Abbildungen der Seite
PDF

chnngc wai actually g.i2cttcd upon the Saturday following. Airs. Clarke in consequence received £001. from the agent. This case then serves to shew—first, that, in addition to promotions, txchsnges also were at the disposal of Mrs. Clarke; and secondly, that the purse of the comrrunder-in-chief was saved by the supply which his mistress derived from such sources. The witnesses to this case are, Lieutenant-Colonel Brooke, Lieutenant-Colonel Knight, Mrs. Clarke, and Mr. Thynnc.

As a contrast to the preceding exchange, 1 $hail take leavetostate a caseof petui'ur hardT ship whichocurred within the year j two meritorious officers, Major Macdonaid and Major Sinclair, both of the first regiment of infantry, and both indisposed, were anxious to nuke an exchange—the one desiring, for the recovery of his health, torernainin England; while the other, from a similar motive, desiredtogo to the West Indies. Thse gentlemen sought their object by tve;y honourable means. The most urgent requests and the most respectable reconimendalions were nude in the,r favour, but in vain. No mistress Wjs resorted to—nobriueof 2001. was oiicred—rMajor MMcdonald was forced to go to the West Jndies, and fell immediately a victim to the climate; Major Sinclair was- forced to rem;iin in En^iand, and survived but a few months. Thus w.is the country deprived of two highlydrscrving officers.

The fourth case I Inve to adduce refers to Major John Shaw, of Colonel Champagne's Ceylon regiment. Major John Shaw was appointed deputy barrack master of the Cape of Good Hope, on the 3d of April, 1806, through the influence of Mrs. Cljrke. It was known that this ofnr.er by no mtans enjoyed the favour of the Duke of York—that in tact lib Royal Highness entertained some prejudices against him. But these obstacles Mrs. Clarke easily contrived to overcome; for it was agreed to pay Mis. Clarke 10001. for the major's appointment. The appointment was therefore made, and the major himself paid Mrs. Clarke 3001. Soon alter, 2001. more were sent to Mrs. Clarkeby M'jjorShaw's uncle, through Coutts's bank, and the payment was made by one of Mr. Coutts's clerks. The remaining 5001. however, was not paid ; and when it was found not tobeforthcoming, Mrs. Clarke was enraged, and threatened revenge. Siheaclually comphnnedtothe commander-tn-' chief of Mr. Shaw's breach ofcontract, and the consequence was, that the major was suon after put ou half pay. 1 am in possession of several letters which passed upon this sutjecti from Major Shaw ami Mrs Shaw, threatening both the commander-in-chief nnd Mrs Clarke with public exposure, &c. if their comp'l.iints were not redressed, but in vain. In consequence of this busimts, I have been induced to examine the ha'.l-pay list, inordertosee whether any similar reduction to that of Major Shaw had taken place in the barrack depart

menu—but I have found no such thing, such officers being, in fact, kept on full pay, even on the home staff. This case of Major Shaw was indeed the only instance I could find of Such an officer beingreduccd to half-pay The case of tins officer, then, demonstrates, that Mrs Clarke's influence rxtended to appointments on 1 her sUrV or the arm>, a* well -*s to promotions .ind r-xduuiges in thr armv itselTj secondly, that the commanrier-in-eiiref punished an in<Ji\ ioual by reducinghim Iroin full to half pay, fornon-perfurmance of inebrious contract with his mistress j and, thirdly, that the commander-in chief Whs a direct party to all this bhametul tra'isiction- 1 he witnesses to this ens- are, Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Shaw, uncle to Major Shaw, Mi. Coutti's clerk, and Mrs. Shaw.

I now come to the very novel casr of Colonel French and his levy. This officer was, through the influence of Mrs. Claike, appointed by the comm.mdcr-in chief to conduct a levy in the years IfSO J -5. The colonel was introduced to Mrs Clarke by Captain Huxley Sandon, and the condition upon which he obtained his appointment was, that Mrs. Clarke should have one guinea out of the bounty of every man raised, together with the sale or patronage of a certain number of the commissions. The agreement being concluded, it was communicated to, and approved of, by the commander-in-chief. Colonel French was accordingly sent by Mrs. Clarke to the Horse Guardb,and, after many interviews, the levy Wasseten foot. As the levy proceecded, Mrs. Clarke received several sums of money from Colonel French,Captain Huxley Sandon, and a Mr. Corri. She also received 6001. from a Mr. Cockayne, who is a well known solicitor in Lyon's-inn, and a friend of Captain Huxley Santion. But, to return for a moment to Mr. Donovan, the garrisun-battalion lieutenant. This gentleman, who was such a prominent agent in these transactions, was acquainted with an old officer, a Captain Tuck, whom he very strongly recommended to seek promotion: and to rnconrage him by a display of the facility with which it might be attained, he sent him a written scale or Mrs. Clarke's prices, for ditierentcommissions. which, instating, I beg leave to contract with the regulated prices of the army.

