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they advise your majesty, that tion, which your majesty wishes to “there appear many circumstances show to all your royal family. of conduct, which could not be re And here, sire, your majesty will garded by your majesty without graciously permit me to notice the serious concern;" and that, as to hardship of the advice, which has all the other facts and allegations, suggested to your majesty, to conexcept those relative to my preg-' vey to me this reproof. I complain nancy and delivery, they are not to not so much for what it does, as be considered as legally and con- for what it does not contain; I clusively establisbed,because spoken mean the absence of all particular to in preliminary examinations, not mention of what it is, that is the carried on in the presence of the object of their blame. The cirparties concerned. They do not, cumstances of conduct, which apo indeed, expressly assert, that my pear in these examinations, and in 'contradiction was not decisive or my answer to which they allude as satisfactory; they do not expressly those which may be supposed to state, that they think the facts and justify the advice, which has led to allegations want nothing towards this reproof, since your majesty's their legal and conclusive establish- servants have not particularly men. ment, but a re-examination in the tioned them, I cannot be certain presence of the parties interested, that I know. But I will venture but they go far to imply such opi- confidently to repeat the assertion, nions. That those opinions are which I have already made, that utierly untenable, against the obser- there are no circumstances of con. vations I have made upon the credit duct, spoken to by any witness, and character of those witnesses, I (whose infamy and discredit are shall ever most confidently main- not unanswerably exposed, and esta, tain; but that those observations blished,) nor any where apparent leave their credit wholly unaffected, in my answer, which have the re. and did not deserve the least notice motest approach either to crime, or from your majesty's servants, it is to indelicacy. impossible that any honourable man For my future conduct, sire, im. can assert, or any fair, and unpre. pressed with every sense of gratis judiced mind, believe.

tude for all former kindness, I shall I now proceed, sire, to observe, be bound, unquestionably, by sentis very shortly, upon the advice fur- ment as well as duty, to study your ther given to your majesty as con- majesty's pleasure. Any advice tained in the remaining part of the which your majesty may wish to paper; which has represented that, give to me in respect of any partiboth in the examinations, and even culars of my conduct, I shall be in my answer, there have appeared bound, and be anxious to obey as many circumstances of conduct my law. But I must trust that which could not be regarded but your majesty will point out to me with serious concern, and which the particulars, which may happen have suggested the expression of a to displease you, and which you desire and expectation, that such a may wish to have altered. I shall conduct may in future, be observed be as happy, in thus feeling myself by me, as may fully justify these safe from blame under the benefit marks of paternal regard and affec. of your majesty's advice, as I am

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now in finding myself secured from parie, secret examinations, nor my danger, under the protection of your character to be whispered away by justice.

insinuations, or suggestions, which Your majesty will permit me to I have no opportunity of meeting: add one word more.

If any charge, which the law will Your majesty has seen what de- recognise, should be brought against triment my character has,' for a me in an open and a legal manner, time, sustained, by the false and I should have no right to complain, malicious statement of lady Dou- nor any apprehension to meet it. glas, and by the depositions of the But till I may have a full opportuwitnesses who were examined in nity of meeting it, I trust your support of her statement. Your majesty will not suffer it to excite majesty has seen how many ene even a suspicion to my prejudice. mies I have, and how little their I must claim the benefit of the premalice has been restrained by any sumption of innocence till I am regard to truth in the pursuit of proved to be guilty; for, without my ruin. Few as, it may be hoped, that presumption, against the ef. may be the instances of such deter- fects of secret insinuation and ex mined and unprovoked malignity, parte examinations, the purest inno. yet, I cannot flatter myself, that can make no defence, and the world does not produce other can have no security. persons, who may be swayed by Surrounded, as it is now proved, similar motives to similar wicked- that I have been, for years, by doness. Whether the statement, to be mestic spies, your majesty must, I prepared by the prince of Wales, is trust, feel convinced, that if I had to be confined to the old charges, been guilty, there could not have or is intended to bring forward new been wanting evidence to have circumstances, I cannot tell; but proved my guilt. And, that these if any fresh attempts of the same spies have been obliged to have nature shall be made by my ac resort to their own invention for cusers, instructed as they will have the support of the charge, is the been, by their miscarriage in this strongest demonstration that the instance, I can hardly hope that truth, undisguised, and correctly they will not renew their charge, represented, could furnish them with an improved artifice, more with no handle against me. And skilfully directed, and with a malice when I consider the nature and mainflamed rather than abated, by lignity of that conspiracy which, I their previous disappointment. Í feel confident I have completely therefore can only appeal to your detected and exposed, I cannot but majesty's justice, in which I con. think of that detection, with the fidently trust, that whether these liveliest gratitude, as the special charges are to be renewed against blessing of Providence, who, by me, either on the old or on fresh confounding the machinations of evidence'; or whether new accusa my enemies, has enabled me to tions, as well as new-witnesses, are find, in the very excess and extrato be brought forward, your ma- vagance of their malice, in the very jesty, after the experience of these weapons, which they fabricated and proceedings, will not suffer your sharpened for my destruction, the royal mind to be prejudiced by ex sufficient guard to my innocence,

