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solicitor, who, according to Mr. Cole, accomtified in saying, that neither His Royal Highpanied him to Cheltenham to procure some of ness, nor your Majesty, any more than myself, these declarations. On the 13th of February, had been fairly dealt with, in not being fully the next day after Fanny Lloyd's declaration, informed upon this important fact; and your the Earl of Moira sends for Mr. Mills, upon Majesty will forgive a weak, unprotected woman, pressing business. Mr. Mills attends him on like myself, who, under such circumstances, the 14th; he is asked by his Lordship upon the should apprehend that, however Sir John and subject of this conversation; he is told he may Lady Douglas may appear my ostensible acrely upon his Lordship's honour, that what cusers, I have other enemies, whose ill-will I may
passed should be in perfect confidence; (a con- have occasior to fear, without feeling myself fidence which Mr. Mills, feeling it to be on assured, that it will be strictly regulated, in its a subject too important to his character, at the proceeding against me, by the principles of moment disclaims ;)that it was his (the Earl fairness and of justice. I have now, Sire, of Moiras), duty to his Prince, as his coun- gone through all the evidence which respects sellor, to inquire into the subject, which he Captain Manby; whether at Montague House, had known for some time.-Fanny Lloyd's Southend, or East Cliff, and I do trust, that statement being then related to Mr. Mills, your Majesty will see, upon the whole of it, Mr. Mills, with great warmth, declared that how mistaken a view the Commissioners have it was an infamous falsehood.-Mr. Lowten, taken of it. The pressure of other duties en. who appears also to have been there by ap- grossing their time and their attention, has
pointment, was called into the room, and he made them leave the important duties of this furnished Mr. Mills with the date to which Fan- investigation, in many particulars, imperfectly
ny Lloyd's declaration applied. The meeting discharged a more thorough attention to it ,ends in Lord Moira's desiring to see Mr. Mills's must have given them a better and truer insight partner, Mr. Edmeades, who, not being at into the characters of those witnesses, upon home cannot attend him for a few days. He whose credit, as I am convinced, your Majesty does, however, upon his return, attend him on will now see, they have without sufficient reason the 20th of May: on his attendance, instead relied. There remains nothing for me, on this of Mr. Lowten, he finds Mr. Conant, the ma- part of the charge to perform; but, adverting gistrate, with Lord Moira. He denies the con- to the circumstance which is falsely sworn versation with Fanny Lloyd, as positively and against me by Mr. Bidgood, of the salute, and peremptorily as Mr. Milis. Notwithstanding the false inference and insinuation, from other however all this, the Declaration of Fanny facts, that Captain Manby slept in my house, Lloyd is delivered to His Royal Highness, un- either at Southend, or East Cliff, on my accompanied by these contradictions, and for- own part most solemnly to declare, that they warded to your Majesty on the 29th. That Mr. are both utterly, false ; that Bidgood's asserLowten was the Solicitor of Sir John Douglas tion as to the salute, is a malicious slanin this business, cannot be doubted, that he derous invention, without the slightest shadow took some of those declarations, which were of truth to support it; that his suspicions laid before your Majesty, is clear; and that he and insinuations, as to Captain Manby's having took this declaration of Fanny Lloyd's, seems slept in my house, are also the false suggestions of not to be questionable. That the inquiry by his own malicious mind; and that Captain Manby Earl Moira, two days after her declaration was never did, to my knowledge or belief, sleep in taken, must have been in consequence of an my House at Southend, East Cliff, or any other early communication of it to him, seems ne- house of mine whatever ; and, however often he cessarily to follow from what is above stated; may have been in my company, I solemnly prothat it was known, on the 14th of May, that test to your Majesty, as I have done in the Mr. Mills contradicted this assertion; and, on former cases, that nothing ever passed between the 20th, that Mr. Edmeades did, is perfectly him and me, that I should be ashamed, or unclear; and yet, notwithstanding all this, the willing that all the world should have seen. And fact, that Mr. Edmeades and Mr. Mills con- I have also, with great pain, and with a deep tradicted it, seems to have been not commu- sense of wounded delicacy, applied to Captain nicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Manby to attest to the same truths, and