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dence, by which they state that it was proved nion of my pregnancy, to convey a meaning most that the child was, beyond all doubt, bom in contrary to that which I could by possibility Brownlow-street Hospital, op 11th July, 1802, bave intended to convey, but which it was né. of the body of Sophia Austin, and brought to cessary that he should impúte to me, to give the my house in the nionth of November following. better colour to this false accusation.As to

La Neither should we,” they add, “ be more Sir Jobn Douglas, however, when he swears to “ warranted in expressing any doubt respecting the appearances of my pregnancy, le possibly « the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, as might be only mistaken. Not that mistake will stated in the original declarations; a fact so excuse or diminish the guilt of so scandalous a

fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, falsehood upon oath. But for Lady Donglas " to whom, if true, it must, in various ways, there cannot be even such an excuse. Indepen“ have been known, that we cannot think it en. dent of all those extravagant confessions whicha “ titled to the smallest credit.” Then, after she falsely represents ine to have made, she stating that they have annexed the depositions states, upon her own observation and knowfrom which they have collected these opinions, ledge, that I was pregnant in the year 1802. they add—“We humbly offer to your Majesty Now, in the habits of intercourse and intimacy,

our clear and unanimous judgment upon them, with which I certainly did live with her, at that " formed ou full deliberation, and pronounced time, she could not be mistaken as to that fact. without hesitation, on the result of the whole It is impossible, therefore, that in swearing « Inquiry.”- These two most important facts, positively to that fact, which is so positively therefore, which are charged against me, being disproved, she can fail to appear to your Ma. 80 fully, and satisfactorily, disposed of, by the jesty to be wilfully and deliberately forsworn. unanimous and clear judgment of the Commis- As to the conversations which she asserts to sioners; being so fully and completely disproved have passed between us, I am well aware, by the evidence which the Commissioners col- that those, who prefer her word to mine, will lected, I might; perhaps, in your Majesty's not be satisfied to disbelieve her upon my bare judgment, appear well justified, in passing them denial ; por, perhaps, upon the improbability by without any observation of mine.-But and extravagance of the supposed-conversations though the observations which I shall make shall themselves. But as to the facts of pregnancy be very few, yet I cannot forbear just dwelling and delivery, which are proved to be false, in upon this part of the case, for a few minutes ; the words of the report, " by so many witnesses, because, if I do not much deceive myself, upon “ to whom, if true, they must in various ways every principle which can govern the human have been known," no person living can doubt mind, in the investigation of the truth of any that the crime of adultery and treason, as charge, the fate of this part of the accusation proved by those facts, has been attempted to be must have decisive weight upon the determina- fixed upou me, by the deliberate and wilful tion of the remainder. I therefore 'must beg to falsehood of this my most forward accuser. And remark, that Sir Johu Douglas swears to my when it is ouce established, as it is, that my liaving appeared, some time after our acquaint. pregnancy and delivery are all Sir John and ance had commenced, to be with child, and that Lady Douglas's invention, I should imagine tirat one day I leaned on the sofa, and put my hand my confessions of a pregnancy which never exupon my stomach, and said, “Sir John, I shall isted; my contession of a delivery which never “ never be Queen of England and he said, took place; my confession of having suckled a * not if you don't deserve, and I seemed angry child which I never bore, will hardly be be. at first.

