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I was at Ramsgate with the Princess in 1803. One morning, when we were in the house at East Cliff, somebody, I do not recollect who, knocked at my door, and desired me to get up, to prepare breakfast for the Princess; this was about six o'clock; I was asleep. During the


whole time I was in the Princess's service I had never been called up before to make breakfast for the Princess. I slept in the housekeeper's room, on the ground floor. I opened the shutters of the windows for light. I knew at that time that Captain Manby's ship was in the Downs. When I opened the shutters, I saw the Princess walking down the garden with a gentleman; she was walking down the gravel walk towards the sea. No orders had been given me over night to prepare breakfast early. The gentleman the Princess was walking with was a tall man ; was surprised to see the Princess walking with a gentleman at that time in the morning. I am sure it was the Princess. While we were at Blackheath, a woman at Charlton, of the name of Townley, told me that she had some linen to wash from the Princess's house; that the linen was marked with the appearance of a miscarriage, or a delivery. The woman has since left Charlton, but she has friends there. I think it must have been before the child was brought to the Princess that the woman told me this. I know all the women in the Princess's house. I don't think that any of them were in a state of pregnancy; and, if any had, I think I must have known it. I never told Cole that Mary Wilson, when she supposed the Princess to be in the library, had gone into the Princess's bed-room, and had found a man there at breakfast with the Princess; or that there was a great to do about it, and that Mary Wilson was sworn to secresy, and threatened to be turned away if she divulged

what she had seen.

FRANCES LLOYD. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.

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(No. 7.)



I believe it will be ten years next quarter that I have lived with the Princess of Wales as housemaid. I wait on the ladies who attend the Princess. I remember when the child, who is now with the Princess, was brought there. Before it came I heard say that it was to come. The mother brought the child. It appeared to be about four months old when it was brought. I remember twins being brought to the Princess hefore this child was brought. I never noticed the Princess's shape to be different in that year from what it was before. I never had a thought that the Princess was with child. I have heard it re

ported. It is a good while ago. I never myself suspected her being with child. I think she could not have been with child, and have gone on to her time, without my knowing it. I was at Southend with the Princess. Capt. Manby used to visit the P.incess there. I made the Princess's bed, and have been in the habit of making it ever since I lived with her Royal Highness. Another maid, whose name is Ann Bye, assisted with me in making the bed. From what I observed I never had any reason to believe that two persons had slept in the bed; I never saw any particular appearance in it. The linen was washed by Stikeman's wife.

MARY WILSON. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, Downingstreet, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.

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(No. 8.)



I am a footman to the Princess of Wales. I remember the child being taken by the Princess. I never observed any particular appearance of the Princess in that year-nothing that led me to believe that she was with child. Sir Sydney Smith used to visit the Princess at Blackheath. I never saw him alone with the Princess. He never stayed after eleven o'clock. I recollect Mr. Cole once asking me, I think three years ago, whether there were any favourites in the family. I remember saying that Captain Manby and Sir Sydney Smith were frequently at Blackheath, and dined there oftener than any other persons. I never knew Sir Sydney Smith to stay later than the ladies. I cannot say exactly at what hour he went, but I never remember his staying alone with the Princess.

SAMUEL ROBERTS. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.

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(No. 9.)


I have been page to the Princess of Wales ever since she has been in England. When I first saw the child who is with the Princess, it is about four years ago. Her Royal Highness had a strong desire to have an infant, which I and all the house knew. I heard there was a woman who had twins, one of which the Princess was desirous to have, but the parents would not part with it. A woman came to the door with a petition to get her husband replaced in the dockyard, who had been removed; she had a child

