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pose, however, it is not sufficient, seeing tious ? Is there here any attempt to thwart, that the real meaning of the writer can be exasperate, or traduce her husband ? If mistaken by no man,

she has caused litr complaint to be made Now, then, my friend, what a pictare public, from what has that arisen but from is here given! And, observe, that this the refusal to listen to that complaint? picture is intended to be applied to that Had her complaint been listened to, had same lady, who, in 1795, was received in she received redress, had she been permitEngland as an Angel bringing with her ted to see her child only once a week, we blessings, not only for the present genera- should never have seen the letter, because tion, but for generations yet to come ! Her it is evident, that the letter never would husband was described as the happiest of have been written. With what justice, mortals in possessing such a treasure ; and, then, can she be charged with entering inin short, there were no expressions of to the schemes of the factious for the purpraise that our language affords, which pose of thwarting, exasperating, and trawere not employed in the description of ducing her husband ? her person, her manners, and her mental The truth is, that being conscious of inendowments. For my part, I can know nocence, her forbearance is something wonnothing of the Princess's manners; but, derful; and, it is not less true, that any with the two pictures before me, and with longer forbearance must have made against

a pretty good view of the circumstances un- her in the opinion of the world, That - der which both were drawn, I can have no the Prince, now invested with kingły

hesitation in believing the picture now powers, has a right to direct his daughgiven to be a most foul and base attempt to ter's education, we know very well; but, disseminate falsehood. I believe the cha- this does not mean, that the mother is to racter of the Princess to be strongly mark- be shut out from free access to the child. ed with frankness and unreserve, but this, Her seeing her child could not have interso far from a fault, is an amiable characte- rupted the course of her studies. I nevét ristic. More mischief is done by hypocri- yet heard, that a part of good bringing up sy, in a day, than by the want of caution consisted in excluding the mother from a in a life-time,

sight of the child to be brought up. It is However, the cowardly writer (for cow- in vain to attempt to twist this prohibition ardice is the great characteristic of all the into a part of a system of education ; for, Princess's enemies) does not here venture the sole interpretation that it will admit of to give countenance to the serious charges is that which the Princess has put upon it said to have been preferred against her namely, that she is unfit to be trusted in Royal Highness. He charges her with ca- the presence of her daughter; and this be balling with her husband's enemies. Who ing so manifestly the case, I put to any man are they? The persons who espoused her of a just mind, what must have been the calise in the first instance are now her hus. conclusion, if the Princess had any longer band's ministers, chosen by himself. He forborne to complain? I put it to any man, chose them for his ministers after they had what he would have thought of her, if she espoused her cause ; after they had advised had remained silent under such circum the King to restore her to court; and would stances? Yet is she, by these base pandars he have chosen them, if he himself had not of the press, charged with caballing and been convinced that she really was innocent intriguing with her husband's enemies; of the things laid to her charge ?

she is charged with obtruding herself upon She is charged here with entering into the public. They seem, really, to think the schemes of the factious, for the purpose her something less than a worm. Someof thwarting, exasperating, and traducing thing that either has no feeling, or that her husband. And, where is the pronf. of ought to suppress every feeling the discathis? This charge, like all the others, is vering of which is inconvenient to her hus, false. She complains to him in private, band. This is a state to which no human that she is not permitted to see her only being ought to be reduced ; and, it is a child; she boldly asserts that there is no state to which no man, worthy of the just cause for this severe affliction on her; name, would", wish to reduce anything and, her complaint not being attended to, bearing the name of woman. she makes her letter public, in order that But, if it be part of a system of educathe world may not suppose, that the prohi. tion to exclude the mother from the child, bition is founded on any misconduct of her's. how comes it, that the Queen was never Is this entering into the schemes of the fac. shut out from her children? And how



