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“ dice of my honour," till they were “ decidedly One of Robert Bidgood, dated Temple, 4th “ contradicted;" the means of knowing what it. April, 1806. was, that I must, at least, endeavour to contra- One of Sarah Bidgood, dated Temple, 23d dict, were withliolden from me, a single unne- April, 1806; and, cessary hour, I know not, and I will not trnst. One of Frances Lloyd, dated Temple, 12th myself in the attempt to conjecture. On the May, 1806. 11th of August, however, I at length received The other Papers and Documents which ac. from the Lord Chancellor a packet, containing companied the Report, are, * copies of the Warrant or Commission authorizing 1806. No, the Inquiry; of the Report; and of the Exami- 29 May, 1. The King's Warrant or Commise nations on which the Report was founded. And
sion. your Majesty will be graciously pleased to recol
1 June, 2. Deposition of Lady Douglas. lect, that on the 13th I returned my grateful 1
of Sir John Douglas. thanks to your Majesty, for having ordered these
of Robert Bidgood. papers to be sent to me.Your Majesty will
of W. Cole. readily imagine that, upon a subject of such im
of Frances Lloyd. portance, I could not venture to trust only to my
of Mary Wilson. own advice; and those with whom I advised 7
of Samuel Roberts, suggested, that the written Declarations, or 7
of Thos. Stikeman. Charges, upon which the Inquiry had proceeded, 7
of J. Sicard. and which the Commissioners refer to in their
of Charlotte Sander. Report, and represent to be the essential foun- 7
of Sophia Austin. dation of the whole proceeding, did not accom- 20
13. Letter from Lord Spencer to pany the Examinations and Report; and also
Lord Gwydir. that the papers themselves were not authenti- 21
from Lord Gwydir to cated. I, therefore, ventured to address your
Lord Spencer, Majesty upon these supposed defects in the com- 21
15. from Lady Willoughby munication, and humbly requested that the co
to Lord Spencer. pies of the papers, which I then returned, might, 23 16. Extract from Register of Brown. after being examined and authenticated, be
low-street Hospital. again transmitted to me; and that I might also 23 17. Deposition of Eliz, Gosden. be furnished with copies of the written Declara- 23
of Betty Townley. tions, so referred to, in the Report. And my 25
of Thes. Edmeades. humble thanks are due for your Majesty's gra- 25
of Samuel G. Mills. cious compliavce with my request. On the 29th 27
of Harriet Fitzgeof Augast I received, in consequence, the at
rald. tested copies of those Declarations, and of a 1 July, 22. Letter from Lord Spencer to Narrative of His Royal Highness the Duke of
Lord Gwydir. Kent; and a few days after, on the 3rd of Sep- 3
from Lord Gwydir to tember, the attested copies of the Examinations
Lord Spencer. which were taken before the Commissioners.
24. Queries of Lady Willoughby and The Papers which I have received are as fol
3 25. Further Deposition of R. Bid *The Narrative of His Royal Highness the
good. Duke of Kent, dated 27th of December, 1805.
26. Deposition of Sir Frs. Millman
27. A Copy of the written Declaration of Sir
of Mrs. Lisle,
28. Letter from Sir Francis MillJohn and Lady Douglas, dated December 3, 1805.
man to the Lord Chancellor. A Paper containin the written Declarations, 16 29. Deposition of Lord Cholmonde. or Exammations, of the persons hereafter enumerated ;The title to these Papers is,
30. The Report. “ For the purpose of confirming the State- By the Copy, which I have received, of the tment made by Lady Douglas, of the circum- Commission, or Warrant, under which the In« stances mentioned in her Narrative. The fol- quiry has been prosecuted, it appears to be an "lowing. Examinations have been taken, and instrument under your Majesty's Sign Manual, « which have been signed by the several persons not countersigned, not under any Seal.It rewho have been examined."
cites, that an Abstract of certain written De. Two of Sarah Lampert ;-one, dated Chelten- clarations touching my conduct (without specifya ham, 8th January, 1806,-and, the other, 29th ing by whom those Declarations were made, or March, 1806.
the nature of the matters touching which they One of William Lampert, baker, 114, Chel- had been made, or even by whom the Abstract tenham, apparently of the same date with the bad been prepared), had been laid before your last of Sarah Lampert's.
