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ment and these observations, and in addition to y room alone. He was a person with whom the them, I most solemnly assert to your Majesty, Princess appeared to have greater pleasure in that Mr. Lawrence, neither at his own house, talking than with her Ladies. Her Royal Highnor at mine, nor any where else, ever was for ness behaved to him ONLY as any woman would one moment, by night or by day, in the same who likes flirting. She (Mrs. Lisle) would not room with me when the door of it was locked; have thought any married woman would have behaved that he never was in my company of an evening properly, who behaved as Her Royal Highness did alone, except the momentary conversation which to 'Captain Manby. She can't say whether the Mr. Lawrence speaks to may be thought an ex- Princess was attached to Captain Manby, only that ceptiou; and that nothing ever passed between it was a flirting conduct. She never saw any galhiin and me which all the world might not have lantries, as kissing her hand, or the like." witnessed. And, Sire, I have subjoined a depo- have cautiously stated the whole of Mrs. Lisle's sition to the same effect from Mr. Lawrence. evidence upon this part of the case; and I am
-To satisfy myself, therefore, and your Ma- sure your Majesty, in reading it, will not fail to jesty, I have shewn, I trust, by unanswerable ob- keep the facts which Mrs. Lisle speaks to sepaservations and arguments, that there is no colour rate from the opinion or judgment which sho for crediting Mr. Cole, or, consequently, any part forms upon them. I mean not to speak disreof this charge, which rests solely on his evidence. spectfully or slightingly of Mrs. Lisle's opinion, But to satisfy the requisition of the Commission- or express myself as in any degree indifferent to ers, I have brought my pride to submit (though it. But whatever there was which she observed not without great pain, I can assure your Macy in my conduct that did not become a married jesty) to add the only contradictions which I con- woman, that " was only like a woman who liked ceive can be given, those of Mr. Lawrence and flirting," and "ONLY a flirting conduct,” I am myself.---The next person with whom these ex- convinced your Majesty must be satisfied that it aminations charge my improper familiarity, and must have been far distant from affording any with regard to which the Report represents the evidence of crime, of vice, or of indecency, as it evidence as particularly strong, is Captain Manby. passed openly in the company of my Ladies, of With respect to him, Mr. Cole's examination is whom Mrs. Lisle herself was one. The facts silent. But the evidence on which the Commis-she states are, that Captain Manby came very sioners rely on this part of the case is Mr. Bid frequently to my honse ; that he dined there good's, Miss Fanny Lloyd's, and Mrs. Lisle's. It three or four times a week in the latter end of respects my conduct at three different places; at the year 1802; that he sat next to me at dinner; Montague House, Southend, and at Ramsgate; and that my conversation after dinner, in the I shall preserve the facts and my observations evening, used to be with Captain Manby, sepamore distinct, if I consider the evidence, as ap- rate from my Ladies. These are the facts: and plicable to these three places, separately and in is it upon them that my character, I will not say, its order; and I prefer this mode of treating it, is to be taken away, but is to be affected?as it will enable nie to consider the evidence of Captain Manby had, in the autumn of the same Mrs. Lisle in the first place, and consequently year, been introduced to me by Lady Townshend, put it out of the reach of the harsher observa- when I was upon a visit to her at Rainham. Í tions which I may be under the necessity of think he came there only the day before I left it. making upon the testimony of the other two, He was a naval officer, as I understood, and as I
For though Mrs. Lisle, indeed, speaks to having still believe, of great merit. What little expense, seen Captain Manby at East Cliff in August, in the way of charity, I am able to afford, I am 1803, to the best of her remembrance it was best pleased to dedicate to the education of the only once. She speaks to his mecting her at children of poor, bat honest persons; and I nost Deal in the same season ; that he landed there generally bring then up to the service of the with some boys whom I took on charity, and navy. I had at that time two boys at school, who were under his care; yet she speaks of uo- whom I thought of an age fit to be put to sea. thing there that can require a single observation desired Lady Townshend to prevail upon Captain from me. The material parts of her evidence Manby to take them. He consented to it, and respect her seeing him at Blackheath the Christ-, of course I was obliged to him.