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should have been acted—they de- still retained some regard for life.” clare him without hesitation to be “But, sire, may I ask, did the comthe witness of truth, of unquestion. missioners believe this man's suspi. able veracity. He does not appear cions? If they did, what do they even to have been asked, to whom mean by saying that these facts of he told the fact before ; when he great indecency, &c. went to a told it; what was done in conse much less extent than the principal quence of his information; and, if charges; and that it was not for he never told it, how he could ac them to state their bearing and ef. count for having concealed it so fect? The bearing of this fact, unlong ?- The next circumstance of questionably, if believed, is the Bidgood's deposition went still fur- same as thatof the principal charge; ther; it went to accuse her royal namely, to prove me guilty of high highness of criminal intercourse treason. They, therefore, could with captain Manby : and this im- not believe it : but if they did not plied accusation rested on some un- believe it, and, as it seems to me, important facts, relative to putting sire, no men of common judgement out the candles, the placing of ba- could on such a statement, how sons and towels, &c. “ What is could they bring themselves to name the charge (she indignantly asks) Mr. Bidgood as one of those witthat he would insinuate ? That Í nesses on whose unbiassed testimony meditated, and effected, a stolen, they could so rely?” secret, clandestine intercourse with The next deposition which her an adulterer? No-Captain Manby, royal highness examines is that of it seems, according to his insinua. Fanny Lnyd; who swore that one tion, slept with me in my own of the medical attendants of the house, under circumstances of such princess told her that the princess notoriety, that it was impossible was with child, or looked as if she that any of my female attendants, was with child :-this. deposition at least, should not have known it. was most pointedly contradicted by Their duties were varied on the oc- the medical attendant alluded to: casion; they had to supply basons and yet Funny Loyd was declared and towels in places where they by the commissioners to be a pernever were supplied except when son whose credit there appeared no prepared for him; and they were reason to question. But, on this not only purposely so prepared, but point, the princess complains that prepared in an open passage, ex. the conduct of the commissioners posed to view, in a manner to ex was unfair in another respect ; for cite the suspicion of those who were though the fact, that the medical not admitted into the secret! And attendant positively contradicted what a secret was it that was thus what Fanny Loyd asserted, was to be hazarded? No less than what, known when the declarations were if discovered, would fix captain forwarded to his majesty, this conMasby and myself with high trea. tradiction was not stated; while the son. Not only therefore must I charge of Fanny Loyd, which it so have been thus careless of reputa- fully refuted, was recorded. tion, and eager for infamy; but I The other allegations are exa. must have been as careless of my mined with equal acuteness, and life as of my honour. Lost to all rebutted with equal success: but sense of shame, surely I must have as they were of minor importance
we shall pass them over, and con- every source from which informaclude our account of this letter by tion could be derived, and scrutiextracting some of the closing pa- nizing with all that acuteness into ragraphs, which are distinguished the credit and character of the wit. for their solemn and pathetic elo- nesses, which great experience, taquence:
lent, and intelligence could bring “ But, how am I to insure a pa- to such a subject; and above all, tient attention to all this statement? if, after giving me some opportu. How many will hear that the lord nity of being heard, the force of high chancellor, the lord chief jus- truth had, at length, compelled any tice of the king's bench, the first persons to form, as reluctantly and lord of the treasury, and one of as unwillingly as they would ayour majesty's principal secretaries gainst their own daughters, the of state, have reported against me, opinion that has been pronounced;~ upon evidence which they have no regard, unquestionably, to my declared to be unbiassed and una honour and character, nor to that questionable; who will never have of your majesty's family, as in the opportunity, or, if they had the some degree involved in mine, opportunity, might not have the could have justified the suppression inclination, to correct the error cs of that opinion, if legally called that report by the examination of for, in the course of official and my statement ?
public duty. Whether such cau: * I feel, therefore, that by this tion and reluctance are really maproceeding my character has re- nifest in these proceedings, I must ceived essential injury. For a prin leave to less partial judgements cess of Wales to have been placed than my own to determine. in a situation in which it was essen. « In the full examination of tial to her honour to request one these proceedings, which justice to gentleman to swear that he was my own character has required of not locked up at midnight in a me, I have been compelled to make Toom with her alone ;-and an many observations which I fear other, that he did not give her a las- may prove offensive to persons
in civious salute, and never slept in high power. But, “ under" the her house, --is to have been actually circumstances of the report, degraded and disgraced. I have what could I do? Could I forbear, been, sire, placed in this situation: in justice to myself, to announce to I have been cruelly,-your majesty your majesty the existence of a conwill-permit me to say s0,---cruelly spiracy against my honour, and degraded into the necessity of my station in this country at least
, making such requests : a necessity if not against my life?' Could I which I never could have been ex. forbear to point out to your ma. posed to, even under this inquiry, jesty how long this intended mischief if more attention had been given to had been meditated against me? the examination of these malicious Could I forbear to point out my charges, and of the evidence on doubts, at least, of the legality of the which they rest.
