but too true, they have brought me nothing but disappoint- -These considerations, Sire, will, I trust, in ment. I have remained in total ignorance of your Majesty's gracious opinion, rescue this ado what has been done, what is doing, or what is dress from all imputation of impatience. For, intended upon this subject, Your Majesty's your Majesty's sense of honourable feeling will goodness will, therefore, pardon me, if in the step naturally suggest, how utterly impossible it is which I now take I act upon a mistaken conjec- that I, conscious of my owu innocence, and beture with respect to the fact. But from the Lord lieving that the malice of my enemies has been Chancellor's communication to my Solicitor, and completely detected, can, without abandoning from the time which has elapsed, I am led to all regard to my interests, my happiness, and my conclude, that your Majesty had directed the honour, possibly be contented to perceive the copy of my letter to be laid before the Commis- approach of such utter ruin to my character, sioners, requiriug their advice upon the subject; and yet wait, with patience and in silence, till it and, possibly, their official occupations, and their overwhelms me. I therefore take this liberty of other duties to the State, may not have, as yet, throwing myself again at your Majesty's feet, allowed them the opportunity of attending to it. and entreating and imploring of your Majesty's But your Majesty will permit me to observe, that goodness and justice, in pity for my miseries, however excusable this delay may be on their which this delay so severely aggravates, and in parts, yet it operates most injurionsly upon me; justice to my innocence and character, to urge my feelings are severely tortured by the sus- the Commissioners to an early communication of pense, while my character is sinking in the opi- their advice.--To save your Majesty and the nion of the public It is known, that a Re. Commissioners all unnecessary trouble, as well port, though acquitting me of crime, yet imput- as to obviate all probability of further delay, I ing matters highly disrepatable to my honour, lave directed a duplicate of this letter to be prehas been made to your Majesty ; that that Re- pared, and have sent one copy of it through the port has been communicated to me; that I have Lord Chancellor, aud another through Colonel endeavoured to answer it; and that I still re Taylor to your Majesty: I am, Sire, with main, at the end of nine weeks from the deli- every sentiment of gratitude and loyalty, your very of my answer, anacquainted with the judg. Majesty's most affectionate and dutiful Daughter. ment which is formed upon it. May I be per-in-law, servant and subject,

C.P. mitted to observe upon the extreme prejudice Montague House, Dec. 8th, 1806. which this delay, however to be accounted for by the numerous important occupations of the The Lord Chancellor has the honour to pre. Commissioners, produces to my honour? The sent bis most humble daty to the Princess of world, in total ignorance of the real state of the Wales, and to transmit to Her Royal Highness facts, begin to infer my guilt from it. I feel the accompanying Message from the King, which myself already sinking in the estimation of your Her Royal Highness will observe le has His Ma. Majesty's subjects, as well as of what remains to jesty's commands to communicate to Her Royal me of my own family, into (a state intolerable Highness.--The Lord Chancellor would have to a mind conscious of its purity and innocence) done bimself the honour to have waited persona state in which my honour appears at last equi- ally upon Her Royal Highness, and liave deliver.' vocal, and my virtue is suspected. From this ed it himself; but he considered the sending it state I hambly entreat your Majesty to perceive, sealed, as more respectful and acceptable to Her that I can have no hope of being restored, until Royal Highness. The Lord Chancellor received either your Majesty's favourable opinion shall be the original paper from the King yesterday, and graciously notified to the world, by receiving me niade the copy now sent in his own hand. again into the Royal Presence, or until the full January 28th, 1807, disclosure of the facts shall expose the malice of To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, my accusers, and do away every possible ground for unfavourable inference and conjecture.- The King having referred to his confidential The various calamities with which it has pleased Servants the proceedings and papers relative to God of late to afflict me, I have endeavoured to the written declarations which had been before bear, and trust I have borne with humble resig- His Majesty, respecting the conduct of the nation to the Divine will. But the effect of this Princess of Wales, has been apprized by them, infamous charge, and the delay wbich has sns that after the fullest consideration of the examipended its final termination, by depriving me of nations taken on that subject, and of the obser. the consolation which I should have received vations and affidavits brought forward by the Princess of Wales's legal advisers, they agree in throwing myself, in filial duty and affection, at the opinions submitted to His Majesty in the ori- your Majesty's feet.--Your Majesty will easily ginal Report of the four Lords, by whom His conceive that I reluctantly name so distant a day Majesty directed that the matter should in the as Monday, but I do not feel myself snfficiently first instance be inqnired into; and that, in the recovered from the measles, to venture upon so present stage of the business, upon a mature and long a drive at an earlier day. Feeling, however, deliberate view of this most important subject very anxious to receive again, as soon as possiin all its parts and bearings, it is their opinion, ble, that blessing of which I have been so long that the facts of this case do not warrant their deprived, if that day should happen to be, in advising that any further steps should be taken any degree, inconvenient, I humbly entreat and in the business by His Majesty's Government, or implore your Majesty's most gracious and paterany other proceedings instituted upon it, except nal goodness to name some other day, as early as such only as His Majesty's Law Servants may, possible, for that purpose. I am, &c. on reference to then, think fit to recommend

(Signed) C. P. for the prosecution of Lady Douglas, on those To the King. parts of her depositions which may appear to them to be justly liable thereto. In this situa.