--About this mas before she had seen him at East Cliff. She time, or shortly afterwards, he was appointed to says, it was the Christmas after Mr. Austin's the Africaine, a ship which was fitting up at child came, consequently the Christmas 1802-3. Deptford. To be near his ship, as I understood He used to come to dine there, she says-he al- and believe, lie took lodgings at Blackheath; ways went away in her presence, and she had no and as to the mere fact of his being so frequently reason to think he staid after the Ladies retired. at my house-his intimacy and friendship with He lodged on the heath at that time; his ship Lord and Lady Townshend, which of itself was was fitting up at Deptford; he came to dinner assurance to me of his respectability and characthree or four times a week, or more. She sup- ter--my pleasure in shewing my respect to them, poses he might be alone with the Princess, but by notice and attention to a friend of theirs—his that she was in the habit of seeing Gentlemen undertaking the care of my charity boys--and and tradesmen without her being present. She his accidental residence at Blackheath, will, I (Mrs. Lisle) has seen him at luncheon and dinner should trust, not unreasonably account for it.' I both. The boys (two boys) came with him two have a similar account likewise to give of paying or three times, but not to dinner, Captain for the linen furniture, with which his cabin was Manby always sat next the Princess at dinner. furnished. Wishing to make him some return for The constant company were Mrs. and Miss Fitz. his trouble with the boys, I desired that I might gerald and herself-all retired with the Princess, choose the pattern of his furniture. I not only and sat in the same room. Captain Manby gene chose it, but had it sent to him, and paid the rally retired about eleven, and sat with us all bill; finding, however, that it did not come to till then. Captain Manby and the Princess used, more than about twenty pounds, I thought it a when we were together, to bę speaking together shabby present, and therefore added some trifling separately, conversing separately, but not in a present of plate. So I have frequently done,
and I hope, without offence, may be permitted they are not both examined to these circumto do again, to any Captain on whom I impose stances ? But Miss Fitzgerald is not examined such trouble. Sir Samuel Hood has now two of at all; and Mrs. Fitzgerald, though examined, my charity boys with him; and I have presented and examined too with respect to Captain Manhim with a silver epergne. I should be ashamed by, does not appear to have had a single question to notice such things, but your Majesty perceives put to her with respect to any thing which passed that they are made the subject of inquiry from concerning him at Montague House. May I not Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mr. Stiķeman, and I was de- therefore complain that the examination, leaving sirous that they should not appear to be particu- the generality of Mrs. Lisle's expression unexlar in the case of Captain Manby.
plained by herself; and the scenes to which it But to return to Mrs. Lisle's examination. relates unexamined into, by calling the other Mrs. Lisle says, that Captain Manby, when he persons who were present, is leaving it precisely dined with me, sat next to me at dinner. Be- in that state, which is better calculated to raise fore any inference is drawn from that fact, I am a suspicion, than to ascertain the truth?-Bur sure your Majesty will observe that, in the next I am persuaded that the unfavourable impression line of Mrs. Lisle's examination, she says, “ that which is most likely to be made by Mrs. Lisle's the constant company was Mrs. and Miss Fitz- examination, is not hy her evidence to the facts, gerald, and herself, Mrs. Lisle." The only gen. but by her opinion upon them. “ I appeared, tleman, the only person of the whole party who she says, “ to like the conversation of Captain was not of my own family, was Captain Manby; Manby better than that of my ladies. I beand his sitting next to me, under such circum- naved to hini only as a woman who likes flirting; stances, I should apprehend could not possibly my conduct was unbecoming a married woman; afford any inference of any kind. In the even- she cannot say whether I was attached to Cap
