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The Lord Chancellor informed my Council, that from your Majesty's presence and kindness, have the letter should be .conveyed to your Majesty given a heavy addition to them all; and, surely, on that very day; and further, was pleased, in my bitterest enemies could hardly wish that they about a week or ten days afterwards, to commu- should be increased. But on this topic, as pos. nicate to my Solicitor, that your Majesty had sibly not much affecting the justice, though it read my letter, and that it had been transmitted does the hardship, of my case, I forbear to to his Lordship, with directions that it should be dwell.--Your Majesty will be graciously pleascopied for the Commissioners, and that when ed to recollect, that an occasion of assembling such copy had been taken, the original should be the Royal Family and your subjects, in dutifu returned to your Majesty Your Majesty's and happy commemoration of Her Majesty's own gracious and royal mind will easily conceive birth-day, is now near at hand. If the increased what must have been my state of anxiety and sus- occupations which the approach of Parliament pense, whilst I have been fondly indulging in the inay occasion, or any other canse, should prevent hope, that every day, as it passed, would bring the Commissieners from enabling your Majesty me the happy tidings, that your Majesty was sa- to communicate your pleasure to me before that tisfied of my innocence, and convinced of the time, the world will infallibly conclude (in their unfounded malice of my enemies, in every part present state of ignorance), that my answer must of their charge. Nine long weeks of daily ex- have proved unsatisfactory, and that the infapectation and suspense bave now elapsed, and mous charges have been thought but too true. they have brought me nothing but disappoint- These considerations, Sire, will, I trust, in ment. I have remained in total ignorance of your Majesty's gracious opinion, rescue this adwhat has been done, what is doing, or what is dress from all imputation of impatience. For, intended upon this subject. Your Majesty's your Majesty's sense of honourable feeling will goodness will, therefore, pardon me, if in the step naturally suggest, how utterly impossible it is which I now take I act upon a mistaken conjec- that I, conscious of my own innocence, and beture with respect to the fact. But from the Lord lieving that the malice of my enemies has been Chancellor's communication to my Solicitor, and completely detected, can, without abandoning from the time which has elapsed, I am led to all regard to my interests, my happiness, and my conclude, that your Majesty had directed the honour, possibly be contented to perceive the copy of my letter to be laid before the Commis- approach of such utter ruin to my character, sioners, requiring their advice upon the subject; and yet wait, with patience and in silence, till it and, possibly, their official occupations, and their overwhelms me. I therefore take this liberty of other duties to the State, may not have, as yet, throwing myself again at your Majesty's feet, allowed them the opportunity of attending to it. and entreating and imploring of your Majesty's But your Majesty will permit me to observe, that goodness and justice, in pity for my miseries, however excnsable this delay may be on their which this delay so severely aggravates, and in parts, yet it operates most injuriously upon me; justice to my innocence and character, to urge my feelings are severely tortured by the sus- the Commissioners to an early communication of pense, while my character is sinking in the opi- their advice.--To save your Majesty and the nion of the public It is known, that a Re. Commissioners all unnecessary trouble, as well port, though acquitting me of crime, yet imput- as to obviate all probability of further delay, [ ing matters highly disreputable to my honour, lave directed a duplicate of this letter to be prehas been made to your Majesty ; that that Re- pared, and have sent one copy of it through the port has been communicated to me; that I have Lord Chancellor, and another through Colonel endeavoured to answer it; and that I still re. Taylor to your Majesty.--I am, Sire, with main, at the end of nine weeks from the deli- every sentiment of gratitude and loyalty, your very of my answer, unacquainted
with the judg- Majesty's most affectionate and dutiful Daughters ment which is formed upon it. May I be per-in-law, servant and subject, mitted to observe upon the extreme prejudice Montague House, Dec. 8th, 1806. which this delay, however to be accounted for by the numerous important occupations of the The Lord Chancellor has the honour to pre Commissioners, produces to my honour? The sent his most humble duty to the Princess of world, in total'ignorance of the real state of the Wales, and to transmit to Her Royal Highness facts, begin to infer my guilt from it. I feel the accompanying Message from the King, which myself already sinking in the estimation of your Her Royal Highness will observe he has His MaMajesty's subjects, as well as of what remains to jesty's commands to communicate to Her Royal me of my own family, into (a state intolerable Highness.----- The Lord Chancellor would have to a mind conscious of its purity and innocence) dove himself the honour to have waited persona state in which my honour appears at last equi- ally upon Her Royal Highness, and have deliver vocal, and my virtue is suspected. From this ed it himself; but he considered the sending it state 1 humbly entreat your Majesty to perceive, sealed, as more respectful and acceptable to Her that I can have no hope of being restored, until Royal Highness. The Lord Chancellor received either your Majesty's favourable opinion shall be the original paper from the King yesterday, and graciously notified to the world, by receiving me made the copy now sent in his own hand. again into the Royal Presence, or until the full January 28th, 1807. disclosure of the facts shall expose the malice of To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. my accusers, and do away every possible ground for unfavourable inference and conjecture. The King having referred to his confidential