I sube Wales, for he, as it appears from the Report, join to this letter his deposition to that effect. forwarded the declarations which had been des I stated to your Majesty, that I should be oblig. livered to His Royal Highness, through the ed to return to other parts of Fanny Lloyd's Chancellor, to your Majesty : and the declara testimony ;-At the end of it she says, “ I never tion of Fanny Lloyd, which had been so falsi- told Cole that M. Wilson, when she supposed fied, to the knowledge of the Earl Moira and the Princess to be in the library, had gone into of Mr. Lowten, the Solicitor for Sir John the Princess's bed-room, and had found a man Douglas, is sent into your Majesty as one of there at breakfast with the Princess; or that the documents, on which you were to ground there was a great to do about it, and that M. your inquiry, unaccounpanied by its falsification Wilson was sworn to secrecy, and threatened to by Mills and Edmeades; at least, no declara- be turned away, if she divulged what she had tions by them are amongst those, which are This part of her examination, your Maa transmitted to me, as copies of the original jesty will perceive, must have been called from declarations which were laid before your Ma her, by some precise question, addressed to her, jesty. I know not whether it was Lord Moira, with respect to a supposed communication from or Mr. Lowten, who should have communicated her to Mr. Cole. In Mr. Cole's examination, this circumstance to His Royal Highness, but there is not one word upon the subject of it. In that, in all fairness, it ought unquestionably to his original declaration, however, there is; and have been communicated by some one. I there your Majesty will perceive, that he affirms dare not trust myself with any inferences from the fact of her having reported to him Mary Wilthis proceeding; I content myself with remark- son's declaration iu the very same words in which ing, that it pust now be felt, that I was jus. Fanny Lloyd denies it, and it is therefore evi
dent that the Commissioners, in putting this I had seen and related to Fanny Lloyd, they could question to Fanny Lloyd, must have pnt it to not have been at a loss to have discovered which her from Cole's declaration. She positively de- of these witnesses told the trnth. They would nies the fact; there is then a fat and precise have found, I am perfectly confident, that all contradiction, between the examination ot Fanny that Mary Wilson ever could have told Fanny Lloyd and the original statement of Mr. Cole. Lloyd, was that she had seen Sir Sidney and my. It is therefore impossible that they both can have self in the blue room, and they would then bave spoken true. The Commissioners, for some rea- had to refer to the malicious, and confederated son, don't examine Cole to this point at all; don't inventious of the Bidgoods and Mr. Cole, for the endeavour to trace out this story; if they had, conversion of the blne-room into the bed-room; they must have discovered which of these wit- for the vile slander of what M. Wilson was supnesses spoke the truth, bnt they leave this contra- posed to have seen, and for the violent effect diction not only unexplained, but uninquired after which this scene had upon her. I say their conand in that state, report both these witnesses, federated inventions, as it is impossible to suppose Cole and Fanny Lloyd, who thus speak to the that they.could have been concerned in inventtwo sides of a contradiction, and who therefore ing the same additions to Fanny Lloyd's story, cannot by possibility both speak truth, as wit. unless they had communicated together upon it. nesses who cannot be suspected of partiality, And when they had once found Mrs. Bidgood and whose credit they see no reason to question, and Mr. Cole, thus conspiring together, titey would whose story must be believed till contradicted. have had no difficulty in connecting them both
-But what is, if possible, still more extra. in the same conspiracy with Sir John Douglas, ordinary, this supprsed communication from F. by shewing how connected Cole was with Sir Lloyd to Cole, as your Majesty observes, relates John Donglas, and how acquainted with his proto something which M. Wilson is supposed to have ceedings, in collecting the evidence which was seen and to have said; yet though M. Wilson to support Lady Donglas's declaration. appears herself to have been examined by the For, by referring to Mr. Cole's declaration, Commissioners on the same day with Fanny made on the 23d of February, they would have Lloyd, in the copy of her examination, as de- seen that Mr. Cole, in explaining some observalivered to me, there is no trace of any question tion abont Sir Sidney's supposed possession of a relating to this declaration having been put to key to the garden-door, says that it was what her.