ug we were never alone. The whole coifpany tain Manby or not; it was only a flirting consat together; nay, even as to his being with me duct.”—Now, Sire,' I must here again most alone of a morning, Mrs. Lisle seems to know seriously complain that the Commissioners should nothing of the fact, but from a conjecture found. have called for, or received, and much more, ed upon her knowledge of my known usual habit, reported, in this manner, the opinion and judge with respect to seeing geutlemen who might ment of Mrs. Lisle upon my conduct. Your call upon me. And the very foundation of her Majesty's Warrant purports to authorize them to conjecture demonstrates that this circumstance collect the evidence, and not the opinion of can be no evidence of any thing particular with others; and to report it, with their own judgregard to Captain Manby.- -As to my convers- ment surely, and not Mrs. Lisle's. Mrs. Lişle's ing with Captain Manby separately, I do not judgment was formed upon those facts which understand Mrs. Lisle as meaning to speak to she stated to the Commissioners, or upon other the state of the conversation uninterruptedly, facts. If upon those she stated, the Commisduring the whole of any of the several evenings sioners, and your Majesty, are as well able to when Captain Manby was with me; if I did so form the judgment upon them as she was. If understand her, I should certainly most confi- upon other facts, the Commissioners should have dently assert, that she was not correct: That heard what those other facts were, and upou in the course of the evening, as the ladies were them have formed and reported their judgment. working, reading, or otherwise amusing them- -I am aware, indeed, that if I were to argue selves, the conversation was sometimes more that the facts which Mrs. Lisle states, afford the and sometimes less general ; and that they some explanation of what she means by “ only flirting times took more, sometimes less part in it ;-conduct,” and by “ behaviour unbecoming a that frequently it was between Captain Manby married woman,” namely, that it consisted in and myself alone; and that, when we were ali having the same gentleman to dine with me together, we two might frequently be the only three or four times a week ;--letting him sit persons not otherwise engaged, and therefore be next me at dinner, when there were no other justly said to be speaking together separately. strangers in company;--conversing with him seBesides, Captain Manby has been round the parately, and appearing to prefer bis conversaworld with Captain Vancouvre. I have looked tion to that of the ladies,-it would be observed over prints in bowks of voyages with him ; he has probably, that this was not all ; that there was
1; explained them to me; the ladies may or may always a certain indescribable something in not have been looking over them at the same manner, which gave the character to conduct, time; they may have been engaged with their and must have entered mainly into such a judgown amusemenis. Here again, we may be said ment as Mrs. Lisle has here pronounced. -To to have been conversing separately, and conse- a certain extent I should be obliged to agree to quently that Mrs. Lisle, in this sense, is perfect this ; but if I am to have any prejudice from ly justified in saying that “ I used to converse this observation; if it is to give a weight and separately with Captain Manby," I have not the authority to Mrs. Lisle's judgment, let me have least difficulty in admitting. But have I not the advantage of it also. ' If it justifies the con-again reason to complain that this expression of clusion that Mrs. Lisle's censure upon my con Mrs. Lisle's was not more sifted, but left in a duct is righit, it requires also that equal credit manuer calculated to raise an impression that should be given to the qualification, the limit, this separate conversation was studiously sought and the restriction which she herself pats upon for, was constant, uniform, and uninterrupted, that censure. -Mrs. Lisle, seeing all the facts though it by no means asserts any such thing which she relates, and observing much of manBut whether I used always so to converse with ner, which perbaps she could not describe, lic him ; or generally, or only sometimes, or for what mits the expression “ flirting conduct” by calling proportion of the evening I used to be so en- it “only flirting,” and says (upon having the gaged, is left unasked and unexplained. Have question asked to her, no doubt, whether from
not likewise just reason to complain, that the whole she could collect that I was attached though Mrs. Lisle states, that Mrs. Fitzgerald to Captain Manby) says she could not say and Miss Fitzgerald were always of the party, whether I was attached to him, my conduct was