Majesty ; into the truth of which it purports to Four of William Cole, dated respectively, 11th authorize the four noble Peers, who are named January, 14th January, 30th January, and 23d it, to inquirc and to examine, upon oath, February, 1806.
(To be continued.) * See Appendix (B).
* See Appendix (A).
Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.
LONDON: Printed by J. M'Creery, Black Horse-Court, Fleet-street.
VOL. XXIII. No. 13.] LONDON, SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 1813. [Price 1s.
“ Heay'n has no curse like love to hatred turn'd,
and with which, it appears, her moderation Having been unable to resist the desire would have been contented. Indeed, when to submit my own remarks to the reader you take an impartial view of the case up
to the close of her Letter of the 16th of at considerable length, I have been com- February, 1807, you will be at a loss to say pelled to adopt the meas:ire of publishing a which feeling is strongest in your bosom:
that of admiration of her moderation and third Double Number next week, when I
magnanimity; or, of indignation against shall close the publication of THE BOOK, the wretches who had manifestly conspired, and shall, at the same time, have sufficient with the most deliberate malice, against room to prefix the further remarks that I her reputation and even against her life.
Exalted as the parties concerned are in have to make upon this important subject. rank, important as everything must be
which is so closely connected with their TO JAMES PAUL,
character and honour; yet, such is the abiOF BURSLEDON, IN Lower Dublin Town-lity with which this defence was conducted, SHIP, IN PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, IN THE
that, merely as a specimen of excellence in STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA; ON MATTERS
this sort of productions, it will, I am perPELATING TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
suaded, live and be admired, long after the PRINCESS OF WALES.
cause of it shall have become of no interest
to the world. I hated Perceval when liv. Letter V.
ing; I hate his memory now that he is My dear Friend,
dead; because I regard him as having been In my last Letter I gave you a brief his- bitter
of the liberiies of my countory of THE BOOK, and showed you, as try. But, I should tacitly belie my convicclearly as I was able, what effects it had tion, I should commit an act of violence on produced as to political changes in the go- my own mind, were I to abstain from exvernment. I, at the same time, laid before pressing my admiration of this defence, as you all the depositions against Her Royal doing equal honour to the heart and to the Highness the Princess of Wales, together talents of its author; who, from the first with the beginning of her defence. The page to the last, shines, not only as a wise remaining part of that defence I conti- counsellor, an able and zealous ådvocate, nue to this Letter; and, when you have but as an ardent, a steady, and disinterested read it, together with Her Royal Highness's friend; and, really, I look upon it as a forLetter to the King of the 16th of February, tunate circumstance for the character of the 1807, you will have the whole of the case country, that, while England had produced before you.
wretches so vile as to conspire against the So satisfactory to my mind is that de life of an innocent and friendless woman, fence; so completely does it do away every England also furnished the man able and charge against her honour ; so quickly does willing to be her protector. it dissipate, in my view of it, every doubt This defence being, in all its parts, so that could have been raised in the mind of complete, I should not trouble you with any rational man, that I am utterly at a any observations of my own on any part of loss to find words to express my astonish- the evidence or proceedings, and should ment, that His Royal Highness, the Prince merely give you my reasons for believing, of Wales, should have found advisers, weak that the conduct of the Princess, up to this enough (for I will forbear to apply to them very hour, has been such as to merit full any harsh epithel) to recommend the raising approbation; but, as endeavours are still of
any obstacle to the giving of the injured making, in some of the detestable news. Princess those external marks of complete papers in London, to give the air of truth acquittal, which she so justly demanded, to the refuted calumnies of the Douglases
and others, I think it right to point out for We see, that, from 1801 to 1804, there your special notice some few of the circum- was an intercourse of friendship existing stances of the case.