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comes it, that she is not now shut out from the eye of the public, tacitly acknowledge her grand-child? Why is the grand-mo- herself in fault? The Prince, behold, is, ther more fit to have tho care of the child by this writer, justified in excluding the than the mother herself? The writer, be- mother from the daughter, lest by allowfore quoted, whose malignity can be traced ing the intercourse, he should seem to con to only one source, expresses his fears of fess himself conscious of being wrong in livi the Princess Charlotte being initiated into ing in a state of separation from his wife. German manners. " What education," But, the mother, oh! she is to hold her says he,“ does the young PRINCESS re- tongue, she is even lo shun the light, she

quire? Is it lessons in German morality ? is to look no one in the face, she is to do " Are we not sufficiently Germanized !-- nothing to convince the world, that she is

?66 Must we Germanize our females in man- not in the wrong; she, though innocent, is

ners as our fops are Germanized in dress? to act the part of an acknowledged criminal; 6. What should we do; set the example and, because she does not do so, she is to “ before the young PRINCESS of a dutiful be called an undutiful wife! She has now, “ wise, or of one who could go repeatedly it seems, " endangered the raising of the " to the Opera, where she was applauded in public indignation against her husband." " reproach of her husband, and he was And how ? Only by publishing her ap« hissed in her praise: of one who can en- peal to himself. That is all she has done.

danger the raising of the public indigna- She has complained to him of ber treat" lion against him, on grounds so shallow ment; and, if the publishing of this com

as those of the letter in question? Un- plaint exposes him to the danger here 6 fortunately the Prince and PRINSESS spoken of, she is not to blame; or, if she - live separately, on the worst, terms. be, so is every man who makes known to * This state of things can only have arisen the public any grievance under which he © from what the PRINCE thinks sufficient labours. If her complaint, as contained in $6 cause, and to give up the government of her letter, be well founded, it will and it 6 his child to a Person whose conduct he ought to produce an effect in the public 66 himself impeaches, would be to confess mind; if it be ill-founded, let it be answered ; himself conscious of being wrong, of be- let it be shown to be ill-founded. She “ ing highly criminal in living separately makes certain assertions. She says, that 66 from the Mother."

perjured and SUBORNED accusers haye Now, if there be danger in German man- been brought against her; she says,

that ners, why are so many Germans introduced she has been fully acquitted of all the into our army, and why have they, in Eng- charges preferred by them; she says, that, land, the command even of English troops? if any one is still wicked enough to whisper But, why was not this perceived when the suspicions against her, she wishes for a fresh marriage took place? Did not the Prince inquiry. And, what answer has been given and the King know, that the Princess was to this?

Base insinuations only, by anoa German woman? Nay, is not the Queen, nymous writers. This answer will not sathe King's wise and the Prince's mother, a tisfy the world; this is not the way to anGerman woman? And yet, behold, this swer a serious complaint, signed with the man can discover nu dlanger in her manners complainant's name. or precepts. Is the Queen less a German, Much has been said about the Princess is she less a foreigner, than the Princess ? having acted under bad advice ; and it has To what iniserable shifts are these assailants been frequently stated, that she would have of her Royal Highuess driven! Nothing cause to repeni of what has been called her more clearly shows the weakness, the mi- rashness. The news-papers have been fillserable weakness, of their cause.

ed with accounts of great councils of state But, the Princess is here called an un- held upon the subject of her letter; and of dutiful wife. And why, because she was, depositions and examinations, taken before it is here said, applauded at the Opera in magistrates. But, still, we see no answer. reproach of her husband. How was she to the bold and distinct assertions of her into blame for that, or for the hisses, which nocence; and, I say again, that those ashe is here said to have received in her sertions are not to be answered by hints and praise ? She had not the power to restrain insinuations of anonymous writers of paraeither the applauses or the hisses; and, as graphs. In my conception of it, there neto going to the Opera, was she to refrain ver was a plainer case. The limitation of from doing that because she was separated the Princess's visits to her daughter must from her husband, and thus, by shunning rest for defence upon some ground of com

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plaint against herself. This all the world" House, I felt it to be due to the respect will allow. Indeed, this is allowed on all “ which I owe to Flor Royal Highness as hands. Well, then, she positively asserts,

s6 well as to the House, not to take any step that there is no ground of complaint against on the receipt of it until I had fully asherself, and, if any one suspects that there certained its authenticity. I hope that

16 is, she challenges fresh inquiry into her " so far I shall not be considered as having conduct. This challenge remains hitherto

56 failed in the discharge of the trust reunanswered ; and, until some sort of au- posed in me, or as having shown a dispothentic answer be given to it, she may

o sition to interpose unnecessary impedia safely rest her case where it is.