not of a nature that proved any attachment to had been prosecuted before your Majesty's Lim, it was only a flirting conduct.” Unjust Privy Council, the more solemn and usual course therefore, as I think it, that any such question of proceeding there would, as I am informed, should have been put to Mrs. Lisle, or that her have furnished, or enabled me to furnish, your judgment should have been taken at all; yet Majesty with the questions as well as the answers. what I fear from it, as pressing with peculiar Mrs. Lisle, it should also be observed, was at hardship upon me, is, that though it is Mrs. the time of her examination, under the severe opLisle's final and ultimate judgment upon the pression of having, but a few days before, heard whole of my conduct, yet, when delivered to of the death of her daughter ;-a daughter, who the Commissioners and your Majesty, it be had been happily married, and who had lived comes evidence, which, connected with all the happily with her husband, in mutual attachment facts on which' Mrs. Lisle had formed it, may till her death. The very circun ance of her lead to still further and more unfavourable con- then situation would naturally give a graver and clusions, in the minds of those who are after- severer cast to her opinions. When the queswards to judge upou it;—that her judgment will tion was proposed to her, as a general question, be the foundation of other judgments against (and I presume it must have been so put to her) me, much severer than her own; and that whether my conduct was such as would become a though she evidently limits her opinion, and by married woman, possibly her own daughter's consaying ONLY firting” impliedly negatives it as duct andwhatshewould have expectedof her,might atfording any indication of any thing more in- present itself to her mind. And I confidently proper, while she proceeds expressly to negative submit to your Majesty's betterjudgment, that such it as affording any proof of attachment; yet it a general question ought not, in a fair and candid may be thought by others, to justify their con consideration of my case, to have been put to sidering it as a species of conduct, which shewed Mrs. Lisle, or any other woman. For, as to my an attachment to the man to whom it was ad- conduct being, or not being, becoming a mardressed; which in a married woman was crimi- ried woman; the same conduct, or any thing nal and wrong:
•What Mrs. Lisle exactly like it, which may occur in my case, could not means by only firting conduct--what degree of occur in the case of a married woman, who was iinpropriety of conduct she would describe by not living in my unfortunate situation; or, if it it, it is extremely difficult, with any precision, did occur, it must occur under circumstances to ascertain. How many women are there, most which must give it, and most deservedly, virtuous, most truly modest, incapable of any a very different character. A married woman, thing impure, vicious, or immoral, in deed or living well and happily with her husband, could not thougut, who, from greater vivacity of spirits, be frequently having one gentleman at her table, trom less natural reserve, from that want of with no other company but ladies of her family, caution, which the very consciousness of innc--she could not be spending her 'evenings fiecence betrays them into, conduct themselves in quently in the same society, and separately cona inanner, which a woman of a graver character, versing with that gentlenian, unless either with of more reserved disposition, but not with one the privity and conseut of her husband; or by particle of superior virtue, thinks tov incautious, taking advantage, with some nianagement of his too unreserved, too familiar; and which, if ignorance and his absence ;-if it was witli his forced upon her oath to give her opinion upon privity and consent, that very circumstance it, she might feel herself, as an honest woinan, alone would unquestionably alter the character bound to say in that opinion, was flirting ?- of such conduct - if with management she avoidBut whatever sense Mrs. Lisle annexes to the ed his knowledge, that very management would word " dirting" it is evident, as I said before, betray a bad motive. The cases therefore ara that she cavaot mean any thing criminal, vicious, uot parallel; the illustration is not just; and the or indecent, or any thing with the least shade of question, which called for such au answer from deeper impropriety than what is necessarily ex- Rīrs. Lisle, ought not, in candour and fairness, pressed in the word " Hirting;” She never would to liave been put.--I entreat your Majesty, have added, as she does in both instances, that however, not to misunderstand me; I should be it was only flirting ; if she had thought it of ashamed indeed to be suspected of pleading any a quality to be recorded in a formal Report, peculiar or unfortunate circumstance in my situ. amongst circumstances which must occasion the ation, as an excuse for any criminal or indecent most unfavourable iuterpretations, and which act. With respect to such acts, niost unquesdeserved the most serious consideration of your tionably such circumstances can make no differMajesty. To use it so, I am sure your Majesty ence; and afford no excuse. They must bear must see is to press it tar beyond the meaning their own character of disgrace and iufamy, unwhich she would assign to it herself.