The various calamities with which it has pleased Servants the proceedings and papers relative to God of late to afflict me, I have endeavoured to the written declarations which had been before bear, and trust I have borne with humble resig- His Majesty, respecting the conduct of the mation to the Divine will. But the effect of this Princess of Wales, has been apprized by them, infamous charge, and the delay which has susu that after the fullest consideration of the exami pended its final termination, by depriving me of nations taken on that snbject, and of the obser. the consolation which I should have received vations and affidavits brought forward by the
Princess of Wales's legal advisers, they agree in throwing myself, in filial duty and affection, at the opinions submitted to His Majesty in the ori- your Majesty's feet.--Your Majesty will easily ginal Report of the four Lords, by whom His conceive that I reluctantly name so distant a day Majesty directed that the matter should in the as Monday, but I do not feel myself sufficiently first instance be inquired into; and that, in the recovered from the measles, to venture upon so present stage of the business, upon a mature and long a drive at an earlier day. Feeling, however, deliberate view of this most important snbject very anxious to receive again, as soon as possiin all its parts and bearings, it is their opinion, ble, that blessing of which I have been so long that the facts of this case do not warrant their deprived, if that day should happen to be, in advising that any further steps should be taken any degree, inconvenient, I humbly entreat and in the business by His Majesty's Government, or implore your Majesty's most gracious and pater. any other proceedings instituted upon it, except nal goodness to name some other day, as early as such only as His Majesty's Law Servants may, possible, for that purpose. I am, &c. on reference to then, think fit to recommend
(Signed) C. P. for the prosecution of Lady Douglas, on those
To the King. parts of her depositions which may appear to them to be justly liable thereto.- In this situa.
Windsor Castle, Jan. 29, 1807. tion, His Majesty is advised, that it is no longer The King has this moment received the Princ necessary for him to decline receiving the cess of Wales's letter, in which she intimates her Princess into his Royal Presence. -The King intention of coming to Windsor on Monday next; sees, with great satisfaction, the agreement of and his Majesty, wishing not to put the Princess his confidential Servants, in the decided opinion to the inconvenience of coming to this place so expressed by the four Lords upon the falsehood immediately after her illness, lastens to ac. of the accusations of pregnancy and delivery, quaint her, that he shall prefer to receive her in brought forward against the Princess by Lady London, upon a day subsequent to the ensuing Douglas. On the other matters produced in week, which will also better suit his Majesty, the course of the Inquiry, the King is advised and of which he will not fail to apprize the that none of the facts or allegations stated in Princess. preliminary examinations, carried on in the ab.
(Signed) GEORGE, R. sence of the parties interested, can be consider. To the Princess of Wales. ed as legally, or conclusively, established. But in those examinations, and even in the answer
Windsor Castle, Feb. 10, 1807. drawn in the name of the Princess by her legal As the Princess of Wales may have been led advisers, there have appeared circumstances of to expect, from the King's letter to her, that he conduct on the part of the Princess, which his would fix an early day for seeing her, his Ma. Majesty never could regard but with serious con- jesty thinks it right to acquaint her, that the
The elevated rank which the Princess Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several doholds in this country, and the relation in which cnments, which the King directed his Cabinet to she stands to His Majesty and the Royal Family, transmit to bim, made a formal communication must always deeply involve both the interests of to him of his intention to put them into the hands the state and the personal feelings of His Majes- of his lawyers ; accompanied by a request, that ty, in the propriety and correctness of her con. his Majesty would suspend any further steps in duct. And His Majesty, cannot, therefore, for the business, until the Prince of Wales should bear to express, in the conclusion of the business, be enabled to submit to him the statement which his desire and expectation that such a conduct he proposed to make. The King, therefore, may in future be observed by the Princess, as considers it incumbent upon him to defer naming may fully justify those marks of paterual regard a day to the Princess of Wales, until the further and affection which the King always wishes to result of the Prince's intention shall have been shew to every part of His Royal Family.