between Sir John and Lady Douglas and There is an observation, made by some the Princess; and, it is not till after persons, in these words: “ There, surely, the former are discarded by the latter that 66 must be something in all this. How the accusations appear to have been hatched; “ could such a story as that of Lady Doug- or, at least, to have assumed any thing of a 166. Jas have been all'invented ?" This is a systematic form. Soon after this, we find very absurd way of reasoning; for, if one Sir John Douglas receiving, as his wife says, part of a story be hatched, why not the anonymous letters, containing lewd drawwhole? It is not the practice either of ings, exhibiting Lady. Douglas as committing courts of justice or of individuals to give adultery with Sir Sydney Smith; and of credit to any part of a story, upon the prin- these she says, the Princess of Wales was cipal facts of which the narrator has been the author. This fact of the authorship is fully proved to have spoken wilfully false. clearly disproved by the most satisfactory If any man were to tell you, that I had de- of evidence, positive as well as circumstanfrauded him of a ten pound note, and that, tial. And, now, mark; this fact being upon the same occasion, I had been guilty proved to be false, what other conclusion of blasphemy, would you, when you had can we draw from its having been advanced, seen the former clearly disproved, attach than that the 'Douglases wrote the letters any credit to the latter? Would the man, themselves to themselves with a design of who could invent the former charge, scruple imputing them to her Royal Highness, and to invent the latter also? Would that ma- thus to furnish themselves with some excuse lice, which proved the mother of the one, be for the treachery, to say the very least of it, insufficient for the producing of the other ? of Lady Douglas? For, you will observe, The consistency of the different parts of a that, upon the supposition of all the alle „story, all coming from the same person, or gations of Lady Douglas being true, nofrom a set of conspirators, argues little in thing could clear her of the charge of persupport of its credibility; for, if one sits fidiousness to the person, who, in the down to invent, especially when there is warmth of her friendship and the plenitude an abundance of time, it is entirely one's of her confidence, had committed to her own fault if the several parts of the story breast secrets affecting her life. do not agree. You do not read Romances Having thus prepared the way; hav. and Plays; but, if you did, you would not ing provided themselves with an excuse set any part of them down for realities, be though a very unsatisfactory one, for the cause all the parts corresponded with each divulging of secrets, which they could other. They are fabulous, they are the not in any case, and under any degree of work of invention, from the beginning to provocation, divulge without subjecting the end; and so, it appears to me, were all themselves to the charge of perfidy, they the minor circumstances, related by the appear to have set themselves to work to Douglases and others, tending to corrobo- get a way opened for their information to rate the main facts, and to render complete the Prince of Wales ; and, at last, in Deand successful the great plot of this dis-cember, 1805, they draw up and sign their graceful drama. The main allegations hav• STATEMENT in order to its being laid ing been proved to be false, and none of the before him. rest having been proved to be true, we must If this Statement was believed, as it apnecessarily, in common justice to the ac-pears to have been, by His Royal Highness's cused, regard the whole as a mass of false advisers ; for, my respect for the person, hoods.
whom I obey as my sovereign, will permit Indeed, it is impossible for any man, me to speak, in this case, only of his adwhen he has read the whole of the docu- visers. If this statemert-was believed by ments, to entertain the smallest doubt of the them, there can be no doubt of the proinnocence of the Princess as to every thing priety, and, indeed, of the absolute newhich has been alleged against her; but, it cessity, of submitting the matter to the appears to me to be very essential for us to consideration of the King. Different men inquire, how these infamous charges came see the same thing in a different light ; to be made. And, here, I think, we shall and, for my part, I am convinced, that if fied all the marks of a deliberate and my own sister had laid such a statement besettled conspiracy against her, originating, fore me, relative to the conduct of even a to all outward appearance, with the Doug- suspected wife, I should, at once, have lases.