der al circumstances. But there are acts, which I have admitted that there may be much inde are unbecoming a married woman, which ought scribable in the namer of doing any thing, so to be avoidedbyher,trom an apprehension lest they it must be admitted to me that there is much should render her husband uneasy, not because indescribable, and most material also in the they might give him any reason to distrust her manner of saying any thing, and in the accent chastity, her virtne or her morals, but because with which it is said. The whole context serves they might wound his feelings, by indicating a much to explain it; and if it is in answer to a preference to the society of another man, over question, the words of that question, the man. his, in a case, where she had the option of both. per and the accent in which it is asked, are also But surely, as to such acts, they must necesmost material to understand the precise mean- sarily bear a very different character, and receive ing, which the expressions are intended to a very different construction, in a 'case, where, convey; and I must lament therefore extremely, unhappily, there can be no such apprehension, if my character is to be affected by the opinion and where there is no such option. I inust there. of any witness, that the question by which that fore be excused for dwelling so much upon this opinion was drawn from her, were not given part of the case; and I am sure your Majesty 100, as well as her answers, and if this inquiry will feel me warranted in sayiog, what I say wilia
a confidence, exactly proportioned to the respec-ren,, or to his wife, or to any other relative? tability of Mrs. Lisle's character, that, whatever How would it be endured, in general, and I she meant, by any of these expressions, she trust, that my case ought uot, in this respect, to could not, by possibility, have meant to describe form an exception, that one woman should in a conduct, which to her mind afforded evidence of similar manner be placed in judgment, upon the crime, vice, or indecency. If she had, her re- conduct of another? And that judgment be regard to her own character, her own delicacy, ported, where her character was of most importher own honourable and virtuous feelings, would ance to her, as amongst things which must be in less than the two years, which have since credited till decidedly contradicted? Let every elapsed, have found some excuse for separatiug one put these questions home to their own herself from that intimate connexion, which, by breasts, and before they impute blame to me, her situation in my household, subsists between for protesting against the fairness and justice of us. She would not have remained exposed to this procedure, ask how they would feel upon it, the repetition of so gross an offence, and insult, ( if it were their own case?- But perhaps they to a modest, virtuous, and delicate woman, as cannot bring their imaginations to conceive that that of being made, night by night, witness to it could ever become their own case. A few scenes, openly acted in her presence, offensive months ago I could not have believed that it to virtue and decorum.- - If your Majesty thinks would have been mine.- - But the just ground I have dwelt too long and tediously on this part of my complaint may perhaps be more easily of the case, I entreat your Majesty to think what appreciated and felt, by supposing a more famiI must feel upon it. I feel it a great hardship, liar, but au analogous case. The High Treason, as I have frequently stated, that under the cover with which I was charged, was supposed to be of a grave charge of High Treason, the proprie committed in the foul crime of adultery. What ties, and decencies, of my private conduct and would be the impression of your Majesty, what behaviour, have been made the subject, as I be- would be the impression upon the mind of any lieve so unprecedently, of a formal investigation one, acquainted with the excellent laws of your upon oath. And that, in consequence of it, I Majesty's kingdom, and the admirable adminismay, at this moment, be exposed to the danger tration of them, iť upon a Commission of this of forfeiting your Majesty's good opinion, and kind, secretly to inquire into the conduct of any being degraded and disgraced in reputation man, upon a charge of High Treason, against through the country, because what Mrs. the state, the Commissioners should not only Lisle has said of my conduct,—that it was proceed to inquire, whether in the judgment of “ only that of a woman who liked flirting," has the witness, the conduct of the accused was such become recorded in the Report on this formal as became a loyal subject; but, when the result inquiry, made into matters of grave crimes, and of their Inquiry obliged them to report directly of essential importance to the state. -Let against the charge of Treason, they, nevertheme conjure your Majesty, over and over again, less, should record an imputation, or libel, against before you suffer this circumstance to prejudice his character for loyalty, and reporting, as a part me in your opiniou, not only to weigh all the of the evidence, the opinion of ihe witness, that