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"investigation; nor has her Royal Highness been allowed "to be heard in her own defence. She knew only by com

mon rumour that such an inquiry had been instituted, until "the result was communicated to her in the form of the report. "She knows not whether she is to consider the members of "the privy council by whom her conduct has been inquired into, as a body, to whom she would be authorised to apply for redress, or in their individual capacity, as persons se "lected to make the report on her conduct. The Princess of "Wales is therefore compelled to throw herself on the wis "dom and justice of parliament, and she earnestly desires a full investigation of, her conduct during the whole period of her residence in this country. Her Royal Highness "fears no scrutiny, however strict, provided it be conducted "by impartial judges, and in a fair and open manner, accord"ing to law. It is her Royal Highness's wish either to be "treated as innocent, or to be proved guilty.-Her Royal Highness desires that this letter may be communicated to "the House of Commons."


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169. The Lord CHANCELLOR, who is the Speaker of the House of Lords, sent her letter back twice, without taking any notice of it. The Speaker of the House of Commons, who got the letter on the Monday, not having laid it before the House, received, on the Tuesday, a copy of the letter from her ROYAL HIGHNESS, which she requested to be read to the House that very day. The Speaker, ABBOTT, after a very poor apology, and in great apparent embarrassment, read the letter on the second of March. The House seemed astounded: the reporters stated that an awful silence of some minutes ensued. This silence was broken by. WHITBREAD, who asked the Ministers, in a very

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manner, what they had to say upon t. After a considerable pause CASTLEserved, that as Mr. COCHRANE JOHNI given notice of a motion on the subject NCESS, he did not think it necessary y any-thing on what had taken place. The public curiosity as well as indignanow at their height. They had not but they had seen enough to convince the PRINCESS had been treated with of cruelty and injustice, and that she had. ificed again and again on the merciless olitical intrigue.

In the 5th of March, Mr. COCHRANE NE moved the two resolutions in the words:

lved, That, from the disputes touching the succesthrone, bitter public animosities, tumultuous consi ng and bloody civil wars, have, at various periods ry of this kingdom, arisen, causing great misery people thereof, grief and affliction to the Royal in some cases exclusion of the rightful heir. ore, loyalty and affection towards the Sovereign, and' d to the happiness of the people, call upon every › his realm, and upon this house more especially, to ing within their power to prevent the recurrence of mities from a similar cause. That it has been stated se by a member thereof, who has offered to prove y witnesses, at the bar of this House, that, in the a commission was issued under his Majesty's manual, authorizing and directing the then Lord Erskine, Earl Spencer, the then secretary of state i e department, Lord Grenville, the then first lord of

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the Treasury, and the then and present Lord Chief Justice Ellenborough, to inquire into the truth of certain written de clarations, communicated to his Majesty by his Royal High ness the Prince of Wales, touching the conduct of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.-That the said commissioners, in pursuance of the said authority and direction, did enter into an examination of several witnesses, and that they delivered to his Majesty a report of such examination, and also of their judgment of the several parts alleged against Her Royal Highness, which report, signed by the four com missioners aforesaid, and dated on the 14th of July, 1806, accompanied with copies of the declarations, examinations, depositions, and other documents on which it was founded.

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That it has been stated to this House, in manner aforesaid, that the said written accusations against her Royal Highness expressly asserted, that her Royal Highness had been preg nant in the year 1802, in consequence of an illicit intercourse, and that she had in the same year been secretly delivered of a male child, which child had ever since that period been brought up by her Royal Highness in her own house, and under her immediate inspection. That the report further stated, that the commissioners' first examined on oath the principal informants, Sir John Douglas and Charlotte his wife, who both positively swore, the former to his having observed the fact of the pregnancy of her Royal Highness, and the other to all the important particulars contained in her former decla ration, and before referred to,' and that the report added, that the examinations are annexed to the report, and are circumstantial and positive.'-That the commissioners, after the above statements, proceeded in their said report to state to his Majesty that they thought it their duty to examine other witnesses as to the facts in question, and that they stated, as the result of such farther examination, their per fect conviction that there is no foundation whatever for believing that the child now with the princess is the child of her Royal Highness, or that she was delivered of any child in 1802, or that she was pregnant in that year,' and that the commissioners added, 'that this was their clear and unani

ent, formed upon full deliberation, and pronounhesitation, on the result of the whole inquiry.ble Lords composing the commission aforesaid could not, in that capacity, have any legal power a judgment or decision in the case; that the rge submitted to them as a subject of inquiry a charge of high treason, a crime known to the erefore triable only in a known court of justice; stices of the peace (a character belonging to them ncillors), they were competent to receive infortake examinations regarding the conduct of her ness, they had no legal power in that capacity, her capacity that could be given to them, to proquittal or a condemnation upon the charge referfor that, to admit them to have been competent to admit them competent to have found guilty, ld be to admit their competence to have sent her ness to an ignominious death, in virtue of a deci. I on selected ex parte evidence, taken before a se1. That the whole report, as far as it relates to t of the commissioners (if the making of it be not act), is at least of no legal validity, and, in the w, leaves the question of the guilt or innocence al Highness where the commissioners first found depositions and examinations upon oath (supcommissioners to have taken them in their capacity of the peace) possess a legal character; but that ision has yet been made upon any of the imporated in these depositions and examinations, and not yet been legally decided that the fact posia to, of her Royal Highness having been delivered ild in the year 1802, is not true. That in any e succession to the throne, which, by possibility y hereafter be set up, by any aspiring personage of great power, the circumstantial and positive Sir John Douglas, and of Charlotte his wife, if I for, would still retain all its legal character and ile it might happen, that the evidence on the other

side might, from death or other causes, be found deficient; and that there can be no doubt that if it should hereafter be made to appear, that the facts sworn to by Lady Douglas are true, and if the identity of the male child so born should be proved, he would be the legal heir to the throne, notwith standing any assertions, or any proofs, relating to the alleged illicit intercourse of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. That, therefore, the honour of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, the sacred right of the Princess Char lotte of Wales, the safety of the throne, and the tranquillity of the country, do all unite, in a most imperious call on House, to institute now, while the witnesses on both sides are still living, and while all the charges are capable of being clearly established, or clearly disproved, an ample and impar tial investigation of all the allegations, facts, and circumstances appertaining to this most important subject of inquiry.


II.-Resolved, that an humble address: be presented to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, requesting that His Royal Highness will be graciously pleased to order, that a copy of a report made to his Majesty on the 14th day of July, 1806, by the then Lord Chancellor Erskine, Earl Spencer, Lord Grenville, and Lord Chief Justice Ellenborough, touch ing the conduct of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, be laid before the House, together with the copies of the fol lowing written documents annexed to the report, namely [Here followed a list of the documents.]

172. It will be observed, that the numerous facts stated in the first resolution, and also that the list of documents, mostly a statement of the evi dence of the witnesses that had been examined by the four lords, and which were thirty-three in, number, had been furnished us by that part of the book which COLONEL JOHNSTONE had obtained in manuscript, and which we had had in our possession for a year and a half, but which

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