Mrs. Garh*X Prices. Regulutfi Prices.

A Majority £W0 * £2600

A Company 700 1'joo

A Lieutenancy 400 bSO

An Ensigncy SOU 400,

From this scale it appears, that the funds I have bclore alludeu Lo, lost, in an enormous ratio to the gain of Mis. Clarke, ur any other individual acting upon the same system. Here 1 am to take leave of Mrs. Clarke Here the scene closes upon her military negotiations: and in what follows, the cmmauocr In chief alone is interested. It up, pea:s that his Koyal Highness rcqmicd a loan Of 60001. from Colonel ricncb, and Mr.

Grant Grant, of Barnard's-inn, promised to comply with the request in procuring the money, provided the commander in chief would use hhj influence and obtain payment to Colonel French of a balance doe to him by Govcrnmem on account of Ihe lc-vy. This was promised; but the commander in chief failing ro folnl hi: part of the condition, the loan he required vijS not advancej, and 30001. still icmjm due (Vom ^ovciament to Colonel r"'cnch. The case of this levy thews, first, that Airs. Clarice, in addition to promotions in the army, to exchanges and appointments pa thestafi, possessed the power of augmentlug the military force of the country; secondly, that in this case, 33 in all others, the was allowed to receive pecuniary consideration for cfte exercise or' her influence; thirdly, that the com;nanri.:r in chief endeavoured to derive a pecuniary accommodation for himself, independently of Mrs. Clarke's advantages.' The witnesset tu this case art- Colonel French, Cipuin Huxley Sandon, Mrs Clarke, Mr. Corn, Mr. Grant, Captain Tuck, and Mr. J. Donovan. night before. T h.ive seen Dr. O'Mcara, wh-> visiies lo preach be tore Royalty, and I must sec what 1 can do for him. What a time it appears since I parted from my darling! —Believe me ever your's, and your's a lour.

The hut ewe with which I shall at present enable the house, is that of Captain Maling. Tailfentheman was appointed to an ensigncy •« the 87th regiment, on the 28th of November, 1805—to a lieutenancy in the same ■ginent on the 2r5tli of November, J80G— •a* toa captaincy in the RoyaJ African Corps, under the command of the Duke of York's ova secretary, Colonel Gordon, on the, 15th •fSeptember, 1808. I have every reason to I Captain Mailing to be a very unexcephi character, although I cannot help the mode of hit promotion as , exceptionable. But this promojMMtt tdBeSted through the influence of the

[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[graphic]

propriety, the necessity of grounding some, proceeding upon such facts. The proceeding I |jropOi.e will, I have no doubt, be acceded to. 1 am sure 1 have stated quite enough to induce the house tu give what I a-Jc—i could state more, if necessary. There is, indeed, oi e thing to which 1 cannot omit alluding. The house must be astonished indeed at the corruption of the times, when told, that there is at this monunt a public otbee in the City for the sale of commissions, at the same reduced scule as that of Mis. Clarke; and that the persons who manage this office stated in my presence, chat they were the agent* of the present favourite mistress, Mrs. Carey. Indeed, these agents declared further, tbac tbey were also enabled to dispose of places both in church and state, and that ehey did not liesuate to say, that they were employed by two of the first officers in the administration. But these are points to which I may, on a future day, feel myself more enabled Co) spe.tk at large. The honourable member concluded with moving for the appointment of a Committee to inquire intotbe conduce of the commander in chief, with regard to pro. motions and exchanges in the army, Arc. &c." Mis. Ciarke, one of the late mistresses of the Duke of York, has since been examined many times at the bar of the House of Commons, ami iier evi*. deuce, which has been clear and correct, and corroborated bv a variety of other evidence and written documents, has engaged the labours of the house, and the undivided notice of the public, through the month. The volume detailing these proceedings, will be oue of the most interesting in the English language. It cannot be expected that we can give even a faint outline of them, we shall however preserve cerruin letters of the Duke of York, written during the time, and since the period of his residence with Mrs. Clarke. WW

[ocr errors][graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][graphic]

•* Dcare^r, Dearest, Dearest Love!"