lieved upon the credit of her testimony. The This conversation, I apprehend, if it has the credit of Lady Douglas, therefore, being thus least relation to the subject on which Sir John destroyed, I trust your Majesty will think that I was examined, must be given for the purpose of ought to scorn to answer to any thing which her insinuating that I made an allasion to my preg- examination may contain, except so far as there nancy, as if there was a sort of understanding may appear to be any additional and concurrent between him and me upon the subject, and that evidence to support it.- -This brings me to the be made me angry, by an expression which im- remaining part of the Report, which I read, I plied that what I alluded to would forfeit my do assure your Majesty, with a degree of astoright to be Queen of England. If this is not the nishment and surprise, that I know not how to meaning which Sir John intends to be annexed express. · How the Commissioners conld, upon to this conversation, I am perfectly at a loss to such evidence, from such witnesses, upon such conceive what he can intend to convey. Whether an information, and in such an ex parte proceedat any time, when I may have felt myself unwelling, before I had had the possibility of being I may haveused the expression which he here im- heard, not only suffer themselves to form suck putes to me, my memory will nut enable me, an opinion, but to report it to your Majesty with the least degree of certainty to state. The with all the weight and authority of their great words themselves seem to me to be perfectly names, I am perfectly at a loss to conceive. Their innocent; and the action of laying my hand great official and judicial occupations, no doubt, upon my breast, if occasioned by any sense of prevented that full attention to the subject which internal pain at the moment, neither unnatural, it required. But I am not surely without just Dor, as it appears to me in any way. censurable.- grounds of complaint, if they proceeded to proBut that I conld have used these words, intend- nounce au opinion upon my character, without ing to convey to Sir John Douglas the meaning all that consideration and attention which the which I suppose him to insinuate, surpasses all importance of it to the peace of your Majesty's human credulity to believe. I could not, how- mind, to the honour of your Royal Family, and ever, forbear to notice this passage in Sir John's the reputation of the Princess of Wales, seem, examination, because it must serve to demon- indispensably to have demanded. In the part strate to your Majesty how words, in themselves of the Report already referred to, the particumost innocent, are endeavoured to be tortured, lars of the charge, exclusive of those two imby being brought into the contest with his opi- portant facts, which have been so satisfactorily.

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disposed of, are, as I have already observed, no further upon your Majesty at present, than to variously described by the Commissioners ; as, point out, in passing this part of the Report, the “matters of great impropriety and indecency of just foundations which it affords me for making ““ behaviour;" as “ other particulars in them- the complaint. -Your Majesty will also, I am

selves extremely suspicious, and still more so, persuaded, not fail to remark the strange ob“ when connected with the assertions already scurity and reserve, the mysterious darkness, “ mentioned ;" aud as “ points of the same na- with which the Report here expresses itself ;

ture, though going to a much less extent." and every one must feel how this aggravates the But they do not become the subject of particu- severity and crnelty of the censure, by render. lar attention in the Report, till after the Coming it impossible distinctly and specifically to anissioners had concluded that part of it, in meet it. The Commissioners state indeed that which they give so decisive an opinion against some things are proved against me, which must the truth of the charge upon the two material be credited till they shall receive a decisive confacts. They then proceed to state-" That they tradiction, but what those thin's are they do cannot close their report there,” much as they not state. They are particulars aud circumcould wish it ; that besides the allegations of the stances which, especially considering my expregnancy and delivery of the Princess, those " alted rank, must give occasion to the most undeclarations on the whole of which your Da- “ favourable interpretations. They are several jesty had required their Inquiry and Report, strong circumstances of this description," contain other particulars respecting the conduct of they are, if truc, justly deserving of most seHer Royal Highness, such as must, especially con- “rious consideration,” and they “ must be cresidering her exalled rank and station, necessarily “ dited till decidedly contradicted.” But what give occasion to very unfavourable interpretations. are these circumstances? What are these decds That from various depositions and proofs an- without a name? Was there ever a charge so nexed to their Report, particularly from the exa- framed? Was ever any one put to answer any mination of Robert Bidgood, w. Cole, F. Lloyd, charge, and decidedly to contradict it, or saband Mrs. Lisle, several strong circumstances of this mit to have it credited against him, which was description, have been positively sworn to by

conceived in such terms without the means of witnesses, who cannot, in the judgment of the ascertaining what these things are, except as Commissioners, be suspected of any unfavourable conjecture may enable me to surmise, to what bias, and whose veracity in THIS