“ Mr. Lampert, the servant of Sir John Donglas, And I have not less reason to lament than to “ mentioned at Cheltenham to Sir John Donglas be surprised, that it did not occur to the Com. « and Mr. Lowten."--How should Mr. Cole missioners, to see the necessity of following this know that Sir John Douglas and Mr. Lowten inquiry, still further; for, if properly porsned, it had been down to Cheltenham, to collect evi. would have demonstrated two things, both very dence from this ulit servant of Sir John Doug, important to be kept in mind in the whole of las? How shonld he have knows what that this consideration. First, how hearsay represen. evidence was? unless he had either accompanied tations of this kind, arising out of little or no- them himself, or at least had had such a comthing, become magnified and exaggerated by munication either with Sir John Douglas, or the circulation of prejudiced or malicious Re- Mr. Lowten, as it never conld have occurred to porters; and, secondly, it would have shewn the any of them to have made to Mr. Cole, nnless, industry of Mr. and Mrs. Bidgood, as well as instead of being a nere witness, lie were a party Mr. Cole, in collecting information in support of to this accusation? But whether they had conLady Douglas's statement, and in improving vinced themselves, that Fanny Lloyd spoke what they collected by their false colourings and true, and Cole and Mrs. Bidgood falsely; or malicious additions to it. They would have whether they had convinced themselves of the fonnd a story in Mrs. Bidgood's declaration, as reverse, it could not have been possible, that well as in her Imsband's (who relates it as having they both could have spoken the truth; and, heart it from liis wife), which is evidently the consequently, the Commissioners could never same as that which w. Cole's declaration con- have reported the veracity of both to be free tains ; for the Bidgoods' declarations state, that from suspicion, and deserving of credit.-There Fanny Lloyd told Mrs. Bidyood, that Mary Wil- only remains that I should make a few observason had gone into the Princess's bedroom, and tions on what appears in the examinations relahad found Her Royal Highness and Sir Sydhey tive to Mr. Hood (now Lord Hood), Mr. Chester, in the most criminal situation; that she had left and Captain Moore: and I really shonld not the room, and as so shocked, that she fainted have thonght a single observation necessary upon away at the door. Here, then, are Mrs. Bidgood either of them, except that what refers to them and Mr. Cole, both , declaring what they had is stated in the exanıinations of Mrs. Lisle. heard Fanny Lloyd say, and Fanny Lloyd deny. With respect to Lord Hood, it is as follows:ing it. How extraordinary is it that they were “ I was at Catherington with the Princess; renot all confronted! and your Majesty will sce « member Mr. (now Lord Hood) there, and the presently how much it is to be lamented that they “ Princess going out airing with bim, alune in were noi; for, from Fanny Lloyd's original de- “ Mr. Hood's little whiskey; and his servant was claration, it appears that the truth would bave “ with them; Mr. Hood drove, and staid ont eome out, as she there states, that, “to the best “ two or three times; more than once ; three or of her knowledge, Mary Wilson said, that she four times. Mr. Hood dined with us several had seen the Princess and Sir Sydney in the Blue u times; once or twice he slept in a house in the Room, but never hearu Mary Wilson say she was garden; she appeared to pay no attention to so alarmed as to be in a fit." If then, on con- “ him, but that of common civility to an intifronting Fanny Lloyd with Mrs. Bidgood and “ mate acquaintance.” Now, Sire, it is undoubt. Mr. Cole, the Commissioners had found Fangy edly trne that I drove out several times with Lloyd's story to be what she related before, and Lord Hood in his one-horse chaise, and some few had then put the question to Mary Wilson, and times, twice, I believe, at most, without any of had heard from lrer what it really was which she my servants' attending us ; and considering the
time of life, and the respectable character of my , ing to examine Mrs. Lisle upon my attention to Lord Hood, I never should bave conceived that Mr. Chester, my walking out with him, and, I incurred the least danger to my repntation in so above all, as to his being a pretty young man," doing. If, indeed, it was the duty of the Com- I conceive it to be so intended), I am sure your missioners to inquire into instances of my con- Majesty will see, that it is the hardest thing imaduct, in which they may conceive it to have been ginable upon me, that, upon an occurrence less reserved and dignitied than what wonld pro- which passed in Lady Sheffield's house, on a visit perly become the exalted station which I hold in to her, Lady Sheffield herself was never examinyour Majesty's Royal Family, it is possible that, ed; for, if she had been, I am convinced that in the opinions of some, these drives with my these noble Lords, the Commissioners, never could Lord Hood were not consistent with that station, have put me to the painful degradation of stating and that they were particularly improper in those any thing upon this subject. The statement instances in which we were not attended by more begins by Mrs. Lisle's