To Mrs. Clarke, Ni. 9, Old Burlington-street*

*' Without being informed of the amount of assistance you require, it is impossible to *aj how I can t>e of service to you."

"Sjndgate, August C*lth, 180.1. ** How can I express my assurances to my best beloved, for her dear delightful lettsr. Every day but convinces mc more and more how I depend for happinc siuponheratlections. Oh! my angel, with what impatience do I long for the day after to-morrow, when I shall have the unspeakable felicity of clasping you to my arms. Clavering is mistaken, my deareit, in thinking that there are new regimrnts lo be raised: they are only second battalions, and therefore there Is no use in his applying. Ten thousand thanks for the handkerchiefs you sent—ten thousand blessings on the hand that m*de them. The day before yesterday I inspected the coast from Dover to Follcztonc, and had a view of the French camp.' Yesterday I teviewedthe 14th regiment of Dragoons (they were in the highest order), and six rcgimentsof militia.To-morrow I set off for Brayborne Lees—and then for the pleasure of Slc»i;g my Dearest Dearest Love !'*

To Mrs. Clark:, IS, Gloucester-place, PortmanSQUtirc,

41 If I could see any advantage that could be derived by your seeing me, I should have no objection to our'meeting; but as it would be extremely painful to us both, under the present circumstances, 1 must decline it."

To Mrs. Qar\i% Southampton. - ** It is totally out of my jwwer to give you the assistance you seem to expect." Oct. 21, ltJOo.

Addrtssedto George Yarqnbar, etf. *'I have received yourjiote, and Tonyn's business remains as it was.

(Signed) <( Frederick."

SINCE THE SEPARATION.

"To George Varqubar. t* 1 do not know what you mean j I never authorised any body to plague nor disturb you, and therefore you may be perfectly atyourease on my account."

« To Mrs. Clarke, *'You must recollect, I had occasion, seven months siuce, to employ my solicitor to make tome inquiries relative to a subpcsiia, which I received on your account, tije result of that inquiry gave me no reason to refrain from the opinion 1 formed on that occasion. *Nor did I rashly judge of the circumstances of the case; I am resolved to abide by the resolutions 1 have taken, and cannot recede from them. An interview woflld be painful to both, of. us, and of no advantage to you. I must, therefore decline

To Mrs. Clarket Gloucester-place. c< I enter fully into your Sentiments with respect to your children, whose interettj, you, of course, ought to consult. With regard to the house'at Weyhndge, think you had better remave your furniture from the house, and employ the .person you directed to take tur huu»e lo give i: uu again.*'

SINCE THE TERMINATION OF THE EXAMINATION IN THE HOUSE or COM- MONS.

"To the Speaker of the House of CsTwsrrr.

« Hat st Guards, Frf. 53,'lfi<>9.

« Sir—I have waited with the greatest anxiety until the committee appointed by the House of Commons to inquire into my conduct, .is Commander in Chief of his Majesty's army, hail clo-cd its examinations, and I now hope that it will nut be deemed improper to address thin letter, through you, to the House of Commons.

** I observe with the deepest concern, that, in the course of this inquiry, my name has been coupled with transactions the roost Criminal and disgraceful, and I must ever regiec and lament, chat a connection should ever have existed, which has thus exposed my character and honour to puWic animadversion. ""With respect to my alleged offences, connected with the discharge of my official duties, I do, in the most solemn mann-r, upon my honour, as a Prince, distinctly assert my innocence, not only by denying all corrupt participation in any of the infamnci transactions which have* appeared in evidence at the Bar of the House of Commons, or any connivance at their existence, but also the slightest knowledge or'suspicion that they exited at all.

"My consciousness of innocence leads roe confidently to hope, that the House of Commons will not, upon such evidence ai they have heard"; adopt any proceeding pre judical to my honour and character; but, if, on such testimony as h.s been adduced against me, the House of Commons can think my Innocence questionable, I claim of their justice, that I an Jl not be Condemned without trial, or he deprived of (he benefit am) protection which is afforded lo every British sutij *t, by those sanctions under which alone evidence is received in the ordinary administration of the law.—I am, Sir, yeuta,

» • "Fustttaicfc.**

ALPHABEtlCAL

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

'dr. Ci

t!r,i,, i jsif.:'* ina, J"k«t irac:

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
« ZurückWeiter »