made known to him. His Majesty lias directed that this message
(Signed) GEORGE. R. should be transmitted to the Princess of Wales To the Princess of Wales. by his Lord Chancellor, and that copies of the proceedings, which had taken place on the sub- (Here should have come in the Princess's Letler ject, should also be communicated to his dearly to the King, of the 12th of Feb. 1807 ; but it will beloved Son, the Prince of Wales.
be found inserted in the foregoing Number of the
Register, at p. 409.] Montague-House, Jan. 29, 1807. SIRE,I hasten to acknowledge tlie receipt SIRE,--By my short letter to yonr Majesty of of the paper, which, by your Majesty's direc: the 12th instaut, in answer to your Majesty's tion, was yesterday transmitted to me, by the communication of the 10th, I notified my intenLord Chancellor, and to express - the unfeigned tion of representing to your Majesty the various happiness which I have derived from one part of grounds on which I felt the hardship of my case; it. I mean that, which informs me that your and a review of which, I confidently hoped, Majesty's confidential servants have, at Jength, would dispose your Majesty to recal your deter thought proper to communicate to your Majesty mination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my their advice,
" that it is no longer necessary for reception into your royal presence; a deteriniyour Majesty to decline receiving me into nation which, in addition to all the other pain
your Royal presence.": And I, therefore, which it brought along with it, affected me with hambly hope that your Majesty will be graciously the disappointment of hopes, which I had fondly pleased to receive; with favour, the communica- cherished with the most perfect confidence, betion of my intention to avail myself, with your cause they rested on your Majesty's gracious asa Majesty's permission, of that advice, for the surance.- Independently, however, of that pnrpose of waiting upon your Majesty on Mon- communication from your Majesty, I should have day next, if that day should not be inconvenient; felt myself bound to have troubled your Majesty when I bope again to have the happiness of with much of the contents of the present lottero
Upon the receipt of the paper, which, by | letter of the 10th instant, your Majesty may your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to conceive, though I am utterly unable to express, me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last - That Letter announces to me that his Royal month, and which communicated to me the joy. Highness the Prince of Wales, upon receiving ful intelligence, that your Majesty was “ ad- the several documents which your Majesty di
vised, that it was no longer necessary for you rected your Cabinet to trausmit to him, made a " to decline receiving me into your royal pre- personal communication to your Majesty of his
seuce,” I conceived myself necessarily called intention to put them into the hands of his Lawupon to send an immediate answer to so much of yers, accompanied by a request, that your Mait as respected that intelligence. I could not jesty would suspend any further steps in the buwait the time which it would have required, to sipess, until the Prince of Wales should be enstate those observations which it was impossible abled to submit to your Majesty the statement for me to refrain from making, at some period, which he proposed to make; and it also anupon the other important particulars which that nounces to me that your Majesty therefore conpaper contained. Accordingly, I answered it sidered it incumbent on you to defer naming a immediately; and, as your Majesty's gracious day to me, until the further result of the Prince and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, an- of Wales's intention should have been made nounced to me your pleasure, that I should be known to your Majesty.---This determination received by your Majesty on a day subsequent to of your Majesty, on this request, made by His the then ensning week, I was led most confi- Royal Highness, I humbly trust your Majesty dently to assure myself, that the last week would will permit me to entreat you, in your most gras not have passed, without my having received that cious justice, to re-consider. Your Majesty, I satisfaction. I, therefore, determined to wait in am convinced, must have been surprised at the patience, without further intrusion upon your time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of Majesty, till I might have the opportunity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination guarding myself from the possibility of being necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and misunderstood, by personally explaining to your justice would never have adopted it. And if I Majesty, that whatever observations I had to can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled inmake upon the paper so communicated to me on justice and cruelty of this interposition of the the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaints re- Prince of Wales, at sueh a time, and under such specting the delay, and the many cruel circum-circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence stances which had attended the whole of the that your Majesty will hasten to recal it.--I proceedings against me, and the unsatisfactory should hasely be wanting to my own interest state in which they were at length left by that and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense last communication, they were observations and of that injustice and cruelty; and if I did not complaints which affected those nly, under most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will whose advice your Majesty had acted, and were better perceive the just grounds of my complaint not, in any degree, intended to intimate even when I retrace the course of these proceedings the most distant insinuation against your Ma. from their commencement. -The four noble jesty's justice or kindness.