Windsor Castle, Jan. 29, 1807. tion, His Majesty is advised, that it is no longer The King has this moment received the Prin.. necessary for him to decline receiving the cess of Wales's letter, in which she intimates her Princess into his Royal Presence. The King intention of coming to Windsor on Monday next; sees, with great satisfaction, the agreement of and his Majesty, wishing not to put the Princess his confidential Servants, in the decided opinion to the inconvenience of coming to this place so expressed by the four Lords upon the falsehood | immediately after her illness, hastens to acof the accusations of pregnancy and delivery, quaint her, that he shall prefer to receive her in brought forward against the Princess by Lady London, upon a day, subsequent to the ensuing Douglas.On the other matters produced in week, which will also better suit his Majesty, the course of the Inquiry, the King is advised and of which he will not fail to apprize the that none of the facts or allegations stated in Princess. preliminary examinations, carried on in the ab.

(Signed) GEORGE, R. seuce of the parties interested, can be consider- To the Princess of Wales. ed as legally, or conclusively, established. But in those examinations, and even in the answer

Windsor Castle, Feb. 10, 1807. drawn in the name of the Princess by her legal As the Princess of Wales may have been led advisers, there have appeared circumstances of to expect, from the King's letter to her, that he conduct op the part of the Princess, which his would fix an early day for seeing her, his MaMajesty never could regard but with serious con- jesty thinks it right to acquaint ber, that the

The elevated rank which the Princess Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several doholds in this country, and the relation in which cuments, which the King directed bis Cabinet to she stands to His Majesty and the Royal Family, transmit to him, nade a formal communication must always deeply involve both the interests of to him of his intention to put them into the hands the state and the personal feelings of His Majes- of his lawyers ; accompanied by a request, that ty, in the propriety and correctness of her con- his Majesty would suspend any further steps in duct. And His Majesty cannot, therefore, for- the business, until the Prince of Wales sliould bear to express, in the conclusion of the business, be enabled to submit to him the statement which his desire and expectation that such a conduct he proposed to make. The King, therefore, may in future be observed by the Princess, as considers it incumbent upon him to defer naming may fully justify those marks of paternal regard a day to the Princess of Wales, until the further and affection which the King always wishes to result of the Prince's intention shall have beeta shew to every part of His Royal Family.

made known to him. His Majesty has directed that this message

(Signed) GEORGE. R. should be transmitted to the Princess of Wales To the Princess of Wales. by his Lord Chancellor, and that copies of the proceedings, which had taken place on the sub- (Here should have come in the Princess's Letter ject, should also be communicated to his dearly to the King, of the 12th of Feb. 1807 ; but it will beloved Son, the Privce of Wales,

be found inserted in the foregoing Number of the

Register, at p. 409.] Montague-House, Jan. 29, 1807. SIRE, I hasten to acknowledge the receipt SIRE,-By my short letter to your Majesty of of the paper, which, by your Majesty's direc- the 12th instant, in answer to your Majesty's tion, was yesterday transmitted to me, by the communication of the 10th, I notified my intenLord Chancellor, and to express the unfeigned tion of representing to your Majesty the various happiness which I have derived from one part of grounds on which I felt the hardship of my case; it. I mean that, which informis me that your and a review of which, I confidently hoped, Majesty's confidential servants have, at Jength, would dispose your Majesty to recal your deterthought proper to communicate to your Majesty mination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my. their advice, “ that it is no longer necessary for reception into your royal presence; a determi

your Majesty to decline receiving me into nation which, in addition to all the other pain

your Royal presence,” And I, therefore, which it brought along with it, affected me with humbly hope that your Majesty will be graciously the disappointment of hopes, which I had fondly pleased to receive, with favour, the communica- cherished with the most perfect confidence, be tion of my intention to avail myself, with your cause they rested on your Majesty's gracious ase Majesty's permission, of that advice, for the surance. Independently, however, of that. purpose of waiting upon your Majesty on Mon communication from your Majesty, I should have day next, if that day should not be inconvenient; felt myself bound to have troubled your Majesty when I hope again to have the happiness of with much of the contents of the present letter.



