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a credit was due to the information, and there- ings, as to indnce a snspiciou that I have been “ by enabling your Majesty to decide what fur- too favourably dealt with by them? and that the Kther conduct to adopt respecting them." advice which has been given to your Majesty,
His Royal Highness then, pursuing, as the that your Majesty need no longer decline to four Lords say, the only course which could, in receive me, was hastily and partially delivered? their judgment, with propriety, be pursued, I am confident that your Majesty must see the submitted the matter to your Majesty.—Your very reverse of this to be the case-that I have Majesty directed the Inquiry by the four noble every reason to complain of the inexplicable Lords.--The four Lords in their Report upon delay which so long withheld that advice. And the case, jastly acquitted me of all crime, and the whole character of the observations with expressed (I will not wait now to say how m- which they accompanied it, marks the reluctjustly) the credit which they gave, and the con- ance with which they yielded to the necessity of sequence they ascribed to other matters, which giving it.For your Majesty's confidential they did not, however, characterize as amount- servants advise yonr Majesty, that it is no ing to any crime.—To this Report I made my " longer necessary for you to decline receiving answer. That answer, together with the whole “ me into your Royal Presence.” If this is proceedings, was referred by your Majesty, to their opinion and their advice now, why was it the same four noble Lords, and others of your not their opinion and their advice four months Majesty's confidential servants. They advised ago, from the date of my answer? Nay, why your Majesty, amongst much other matter was it not their opinion and advice from the date (which must be the subject of further obscrva- even of the original Report itself? For not only tions), that there was no longer any reasou why had they been in possession of my answer for you should decline receiving me. -Your Ma. above sirteen wreks, which at least furnished jesty will necessarily conceive that I have al- them with all the materials on which this advice ways looked upon my banishment from your was at length giver, but further, your Majesty's Royal Presence, as, in fact, a punishment, and confidential servants are forward to state, that a severe one too. I thonght it sufficiently hard, after having read my observations, and the that I should have been suffering that punish- affidavits which were annexed to them, they ment during the time that this Inquiry has been agree in the opinions (not in any single opinion pending, while I was yet only under accusation, upon any particular branch of the case, but in and upon the principles of the just laws of your the opinions generally) which were submitted to Majesty's kingdom, entitled to be presumed to your Majesty, in the original Report of the four be innocent, till I was proved to be guilty. But Lords. If, therefore (notwithstanding their conI find this does not appear to be enough, in the currence in all the opinions contained in the opinion of the Prince of Wales. For now, when Report), they have, nevertheless, given to your after this long Inquiry into matters which re- Majesty their advice, “ that it is no longer nequired immediate investigation, I have been ac- cessary for you to decline receiving me," quitted of every thing which could call for my what could have prevented their offering that banishment from your Royal Presence. After advice, even from the 14th of July, the date of your Majesty's confidential servants have thus the original Report itself? Or what could have expressly advised your Majesty that they see no warranted the withholding of it, even for a single reason why you should any longer decline to moment? Instead, therefore, of any trace receive me into your presence:-after your Ma- being observable, of hasty, precipitate, and jesty bad graciously notificd to me your determi, partial determination in my favour, it is imposnation to receive me at an early day, His Royal sible to interpret their conduct and their reasons Higliness interposes the demand of a new delay; together in any other sense, than as amounting desires your Majesty not to take any step; de to an admission of your Majesty's confidential sires yon not to act npon the advice which your servants themselves, that I have, in consequence own confidential servants have given you, that of their withholding that advice, been, unnecesyou need no longer decline seeing me ;-not to sarily and cruelly banished from your Royal execute your intention, and assurance, that you Presence, from that 14th of July to the 28th of will receive me at an early day ;-because he January, including a space of above six months; bas laid the documents before his Lawyers, and and the effect of the interposition of the Prince, intends to prepare a further