RESPECT, they parts of the examinations of the four witnesses on had seen no ground to question.” They then state whom they particularly rely, they attach the imthat “on tlie precise bearing and effect of the portance and the weight which seem to them facts thus appearing, it is not for them to de- to justify these dark and ambiguous censures on cide, these they submit to yonr Majesty's wis- my conducı? But such as they are, and what. dom. But they conceive it to be their duty to ever they may be, they must, your Majesty is report on this part of the Inquiry, as distivctly told, be credited unless they are decidedly conas on the former facts; that as, on the one hand, tradicted. -Circumstances respecting Captain the facts of pregnancy and delivery are, in their Manby, indeed are particularized; but referring minds satisfactorily disproved, so on the other to the depositions which apply to him, they hand they think, that the circumstances to which contain much matter of opinion, of hearsay, of they now refer, particularly those stated to have suspicion. Are these hearsays, are these opipassed between Her Royal Highness and Captain nions, are these suspicions and conjectures of these Manby, must be credited until they shall receire witnesses to be believed against me, unless de. some decisive contradiction, and if true, are justly cidedly contradicted? How can I decidedly entitled to the most serious consideration.”- contradict another person's opinion? I may Your Majesty will not fail to observe, that the reason against its justice, but how can I conCommissioners have entered into the examina- tradict it? Or how can I decidedly contradict tion of this part of the case, and have reported any thing which is not precisely specified, nor upon it, not merely as evidence in confirmation distinctly known to me? Your Majesty will of the charges of pregnancy and delivery which also observe that the Report states that it is not they have completely negatived and disposed of, for the Commissioners to decide upon the but as containing substantive matters of charge bearing and effect of these facts; these are left in itself. That they consider it indeed as re- for your Majesty's decisiou. But they add, that lating to points “ of the same nature, but going if true, they are justly entitled to the most

to a much less extent," not therefore as con- serious consideration. I cannot, Sire, but colstituting actual' crime, but as amounting to lect from these passages, an intimation that “ improprieties and indecencies of behaviour, some further proceedings may be meditated. And aggravated by the exalted rank which I hold," perhaps, if I acted with perfect prudence.

“ occasioning unfavourable interpretations,” seeing how much reason I have to fear, from the and as

“eutitled to the most serious considera- fabrications of falsehood, I ought to have tion.” And when they also state that it is not waited till I knew what course, civil or criminal, for them to decide on their precise bearing and your Majesty might be advised to pursue before effect, I think I am justified in concluding that I offered any observations or answer. To this they could not class them under any known alternative however I am driven. I must head of crime ; as, in that case, upon their either remain silent, and reserve my defence, bearing and effect they would have been fully leaving the imputation to operate most injucompetent to have pronounced. I have, to a riously and fatally to my character; or I must, degree, already stated to your Majesty, the up by entering into a defence against so extended precedented bardship to which I conceive myself a charge, expose myself with much greater to have been exposed, by this ex parte Ingniry hazard to any future attacks. But the fear of into the decorum of my private conduct. I have. possible danger, to arise from the perverted already stated the prejudice done to my charac. interpretation of my apswer, cannot induce me ter, by this recorded censure, from which I can to acquiesce under the certain mischief of the bave po appeal; and I press these considerations unjust censure and judgment which stands against