do not remember Fanny Lloyd being called up
any morning to make breakfast for the Princess.
I did not like Captain Manby's coming so often,
and staying so late, and I was uneasy at it. I
remember a piece of plate, a silver lamp, being
sent to Captain Manby; I saw it in Sicard's
possession; he told me, it was for Captain Man-
by, and he had a letter to send with it. I have
never seen Captain Manby at the Princess's, at
Ramsgate, before nine in the morning, but I
have heard he has been there earlier. I had
never any suspicion of there being any thing
improper either from the frequent visits of Cap-
tain Manby, or from his conduct. I was at Ca-
therington with the Princess; she used to go out
generally in her own chaise. I think I have
once or twice seen her go out with Mr. Hood, in
his one-horse chaise; they have been out for
two hours, or two hours and a half together. I
believe only a day or two elapsed between the time
of the child being first brought, and being then

with her; I took the child, I believe, and shewed
it to Mrs. Sander. I then returned the child
to the woman. I made inquiries after the father,
and afterwards desired the woman to bring the
child again to the house, which she did. The
child was taken to the Princess; after the Prin-
cess had seen it, she desired the woman to take it
again, and bring it back in a few days, and
Mrs. Sander was desired to provide linen for
it. Within a few days the child was brought
again by the mother, and was left, and has been
with the Princess ever since. I do not recollect
the child had any mark; but, upon reflection, I
do recollect that the mother said he was marked
with elder wine on the hand. The father of the
child, whose name Austin, lives with me at
Pimlico. My wife is a laundress, and washed
the linen of the Prince. Austin is employed to
turn a mangle for me. The child was born in
Brownlow-street, and it was baptized there; but
I ouly know this from the mother. The mother
has since lain-in a second time in Brown-brought back again, and left with the Princess.
low-street. I never saw the woman
to my
I am sure the child was not weaned after it had
knowledge before she came with the petition to been first brought. I do not recollect any gen-
the door. I had no particnlar directions by the tleman ever sleeping in the house. I do not
Princess to procure a child. I thought it better remember Lawrence, the painter, ever sleeping
to take the child of persons of good character
there. The Princess seems very fond of the
than the child of a pauper. Nothing led me,
child; it is always called William Austin.
from the appearance of the Princess, to suppose
that she was with child; but, from her shape, it
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing-
is difficult to judge when she is with child. When street, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us,
she was with child of the Princess Charlotte, I
should not have known it, when she was far ad-
vanced in her time, if I had not been told it.
Sir Sydney Smith, at one time, visited very fre-
quently at Montague House, two or three times
a week. At the time the Princess was altering
her room in the Turkish style, Sir Sydney Smith's
visits were very frequent. The Princess con-
sulted him upon them. Mr. Morell was the
upholsterer. Sir Sydney Smith came frequently
alone. He staid alone with the Princess some-
times till eleven o'clock at night. He has been
there till twelve o'clock, and after, I believe,

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alone with the Princess. The Princess is of that lively vivacity, that she makes herself familiar with gentlemen, which prevented my being struck with his staying so late. I do not believe that at that time any other gentleman visited the Princess so frequently, or stayed so late. I have seen the Princess, when they were alone, sitting with Sir Sydney Smith on the same sofa, in the blue-room. I had access to the blue-room at all times; there was an inner room which opened into the blue-room. When that room was not lighted up I did not go into it; I did not consider that I had a right to go into it. I had no idea on what account I was brought here. I

did not know that the Princess's conduct was questioned, or questionable. I was with the Princess at Ramsgate; when she was at East Cliff, Captain Manby was very frequently there; went away as late at night as eleven o'clock. I

(No. 10.)


I have lived seven years with the Princess of
Wales, am house-steward, and have been in that
situation from the end of six months after I first
lived with her Royal Highness. I remember the
child who is now with the Princess of Wales

being brought there; it was about five months
old when it was brought; it is about four years
ago, just before we went to Ramsgate. I had
not the least suspicion of the object of my being
brought here. I had opportunity of seeing the
Princess frequently; I waited on her at dinner
and supper;
I never observed that the Princess
had the appearance of being with child: I think
it was hardly possible that she should have been
with child without my perceiving it. Sir Sydney
Smith used to visit very frequently at Montague
House, in 1802, with Sir John and Lady Dou-
glas. He was very often, I believe, alone with
the Princess, and so was Mr. Canning, and other
gentlemen. I cannot say that I ever suspected
Sir Sydney Smith of any improper conduct with
the Princess. I never had any suspicion of the
Princess acting improperly with Sir Sydney
Smith, or any other gentleman. I remember
Captain Manby visiting at Montague House.