statement. And is to prolong my sufferings and my disgrace, the judgnient of your Majesty's confidential ser- under the same bavishment, to a period per. vants, is, as it were, appealed from by the fectly indefinite. The principle which will Prince of Wales (whom, from this time, at admit the effect of such interposition now, may least, I must be permitted to consider as as- be acted upon again; and the Prince may resuming the character of my accnser);--- the jus. quire a further prolongation upon fresh statetice due to me is to be suspended, while the ments and fresh charges, kept back possibly for judgment of your Majesty's sworn servants is to the purpose of being, from time to time, conbe submitted to the revision of my accuser's veniently interposed, to prevent for ever the Counsel; and I, though acquitted in the opinion arrival of that hour, which, displaying to the of your Majesty's confidential servants, of all world the acknowledgment of my unmerited that should induce your Majesty to decline sufferings and disgrace, may, at the same time, seeing me, am to have that punishment, which expose the truly malicions and unjust qnality of had been inflicted upon me during the Inquiry, the proceedings which have been so long carried continued after that acquittal, till a fresh state- on against me. -This unreasonable, nnjust, ment is prepared, to be again submitted, for and cruel interposition of His Royal Highness, aught I know, to another Inquiry, of as ex- as I must ever deem it, bas prevailed upon your tended a continuance as that which has just Majesty to recal, to my prejudice, your gracious terminated.
-Can it be said, that the pro- purpose of receiving me, in pursuance of the ceedings of the four noble Lords, or of your Ma- advice of yonr servants. Do I then flatter my. jesty's confidential servants, have been so le- self too much, when I feel assured, that my just nient and considerate towards me and my feel- entreaty, founded upon the reasons wliich I
arge, and directed to counteract only the effect the beginning of September. My answer to of that unjust interposition, will indnce your these varions charges, though the whole subject Majesty to return to your original determination of them was new to those whose advice I had -Restored, however, as I should feel myself, recourse to, long as that answer was necessarily to a state of comparative security, as well as obliged to be, was delivered to the Lord Chan. credit, by being, at length, permitted, upon cellor, to be forwarded to your Majesty, by the your Majesty's gracious re-consideratiou of your 6th of October : and, from the 6th of October last deier.rination, to have access to your Ma- to the 28th of January, I was kept in total igao. jesty; yet, under all the circumstances under rance of the effect of that answer.
Not only whic! I should now receive that mark and con. will all this delay be apparent, but it will be gefirmation of your Majesty's opinion of my inno- nerally shewn to the world, how your Majesty's cence, my character would not, I fear, stand Servants had in this important business treated cleared in the public opioion, by the mere fact your Daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales; of your Majesty's reception of me. This revo- and what measnre of justice she, a female, and eation of your Majesty's gracions purpose has a stranger in your laud, has experienced at their fung an additional cloud about the whole pro- hands. ceeding, and the inferences drawn in the public Undoubtedly against such a proceeding I have mind, from this circumstance, so mysterious and ever felt, and still feel, an almost invincible re. so perfectly inexplicable, upon any grounds pagnance. Every sentiment of delicacy, with which are open to their knowledge, has made, which a female mind must shrink from the act of and will leave so deep an impression to my pre- bringing before the public sych charges, how. judice, as scarce any thing short of a public ex- ever conscious of their scandal and falsity, and posure of all that has passed can possibly efface. however clearly that scandal and falsity may be
The pablication of all these proceedings to the manifested by the answer to those charges, the world, then, seems to me, nnder the present cir- respect still due from me to persons employed in cumstances (whatever reluctance I feel against anthority under your Majesty, however little re. such a measure, and however I regret the hard spect I may have received from them; my duty necessity which drives me to it), to be almost the to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; my only remaining resource for the vindication of my regard for all the members of your angust family; bovour and character. The falsehood of the ac- my esteem, my dnty, my gratitude to your Macusation is, by no means, all that will, by snchi jesty, my affectionate gratitude for all the paterpublication, appear to the credit and clearance nal kindness which I have ever experienced from