treated it as a tissue of abominable faloc
hoods; the reasons for which I will now it is manifest, that, in making the commugive you
nication to the Prince, she could not be ac. The Statement of Lady Douglas, as well tuated by motives of duty and of loy as her deposition, clearly shew, that her alty; and, seeing her declaration thus botmaking of it originated in revenge. There tomed in falsehood; seeing it thus ushered are those, who, roused in the way of sus-in by a flagrant though hypocritical lie; I picion, by a view of the whole affair, are should, if I had been an adviser of the inclined to ascribe the accusation to another Prince, said, that nothing flowing from origin, and to suppose, that the Douglases such a source is to be believed, or paid the went to live at Blackheath for the express smallest attention to. purpose of carrying on a conspiracy against Then, as to what she says about the lithe Princess. But, an impartial examina-centious behaviour of the Princess, and her tion of the several parts of the proceeding disrespectful language towards the King, thie rejects this opinion; and, it is manifest: Queen, and the Royal Family, I should that the charges had their origin in the re- have observed, that, though the informant venge of this woman. Therefore, if her pretends to have been shocked at the indestatement had been laid before me, as an cencies and immoralities of all this, and
adviser of the Prince, I should, without though people were obliged to send their going into the utter improbability of the daughters out of the room to prevent them story itself, have said, that a wonian, in from hearing the language of the Princess, whose bošom the passion of revenge was so the informant continued to be intimate with strong as to goad her on to take away the her, and even to court her acquaintance, life of another woman, after months and for years after she was the eye and ear wityears for cooling and reflecting ; I should ness of these indecencies; and, what is have said, that a woman, in whose boson singular enough, one ground of her prethe passion of revenge was so strong as tended complaints against the Princess, is, this, was a person not to be believed in any her children were not admitted, upon á thing that she might say with regard to the particular occasion, to that, as she paints object of that revenge.
it, scene of open indecency and debauchery, Then, I should have observed, that she Montague House! Upon a view of all these sets out with a self-evident falsehood; for circumstances, could I have believeil, that she asserts, that it was a sense of duty; the she had seen any thing to shock her in the fear of seeing spurious issue, on the throne, behaviour of the Princess ? Could I have her loyalty, her gratitude towards her So- believed a word of her story ; and could I vereign and the Royal family; she asserts, have refrained from advising the Prince, that it is this sense of duty, which has wrung not to believe a word of that story? the awful secret from her, and induced her Upon her own showing, I should have to be guilty of a most atrociòus breach of seen in Lady Douglas a traitor to her confidence. But, with this sense of duty in friend from motives of revenge ; I should her mind ; with all this loyalty and grati. have seen in her a hypocritical pretender to tude in her heart ; and with this patriotic loyalty and patriotism; and should have
fear of seeing spurious issue on the throne, seen part of her revenge arising from her she keeps the secret locked up in her breast children not being admitted where she
from 1802 to 1805. Was that to be be-t herself had been shocked at the constant lieved? If she really were under the influ- indecencies of the scene, and where other ence of the motives, which she pretends to persons had sent away their children from have been under when she made the state- a fear of their being corrupted. But, bement; how came that influence to have sides all this, I must have believed Her had no weight at an earlier period ?- Royal Highness to have been wholly bereft
If such had really been her motives in of her senses before I could believe, or give making the communication, the year 1802 the smallest degree of credit to, the story was the time for making it, when she first of her accuser. For could I believe, that was told of the pregnancy, or, at any rate, any woman in her senses, though the most when she saw the child, especially as that profligate of her sex, would have imparted child was a male, and, of course, the heir the facts of pregnancy and delivery to anto the throne ; and when she reflected, other, without any possible motive, and moreover, that she might die, and that, afterwards behave to that other in a way the from the death of herself or other persons, best calculated in the world to provoke that the impossibility of preventing the danger other to a disclosure of those facts ? I can <she feared might soon arrive. Therefore, suppose it possible, and barely possible,