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and the effectual means of my justi. I thought it just possible, that the fication and defence.

reason for my not having received I trust therefore, sire, that I may your majesty's commands to that now close this long letter, in con- effect, might have been occasioned fidence that many days will not by the circumstance of your majeselapse before I shall receive from ty's staying at Windsor through your majesty, that assurance that the whole of the week. I, theremy just requests may be so com- fore, determined to wait a few days pletely granted, as may render it longer, before I took a step, which, possible for me (which nothing else when once taken, could not be recan) to avoid the painful disclosure called. Having, however, now asto the world of all the circumstances sured myself, that your majesty was of that injustice, and of those un- in town yesterday-as I have remerited sufferings, which these pro- ceived no command to wait upon ceedings, in the manner in which your majesty, and no intimation of they have been conducted, have your pleasure-I am reduced to the brought upon me.

necessity of abandoning all hope, I remain, sire, &c. that your majesty will comply with

(Signed) C. P. my humble, my earnest, and anxious As these observations apply not requests. only to the official communication Your majesty, therefore, will not through the lord chancellor, of the be surprised to find, that the publi. 28th ult. ; but also to the private cation of the proceedings alluded letter of your majesty, of the 12th to, will not be withheld beyond instant, I have thought it most re- Monday next. spectful to your majesty and your As to any consequences which majesty's servants, to send this let. may arise from such publication, ter'in duplicate, one part through unpleasant or hurtful to my own colonel I'ayior, and the other feelings and interests, I may, perthrough the lord chancellor, to haps, be properly responsible ; and, your majesty.

in any event, have no one to comTo the king: (Signed) C. P. plain of but myself, and those with

whose advice I have acted; and Montague-house, March 5, 1807. whatever those consequences may Sire;-When I last troubled your be, I am fully and unalterably con. majesty upon my unfortunate busi- vinced, that they must be incalcuness, I had raised my mind to hope, lably less than those, which I should that I should have the happiness of be exposed to from my silence: but hearing from your majesty, and re as to any other consequences, unceiving your gracious commands, pleasant or hurtful to the feelings to pay my duty in your royal pre- and interests of others, or of the sence, before the expiration of the public, my conscience will certainly last week. And when that hope acquit me of them ;-I am confi. was disappointed, (eagerly clinging dent that I have not acted impa. to any idea, which offered me a tiently, or precipitately. To avoid prospect of being saved from the coming to this painful extremity, I necessity of having recourse, for have taken every step in my power, the vindication of my character, to except that which would be abanthe publication of the proceedings doning my character to utter in. upon the inquiry into my conduct,) famy, and my station and life to

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no uncertain danger, and, possibly could not, under such advice, conto no very distant destruction. sistently with his public duty, have

With every prayer, for the length. done otherwise than lay before your ened continuance of your majesty's majesty the statement and exami. health and happiness; for every nations which were submitted to possible blessing, which a gracious him upon this subject. God can bestow upon the beloved After the most deliberate consi, monarch of a loyal people, and for deration, however, of the evidence the continued prosperity of your which has been brought before the dominions, under your majesty's commissioners, and of the previous propitious reign,

examination, as well as of the an. I remain, &c.

swer and observations which have To the king. (Signed) (Signed) C.P. - been submitted to your majesty

upon them, they feel it necessary MINUTE OF COUNCIL, April 22, 1807.