of my character; but the course in which the you ; my anxiety not only to avoid the risk of whole proceedings have been carried on, or ra- giving any offence or displeasure to your Majesty, ther delayed, by those to whom your Majesty but also to tiy from every occasion of creating referred the consideration of them, will shew, the slightest sentiment of uneasiness in the mind that, whatever measure of justice I may have of your Majesty, whose happiness it would be ultimately received at their hands, it is not to be the pride and pleasure of my life to consult and suspected as arising from any merciful and in- to promote; all these various sentiments have dulgent consideration of me, of my feelings, or compelled me to submit, as long as haman forof my case.--It will be seen how my feelings bearance could endore, to all the unfavourable had been harassed, and my character and ho- inferences which were through this delay daily nour exposed, by the delays which have taken increasing in the public mind. What the strength place in these proceedings: it will be seen, that and efficacy of these motives have been, your the existence of the charge against nie had Majesty will do me justice to feel, when you are avowedly been known to the public from the 7th pleased gracionsly to consider how long I have of June in the last year. I say known to the been contented to suffer those suspicions to exist public; because it was on that day that the Com- against my innocence, which the bringing before missioners, acting, as I am to suppose (for so the public of my accusation, and my defence to they state in their Report), under the anxions it, would so indisputably and immediately have wish, that their trust shonld be executed with as dispelled. - The measure, however, of inaking little publicity as possible, authorized that onne- these proceediugs public, whatever mode I can cessary insolt and outrage upon me, as I must al- adopt(considering especially the absolute imposways consider it, which, however intended, gave sibility of suffering any partial production of the utmost publicity and exposure to the exist. them, and the necessity that, if for any purpose ence of these charges : I mean, the sending two any part of them should be produced, the whole Attorneys, armed with their Lordships' warrant, must be brought before the public) remains snrto my house, to bring before theni, at once, rounded with all the objections which I have about one half of my household for examination. enumerated; and nothing could ever have preThe idea of privacy, after an act so much calcu- vailed upon me, or can now even prevail upon lated, from the extraordinary nature of it, to ex. me, to have recourse to it, but an imperious cite the greatest attention and surprise, your Ma- sense of indispensable duty to my future safety, jesty must feel to have been impossible and ab- to my present character and honour, and to the surd; for an attempt at secrecy, mystery, and feelings, the character, and the interests of my concealment, on my part, could, under such child.” I had Hattered myself, when once this circunstances, only bave been construed into long proceeding should have terminated in my the fearfulness of guilt. It will appear also, reception into your Majesty's presence, that that that from that time I heard nothing anthentically circumstance alone wonld have so strongly imupon the subject till the 11th of August, when I plied niy innocence of all that had been brought, was furnished, by your Majesty's commands, against me, as to have been perfectly sufficient with the Report. The several papers necessary for my honour and my security; but accompunied, to my understanding the whole of these charges, as it 'now must be, with the knowledge of the in the authentic state in which yonr Majesty fact, that your Majesty has been brought to hethonght it proper gracionsly to direct that í sitate upon its propriety, and accompanied also should have then, were not delivered to me till with the very unjustifiable observations, as they
appear to me, on which I shall presently proceed may feel myself fully restored in public estimato remark; and which were made by your Ma- tion to my former character. And should they jesty's Servants, at the time when they gave you prove so satisfactory, I shall indeed be delighted their advice to receive me, I feel myself in a si- to think, that no further step may, even now, aptuation, in which I deeply regret that I cannot pear to be necessary to my peace of mind, my rest in silence, without an immediate reception security, and my honour.--But your Majesty into your Majesty's presence; nor, indeed, with will permit me to say, that if the next week, that reception, unless it be attended by other cir- which will make more than a month from the cumstances, which may nark my satisfactory ac- time of your Majesty's informing me that you quittal of the charges which have been bronght I would receive me, should pass without my being against me.