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niture was ordered by me, by direction of the
Princess, of Newberry and Jones. It was put
by Newberry and Jones in the Princess's bill,
and was paid for with the rest of the bill by
Miss Heyman.
Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing-
street, this 7th day of June, 1886, before us,

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The Princess of Wales did not pay for the expense of fitting up his cabin, but the linen fur-year, but not lately. I never had any reason to suppose that the Princess received the visits of any gentleman at improper hours. Sir Sydney Smith visited her frequently, and almost daily. He was there very late, sometimes till two o'clock in the morning. I never saw Sir Sydney Smith in a room alone with the Princess late at night. I never saw any thing which led me to suppose that Sir Sydney Smith was on a very familiar footing with the Princess of Wales. 1 attended the Princess of Wales to Southend; she had two houses, No. 9 and No. 8. I knew Captain Manby, he commanded the Africaine; he visited the Princess while his ship was there; he was frequently with the Princess. I do not know or believe, and I have no reason to believe, that Captain Manby stayed till very late hours wi the Princess. I never suspected that there was any improper familiarity between them. I never expressed to any body a wish that Captain Manby's visits were not so frequent. If the Princess had company I was never present. The Princess was at Ramsgate in 1803. I have seen Captain Manby there frequently. He came to the Princcss's house to dinner. He never stayed till late at night at the Princess's house. I was in Devonshire with the Princess lately there was no one officer that she saw when she was in Dessu shire more than the rest. I never heard from the Princess that she apprehended her conduct was questioned. When I was brought here I thought I might be questioned respecting the Princess's conduct, and I was sorry to come; I don't know why I thought so I never saw any thing in the conduct of the Princess, while I lived with her, which would have made me uneasy if I had been her husband. When I was at Southend I dined in the steward's room. I can't say whether I ever heard any body in the steward's room say any thing about the Captain (meaning Captain Manby); it is so long ago, I may have forgot it. I have seen Captain Manby alone with the Princess, at No. 9, in the drawing-room, at Southend; I have seen it only once or twice; it was at two or three o'clock in the afternoon, and never later. I slept in a room next to the Prin cess, in the house, No. 9, at Southend; I never saw Captain Manby in any part of that house but the drawing-room. I have no reason to believe he was in any other room in the house. I was at Catherington with the Princess; she was at Mr. Hood's house. I never saw any familiarity between her and Mr. Hood; I have seen her drive out in Mr. Hood's carriage with him alone; it was a gig; they used to be absent for several hours; a servant of the Princess attended them. I have delivered packets, by the order of the Princess, which she gave me, sealed up, to Sicard, to be by him forwarded to Captain Manby. The birth-day of the child who lives with the Princess is the 11th of July, as his mother told me; she says that he was christened at

(No. 11.)