circumstances I have stated, but to look round the conduct of the accused was such as did not bethe first ranks of female virtue in this country, come a loyal subject, should further report, that and see how many women there are of most un- the evidence of that witness, without specifying impeached reputation, of most unsullied and un any part of it, must be credited till decidedly suspected honour, character and virtue, whose contradicted, and deserved the most serious, conconduct, though living happily with their hus- sideration? How could he appeal from that bands, if submitted to the jndgment of persons of report? How could he decidedly contradict a severer cast of mind, especially if saddened, at the opinion of the witness! Sire, there is no the moment, by calamity, might be styled to difference between this supposed case and mine, be " firting." I would not, however, be un. but this. That in the case of the man, a characderstood as intending to represent Mrs. Lisle's ter for loyalty, however injured, could not be judgment; as being likely to be marked with any destroyed by such an insinuatiou. His future improper austerity, and therefore I am certain life night give him abundant opportunities of falshe must either have had no idea that the expressifying the justice of it. But a female character, sions she has used, in the manner which she once so blasted, what hope or chance has it of used them, were capable of being understood, in recovery?- -Your Majesty will not fail to perso serious a light as to be referred to, amongst ceive, that I have pressed this part of the case, circumstances deserving the most serious consi. with an earnestness which shews that I have felt deration, and which must occasion most unfa. it. I have no wish to disguise from your Majes. vourable interpretations; or she must by the im- ty, that I have felt it, and felt it strongly. It posing novelty of her situation, in private exami- is the only part of the case, which I conceive to tiation before fonr such grave characters, have be in the least degree against me, tliat rests apon been surprised into the use of expressions, which, a witness who is at all worthy of your Majesty's with a better opportunity of weighing them, she credit. How unfair it is, that any thing sue has would either not have used at all, or have ac- said should be pressed against me, I trust I have companied with stil more of qualification than sufficiently shewn, In canvassing, however, that, which she has, however, in some degree, Mrs. Lisle's evidence, I hope I have never forgot as it is, amnexed to them.
what was due to Mrs. Lisle. I have been as But my great complaint is the having, not, anxious not to do her injustice, as to do justice particularly, Mrs. Lisle's opinion, but any per- to myself. I retain the same respect and regard son's opinion, set up, 'as it were, in judgment for Mrs. Lisle now, as I ever had. If the unfaagainst the propriety of my private conduct. vourable impressions, which the Commissiovers How would it be endured, that the judgment of seem to suppose, fairly arise out of the expresa one man should be asked, and recorded in a sious she has used, I am confident they will be solemn Report, against the conduct of another, understood, in a sense, which was never intended sither with respect to his bebaviour to his child by her. And I should scorn to purchase ady advantage to myself, at the expense of the but as a party accused, had not a right to be slightest imputation, unjustly cast upon Mrs. thought, and to be presumed innocent, till I Lisle, or any one else. -Leaving therefore, was proved to be guilty? Let me ask, if there with these observations, Mrs. Lisle's evidence, ever could exist a case, in which the credit of I must proceed to the evidence of Mr. Bidgood. the witness ought to have been more severely The parts of it which apply to this part of the sifted and tried? The fact rested solely upon case, I mean my conduet to Captain Manby at his single assertion. However false, it could not Montagne House, I shall detail. They are as possibly receive contradiction, but from the parfollows. “I first observed Captain Manby came ties. The story itself surely is not very probable. to Montague House either the end of 1803, or My character cannot be considered as under inthe beginning of 1804. I was waiting one day quiry; it is already gone, and decided upon, by in the anti-room; Captain Manby had his hat in those, if there are any such, who think such a his hand, and appeared to be going away: he story probable. That in a room, with the door was a long time with the Princess, and, as I open, and a servant known to be waiting just stood on the steps waiting, I looked into the by, we should have acted such a scene of gross room in which they were, and in the reflection indecency. The indiscretion at least might on the looking-glass I saw them salute each other. have rendered it improbable, even to those, I mean that they kissed each other's lips. Cap- whose prejudices against me, might be prepared tain Manby then went away. I then observed to conceive nothing improbable in the indecency the Princess have her handkerchief in her hands, of