received into your presence, and without having It shall at no time be said, with truth, that I the assurance that these other requests of mine shrunk back from these infamous charges; that I shall be complied with, I shall be under the paiucrouched before my enemies, and courted them, fol necessity of considering them as refused; in by my submission, into moderation! No, I have which case I shall feel myself compelled, however boldly defied them. I have ever felt, and ever reluctantly, to give the whole of these prostill feel, that, if they should think either of pur. ceedings to the world; unless your Majesty can suing these accusations, or of bringing forward suggest other adequate means of securing my any other which the wickedness of individuals honour and my life from the effect of the conti. may devise, to affect my honour, (since my con- quance or renewal of these proceedings for the science tells me, that they must be as base and future as well as the present; for I entreat your groundless as those brought by Lady Douglas), Majesty to believe, that it is only in the absence while the witnesses to the innocence of my conduct of all other adequate means, that I can have reare all living, I should be able to disprove them sort to that measure. That I consider it with all; and, whoever may be my accusers, to tri- deep regret; that I regard it with serious appre. umph over their wickedness and malice. But hension, by no means so much on acconnt of the should these accusations be renewed, or any other effect it may have upon myself, as on account of be brought forward in any future time, death the pain which it may give to your Majesty, your may, I know not how soon, remove froni my in august family, and your loyal subjects. As far nocence its best security, and deprive me of the as myself am concerned, I am aware of the obmeans of my justification and my defence.- servations to which this publication will expose There are, therefore, other measures, which I me; but I am placed in a situation in which I trust your Majesty will think indispensable to be have the choice only of two most uppleasant altaken, for my honour and for my security - ternatives; and I am perfectly confident that the Amongst these, I most humbly submit to your imputations and the loss of character which must, Majesty my most earnest entreaties that the pro- under these circumstances, follow from my si. ceedings, including not only my first answer, lence, are most injurious and unavoidable; that and my letter of the 8th of December, but this my silence, under such circumstances, must lead Jetter also, may be directed by yonr Majesty to inevitably to my utter infamy and ruin. The be so preserved and deposited, as that they may, publication, on the other band, will expose to all of thein, securely remain permanent authentic the world nothing which is spoken to by any wit. documents and memorials of this accusation, and ness (whose infamy and discredit is not unanof the manner in which I met it; of my defence, swerably exposed and established) which can, in as well as of the charge; that they may remain the slightest degree, affect my character for hocapable at any time of being resorted to, if the nour, virtue, and delicacy.- There may be cirmalice which produced the charge originally
shall cumstances disclosed, manifesting a degree of ever venture to renew it.- -Beyond this I am condescension and familiarity in my behaviour sure your Majesty will think it but proper and and conduct, which, in the opinions of many, just that I should be restored, in every respect, may be considered as not sufficiently guarded, to the same situation from whence the proceed- dignified, and reserved. Circumstances, howings under these false charges have removed me. ever, which ny foreign education and foreign haThat, besides being graciously received again bits misled me to think, in the humble and reinto the bosom of your Majesty's Royal Fan ily, tired situation in which it was my fate to live, restored to my former respect and station amongst and where I had no relation, no equal, no friend them, your Majesty will be graciously pleased to advise me, were wholly free from offence. either to exert your influence with His Royal But when they have been dragged forward, from Highness the Prince of Wales, that I may be re- the scenes of private