I have lived with the Princess of Wales eleven
years. I am a native of Brunswick, and came
with the Princess from Brunswick. The Prin-
cess has a little boy living with her under her
protection; he had a mark on his hand, but it is
worn off; I first saw him four years ago, in the
antumn. The father and mother of the child are
still alive: I have seen them both. The father
worked in the Dock-yard at Deptford, but has
now lost the use of his limbs; the father's name
is Austin. The mother brought the child to the
Princess when he was four months old; I was
present when the child was brought to the Prin-
cess; she was in her own room up stairs when
the child was brought; she came out, and took
the child herself. I understood that the child
was expected before it was brought. I am sure
that I never saw the child in the house before it
appeared to be four months old. The Princess
was not ill or indisposed in the autumn of 1802.
I was dresser to her Royal Highness; she could
not be ill or indisposed without my knowing it.
I am sure that she was not confined to her room,
or to her bed, in that autumn; there was not, to
my knowledge, any other child in the house; it
was hardly possible there could have been a
child there without my knowing it. I have no
recollection that the Princess had grown bigger
in the year 1802 than usual; I am sure the Prin-
cess was not pregnant; being her dresser, I
must have seen it, if she was. I solemnly and
positively swear I have no reason to know or
believe that the Princess of Wales has been at
any time pregnant during the time I have lived
with her Royal Highness at Montague House.
I may have said to Cole, that the Princess was
grown much thinner, but I do not recollect that I
did. I never heard any body say any thing about
the Princess being pregnant till I came here to-
day. I did not expect to be asked any questions
to-day respecting the Princess being pregnant.
Nobody came over to the Princess from Germany,
in the autumn of 1802, to my knowledge. Her

Deptford. The child had a mark on the hand: the mother told me that it was from red wine. I believe the child came to the Princess in November.

C. SANDER. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 7th day of June, 1806.


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house on the 15th of November, and left it there,
and it has been with the Princess ever since.
I saw the child last Whit-Monday, and I swear
that it is my child.

Sworn at Lord Grenville's house in Downing-
street, the 7th day of June, 1806, before us,

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(No. 13)

(No. 12.)


20th June, 1806.
MY LORD,-In consequence of certain in-

I know the child which is now with the Princess of Wales. I am the mother of it. I was de


livered of it four years ago the 11th of July next, quiries directed by his Majesty, Lady Douglas,
at Brownlow-street Hospital. I have lain in
wife of Sir John Douglas of the Marines, bas
there three times. William, who is with the
deposed upon oath that she was told by her
Princess, is the second child I laid in of there.
Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, that
It was marked in the right hand with red wine. at a breakfast at Lady Willoughby's house in
My husband was a labourer in the Dock-yard at May or June, 1802, &c.-(Extract from Lady
Deptford. When peace was proclaimed, a num- Douglas's Deposition.)-It being material to
ber of the workmen were discharged, and my hus- ascertain, as far as possible, the truth of this
band was one who was discharged. I went to the fact, I am to request that your Lordship will
Princess with a petition on a Saturday, to try to have the goodness to desire Lady Willoughby
get my husband restored. I lived at that time at
to put down in writing every circumstance in
Deptford New-row, No. 7, with a person of the
any manner relative thereto (if any such there
name of Bearblock. He was a milkman. The
be) of which her Ladyship has any recollec-
day I went to the Princess with the petition was
tion; and also to apprize me, for his Majesty's
a fortnight before the 6th of November. Mr.
Bennet, a baker in New-street, was our dealer,
information, whether at any time, during the
and I took the child to Mr. Bennet's when I went
course of the above-mentioned year, Lady
to receive my husband's wages every week, from Willoughby observed any such alteration in
the time I left the Hospital till I carried the child the Princess's shape, or any other circum-
to the Princess. I knew Mr. Stikeman only by stances, as might induce her Ladyship to be-
having seen him once before, when I went to lieve that her Royal Highness was then preg-
apply for a letter to Brownlow-street Hospital. nant.-I am, &c.
When I went to Montague-house, I desired Mr.
Stikeman to present my petition. He said they
were denied to do such things, but seeing me
with a baby he could do no less. He then took
the child from me, and was a long time gone.
He then brought me back the child, and brought
balf-a-guinea which the ladies sent me. He said
if the child had been younger, he could have got
it taken care of for me, but desired that I would
come up again. I went up again on the Monday
following, and I saw Mr. Stikeman. Mr. Stike-
man afterwards came several times to us, and
appointed me to take the child to Montague-
house on the 5th of November, but it rained all
day, and I did not take it. Mr. Stikeman came
down to me on Saturday the 6th of Novem-
ber, and I took the child on that day to the
Princess's house. The Princess was out. I
waited till she returned. She saw the child,
and asked its age. I went down into the coffee-
room, and they gave me some arrow-root to wean
the child; for I was suckling the child at this
time, and when I had weaned the child, I was to
bring it and leave it with the Princess. I did
wean the child, and brought it to the Princess'slection whatever of the fact stated to have

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(No. 14.)