it. Yet this seems to have been received as and wipe her eyes, as if she was crying, and a fact that there was no reason to question. went into the drawing room." In bis second The witness is assumed, without hesitation, to deposition, on the 3d July, talking of his suspi- be the witness of truth, of unquestionable veracions of what passed at Southend, he says, “ they city. Not the faintest trace is there to be found arose from seeing them kiss each other, as I of a single question put to him, to try and sift mentioned before, like people fond of each the credit which was due to him, or to his story. other;-a very close kiss." - In these extracts Is he asked, as I suggested before shonld have from his depositions, there can undoubtedly be been done with regard to Mr. Cole-To whom no complaint of any thing being left to inference. he told this fact before? When he told it? Here is a fact, which must unquestionably oc- What was ever done in consequence of this incasion almost as unfavourable interpretations, as formation? If he never told it, till for the purany fact of the greatest impropriety and indeco- pose of supporting Lady Donglas's statement, rum, short of the proof of actual crime. And how could he in his situation as an 'old servant of this fact is positively and affirmatively sworn to. the Prince, with whom, as he swears, he had And if this witness is truly represented, as one lived twenty-three years, creditably to himself, who must be credited till he is decidedly contra- account for having concealed it so long? And dicted; and the decided contradiction of the par- how came Lady Douglas and Sir Jobn to find out ties accused, should be considered us upavailing, that he knew it, if he never had communicated it constitutes a charge which cannot possibly be it before? If he had communicated it, it would answered. For the scene is so laid, that there is then have been useful to have heard how far his no eye' to witness it, but his own: and therefore present story was consistent with his former; and there can be no one who can possibly contradict if it should have happened that this and other him, however false his story may be, but the per- matters, which he may have stated, were, at sons whom he accused. As for me, Sire, there is that time, made the subject of any inquiry ; po mode, the most solemn that can be devised, in then how far that inquiry had tended to confirm which I shall not be anxious and happy to con. or shake his credit. His first examination was, tradict it. And I do here most solemnly, in the it is true, taken by Lord Grenville, and Lord face of Heaven, most directly and positively Spencer alone, without the aid of the experience affirm, that it is as foul, malicious, and wicked of the Lord Charcellor and Lord Chief Justice; a falsehood, as ever was invented by the malice this undoubtedly may account for the omission: of man. Captain Manby, to whom I have been but the noble Lords will forgive me if I say it under the necessity of applying, for that purpose, does not exouse it, especially as Mr. Bidgood in the deposition which I annex, most expressly was examined again on the 3d of July, by all the and positively denies it also. Beyond these our Commissioners, and this fact is again referred to two denials, there is nothing which can by pos- then as the foundation of the suspicion which he sibility be directly opposed to Mr. Bidgood's afterwards entertained of Captain Manby at evidence- All that remains to be done is to ex- Southend. Nay, that last deposition affords on amine Mr. Bidgood's credit, and to see how far my part, another ground of similar complaint of he deserves the character which the Commis- the strongest kind. It opens thus: “ The Prin. sioners give to him. How wfoundedly they 4 cess used to go out in her phaeton with coach. gave such a character to Mr. Cole, your Majes. “ man and helper towards Long Reach, eight or ty, I am satisfied, must be fully convinced. 5 ten times, carrying luncheon and wine with I suppose there must be some mistake, I will "her, when Captain Manby's ship was at Long not call it by any harsher name, for I think it “Reach, always Mrs. Fitzgerald with her. She can be no more than a mistake, in Mr. Bidgood's “ would go out at one, and return about five or saying, that the first time he knew Captain Man- * six; sometimes sooner or later.". -The date by come to Montague House, was at the end of when Captain Manby's ship was lying at Long 1803, or beginning of 1804; for he first came at Reach, is not given; and therefore whether this the end of the former year; and the fact is, that was before, or after, the scene of the supposed Mr. Bidgood must have seen him then. Bat, salate, does not appear. But for what was this however, the date is comparatively immaterial, statement of Mr. Bidgood's nade? Why was it the fact it is, that is important. And here, introduced? Why were these drives towards Sire, surely I have the sanre complaint which Long Reach with luncheon, connected with I have so often urged. I would ask your Captain Manby's ship lying there at the time, Majesty, whether I, not as a Princess of Wales, examined to by the Commissioners? The first