life, in a grave proceediog stored to the use of my apartment in Carleton on a charge of High T'reason and Adultery, they House, which was reserved for me, except while seem to derive a colour and character from the the apartments were undergoing repair, till the nature of the charge which they are brought fordate of these proceedings; or to assign to we ward to support; and I cannot but believe, that some apartment in one of your royal palaces. they have been used for no other purpose than to Some apartment in or near to London is indis- afford a cover, to screen from view the injnstice pensably necessary for my convenient attendance of that charge; that they have been taken advanat the Drawing-room. And if I am not restored tage of, to let down my accusers more gently, to that ‘at Carleton House, I trust your Majesty and to deprive me of that full acquittal on the will graciously perceive how reasonable it is that Report of the four Lords which my innocence of I should request that some apartment should be all offence most justly entitled me to receive. assigned to me, suited to my dignity and situa- -Whatever opinion, however, may be formed tion, which may mark my reception and acknow. upon any part of my conduct, it must in justice ledgment as one of your Majesty's family, and be formed with reference to the situation in from which my attendance at the Drawing-room which I was placed; if I am judged of as Princess may be easy and convenient.--If these mea- of Wales, with reference to the high rank of that sures are taken, I should hope that they would station, I must be judged as Princess of Wales, prove satisfactory to the public mind, and that I banished from the Prince, unprotected by the
support and the countenance which belong to And that to this letter I sent the following anthat station; and if I am judged of in my private swer : character, as a married woman, I must be judged of as a wife banished from her husband, and liv- “ L'aveu de votre conversation avec Lord ing in a widowed seclusion from him, and retire- “ Cholmondeley, ne m'étonne, ni ne m'offense, meut from the world. This last consideration « C'étoit me confirmer ce que vous m'avez ta. leads me to recar to an expression in Mrs. Lisle's “ citement insinué depuis une année. Mais il examination, which describes my conduct, in the auront après cela, un manque de delicatesse ou, frequency and the manner of my receiving the pour mieux dire, une bassesse indigne de me visits of Captain Manby, though always in the plaindre des conditions, que vous vous imposez presence of my Ladies, as unbecoming a married a vons même.---Je ne vous aurois point fait woman. Upon the extreme injustice of setting “ de reponse, si votre lettre n'étoit conçue de up the opinion of one woman, as it were, in judg
“ maniere à faire douter, si cet arrangement ment upon
the conduct of another, as well as of " vient de vous, ou de moi; et vous sçavez que estimating the conduct of a person in my unfor- " vous m'annoncez l'honneur. La lettre que vous tunate situation, by reference to that which m'annoncez comme la derniere, m'oblige de might in general be expected from a married communiquer au Roy, comme à mou Souvewoman, living happily with her husband, I have « rain, et à mon Pere, votre aveu et ma repouse. before generally remarked; but beyond these
« Vous trouverez çi incluse la copie de celle que general remarks, in forming any estimate of my “ j'ecris au Roy. Je vous en previens pour pe conduct, your Majesty will never forget the very pas m'attirer de votre part la moindre reproche peculiar circumstances and misfortunes of my si
“ de duplicité. Comme je n'ai dans ce moment, tuation. Your Majesty will remember that I bad “ d'autre protecteur que Sa Majesté, je n'en rapnot been much above a year in this country, porte uniquement à lui. Et si ma conduite when I received the following letter from his
“merite son approbation, je serai, du moins en 'Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
“partie, consoleé.-Du reste, je conserve toute “ la reconnaissance possible de ce que je me
“ trouve par votre moyen, comme Princesse de Windsor Castle, April 30, 1796.
“ Galles, dans une situation a pouvoir me livrer “ Madam,–As Lord Cholmondeley intorms
sans contrainte, à une vertu chere à mon cæur, “ me that you wish I would define, in writing,
“ je vieux dire la bienfaisance. Ce sera pour “ the terms upon which we are to live, I shall en
“moi un devoir d'agir de plus par un autre motif “ deavour to explain myself upon that head, “ sçavoir celui de donner l'exemple de la pa“ with as much clearness, and with as mnch pro
“ tience, et de la resignation dans toutes sortes “ priety, as the nature of the subject will admit.