inquiring, what company servants, or any servants of my own. Upon this was there? and Lady Sheffield saying, "only I have oply to observe, tbat these instances oc- Mr. John Chester, who was there by Her Royal curred after I had received the news of the la- Highness's orders; that she could get no other mented death of yonr Majesty's brother, the company, on account of the roads." Is not this, Duke of Gloucester, I was at that time down Sire, left open to the inference that Mr. John by the sea-side for my health. I did not like to Chester was the only person who had been inforego the advantage of air and exercise for the vited by my orders? If Lady Sheffield had been short remainder of the time which I had to stay examined, she would have been able to have prothere; and I purposely chose to go out, not in duced the very letter in which, in answer to her my own carriage, and unattended, that I might | Ladyship’s request, that I would let her know not be seen, and known to be driving about (my- what company it would be agreeable for me to self and my attendants ont of mourning) while meet, I said, “every thing of the name of North, His Royal Highwess was known to have been so all the Legges, and Chesters, William and John, recently dead. This statement, however, is all &c. &c. and Mr. Elliott.” Instead of singling that I have to make upon my part of the case ; out, therefore, Mr. John Chester, I included him and whatever indecornin or impropriety of beha- in the enumeration which I made of the near re. viour the Commissioners have fixed upon me by lations of Lady Sheffield; and your Majesty, this circumstance, it must remain; for I cannot from this alone, cannot fail to see how false a codeny the truth of the fact, and have only the loor even a true fact can assume, if it be not suf above explanation to offer of it. As to what | ficiently inquired into and explained.
-As to Mrs. Lisle's examination contains with respect to the circumstances of my having been taken ill in Mr. Chester and Captain Moore, it is so con- the night, being obliged to get up, and light my nected, that I ust trouble your Majesty with candle; why this fact should be recorded, I am the statement of it altogether.
wholly at a loss to conceive. All the circum. “ I was with Her Royal Highness at Lady stances, however, respecting it, connected very Shettields, at Christmas, 'in Sussex. I inquired much as they are with the particular disposition what company was there when I canje ; she said, of Lady Sheffield's house, would have been fully only Mr. Johu Chester, who was there by Her explained, if thought material to have been inRoyal Highpess's orders; that she could get no quired after, by Lady Sheffield herself; and I other company to meet hier, on account of the shonld have been relieved trom the painful de roads and the season of the year. He dined and gradation of alluding at all to a circumstance slept there that night. The next day other con- which I could not further detail, without a great pany came; Mr. Chester remained. I heard her degree of indelicacy, and as I cannot possibly Royal Highness say she had been ill in the night, suppose such a detail can be necessary for my and came ont for a light, and lighted her candle defence, it would, especially in addressing your in her servant's room. I returned from Sheffield-Majesty, be wholly inexcnsable. With respect place to Blackheath with the Princess; Captain to the attention which I paid to Mr. Chester, Muore dined there ; I left him and the Priucess and my walking out twice alone with him for a twice alone, for a short time; he might be alone short time, I know not how to notice it. At this half an honr with her in the room below, in distance of time I ain' not certain that I can, which we had been sitting. I went to look for with perfect accuracy, account for the circuma book to complete a set Her Royal Highness stance. It appears to have been a rainy mordwas lending Captain Moore. She made him a | ing; it was on the 27th or 28th of December; present of an inkstand, to the best of my recol- and whether, wishing to take a walk, I did not lection. He was there one morning in January desire Lady Sheffield, or Mrs. Lisle, or any Lady last, ou the Princess Charlotte's birth-day; he to accompany me in doing what, in snch a mornwent away before the rest of the company. Iing, I might think might be disagreeable to them, might be about twenty minutes the second time I really cannot precisely state to your Majesty. I was away, the night Captain Mooie was there. -But here, again, perhaps, in the judgment of At Lady Sheffield's. Her Royal Highness paid some persons, may be an instance of familiarity, more attention to Mr. Chester than to the rest of which was not consistent with the dignity of the the Company. I know of Her Royal Higliness Princess of Wales; but, surely, prejudice against walking ont alone; twice, with Mr. Chester, in me and my character must exceed all natural the morning aloite; once, a short time, it rained; bounds in those minds in which any inference of the other not an hour, not long. Mr. Chester is crime or moral depravity can be drawn from a pretty young man; her attentions to him were such a fact. As to Captain Moore, it seems he not uncommon; not the same as to Captain was left alone with me, and twice in one after Manby."