- - That paper esta. Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire blished the opinion which I certainly had ever into the charges brought against me, in iheir confidently entertained, but the justness of Report of the 14th of July last, after having which I had not before any document to esta stated that His Royal Highness the Prince of blish, that your Majesty had, from the first, Wales had laid before him, the charge which deemed this proceeding a high and important was made against me, by Lady Douglas, and matter of state, in the consideration of which the declarations in support of it, proceed in the your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to following manner. trust to your own generous feelings, and to your * “ In the painful situation in which His Roy. own royal and gracious judgment. I never did " al Highness was placed by these communicabelieve that the cruel state of anxiety in which I tions, we learnt that His Royal Highness had had been kept, ever since the delivery of my " adopted the only course which could, in our Answer (for at least sixteen weeks), could be at “ judgment, with propriety, be followed. When all attributable to your Majesty; it was most un. “ informations such as these, had been thus like every thing which I had ever experienced " confidently alleged, and particularly detailed, from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and " and had been in some degree supported by justice; and I found from that paper, that it was “ collateral evidence, applying to other facts of to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the “ the same nature, (though going to a far less length of banishment from your presence, which "extent,) one line only could be pursued.they, at last, advised your Majesty it was no “ Every sentiment of duty to your Majesty, and longer pecessary should be continued. I per- 5 of concern for the public welfare, required ceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it “ that these particulars should not be withheld was to thein, and to them only, that I owed the “ from your Majesty, to whom more particularly protracted continuance of my sufferings and of belonged the cognizance of a matter of State, my disgrace; and that your Majesty, consider" so nearly touching, the honour of your Maing the whole of this proceeding to have been jesty's Royal Family, and, by possibility, instituted and conducted under the grave re- “ affecting the succession of your Majesty's sponsibility of your Majesty's servants, had not
" Crown.- -Your Majesty had been pleased, thought proper to take any step, or express any on your part, to view the subject in the same opinion, upon any part of it, but such as was “ light. Considering it as matter which, on recommended by their advice. Influenced by every account demanded the most immediate these sentiments, and anxious to have the oppor- “ investigation, your Majesty had thought fit tunity of conveying them, with the overflowings“ to commit into our hands the duty of ascer. of a grateful heart, to your Majesty, what were “ taining, in the first instance, what degree of my sensations of surprise, mortification, and disappointment, on the receipt of your Majesty's
« credit was due to the information, and there- ings, as to induce à suspicion that I have been « by enabling your Majesty to decide what fur too favourably dealt with by them? and that the * ther conduct to adopt respecting them.” advice which has been given to your Majesty,
His Royal Highness then, pursuing, as the that your Majesty need no longer decline to four Lords say, the only course which could, in receive me, was hastily and partially delivered ? their judgment, with propriety, be pursued, I ain confident that your Majesty must see the submitted the matter to your Majesty.Your very reverse of this to be the case that I have Majesty directed the Inquiry by the four noble every reason to complain of the inexplicable Lords.The four Lords in their Report upon delay which so long withheld that advice. And the case, justly acquitted me of all crime, and the whole character of the observations with expressed (I will not wait now to say how un- which they accompanied it, marks the reluctjustly) the credit which they gave, and the con- ance with which they yielded to the necessity of sequence they ascribed to other matters, which giving it.-For your Majesty's confidential they did not, however, characterize as amount- servants advise your Majesty, “ that it is no ing to any crime. To this Report I made my " longer necessary for you to decline receiving answer. That answer, together with the whole “me into your Royal Presence." If this is proceedings, was referred by your Majesty, to their opinion and their advice now, why was it the same four noble Lords, and others of your not their opinion and their advice four months Majesty's confidential servants. They advised ago, from the date of my answer? Nay, why your Majesty, amongst much other matter was it not their opinion and advice from the date (which must be the subject of further observa- even of the original Report itself? For not only tions), that there was no longer any reason why had they been in possession of my answer for you shonld decline receiving me. -Your Ma- above sixteen weeks, which at least furnished