“ d'epreuves. Rendez moi la justice de me « Our inclinations are not in our power, nor
“ croire, que je ne cesserai jamais de faire des “ should either of us be held answerable to the “ other, because nature has not made ns suitable “ devouée."
veux pour votre bouheur, et d'être votre bien “ to each other. Tranquil and comfortable so
(Signed) " CAROLINE. “ ciety is, however, in our power; let our inter
« Ce 6 de May, 1796." course, therefore, be restricted to that, and I " will distinctly subscribe to the conditiont
TRANSLATION, “ which you required, through Lady Cholmonde
The avowal of your conversation with Lord “ ley, that even in the event of any accident Cholmondeley neither surprises nor offends me. “ happening to my daughter, which I trust Pro- It merely confirmed what you liave tacitly insi« vidence in its mercy will avert, I shall not in nuated for this twelvemonth. But after this, it “ fringe the terms of the restriction by proposing would be a want of delicacy, or rather an un“ at any period a connexion of a more particular worthy meanness in me, were I to complain of “ nature. I shall now finally close this disagree those conditions which you impose upon your" able correspondence, trnsting that, as we have self- I should have returned no answer to your
completely explained ourselves to each other, letter, if it had not been conceived in terms to " the rest of our lives will be passed in uninter- make it doubtful whether this arrangement prou rupted tranquillity. I am, Madam, with ceeds from you or from me, and you are aware great truth, very sincerely yours,
that the credit of it belongs to you alone. The (Signed) GEORGE P."
letter which you announce to me as the last, obliges me to communicate to the King, as to my
Sovereign and my Father, both your avowal and The substance of this letter had been previ- my answer. You will find enclosed the copy of ously conveyed in a message through Lord Chol- my letter to the King. I apprize you of it, that mondeley to Her Royal Highness; but it was I may not incur the slightest reproach of duplithought by Her Royal Highness to be infinitely city from you. As I have at this moment no too important to rest merely upon a verbal com- protector but His Majesty, I refer myself solely munication, and therefore she desired that His to him upon this subject; and if my conduct Royal Highness's pleasure npon it should be com. meets his approbation, I shall be in some degree municated to her in writing,
at least consoled. I retain every sentiment of + Upon the receipt of the message alluded to gratitude for the situation in which I find myself, in the foregoing note, Her Royal Highness, as Princess of Wales, enabled by your means to though she had nothing to do but to submit to the indulge in the free exercise of a virtue dear to my arrangement which His Royal Highness might heart, I mean charity.----It will be my duty determine upon, desired it might be understood, likewise to act upon another motive, that of give that she should insist that any such arrangement, ing an example of patieuce and resignation under if once made, should be considered as final; and every trial. -Do me the justice to believe, that His Royal Highness should not retain the that I shall never cease to pray for your happiright, from time to time, at his ploasure, or underness, aod to be, your much devoted any circumstances, to alter it,
6th of May, 1796.
The date of His Royal Highness's letter is the , from whom my inexperience could have best 30th of April, 1796. The date of our marriage, received the advantages of the one, and with your Majesty will recollect, is the 8th day of whom I could, most becomingly, have cujoyed April, in the year 1795, and that of the birth the comforts of the other; and if in this retired, of our only child the 7th January, 1796. unassisted, unprotected state, without the
On the letter of His Royal Highness I offer check of a husband's authority, without the no comment. I only entreat your Majesty not benefit of his advice, without the comfort and to understand me to introduce it, as afford-support of the society of his family, a stranger to ing any supposed justification or excuse, for the the habits and faslıions of this conntry, I should, least departure from the strictest line of virtue, in any instance, under the influence of foreign or the slightest deviation from the most refined habits, and foreign education, have observed a delicacy. The crine which has been insinuated conduct, in any degree deviating from the reagainst me, would be equally criminal and de- serve and severity of British manners, and par. testable; the indelicacy imputed to me would taking of a condescension and faniiliarity, which be equally odious and abominable, whatever that reserve and severity would, perhaps, deem renunciation of conjugal authority and affection, beneath the dignity of my exalted rauk, I feel the above letter of His Royal Highness might confident, (since such deviation will be seen to in any construction of it be supposed to have have been ever consistent with perfect innoconveyed. Such crimes and faults, derive not cence), that not only your Majesty's candour and their guilt from the consideration of the conju- indulgence, but the candonr and indulgence, gal virtues of the individual, who may be the which, notwithstanding the reserve and severity mest injured by them, however much such of British manners, always belong to the British virtues may aggravate their enormity. No such public, will never visit it with severity or cenletter, therefore, in any construction of it, no