to declare their decided concurrence (Present)

in the clear and unanimous opinion Lord cbancellor (ELDON)

of the commissioners, confirmed by Lord president (CAMDEN) that of all your majesty's late con. Lord privy seal (WESTMORELAND) fidential servants, that the two main The duke of PORTLAND

charges alleged against her royal The earl of CHATHAM

highness the princess of Wales, of The earl of BATHURST

pregnancy and delivery, are comViscount CASTLEREAGH

pletely disproved; and they further Lord MULGRAVE

submit to your majesty, their unaMr, secretary CANNING.

nimous opinion, that all other parLord HAWKESBURY.

ticulars of conduct brought in acYour majesty's confidential ser. cusation against her royal highness, vants have, in obedience to your ma. to which the character of crimina. jesty's commands, most attentively lity can be ascribed, are satisfactorily considered the original charges and contradicted, or rest upon evidence of report, the minutes of evidence, and such a nature, and which was given all the other .papers submitted to under such circumstances, as render the consideration of your majesty, it, in the judgment of your majeson the subject of those charges ty's confidential servants, undeserva against her royal highness the prin- ing of credit. cess of Wales.

Your majesty's confidential ser. In the stage in which this busi- vants, therefore, concurring in that ness is brought under their conside- part of the opinion of your late ser. ration, they do not feel themselves vants, as stated in their minute of called upon to give any opinion as the 25th of January, that there is to the proceeding itself, or to the no longer any necessity for your mode of investigation in which it majesty being advised to decline has been thought proper to conduct receiving the princess into your it. But adverting to the advice royal presence, humbly submit to which is stated by his royal high- your majesty, that it is essentially ness the prince of Wales to have necessary, in justice to her royal bigbdirected his conduct, your majesty's ness, and for the honour and interests confidential servants are anxious to of your majesty's illustrious family, impress upon your majesty their that her royal highness the princess conviction that his royal highness of Wales sbould be admitted, with

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as little delay as possible, into your ma. Being neither able, nor inclined
jesty's royal presence, and that sbe to obtain, but by their efforts, that
sbould be received in a manner due to throne which his rights and their
her rank and station, in your majesty's affection can alone confirm, what
court and family.

wishes should be adverse to those
Your majesty's confidential ser which he has invariably entertained?
vants also bez leave to submit to What doubt can be started with re.
your majesty, that considering that gard to his paternal intentions ?
it may be necessary that your ma. The king has said in his preced-
jesty's government should possessing declarations, and he reiterates
the means of referring to the state theassurance, that the administrative
of this transaction, it is of the ut and judicial bodies shall be main-
most importance that these docu- tained in the plenitude of their
ments, demonstrating the ground powers; that he will preserve their
on which your majesty has pro- places to those who at present hold
ceeded, should be preserved in safe them, and who shall take the oath
custody; and that for that purpose of fidelity to him; that the tribu-
the originals, or authentic copies of nals, depositaries of the laws, shall
all these papers, should be sealed prohibit all prosecutions bearing re-
up and deposited in the office of lation to those unhappy times of
your majesty's principal secretary which his return will have for ever
of state.

sealed the oblivion; that, in fine,
the code polluted by the name Na.
poleon, but which, for the most
part, contains only the ancient or,

dinances and customs of the realm,
Translation.

shall remain in force, with the ex. Louis XVIII, &c.

ception of enactments contrary to
The moment is at length arrived the doctrines of religion, which,
when Divine Providence appears

as well as the liberty of the people,
ready to break in pieces the instru- has long been subjected to the ca.
ment of its wrath. The usurper price of the tyrant.
of the throne of St. Louis, the de The senate, in which are seated,
vastator of Europe, experiences re some men so justly distinguished
verses in his turn. Shall they have for their talents, and whom so
no other effect but that of aggravat- many services may render illustrious
ing the calamities of France; and in the eyes of France, and of po-
wiil she not dare to overturn an sterity—that corps, whose utility
odions power, no longer protected and importance can never be duly
by the illusions of victory? What appreciated till after the restoration
prejudices, or what fears, can now --can it fail to perceive the glorious
prevent her from throwing herself destiny which summons it to bea,
into the arms of her king; and from come the first instrument of that
Tecognising, in the establishment of great benefaction, which will prove
his legitimate authority, the only the most solid as well as the most
pledge of union, peace, and happi- honourable guarantee of its exist-
ness, which his promises have so ence and its prerogatives?
often guarantied to his oppressed On the subject of property, the

king, who has already announced his

intention

PROCLAMATION OF LOUIS XVIII.

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