that there may be found in the world a sire to rescue the character of the Princess married woman in common life, so very from any future danger, which, from the shameless, being in a state of separation death of witnesses, or from other causes, from her husband in consequence of no might arise out of the charges preferred by fault of her own; I can suppose it barely Lady Douglas. Willing as I am to go possible, that such a woman, so situated, along with you in this supposition, I must, might, out of a mere inclination to com- nevertheless say, that the means they adopted municate a secret, or to shew that she was were not the best calculated in the world to not without a paramour, tell a confidant arrive at so amiable and desirable an end. that she was with child, and, I will even
These advisers did not, it appears, rego so far as to suppose it possible, that commend to His Royal Highness to' lay there may be found one in the whole the statement of the Douglases before the world, in such a place as St. Giles's or Bil- King at once, and unaccompanied with lingsgate, to go up to a man, and proclaim , any corroboratory evidence. That statement, her crime in words, while she put her as appears from its date, was made on the hand to the depository of the half-matured 3rd of December, 1805; and it appears, fruit of that crime. It is not without beg. that it, or rather an abstract of it, was not ging pardon of every thing bearing the name laid before the King till the 29th of May, and form of woman, that I venture upon this 1806. In the mean while, the advisers of supposition. What then must have been the Prince of Wales appear to have recommy conclusion upon hearing conduct like mended, the obtaining of other statements, this attributed to a Princess of Wales, whose from different persons, relating to the concrime, in this case, went to take away her duct of Her Royal Highness; and, as you life, and who, according to the showing of will have seen, there were obtained the Lady Douglas herself, could have no pos- written Declarations of Sarah Lampert, sible motive in making known to her the William Lampert, William Cole, Robert fact of that crime?
Bidgood, Sarah Bidgood, and Frances Away, I should have said, if I had Lloyd, which were also said before the been an adviser of the Prince, with this King, together with the Statement of the mass of atrocious falsehoods; these over- Douglases. And, it is with great pain flowings of black-hearted revenge; these that I perceive these papers to have been self-evident proofs of a foul and detestable said, in their title, to be “ For the purconspiracy against life and honour. 1“ pose of confirming the Statement made should have said, that, knowing the" by Lady Douglas.". I perceive this with
“ . Princess to be in her senses, it was impos: pain, because it admits of the interpretasible for me to believe, that she would tion, that the advisers of the Prince wished first make known her pregnancy and deli- to see that horrible Statement confirmed, very to Lady Douglas without any motive; while, you will agree with me, that they
, that she would so contrive her delivery as ought to have been anxiously desirous te to have it take place in her own house, sur- see it wliolly refuted. If the object of the rounded as she was by the servants of the advisers of the Prince, was to rescue the Prince; and that, having brought the character of the Princess from all future child into the world, she would even at danger, to which, from the death of wittempt to suckle it herself, and actually do nesses, or other causes, this Statement might it for some time; I should have said, that be thought to expose it, they took, as I it was impossible for me, or for any man in said before, means not well adapted to his senses, to believe this for one single their end. This error (not to call it by
And, therefore, I should have any other name) it was, which produced all advised His Royal Highness not to give, hy | the disagreeable consequences that followed. any act of his, the smallest countenance to We must now take a look at the source so incredible, so malicious, so detestable a of these confirmatory declarations, and of charge, made against an unprotected wo the lime and manner of their being commuman, not to say, that, though separated. nicated to the King, and upon which comfrom his bed, that woman was still his wife. munication his warrant was founded.
While you observe, however that the The two Lamperts were, it appears, old advice given to His Royal Highness, upon servants of Sir John Douglas, and, it also this occasion, was precisely the opposite of appears, that Sir John himself was the perthat, which, as I have said, I should have son, who went from London to Cheltengiven, you will not, in fairness to those ham, in Gloucestershire, to take down their who gave
th advice, fail to suppose, that declarations. These two declarations do thar desibly be actuated by a de not, however, appear to have been of an