jesty will necessarily conceive that I have al- them with all the materials on which this advice ways looked upon my banishment from your was at length given, but further, your Majesty's Royal Presence, as, in fact, a punishment, and confidential servants are forward to state, that a severe one too. I thought it sufficiently hard, after having read my observations, and the that I should have been suffering that punish- affidavits which were annexed to them, they ment during the time that this Inquiry has been agree in the opinions (not in any single opinion pending, while I was yet "only under accusation, upon any particular branch of the case, but in and upon the principles of the just laws of your the opinions generally) which were submitted to Majesty's kingdom, entitled to be presumed to your Majesty, in the original Report of the four be innocent, till I was proved to be guilty. But Lords. If, therefore (notwithstanding their conI find this does not appear to be enough, in the currence in all the opinions contained in the opinion of the Prince of Wales. For now, when Report), they bave, nevertheless, given to yonr after this long Inquiry into matters which re- Majesty their advice, “ that it is no longer ne quired immediate investigation, I have been ac- cessary for you to decline receiving me,” quitted of every thing which could call for my what could have prevented their offering that banishment from your Royal Presence. After advice, even from the 14th of July, the date of your Majesty's confidential servants have thus the original Report itself? Or what could have expressly advised your Majesty that they see no warranted the withholding of it, even for a single reason why you should any longer decline to moment? Instead, therefore, of any trace receive me into your presence:-after your Ma- being observable, of hasty, precipitate, and jesty had graciously notified to me your determi- partial determination in my favour, it is imposnation to receive me at an early day, His Royal sible to interpret their conduct and their reasons Higlmess interposes the demand of a new delay; together in any other sense, than as amonnting desires your Majesty not to take any step; de to an admission of your Majesty's confidential sires yon not to act npon the advice which your servants themselves, that I bave, in consequenoe own confidential servants have given you, that of their withholding that advice, been, unnecesyou need no longer decline seeing me ;-not to sarily and cruelly banished from your Royal execute your intention, and assurance, that you Presence, from that 14th of July to the 28th of will receive me, ist an early day ;-because he January, including a space of above six months; has laid the documents before his Lawyers, and and the effect of the interposition of the Prince, intends to prepare a further statement. And is to prolong my sufferings and my disgrace, the judgnient of your Majesty's confidential ser- under the same banishment, to a period per: vants, is, as it were, appealed from by the fectly indefinite.The principle which will Prince of Wales (whom, from this time, at admit the effect of such interposition now, may least, I must be permitted to consider as as. be acted upon again; and the Prince may resuming the character of my accuser);- the jus-. quire a further prolongation upon fresh statetice dne to me is to be suspended, while the ments and fresh charges, kept back possibly for judgment of your Majesty's sworn servants is to the purpose of being, from time to time, conbe submitted to the revision of my accuser's veniently interposed, to prevent for ever the Counsel ; and I, though acquitted in the opinion arrival of that hour, which, displaying to the of your Majesty's confidential servants, of all world the acknowledgment of ny unnerited that should induce your Majesty to decline sufferings and disgrace, may, at the same time, seeing me, am to have that punishment, which expose the truly malicions and unjust qnality of had been inflicted upou me during the Inquiry, the proceedings which have been so long carried continued after that acquittal, till a fresh state- on against me. This unreasonable, unjust, ment is prepared, to be again submitted, for and cruel interposition of His Royal Highness, aught I know, to another Inquiry, of as ex- as I must ever deem it, has prevailed upon your tended a continuance as that which has just Majesty to recal, to my prejudice, your gracious terminated.
-Can it be said, that the pro- purpose of receiving me, in pursuance of the ceedings of the four noble Lords, or of your Ma. advice of yonr servants. Do I then flatter my, jesty's confidential servants, have been so le- self too much, when I feel assured, that my jest nient and considerate towards me and my feel- entreaty, founded upon the reasons whńcha I
urge, and directed to counteract only the effect the beginning of September. My answer to ot that unjust interposition, will induce your these various charges, thongh the whole subject Majesty to return to your original determination of them was new to those whose advice I had
-Restored, however, as I should feel myself, recourse to, long as that answer was necessarily to a state of comparative security, as well as obliged to be, was delivered to the Lord Chancredit, by being, at length, permitted, upon cellor, to be forwarded to your Majesty, by the your Majesty's gracions re-consideration of your 6th of October ; and, from the 6th of October last determination, to have access to your Ma- to the 28th of January, I was kept in total ignojesty; yet, under all the circumstances under rance of the effect of that answer.