Upon the receipt of the paper, which, by | letter of the 10th instant, your Majesty may your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to conceive, though I am utterly unable to expresi. me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last - That Letter anuounces to me that his Royal month, and which coinmunicated to me the joy- Highness the Prince of Wales, npon receiving ful intelligence, that your Majesty was “ ad- the several documents which your Majesty die

vised, that it was no longer necessary for you rected your Cabinet to transmit to him, made a to decline receiving me into your royal pre- personal communication to your Majesty of his

sence,” I conceived myself necessarily called intention to put them into the hands of his Law. upon to send an immediate answer to so much of yers, accompanied by a request, that your Mait as respected that intelligence. I could not jesty would suspend any further steps in the buwait the time which it would have required, to siness, until the Prince of Wales should be enstate those observations which it was impossible abled to submit to your Majesty the statement for me to refrain from making, at some period, which he proposed to make; and it also anupon the other important particnlars which that nounces to me that your Majesty therefore conpaper contained. Accordingly, I answered it sidered it incumbent on you to defer naming a immediately; and, as your Majesty's gracious day to me, until the further result of the Prince and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, an- of Wales's intention should have been made nounced to me your pleasure, that I shonld be known to your Majesty.---This determination received by yonr Majesty on a day subsequent to of your Majesty, on this request, made by His the then ensuing week, I was led most confi- Royal Highness, I hambly trust your Majesty dently to assure myself, that the last week would will permit me to entreat you, in your most granot have passed, without my having received that cious justice, to re-consider. Your Majesty, I satisfaction. I, therefore, determined to wait in am convinced, must have been surprised at the patience, without further intrusion upon yonr time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of Majesty, till I night have the opportunity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination guarding myself from the possibility of being necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and misunderstood, by personally explaining to your justice would never have adopted it. And if I Majesty, that whatever observations I had to can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled inmake upon the paper so communicated to me on justice and cruelty of this interposition of the the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaints re- Prince of Wales, at such a time, and under such specting the delay, and the many cruel circum- circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence stances which had attended the whole of the that your Majesty will hasten to recal it. I proceedings against me, and the unsatisfactory should basely be wanting to my own interest state in which they were at length left by that and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense last communication, they were observations and of that injustice and cruelty; and if I did not complaints which affected those only, under most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will whose advice your Majesty had acted, and were better perceive the just grounds of my complaint vot, in any degree, intended to intimate even when I retrace the course of these proceedings the most distant insinuation against your Ma- from their commencement.-- -The four noble jesty's justice or kindness. That paper esta- Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire blished the opinion which I certainly had ever into the charges brought against me, in iheir confidently entertained, but the justness of Report of the 14th of July last, after having which I had not before any document to esta- stated that His Royal Higliness the Prince of blish, that your Majesty had, from the first, Wales had laid before him, the charge which deemed this proceeding a high and important was made against me, by Lady Douglas, and matter of state, in the consideration of which the declarations in support of it, proceed in the your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to following manner. trust to your own generous feelings, and to your * “ In the painful situation in which His Royown royal and gracious judgment. I never did " al Highness was placed by these communicabelieve that the cruel state of anxiety in which I tions, we learnt that His Royal Highness had had been kept, ever since the delivery of my " adopted the only course which could, in our Answer (for at least sixteen weeks), could be at “ judgment, with propriety, be followed. When all attributable to your Majesty; it was most un. “ informations such as these, had been thus like every thing which I had ever experienced confidently alleged, and particularly detailed, from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and “ and had been in some degree supported by justice; and I found from that paper, that it was “ collateral evidence, applying to other facts of to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the “ the same nature, (though going to a far less length of banishment from your presence, which " extent,) one line only could be pursued. they, at last, advised your Majesty it was no “ Every sentiment of duty to your Majesty, and longer necessary should be continued. I per- “ of concern for the public welfare, required ceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it “ that these particulars should not be withheld was to them, and to them only, that I owed the “ from your Majesty, to whom more particularly protracted continuance of my sufferings and of“ belonged the cognizance of a matter of State, my disgrace; and that your Majesty, cousider-“ so nearly touching the honour of your Maing the whole of this proceeding to have been “ jesty's Royal Family, and, by possibility, instinted and conducted under the grave re- « affecting the succession of your Majesty's sponsibility of your Majesty's servants, had not “ Crown. Your Majesty had been pleased, thought proper io take any step, or express any on your part, to view the subject in the same opinion, upon any part of it, but such as was “ light. Considering it as a matter which, on recommended by their advice. Influenced by “ every account demanded the most immediate these sentiments, and anxious to have the oppor“ investigation, your Majesty had thought fit tunity of conveying them, with the overflowings “ to commit into our hands the duty of ascer. of a grateful heart, to your Majesty, what were “ taining, in the first instance, what degree of my sensations of surprise, mortification, and disappointment, on the receipt of your Majesty's

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