noop, by Mrs. Lisle; he was alone with me lialf At first, Sire, as to what relates to Mr. Chester. an hour. The first time Mrs. Lisle left us, her If there is any imputation to be cast upon my examination says, it was to look for a book whichi character by what passed at Sheffield-place with I wished to lend to Captain Moore. How long Mr. Chester (and by the Commissioners returi- she was absent on that occasion she is vot asked;
but it could have been bat ten minutes, as she the audience was required for the parpose of reappears to have been absent twenty minutes the monstrance and explanation upon this circumsecond time. The Commissioners, though they stance; and as I was determined not to alter my particularly return to the inquiry with respect to resolution, nor admit of any discussion upon it, the length of time of her second absence, did I requested His Royal Highness, who happened not require her to tell them the occasion of it; to be acquainted with Sir Sidney Smith, to try if they had, she would have told them, that it to prevent my having any further trouble upon was in search of the same book; that having on the subject. His Royal Highness saw Sir Sidney the first occasion looked for it in the drawing. Smith, and being impressed by him with the beroom, she went afterwards to see for it in Mrs. lief of Lady Douglas's story, that I was the auFitzgerald's room. But I made him a present of thor of these anonymous letters, he did that an inkstand. I hope your Majesty will not think which naturally became him, under such belief; I am trifling with your patience when I take no- he endeavoured, for the peace of your Majesty, tice of such trifles. But it is of such trifles as and the honour of the Royal Family, to keep these that the evidence consists, when it is the from the knowledge of the world what, if it had evidence of respectable witnesses speaking to been true, would have justly reflected such infifacts, and, consequently, speaking only the truth. nite disgrace upon me; and, it seems, from the Captain Moore had conferred on me what I felt narrative, that he procured, through Sir Sidney as a considerable obligation. My Mother is very Smith, Sir John Douglas's assurance that he partial to the late Dr. Moore's writings. Cap. | would, under existing circumstances, remain tain Moore, as your Majesty knows, is his son, qniet, if left unmolested. “ This result (His and he promised to lend me, for the purpose of Royal Highness says), he communicated to me sending it to my mother, a manuscript of an un- the following day, and I seemed satisfied witla published work of the Doctor's. In return for it.” And, undoubtedly, as he only communithis civility, I begged his acceptance of a trifling cated the result to me, I could not be otherwise present.--There is one circumstance alluded than satisfied : for as all that I wanted was, not to in these examinations, which I know not how to be obliged to see Sir John and Lady Douglas, to notice, and yet feel it impossible to omit; I and not to be troubled by them any more, the mean what respects certain anonymous papers or result of His Royal Highness's interference, letters, marked A. B. and C., to which Lord through Sir Sidney Smith, was to procure me ali Cholmondeley appears to bave been examived, that I wanted. I do not wonder that His Royal upon the supposition of their being my hand Highness did not mention to me the particulars writing. A letter marked A. appears, by the ex- of these infamous letters and drawings, which amination of Lady Douglas, to have been pro- were ascribed to me; for, as long as he believed duced by her; and the two papers marked B. they were mine, undoubtedly it was a subject and a cover marked C. appear to have been pro- which he must have wished to avoid ; but I laduced by Sir John. These papers I have never ment, as it happens, that he did not, as I should seen; but I collect them to be the sane as are have satisfied him as far, at least, as any asseralluded to in Lady Douglas's original declaration; tions of mine could have satisfied hin, by de. and, from her representation of them, they are claring to him, as I do now most solemnly, that most infamous productions. From the style and the letter is not mine, and that I know nothing language of the letter, she says, Sir John Dong- whatever of the contents of it, or of the other las, Sir Sydney Smith, and herself, would have papers; and I trust that His Royal Highness, no manner of hesitation in swearing point blank and every one else who may have taken up any (for that is her phrase) to their being in my hand. false impression concerning them to my prejuwriting: and it seems, from the