commission under which the pro“ If, indeed, after the most dili ce ding had been had? or to point gent and anxious inquiry, penetra- out the errors and inaccuracies into ting into every circumstance con- which the great and able men, who pected with the charge, searching were named in this commission, un
der the hurry and pressure of their such a charge with the contempt great official occupations, had fallen which, I trust, by this time, your in the execution of this duty? majesty thinks due to it. I should Could I forbear to state, and to have been disposed to have defied my urge the great injusiice and in- enemies to the utmost, and to have jury that had been done to my cha- scorhed to answer to any thing but racter and honour, by opinions pro- a legal charge before a competent nounced against me without hear tribunal; but in my present misfor ing me? And if, in the execution tunes, such force of mind is gone. of this great task so essential to my 1 ought, perhaps, so far to be honour, I have let drop any expres- thankful to them for their whole sions which a colder and more some lessons of humility. I have cautious prudence would have therefore entered into this long dechecked, I appeal to your majesty's tail, to endeavour to remove, at the warm heart and generous feelings first possible opportunity, any unto suggest my excuse, and to afford favourable impressions; to rescue my paidon.
myself from the dangers which the " What I have said, I have said continuance of these suspicions under the pressure of much misformight occasion, and preserve to me tune; under the provocation of your majesty's good opinion, in great and accumulated injustice. whose kindness hitherto I have Oh! sire, to be unfortunate, and found infinite consolation, and to scarce to feel at liberty to lament; whose justice, under all circum. to be cruelly used, and to feel it stances, I can confidently appeal. almost an offence and a duty to be “ Under the impression of these silent--is a hard lot; but use had sentiments, I throw myself at your in some degree inured me to it.- majesty's feet. I know that whatBut to find my misfortunes and in- ever sentiments of resentment, whatjuries imputed to me as faults; to ever wish for redress, by the pu. be called to account upon a charge nishment of my false accusers, I made against me by lady Douglas, ought to feel, your majesty, as the who was thought at first worthy father of a stranger smarting unof credit, although she had pledged der false accusations as the head her veracity to the fact of my of your illustrious house dishohaving admitted that I wis myself noured in memand as the great the aggressor in every thing of guardian of the laws of your kingwhich I had to complain,-has dom, thus foully attempted to have subdued all power of patient bear- been applied to the purposes of ining; and when I was called upon justice, will not fail to feel for me. by the commissioners, either to ada At all events, I trust your majesty mit by my silence the guilt which will restore me to the blessings of they imputed to me, or to enter your gracious presence, and coninto my defence in contradiction to firm to me, by your own gracious it,-no longer at liberty to remain words, your satisfactory conviction silent, I, perhaps, have not known of my innocence." bow, with exact propriety, to limit Nine weeks having elapsed after my expressions.