It remains for me now to make some renunciation of conjugal affection or duties, remarks upon the further contents of the paper, could ever palliate them. But whether conduct which was transmitted to me by the Lord Chanfree from all crime, free from all indelicacy, cellor on the 28th ult. And I cannot in passing (wlrich I maintain to be the character of the omit to remark, that that paper has neither title, conduct to which Mrs. Lisle's observations date, signature, nor attestation; and unless the apply) yet possibly not so measured, as a cau- Lord Chancellor had accompanied it with a note tious wife, careful to avoid the slightest appear- stating that it was copied it his own hand from ance of not preferring her husband to all the the original, wbich lis Lordslip had received world, might be stadious to observe. Whether from your Majesty, I should have been at a loss conduct of such description, and possibly, in to have perceived any single mark of authentici Juch sense, not becoming á married woman, ty belonging to it, and as it is, I am wholly ut. could be justly deemed, in my situation, an of able to discover what is the true character which fence in me, I must leave to your Majesty to does belong to it. It contains, indeed, the ad determine.In making that determination, vice which your Majesty's servants have offered however, it will not escape your Majesty to con- to your Majesty, and the message, wbich, ac sider, that the conduct which does or does not cording to that advice, your Majesty directed become a married woman materially depends to be delivered to nie. -Considering it, there. upon what is, or is not known by her to be fore, wholly as their act, your Majesty will er: agreeable to her husband. His pleasure and cuse and pardon me, if, deeply injured as I feel bappiness ought unquestionably to be her law; myself to have been by then, I express myself and his approbation the most favourite object of with freedom upon their coníuct. I may speak her pursuit. Different characters of men require perhaps with warmth, because I am provoked different modes of conduct in their wives; but by a sense of gross injustice, I shall speak cerwhen a wife can no longer be capable of per- tainly with firmness and wita courage, because ceiving from time to time what is agreeable or I am emboldened by a sense of conscious inno offensive to her husband, when her conduct can
Your Majesty's confidential servants no longer contribute to his happiness, no longer say, “they agree in the opinions of the Four hope to be rewarded by his approbation, surely “Lords,” and they say this, “after the follest to examine that conduct by the standard of what consideration of my observations, and of the ought in general to be the conduct of a married " affidavits which were annexed to them.” Some woman, is altogether unreasonable and unjust.- of these opinions, your Majesty will recollect, What then is my case? Your Majesty will do me are, that « William Cole, Fanny Lloyd, Robert the justice to remark, that, in the above letter “ Bidgood, and Mrs. Lisle are witnesses who of the Prince of Wales, there is not the most “ cannot,” in the judgment of the Four Lords, distant surmise, that crime, that vice, that in- '“ be suspected of any unfavourable bias ;'“and delicacy of any description, gave occasion to « whose veracity in this respect they had seen his determination, and all the tales of infamy" no ground to question;" and " that the cir. and discredit, which the inventive malice of “ cumstances to which they speak, particularly my enemies, has brought forward on these as relating to Captain Manby, must be creditcharges, have their date years and years after « ed until they are decisively contradicted." the period to which I am now alluding. What Am I then to understand your Majesty's confithen, let me repeat the question, is my case? dential servants to mean, that they agree with After the receipt of the above letter, and in about the four Noble Lords in these opinions? Am I two years from my arrival in this country, to understand, that, after having read with the I bad the misfortune entirely to lose the sup- fullest consideration, the observations, which I port, the countenance, the protection of my have offered to your Majesty; after having husband-I was banished, as it were, into a seen William Cole there proved to have sort of humble retirement, at a distance from submitted himself, five tiines at least, to him, and almost estranged from the whole of private, unauthorized, voluntary examination by the Royal Family. I had no means of having Sir John Douglas's Solicitor, for the express pur. recourse, either for society or advice, to those, pose of confirming the statement of Lady Douge