statement of His dice, froin the assertion of Sir John and Lady Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, that Sir Syd- Douglas, will, upon my assertion, and the eviney Smith had been imposed upon to believe, dence of Lord Cholmondeley, remove from their that these letters and papers were really written minds this calumnious falsehood, which, with and sent to Sir John and Lady Douglas by me. many others, the malice of Sir John and Lady I cannot help, however, remarking to your Ma- Douglas has endeavoured to fasten upon me. jesty, that though Sir John and Lady Douglas To all these papers Lady Douglas states, in her produce these papers, and mark them, yet nei- Declaration, that not only herself and Sir John ther the one nor the other swears to their belief Douglas, but Sir Sidney Smith, would have no of my hand-writing; it does not, indeed, appear, hesitation in swearing to be in my hand-writing. that they were asked the question; and when it What says Lord Cholmondeley: “ That he is peronce occurred to the Commissioners to be ma- fectly acquainted with my manner of writing. terial to inquire whose hand-writing these papers Letter A. is not of my hand-writing; that the were, I should have been much surprised at their two papers marked B. appear to be wrote in a not applying to Sir John and Lady Douglas to disguised hand; that some of the letters in them swear it, as iu their original declaration they of: remarkably resemble mine, but, because of the fer to do, if it had not been that, by that time, I disguise, he cannot say whether they are or not: suppose, the Commissioners had satisfied them- as to the cover marked C. he did not see the selves of the true value of Sir John and Lady same resemblance.” Of these four papers (all Douglas's oaths, and therefore did not think it of which are stated by Lady Douglas to be so worth while to ask them any further questions. clearly and plainly mine, that there can be uo
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, as ap- hesitation upon the subject), two bear no repears by his narrative, was convinced,' by Sir semblance to it; and although tbe other two, Sidney Smith, that these letters came from me. written in a disguised hand, have some letters reHis Royal Highness had been applied to by me, markably resembling mine, yet, I trust, I shall in consequence of my having received a formal not, upon such evidence, be subjected to so base note from Sir John, Lady Douglas, and Sir Sid. an imputation; and really, Sire, I know not how ney Smitli, requesting an audience immediately: to account for the Commissioners examining and this was soon after my having desired to see no reporting upon this subject in this manner. For more of Lady Douglas. I conceived, therefore, I understand from Mrs. Fitzgerald, that these drawings were produced by the Commissioners the compass of their Inquiries--that they would to her; and that she was examined as to her not be warranted in expressing any doubt reknowledge of them, and as to the hand-writing specting the alleged pregnancy of the Princess, upon them; that she was satisfied, and swore as stated in the original declarations, a fact so that they were not my hand-writing, and that fully contradicted, and by so many witnesses, to she knew nothing of them, and did not believe whom, if true, it must in various ways have they could possibly come from any lady in my been known, that we cannot think it entitled to house. She was shewn the seal also, which Lady the smallest credit.”- There are, indeed, some Douglas, in her Declaration, says, was the other matters mentioned in the original declara• identical one with which I had summoned Sir tions, which I might have found it necessary to “ John Douglas to luncheon.” To this seal, observe upon; but as the Commissioners do not though it so much resembled one that belonged appear to have entered into any examination to herself, as to make her hesitate till she had with respect to then, I content myself with particularly observed it, she was at last as posi- thinking that they had found the means of satistive as to the hand-writing; and having expressed fying themselves of the utter falsehood of those herself with some feeling and indignation at the particulars, and, therefore, that they can require supposition, that either I, herself, or any of my no contradiction or observation from me. -On ladies, could be guilty of so foul a transaction, the declaration, therefore, and the evidence, I the Conimissioners tell her they were satisfied have nothing further to remark. And, conscious and believed her; and there is not one word of of the length at which I have trespassed on your all this related in her examination.