me, as it were, recorded in this Report. I shall in other respects ? Is it meant to be insiv" rated therefore, at whatever hazard, proceed to that they saw reason to question their veracity, submit to your Majesty, in whose justice I have not in respect of an unfavonrable bias, jut of a the most satisfactory reliance, my answer and bias in my favour? I cannot impute to them my observations upon this part of the case.--- such an insinuation, because I am satisfied that And here, Sire, I cannot forbear again pre- the Commissioners would never have intended suming to state to your Majesty, that it is not to insinuate any thirg so directly contrary to ·a little hard, that the Commissioners (who state the truth. -----The witnesses specifically pointed in the beginning of their Report, that certain out, as thus particularly deserving of credit, are particulars, in themselves, extremely suspicions, W. Cole, R. Bidgood, F. Lloyd, and Mrs. were, in the judgment which they had formed Lisle. With respect to Mrs. Lisle, I trust your upon them, before they entered into the parti. Majesty will permit me to make viy observations culars of the Inquiry, rendered still more sus- upon her exantination, as distinctly and separatepicious from being connected with the assertion ly, as I possibly can, from the others. Because, of pregnancy and delivery) should have made as I ever had, and have now, as much as ever, Do observation upon the degree in which that the most perfect respect for Mrs. Lisle, I would suspicion must be proportionably abated, when avoid the possibility of having it imagined that those assertions of pregnancy and delivery, have such observations, as I shall be under the absobeen completely falsifier and disproved; that lute necessity of making, upon the other witthey should make no remark upon the fact, that nesses, could be intended, in any degree, to all the witnesses (with the exception of Mrs. be applied to her.- With respect to Cole, Lisle), on whom they specifically rely, were Bidgood, and Lloyd, they have all lived in their every one of them, brought forward by the places for a long time; they had lived with His principal informers, for the purpose of support- Highness the Prince Wales before he ing the false statement of Lady Douglas ; that married, and were appointed by him to situathey are the witnesses therefore of persons, tions about me; Cole and Lloyd immediately whóm, after the complete falsification of their upon my marriage, and Bidgood very shortly charge, I am justified in describing as conspi- afterwards. I know not whether from this cirrators who have been detected in supporting cumstance they may consider themselves as not their conspiracy by their own perjury. And owing that undivided duty and regard to me, surely where a conspiracy, to fix a charge upon which servants of my own appointment might an individual, has been plainly detected, the possibly have 'felt; but if I knew nothing more witnesses of those who have been so detected of them than that they had consented to be voin that conspiracy,--witnesses that are brought luntarily examined, for the purpose of support. forward to support this false charge---cannot ing the statement of Lady Douglas on a charge stand otherwise than considerably affected in so deeply affecting my hononr, without commutheir credit, by their connexion with those who nicating to me the fact of such examination, are detected in that conspiracy. But instead of your Majesty wonld not, I am sure, be surpointing out this circumstance, as calling, at prised, to find, that I saw, in that circumstanee least for some degree of caution and reserve, in alone, sufficient to raise some suspicions of an considering the testimony of these witnesses, unfavourable bias. But when I find Cole, parthe Report on the contrary, holds them up as ticularly, subroitting to this secret and voluntary worthy of particular credit, as witnesses, 'who, examination against me, no less than four times, in the judgment of the Commissioners, cannot and when I found, during the pendency of this be suspected of unfavourable bias ; whose ve- Inquiry before the Commissioners, that one of racity, in that respect, they have seen no ground them, R. Bidgood, was so far connected, and in to question; and who must be credited till they league, with Sir John and Lady Douglas, as to receive some decided contradiction.Now, have communication with the latter, I thought I Sire, I feel the fullest confidence that I shall saw the proof of such decided hostility and conprove to your Majesty's most perfect satisfac- federacy against me, that I felt obliged to order tion, that all of these witnesses (of course I still the discontinuance of his attendance at my house exclnde Mrs. Lisle) are under the intluence, and till further orders. Of the real bias of their exhibit the symptoms of the most unfavourable minds, however, with respect to me, your bias ;--that their veracity is in every respect to Majesty will be better able to judge from the be doubted ;-and that they cannot, by any can consideration of their evidence. The imputadid and attentive mind, be deemed worthy of tions which I collect to be considered as cast the least degree of credit; upon this charge, upon me, by these several witnesses, are too your Majesty will easily conceive, how great great familiarity and intimacy with several genmy surprise and astonishment must have been tlemen,-Sir Sidney Smith, Mr. Lawrence, Capat this part of the Report. I am indeed a little tain Manby, and I know not wliether the same at a loss to know, whether. I understand the are not meant to be extended to Lord Hood, passage, which I have cited from the Report. Mr. Chester, and Captain Moore. With * The witnesses in the judgment of the Commis- your Majesty's permission, therefore, I will “sioners, are not to be suspected of unfavour. examine the depositions of the witnesses, as “able bias, and their veracity in that respect they respect these several gentlemen, in their “ they have seen no reason to question." What order, keeping the evidence, which is applicable is meant by their having seen no reason to to each case, as distinct from the others, as I suspect their veracity in that respect? Do can.----And I will begin with those which they mean, what the qualification seems to respect Sir Sidney Smith, as he is the person imply, that they have seen reason to question it first mentioned in the deposition of W. Cole,