66 menis in the way of any persons who Before I conclude, I cannot refrain from 6' might wish to lay their cases before this expressing my hope, that the Princess will 66 House. I am now enabled to state to not resort to lawyers as advisers. Her " the House, that the Letter which I recase is too plain to require, or admit of, 66 ceived yesterday was authentic; and the use of subtlety. I am far from sup

66 with the leave of the House I will read posing, that the gentlemen of the bar are, " to them a Letter which I have this day in the smallest degree, less honest, and

66 received from Her Royal Highness, enthey must necessarily be more acute and closing a dated duplicate of Her Royal discriminating, than the mass of men, But “ Highness's original communication.--- Is with full as much honesty as other men, " it the pleasure of the House that these and with greater faculties of judging righuy “ Letters should be read!-- (General cries than fall to the lot of men in general, they of Read, read!) are by no means to be preferred where The Speaker then read the Envelope, politics, or political power, may intermix and the woriginal Letter. They were in themselves with the matters in question. substance as follow: Other men are exposed to but the one old,

ENVELOPE. vulgar species of temptation, the yielding " Montague House, Blackheath, to which becomes visible at once to all

" March 2, 1813. eyes; but, the Devil has in this cou ry, “ The Princess of Wales, by her own ai least, such a choice of baits when fishing " desire, as well as by the advice of her for a lawyer; he has them of so many sizes, " Counsellors, did yesterday transmit to adapted to such a variety of swallows and “ Mr. Speaker, a Letter which she was

" of tastes, and has, in every case, such 66 anxious should have been read, without ready means of neatly hiding his hook, " delay, to the House of Commons, and that, when he chooses to set in earnest

66 which she requests may be read to the about it, I am much afraid, that very few

" House this very day; for which purpose of these gentlemen escape him.

" Her Royal Highness encloses a dupliIn my next I shall enter into other parts -of the subject, and in the mean while, I remain Your faithful friend,


Montague House, Blackheath,


is P.S. Just as I was closing my letter, the The Princess of Wales inforins Mr. public papers arrived, which contain, in the “ Speaker that she has received from Lord report of the parliamentary proceedings of "Viscount Sidmouth a copy of a Report, the 2nd of March, the following important " made in pursuance of the orders of His

, matter, upon which I shall say a few 66 Royal Highness the Prince Regent, by words, after I have inserted it.

66 certain Members of His Majesty's Most Soon after the Speaker had taken the 6 Honourable Privy Council, to whom it Chair, he rose and addressed the House to " appears, that His Royal Highness had the following effect : 66 It is my duty to

bi been advised to refer certain documents " acquaint the House, that yesterday even-" and other evidence respecting the charac

ing, as I was sitting in this Chair, a ter and conduct of Her Royal Highness. " Letter was brought me, which purported -The Report is of such a nature, that " to be from Her Royal Highness the “ Her Royal Higbpess feels persuaded no " Princess of Wales. As the Letter was person can read it without being sensible ! without date and signature, and as it 66 of the aspersions which it casts upon was given by an unknown person to one

66 her; and although it is so vague as to bi of the Messengers at the door of the render it impossible to discover the tenour

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" of the charge, yet as Her Royal High- it has been that of a sensible, a brave, and “ uess is conscious of no offence, she feels an innocent woman. All the world must " it due to herself, to the illustrious Houses say this, and all the world will say it." to which she lis connected by blood and This very day," says she, “ I request " marriage, and to the people among whom " that my Letter may be read to the 66 she holds so distinguished a rank, not to