this letter was sent to his majesty, " In happier days of my life, without any reply, the princess before my spirit had been yet at all again wrote, expressing her anxlowered by misfortune, I should iety, and her wish to learn whether have been disposed to have met she might again be admitted to the
royal presence. It seems that her mitted into his majesty's presence. letter, containing her vindication, Four months had elapsed between was laid before the cabinet mini- the date of her answer, and the sters on the 25th of January 1807, minute of the cabinet in which they in which they gave it as their opi. advised his majesty to grant this nion, that his majesty ought not request. Why was not the advice any longer to decline receiving the given sooner “ Nay, why was it princess into his presence; but that not their opinion and advice he ought to convey to her a serious from the date even of the original admonition to be more circumspect report itself?” “ What could have in her future conduct. As soon as warranted the withholding of it the princess received a communi- even for a single moment." If the cation to this effect from his ma- prince was allowed to interfere jesty, she named a day, on which, once, he might interfere again, so if agreeable to his majesty, she as to prevent for ever the arrival would have the happiness of throw- 'of that hour which was to prove ing herself, in filial duty and af- to the world the innocence of her fection, at his majesty's feet. The royal highness. In this letter, be. day, however, was at first postponed side other topics, which were dwelt by his majesty, who afterwards in- upon to show the hardship of her formed the princess, that at the case, she introduced copies of the request of the prince he declined letter of the prince to her, first seeing her till her vindication had stating the conditions on which they been examined by the prince. On were to live separate, and of her this she wrote to his majesty, re. answer to this proposal. Of the re. monstrating in strong terms against proof respecting her conduct, which the unparalleled injustice and cruel. his majesty, by the advice of his ty of this interposition of the prince confidential servants, had transmitof Wales, at such a time and under ted to her, she complained, not so such circumstances; and she trust. much for what it did, as for what ed his majesty would recall his it did not contain; since there determination not to see her till the was
no particular mention of prince's answer respecting her vin- what was the cause and object of dication were received. She parti. censure. cularly dwelt on the circumstance Soon after this letter was sent, that the judgement of his majesty's the Grenville administration went confidential servants was appealed out of office; and they were suc. from by the prince,whom from this ceeded by the friends of the time, therefore, she must be per- princess. It was therefore natural mitted to consider as assuming the to suppose that now justice would character of her accuser, Her case, be done her; and accordingly they she urged, was certainly very hard had been but a very short time in and cruel, since justice was sus- power, when by a minute of council
, pended towards her, while the dated April 22, 1807, they humbly judgement of his majesty's sworn submitted to his majesty, servants was submitted to the revi- was essentially necessary, in justice sion of her accuser's counsel. She to her royal highness, and for the also noticed the delay that had honour and interest of his majesty's taken place in coming to any de illustrious family, that her royal termination respecting the request highness the princess of Wales she had made to be again ad- should be admitted, with as little
“ that it
delay as possible, into his majesty's to signify his commands that the presence; and that she should be intended visit of the princess Charreceived in a manner due to her lotte to her mother should not take rank and station, in his majesty's place. To this note of lord Livercourt and family,”
pool, lady Anne Hamilton, by N. twithstanding this advice, it command of her royal highness, does not appear that the princess of sent a very caustic and haughty Wales was ever on the same foot reply; and as she understood that ing, either at court or in the royal cabinet meetings were still held, as family, as she had previously been ; was publicly rumoured, respecting while her intercourse with her her conduct, she wrote to the earl daughter was subjected to great of Harrowby, as president of the restraint. Nothing however oc- council, protesting against any recurred, that is publicly and officially solutions affecting her, which they known, till the month of Junuary night adopt. 1813. At this time the princess Shortly afterwards, the meetings was so much debarred from the of the privy council still continu. society of her daughter, that she ing, and there being little doubt determined to write to the prince that they were engaged in exaregent on the subject : she found, mining anew into the charges however, great difficulty in getting against her royal highness, she felt her letter conveyed to him; and herself bound to take some public though it had been transmitted to his and decisive step for the protection ministers on the 14th, it was not till of her own honour and character. the 23d that it was read to him. In Accordingly, immediately on the this letter she dwelt with great force meeting of the house of commons, on the hardship and injustice of wi- she addressed a letter to the speaker: dening the separation between mo- the contents of this letter, and all the ther and daughter;- it was not only subsequent proceedings in the house cutting her off from one of the few on this subject, will be found in the
domestic enjoyments which she still other parts of this volume. | retained, but it was giving coun. The attention and interest of the
tenance to those reports which had nation were first drawn to this sub. been proved to be totally un- ject, in consequence of the publicafounded.
tion of the princess's letter to the In consequence of this letter, prince; which was followed by the which soon after it was sent ap- publication of most of the other peared in one of the daily papers, documents which we have anavarious cabinet meetings were held; lysed, as well as of the depositions and at length, on the princess writ- on which the charges were founded; ing to lord Liverpool, to know the the papers in the interest of the reason why her davghter had been prince publishing the depositions, suddenly prohibited from meeting and the papers which favoured the her, on a day when she was given princess publishing her explanatory to urderstand permission would be and vindicatory letters. It was a suballowed her, his lordship informed ject well calculated to excite a very her, that in consequence of the pub. deep and general degree of interest: lication of her letter, his royal--but perhaps there scarcely ever highness had thought fit, by the was a subject on which the nation advice of his confidential servants, were so nearly agreed. Even those