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- 7. Cole says, “ that Sir Sidney Smith first friends, Sir John and Lady Douglas, in my visited at Montague Honse in 1802; that he neighbourhood on Blackheath, gave the oppor observe that the Princess was too familiar with tunity of his increasing bis acquaintance with Sir Sidney Smith. Oọc day, he thinks in Fe- me. -It happened also that about this time I bruary, hệ (Cole) carried into the Blue Room fitted up, as your Majesty may have observed, to the Prin ess some sandwiches which she had one of the rooms in my house after the fashion of ordered, and was sarprised to see that Sir Sidney a Turkish tent. Sir Sidney furnished me with was there. He must have come in from the

a pattern for it, in a drawing of a tent of Park. If he had been let in from Blackheath Murat Bey, which he had brought over with he

must have passed through the room in wliich him from Egypt. And he taught me how to he (Cole) was waiting. When he had left the draw Egyptian Arabesqnes, which were neces. sandwiches, he returned, after some time, into sary for the ornaments of the ceiling; this may the room, and Sir Sidney Smith was sitting very have occasioned, while that room was fitting up, close to the Princess on the sofa ; he (Cole) several visits, and possibly some, tbongh I do looked at Her Royal Highness, she caught his not recollect them, as early in the morning as eye, and saw that he noticed the manner in Mr. Bidgood mentions. I believe also that it which they were sitting together, they appeared has happened more than once, that, walking both a little confused.”- R. Bidgood says also, with my ladies in the Park, we have met Sir in his deposition on the 6th of Junc, (for he was Sidney Smith, and that he has come in, with us, examined twice)“ that it was early in 1802 that through the gate from the Park. My ladies 'he first observed Six Sidney Smith come to Mon- may have gone up to take off their cloaks, or to tague Honse. He used to stay very late at dress, and have left me alone with him : and, at night; he had seen him early in the morning some one of these times, it may very possibly there; about ten or eleven o'clock. He was at have happened that Mr. Cole and Mr. Bidgood Sir John Donglas's, and was in the habit as well may have seen him, when he has not come as Sir John and Lady Douglas of dining or through the waiting room, nor been let in by having luncheon, or suppi:g there every day. any of the footmen. But I solemnly declare to He saw Sir Sidney Smith one day in 1802 in your Majesty that I have not the least idea or the Blue Room, about 11 o'clock in the morn- belief that be ever had a key of the gate into ing, which was full two hours before they ex- the Park, or that he ever entered in or passed pected ever to see company. He asked the ont, at that gate, except in company with myservants why they did not let him know that Sir self and my ladies. As for the circumstance of Sidney Smith was there ; the footmeu told him my permitting him to be in the room alone with that they had let no person in. There was a me ; if suffering a man to be so alone is evidence private door to the Park, by which he might of guilt, from whence the Comnuissioners cap have come in if he had a key to it, and have draw any unfavourable inference, I must leave got into the Blue Room without any of the them to draw it. For I cannot deny that it has servants perceiving him. And in his second de happened, and happened trequently; not only position taken on the Sd of July, he says he lived with Sir Sidney Smith, but with many, many at Montague House when Sir Sidney came. Others ; gentlemen who have visited me; trades. Her (the Princess's) manner with him appeared | men who have come to receive my orders ; very familiar ; she appeared very attentive to masters whom I have had to instruct me, in him, but he did not suspect any thing further. painting, in music, in English, &c. that I have Mrs. Lisle says that the Princess at one time received them without any one being by. In appeared to like Sir John and Lady Donglas. short, I trust I am not confessing a crinie, for I have seen Sir Sidney Smith there very late unquestionably it is a truth, that I never had an in the evening, but not alone with the Princess. idea that there was any thing wrong, or objecI have no reason to suspect he had a key of the tionable, in thus seeing men, in the morning, Park gate ; I never heard of any body being and I confidently believe your Majesty will see found wandering abont at Blackheath.”- Fan- nothing in it, trom which any guilt can be inny Lloyd does not mention Sir Sidney Smith in ferred. I feel certain that there is nothing imher deposition.--- Upon the whole of this evi moral in the thing itself; and I have always undence then, which is the whole that respects Sir derstood, that it was perfectly customary and Sidney Smith, in any of these depositions (ex- usual for ladies of the first rank, and the first cept sone particular passages in Cole's evidence character, in the country, to receive the visits which are so important as to require very parti- of gentlenien in a morning, though they might be cular and distinct statement) I would request themselves alone at the time. But, if, in the your Majesty to understand that, with respect to opinions and fashions of this country, there the fact of ŞirSidney Smith’s visiting frequently at should be more impropriety ascribed to it, than Montague Honse, both with Sir John and Lady what it ever entered into my mind to conceive, Douglas, and without them; with respect to his I hope your Majesty, and every candid mind, being frequently there, at luncheon, dinner, and will make allowance for the different notions supper, and staying with the rest of the com- which my foreign education and foreign labits pany till twelve, one o'clock, or even sometiines may have given me.- -But whatever character later, if these are some of the facts “ which must may belong to this practice, it is not a practice