Sidmouth, 21st June, 1806.

MY DEAR LORD,-In obedience to your
commands, I lost no time in communicating
to Lady Willoughby the important subject of
your private letter, dated the 20th instant,
and I have the honour of enclosing a letter
to your Lordship from Lady Willoughby.—
I have the honour, &c.


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(No. 15.)

MY LORD,-In obedience to the command contained in your Lordship's letter communicated to me by Lord Gwydir, I have the honour to inform you, that I have no recol

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(No. 17.)


I am the wife of Francis Gosden, who is a servant of the Princess of Wales, and has lived with her Royal Highness eleven years. In November, 1802, I was sent for to the Princess's house to look after a little child; I understood that he had been then nine days in the house. I was nurse to the child. One of the ladies, I think Miss Sander, delivered the child to me, and told me her Royal Highness wished me to take care of him. The child never slept with the Princess. I sometimes used to take him to the Princess before she was up, and leave him with her on her bed. The child had a mark on the hand, it appeared to be a stain of wine, but is now worn out. I was about a year and three quarters with the child. The mother used to come often to see him. I never saw the Princess dress the child, or take off its things herself; but she has seen me do it. The child is not so much with the Princess now as he was.

ELIZ. GOSDEN. Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downingstreet, the 23d day of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE, ELLENBOROUGH.

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(No. 18.)


I lived at Charlton sixteen years, and till within the last two years. I was a laundress, and used

to wash linen for the Princess of Wales's family. After the Princess left Charlton and went to Blackheath, I used to go over to Blackheath to fetch the linen to wash. I have had linen from the Princess's house the same as other ladies: I mean that there were such appearances on it as might arise from natural causes to which women are subject. I never washed the Princess's own bed-linen, but once or twice occasionally. I recollect one bundle of linen once coming, which I thought rather more marked than usual. They told me that the Princess had been bled with leeches, and it had dirtied the linen more: the servants told me so; but I don't remember who the servants were that told me so. I recollect once, I came to town and left the linen with my daughter to wash; I looked at the clothes slowly before I went, and counted them, and my daughter, and a woman she employed with her, washed them while I was in town. I thought when I looked them over that there might be something more than usual. My opinion was that it was from The linen had the appearance of I believed it at the time. They were fine damask napkins, and some of them marked with a little red crown in the corner, and some without marks. I might mention it to Fanny Lloyd. I don't recollect when this was, but it must be more than two years and a half ago; for I did not wash for the Princess's family but very little for the last six months. Mary Wilson used to give me the linen, and I believe it was she who told me that the Princess was bled with leeches; but the appearance of the linen which I have spoken of before, was different from that which it was said was stained by bleeding with leeches. I remember the child coming. I used to wash the linen for the child, and Mrs. Gosden who nursed the child, used to pay me for it. I kept a book, in which I entered the linen I washed. I am not sure whether I have it still :—but if I have, it is in a chest at my daughter's, at Charlton, and I will produce it if I can find it.


Sworn at Lord Grenville's house, in Downing street, the 23d of June, 1806, before us, ERSKINE, SPENCER, GRENVILLE ELLENBOROUGH.

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(No. 19.)


I am a surgeon and apothecary at Greenwich, and was appointed the surgeon and apothecary of the Princess of Wales, in 1801. From. that time I have attended her Royal Highness and her household. I knew Fanny Lloyd who attended in the coffee-room, at the Princess's. I frequently attended her for colds. I do not recollect that I ever said any thing to her respecting the Princess of Wales. It never once entered my thoughts, while I attended the Princess, that

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