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And, I dare say, that she acquiesce for a single moment in any im- was very much surprised, that it had not

putation affecting her honour.- -The been read to the House the day before, s Princess of Wales has not been permit- The Speaker certainly knew what he was 56 ted to know on what evidence the Mem-about; but, for my part, I can see no "bers of the Privy Council proceeded in harm that could have arisen from his telling 65 their investigation; nor has Her Royal the House, at the moment he received it, 66 Highness been allowed to be heard in her that he had received such a Letter. He

own defence. She knew only by com- might, I should have thought, have veri66 mon rumour that such an inquiry had fied the authenticity of the Letter after he 66 been instituted, until the result was com- had informed the House of the receipt of it 66 municated to her in the form of the Re- as well as before he gave that information.

port. She knows not whether she is to -However, I suppose, I may be wrong * consider the Members of the Privy Coun- in my view of this matter, the Speaker 66 cil by whom her conduct has been in- being a man of such great learning and exos quired into, as a body, to whoin she perience. -As to the Princess's Letter to

66 would be authorized to apply for redress, the Speaker, it requires no comment. og u b6 or in their individual capacity, as per- is so plain ; its sentiments are so just ; it

66 sons selected to make the Report on her is so unquestionably excellent in all its 66 conduct.- - The Princess of Wales is, parts, that it will stand in need of nothing os therefore, compelled to throw herself on to set off in the eyes of the world.

-But, 66 the wisdom and justice of Parliament, where will the base panders of the press, $t and she earnestly desires a full investiga- who have calumniated her Royal Highness "stion of her conduct during the whole pe- (for ends tou evident to mention); these s riod of her residence in this country. Her caterers to all the low, filthy, cowardly

Royal Highness fears no scrutiny, however feelings ; where will these wretches now 66 strict, provided it be conducted by im- hide their heads ? "partial Judges, and in a fair and open

manner; according to law.--- -It is Her 66 Royal Highness's wish either to be treat

OFFICIAL PAPERS. " ed as innocent, or to be proved guilty, "Her Royal Highness desires that

NORTHERN WAR. " this Letter may be communicated to the 46 House of Goinmons,

Continued from page 288.) The Honourable House seemed to have lery, were obliged to conclude the agree. been posed by this communication ; for the ment of becoming neutral, Macdonald findreporter states, that an awful' silence of ing himself separated from the Prussians, soine minutes ensued. ---Mr. WHITBREAD determined on making a speedy retreat then asked the ministers what they had to with the remainder of his troops. The say upon it; and he was answered by Lord cavalry pursued him vigorously, and on the CASTLEREAGH (you know that name, my first day took several Officers, and about friend), that, as Mr. COCHRANÉ JOHN- 800 men of the lower ranks prisoners. STONE had given notice of a motion, on the Count Wittgenstein having, in the meansubject of the Princess, for the 4th, he while, obtained intelligence that the enedid not think it necessary now to say any my's troops, which had been in Dantzic, thing upon what had taken place. The were marching to Taplaken and Wehlaw, matter was then dropped ; but, before probably with intent to strengthen Macdothis reaches the public eye, it will, doubt- nald or to cover his retreat, he turned with less, have been revived, and that revival his corps against them, and Lieutenantwill, I dare say, lead to a complete de- General Count Stenheil was, on the 22d velopement of all the circumstances con- Dec. (3d Jan.) already in Taplaken and pected with this most important matter. Wehlaw. He likewise sent a strong party

- In the mean while, it is impossible of cavalry into the low country behind Kofor me to withhold my tribute of applause ningsberg, and towards Elbing, for the of the Princess's conduct in this emergency: purpose of depriving the enemy of all means