give occasion to unfavourable interpretations, which commeuced after my leaving Carleton

and must be credited till they are contra- House. While there, and from my first arrival “ dicted;" they aré facts, which I never can in this country, I was accustomed, with the contradict for they are perfectly true. And I knowledge of His Royal Highness the Prince of trust it will imply the confession of no guilt, to Wales, and without his ever having hinted to me admit that Sir Sidney Smith's conversation, his the slightest disapprobation, to receive lessons account of the various and extraordinary events, from various masters, for my amusement and and heroic achievements in which he had been improvement; I was attended by them frequentconcerned, amused and interested me; and the ly, from twelve o'clock till five in the afternoon; circumstance of his living so much with his -Mr. Atwood for music, Mr, Geffadiere for English; Mr. Tourfronelli for painting, Mr. / sandwiches to have been brought in, or any other Tutoye for imitating marble, Mr. Elwes for the act to have been done, which must have brought harp. I saw them all alone; and indeed, if I myself under the notice of my sérvants, while I were to see them at all, I could do no otherwise continued in a situation which I thought improthan see them alone. Miss Garth, who was then per and wished to conceal. Any of the circumsub-governess to my daughter, lived, certainly, stances of this visit, to which this part of the deunder the same roof with me, but she could not position refers, my memory does not enable me be spared from her duty and attendance on my in the least degree to particularize and recal. daughter. I desired her sometimes to come Mr. Cole may have seen me sitting on the same down stairs, and read to me, during the time when sofa with Sir Sidney Smith; nay, I have no I drew or painted, but my Lord Cholmondely in- doubt he must have seen me, over and over formed me that this could not be. I then re-again, not only with Sir Sidney Smith, but with quested that I might have one of my bed-cham- other gentlemen, sitting upon the same sofa ; ber women to live constantly at Carleton House, and I trust your Majesty will feel it the hardest that I might have her at call whenever I wanted thing imaginable, that I should be called upon to her; but I was answered that it was not cus- account what corner of a sofa I sat upon four tomary, that the attendants of the Royal Family years ago, and how close Sir Sidney Smith was should live with them in town; so that request sitting to me. I can only solemnly aver to your could not be complied with. But, independent Majesty, that my conscience supplies me with of this, I never conceived that it was offensive to the fullest means of confidently assuring you, the fashions and manners of the country to receive that I never permitted Sir Sidney Smith to sit gentlemen who might call upon me in a morning, on any sofa with me in any manner, which, in whether I had or had not any one with me; and my own judgment, was in the slightest degree of it never occurred to me to think that there was fensive to the strictest propriety and decorum. either impropriety or indecorum in it, at that in the judgment of many persons, perhaps, a time, nor in continuing the practice at Montague Princess of Wales should at no time forget the House. But this has been confined to morning elevation of her rank, or descend in any degree visits, in no private apartments in my house, but to the familiarities and intimacies of private life. in my drawing-room, where my ladies have at all Under any circumstances, this would be a hard times free access, and as they usually take their condition to be annexed to her situation. Under luncheon with me, except when they are engaged the circumstances in which it las been my miswith visitors or pursuits of their own, it could fortune to have lost the necessary support to the but rarely occur that I could be left with any dignity and station of a Princess of Wales, to