--Now, if Majesty's patience, I will forbear to waste your their Lordships were satisfied from this, or any time by any endeavour to recapitulate what I other circumstance, that these letters were not have said. Some few observations, however, my writing, and did not come from me, I cannot before I conclude, I must hope to be permitted account for their pot preserving any trace of to subjoin.In many of the observations Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence on this point, and which I have made, your Majesty will observe leaving it out of their inquiry altogether; but, if that I have noticed, what have appeared to me they thought proper to preserve any evidence to be great omissions on the part of the Comupon it, to make it the subject of any examina- missioners, in the manner of taking their examition, surely they should not have left it on Lord nations; in forbearing to put any questions to the Cholmondeley's alone; but I ought to have had witnesses, in the nature of a cross-examination the benefit of Mrs. Fitzgerald's evidence also; of them; to confront them with each other; and but, as I said before, they take no notice of her to call other witnesses, whose testimony must evidence; nay, they finish their Report, they either have confirmed or falsified, in important execute it according to the date it bears upon particulars, the examinations as they have taken the 14th of July, and it is not until two days af- them. It may perhaps occur, in consequence of terwards, namely, on the 16th, that they ex. such observations, that I am desirous that this amined Lord Cholmondeley to the hand-writing | Inquiry should be opened again; that the Comwith what view, and for what purpose, I can- missioners should recommence their labours, and not even surmise; but with whatever view, and that they should proceed to supply the defects in for whatever purpose, if these letters are at all their previous examinations, by a foller executo be alluded to in their Report, or the exami- tion of their duty. -I therefore think it necesnations accompanying it, surely I ought to have sary, most distinctly and emphatically to state, had the benefit of the other evidence, which dis- that I have no such meaning; and whatever may proved my connexion with them. I have now, be the risk that I may incur of being charged Sire, gone through all the matters contained in with betraying a consciousness of guilt, by thus the examination, on which I think it, in any de- tying from an extension or repetition of this la. gree, necessary to trouble your Majesty with quiry, I must distinctly state, that so far from any observations. For as to the examination of requesting the revival of it, I bumbly request Mrs. Townley the washerwoman, if it appliee at your Majesty would be graciously pleased to unall, it must have been intended to have afforded derstand me as remonstrating and protesting evidence of my pregnancy and miscarriage against it, in the strongest and most solemn mauAnd whether the circumstances she speaks to ner in my power.- I am yet to learn the lea was occasioned by my having been bled with gality of such a Commission to inquire, even in leeches, or whether an actual miscarriage did the case of High Treason, or any other crime take place in my family, and by some means known to the laws of the country. If it is lawful linen belonging to me was procured and used in the case of High Treason, supposed to be upon the occasion, or to whatever other circum- committed by me, surely it must be lawful also stance it is to be ascribed, after the manner in in the case of High Treason, supposed to be which the Commissioners have expressed their committed by other subjects of your Majesty. opinion, on the part of the case respectiug iny That there is much objection to it, in rea. supposed pregnancy, and after the evidence on son and principle, my understanding assures me. which they formed their opinion, I do not con- That such Inquiries, carried on upon ex parie ceive myself called upon to say any thing upon examination, and a Report of the result by pera it; or that any thing I could say could be more sons of high authority, may, vay must, have a satisfactory than repeating the opinion of the tendency ih prejudice the character of the parCommissioners, as stated in their Report, viz. ties who are exposed to them, and thereby influa “ That nothing had appeared to them which ence the further proceedings in their case ;would warrant the belief that I was pregnant in that are calculated to keep back from notice, that year (1802), or at any other period within and in security, the person of a false accuser,