Not only which I should now receive that mark and con. will all this delay be apparent, but it will be gefirmation of your Majesty's opinion of my inno- nerally shewn to the world, how your Majesty's cence, my character would not, I fear, stand Servants had in this important business treated cleared in the public opinion, by the mere fact your Daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales; of your Majesty's reception of me. This revo- and what measure of justice she, a female, and cation of your Majesty's gracious purpose has a stranger in your land, has experienced at their flung an additional cloud about the whole pro- hands. ceeding, and the inferences drawn in the public Undoubtedly against such a proceeding I have mind, from this circumstance, so mysterious and ever felt, and still feel, an almost invincible re. so perfectly inexplicable, upon any grounds pugnance. Every sentiment of delicacy, with which are open to their knowledge, has made, which a female mind must shrink from the act of and will leave so deep an impression to my pre- bringing before the public such charges, how. judice, as scarce any thing short of a public ex- ever conscious of their scandal and falsity, and posure of all that has passed can possibly efface. however clearly that scandal and falsity may be
The publication of all these proceedings to the manifested by the answer to those charges, the world, theu, seems to me, under the present cir- | respect still due from me to persons employed in cumstances (whatever reluctance I feel against authority under your Majesty, however little resuch a measure, and however I regret the hard spect I may have received from them; my duty necessity which drives me to it), to be almost the to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; my only remaining resource for the vindication of my regard for all the members of your august family; honour and character. The falsehood of the ac- my esteem, my dnty, my gratitude to your
Macusation is, by no means, all that will, by such jesty, my affectionate gratitude for all the pater, publication, appear to the credit and clearance nal kindvešs.which I have ever experienced from of my character ; but the course in which the you; my anxiety not only to avoid the risk of whole proceedings have been carried on, or ra- giving any offence or displeasure to your Majesty, ther delayed, by those to whom your Majesty but also to fly from every occasion of creating referred the consideration of them, will shew, the slightest sentiment of uneasiness in the mind that, whatever measure of justice I may have of your Majesty, whose happiness it would be ultimately received at their liands, it is not to be the pride and pleasure of my life to consult and suspected as arising from any merciful and in- to promote; all these various sentiments have dulgent consideration of me, of my feelings, or compelled me to submit, as long as human forof my case.--It will be seen how my feelings bearance could endure, to all the unfavourable had been harassed, and my character and ho- inferences which were through this delay daily nour exposed, by the delays which have taken increasing in the public mind. What the strength place in these proceedings: it will be seen, that and efficacy of these motives have been, your the existence of the charge against me had Majesty will do me justice to feel, when you are avowedly been known to the public from the 7th pleased graciously to consider how long I have of June in the last year. I say known to the been contented to suffer those suspicions to exist public; because it was on that day that the Com-against my innocence, which the bringing before missioners, acting, as I am to suppose (for so the public of my accusation, and my defence to they state in their Report), under the anxious it, would so indisputably and inmediately have wish, that their trust should be executed with as dispelled. -The measure, however, of making little publicity as possible, authorized that unne- these proceedings public,iwhatever mode I can cessary insult and outrage upon me, as I must al- adopt (considering especially the absolute imposways consider it, which, however intended, gave sibility of suffering any partial production of the utmost publicity and exposure to the exist them, and the necessity that, if for any purpose ence of these charges : I mean, the sending two any part of them should be produced, the wliole Attorneys, armed with their Lordships' warrant, inust be brought before the public) remains surto my house, to bring before then, at once, rounded with all the objections which I have about one half of my household for examination. enumerated; and nothing could ever have preThe idea of privacy, after an act so much calcu- vailed upon me, or can now even prevail upon lated, from the extraordinary nature of it, to ex. me, to have recourse to it, but an imperious cite the greatest attention and surprise, your Ma- sense of indispensable duty to my future safety, jesty must feel to have been impossible and ab- to my present character and honour, and to the surd; for an attempt at secrecy, mystery, and feclings, the character, aud the interests of my concealment, on my part, could, under such child. I had flattered myself, when once this circumstances, only have been construed into long proceeding should have terminated in my the fearfulness of guilt. It will appear also, reception into your Majesty's presence, that that that from that time I heard nothing authentically circumstance alone would have so strongly imupon the subjcet till the 11th of August, when I plied my innocence of all that had been brought was furnished, by your Majesty's commands, against me, as to have been perfectly sufficient with the Report. The several papers necessary for my honour and my security; but accompunied, to my understanding the whole of these charges, as it now must be, with the knowledge of the in the authentic state in which your Majesty fact, that your Majesty has been brought to hethought it proper graciously to direct that I sitate upon its propriety, and accompanied also should have them, were not delivered to me till with the very unjustifiable observations, as they