gentleman alone for any length of time, unless have assumed and maintained an unbending digthere were something, in the known and avowed uity would have been impossible, and if possible, business, which might occasion his waiting upon could hardly have been expected from me. me, that would fully account for the circum- After these observations, Sire, I must now restance.I trust your Majesty will excuse the quest your Majesty's attention to those written length at which I have dwelt upon this topic. I declarations which are mentioned in the Report, perceived, from the examinations, that it had and which I shall never be able sufficiently to been much inquired after, and I felt it necessary thank your Majesty for having condescended, in to represent it in its true light. And the candour compliance with my earnest request, to order to of your Majesty's mind will, I am confident, be transmitted to me. From observations upon suggest that those who are the least conscious of those declarations themselves, as well as upon intending guilt, are the least suspicious of having comparing them with the depositions made beit imputed to them; and therefore that they do fore the Commissioners, your Majesty will see not think it necessary to guard themselves at the strongest reason for discrediting the testimony every turn with witnesses to prove their inno- of W. Cole, as well as others of these witnesses, cence, fancying their character to be safe as long whose credit stands, in the opinion of the Comas their conduct is innocent, and that guilt will missioners, sq unimpeachable. They supply imnot be imputed to them from actions quite indif- portant observations, even with respect to that ferent, -The deposition, however, of Mr. part of Mr. Cole's evidence which I am now Cole, is not confined to my being alone with Sir considering, though in no degree equal in inSidney Smith; the circumstances in which he ob-portance to those which I shall afterwards have served us together he particularizes, and states occasion to notice.--Your Majesty will please his opinion. He introduces, indeed, the whole to observe, that there are no less than four differof the evidence, by saying that I was too familiar ent examinations, or 'declarations, of Mr. Cole. with Sir Sidney Smith ; but as I trust I am not They are dated on the 11th, 14th, and 30th of Jayet so far degraded as to have my character de- mary, and on the 23rd of February. In these cided by the opinion of Mr. Cole, I shall not four different declarations, he twice mentions the comment upon that observation. He then pro- circumstance of tinding Sir Sidney Smith and ceeds to describe the scene which he observed myself on the sofa, and he mentions it not only on the day when he brought in the sandwiches, in a different manner at each of those times, but which I trust your Majesty did not fail to notice, at both of them in a manner which materially I had myself ordered to be brought in--for there is differs from his deposition before the Commisan obvious insinuation that Sir Sidney must have siopers. In his declaration on the 11th oř Jacome in through the Park, and that there was nuary, he says, that he found us in so familiur great impropriety in his being alone with me : a posture, as to alarm him very much, which he and at least the witness's own story proves, what- expressed by a start back and a look at the genever impropriety there might be in this circum- tleman.- In that dated on the 22d of Festance, that I was not conscious of it, por meant bruary, however (being asked, I suppose, as to to take advantage of his clandestine entry from that which he had dared to assert, of the familiar the Park, to conceal the fact from my servant's posture which had alarmed him so mnch), lie observation ; for if I had had such consciousness, says, “ there was nothing particular in our dress, or such mcaning, I never could have ordered position of legs, or arms, that was extraordinary;

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