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of collecting provisions; as, according tonight, took advantage of every step he accounts received, he is driving in corn of made for his retreat. On the 23d of this different kinds. Admiral Tchichagoff states, month (Janr. 4), at two o'clock after midthat on the 22d (3d Jan.) his headmost night, Col. Riedeger, with the Cossacks troops entered into Insterburg. Lieutenant- before mentioned, pushed vigorously forGeneral Tschaplit's vanguard entered Gum

ward, and after an obstinate fire of musbinnen; and Major-General Gount Woron- ketry, entered on the enemy's shoulders inzow marched into Memersdorff.-- Lieute- to the city; in which about 1300 men were nant-General Tschaplitz in forms, that Ma- made prisoners.--The celerity with which jor-General Count Oruk was, on his en- our troops forced their way into the city, trance into the village of Stalupenen, re- obliged the enemy, besides this to leave ceived by the inhabitants with undissembled about eight thousand of his exhausted troops joy and transport; they all unanimously behind him, and to sink about 30 pieces of exclaimed, “ May the Emperor Alexander artillery, with the cartridge-boxes, which be the protector of the innocent suffering belonged to the besieging train that was in nation!” and immediately went to procure Courland, and which the inhabitants are provisions and forage for our troops. now employed in getting out. Besides

Dec. 25 (Jan. 6.)-Adjutant-General this several Russian staff and other officers Wassiltchikoff reports, under date the 21st and privates who had at different times Dec. (Jan. 2), that according to certain in- been made prisoners were again restored to telligence obtained from the inhabitants, liberty, and a considerable quantity of prothe whole French army has passed through visions and forage were likewise found in Insterburg on its retreat; there was not at the magazines. After taking possession of that time left of the whole French Guards the city, Colonel Riedeger again set out more than 1500 men. The 27th Dec. with the aforesaid cavalry, without making (Jan. 8), General Count Wittgenstein re- the least delay, in pursuit of the enemy. ports, under date of the 25th inst. (Jan. In the course of our pursuit of the enemy 6), that his vanguard, under the command from Tilsit to Koningsberg, and after taking of Major-General Schepileff, on the 23d possession of the city, he has lost 51 pieces (Jan. 4), came up with the enemy near of cannon in the whole. Adjutant-General Labrau, where they had taken an advan- Wassiltchikoff states, under date the 24th tageous position, and defended themselves instant (Jan. 5), that the Austrian troops, obstinately. The battle continued till noon, after strengthening their advanced posts, and after they were driven out of their po- had drawn themselves towards Warsaw. sition they retired towards Koningsberg, The head-quarters of his Majesty the Eminto which place Major-General Schepileff's peror and of the Field-Marshal arrived this yanguard was carried on their shoulders. day in the village of Meretsh.”. The enemy

lost three pieces of cannon in Wilna, Dec. 30 (Jan. 11.)-On the this engagement, and had several Officers, day before his Majesty the Emperor's deand about 300 men of inferior rank, made parture from this place, namely, on the prisoners. Major-General Schepileff took 25th Dec. (Jan. 6), the following Order possession of Koningsberg with the van. was issued from his Imperial Majesty to the guard of the army, in the night of the 23d troops : - SOLDIER'S ! - Your valour (Jan. 5.) His Majesty the Emperor's and perseverance have been rewarded, by head-quarters, and those of the Field-Mar- a renown which will never die among posshal, were on that day in the village of terity: your names and deeds will pass Orany.

from mouth to mouth, from your sons to " Dec 28 (Jan. 9.)-Gen. Count Witt- your grandchildren and great grand chil. genstein reports, under date the 26th inst. dren, to the latest posterity.

-Praise be (Jan. 7); in completion of his former state- to the Most High! The Land of the Lord ment, concerning the taking possession of is with us, and will not forsake us. Althe city of Koningsberg, that the enemy were ready there remains not a single enemy on driven out of that city by the four regiments the face of our country. You have reached of Cossacks, viz. that of Major-Gen. Radis- the borders of the Empire over their dead nov, of Lieut.-Col. Tschernisubow, of Major bodies and bones. It still remains for you Tschtschilen, and of Major Selewanow-to go forward over the same, not to make all under the command of Col. Riedeger. conquests, or to carry the war into the They had observed the enemy's movements countries of our neighbours, but to obtain a from the commencement of the evening, wished-for and solid peace. You go to and notwithstanding the darkness of the procure rest for yourselves and freedom

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