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66 week is changed to a visit once a fort- | It is a horrible case to suppose. One can " night. And how many mothers are hardly entertain the idea without being • there who do not see their daughters of ashamed of one's human character. Still • seventeen so often as once a fortnight? the case is possible; but then the guilt, the 66 They must be callous-hearted jades who profligacy, of the mother, must be so cer, 6 trust their girls to boarding-school; they tainly established, so far removed from all 6 must be un feeling monsters who allow doubt, as to leave no possibility of dispute po their daughters, when of an age fit for on the question. I do not take upon me to k marriage, to make visits to their friends determine in whạt degree the maxims, as 66 and relations with the view of forming to this matter, may be different, when the “ coinexions; and if this daughter were parties belong to royal families; but we

to live under the protection of her grand- have, in the Letter of the Princess, a most “ mother, her uncles, and aunts, nay of clear and positive assertion of her inne* her very father, the conduct must be cence, as to all the charges that base insi. si barbarous indeed! But how inhuman nuation had ever preferred against her. * nust it be to allow girls of seventeen or This, my good friend, is by far the most

eighteen to marry, thus placiog it in the material part of her Letter, and it will, “ power of a hard-hearted husband to take unless I am greatly deceived, be consider

à daughter to his own home, at a dis- ed as more than a sufficient answer to the

tance, perhaps, where the mother may calumnies, which the panders of all the low, * not see her for months together, a priva- filthy passions have hatched and circulated * tion, which, if any thing desirable is against her. In the former part of her let" to be had through the daughter's influ- ter, she says, that she has been afflicted

is certain of raising loud lumenta- without any fault of her own, and that his 86 tions."

Royal Highness knows it; but, she afterI am afraid, my friend, that the reading wards comes to this distinct and unequivoof this paragraph will give you a very bad cal assertion : opinion of the people of England; for, "He who dares advise your Royal Highyou will naturally ask, “What a people “ness to overlook the evidence of my inno6 must that be, amongst whom any writer“ cence, and disregard the sentence of * would dare to give vent to such miserable " complete acquittal which it produced, " trash as this, and to call it an answer to 6 or is wicked and false enough still to * the Princess's complaint?" It is not of "whisper suspicions in your ear,-betrays an unavoidable separation that the Princess" his duty to you, Sir, to your Daughter, complains; it is of a separation easily and to your People, if he counsels you avoided ; a separation, not arising from “ to permit a day to pass, without a furdistance, or any other insurmountable ob- "ther investigation of my conduct. I stacle, but simply from the prohibition of " know that no such calumniator will venpariy.

It is not, as in the cases so ture to recommend a measure, which here cited, a separation growing out of a "must speedily end in his utter confusion, calculation of advantages and disadvantages, " Then let me implore you to reflect on the but a separation without any compensation “ situation in which I am placed ; without to the party complaining. To her a sheer, " the shadow of a charge against me, withunmixed evil, and that, too, of a most 6.out even an accuser--after an Inquiry grievous kind. It is not a separation, as " that led to my ample vindication-yet in the case of school, or marriage, of a tem- " treated as if I were still more culpable porary nature; but is of that sort, which," than the perjuries of my suborned traduif rightly represented in the letter, pro- cers represented me, and held up to the mises no termination. It is, in one word," world as a Mother who may not enjoy the forcible separation of an only child from the society of her only Child.” her mother. No powers of description There is no such thing as misconception can heighten the fact, the bare naming of here. This passage of the Letter will not which is sufficient for any one who has the be misunderstood. It asserts the perfect common feelings of humanity about him.

innocence of the writer'; it challenges fresh Yet, my friend, I do not say that there inquiry even after acquittal ; and it promay not be causęs, even in common life, to nounces beforehand the confusion of those, justify such a separation. We may sup- who shall excite a doubt of her innocence; pose a case of a mother so profligate, as to besides asserting, that her traducers were render it prudent in the father to prevent suborned and perjured. It is not in the her from having access to her daughter. power of words to express any thing in a

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männer more clear and decided. The Prin- Had the Princess been possessed of cess says, that there is evidence of her inno- greater power, or influence, now than she

In my opinion, there needs little was in 1806 and 1807. Had she had a more evidence, than this passage of her ad- powerful party now on her side, then one mirable letter. If we admit, that it is yet might have supposed it possible for hec possible, that she may be guilty, we must to have a reliance different from that which admit, that a stronger proof of innocence innocence inspires. But, it is notorious, was never exhibited to the world.

In the that she has no power

and no influence; first place, the writing of the Letter is her that she has no party at her back, nor any

She might hope, by an'applica- political support from any quarter ; and yet, tion to the Prince, to obtain leave to see she voluntarily comes forward and chalher daughter more frequently; but, if she lenges fresh inquiry, accompanied with ackad thought it possible that any proofs of cusations of the most serious kind against her guilt existed, I ask you, my friend, her former accusers. whether it is likely that she would have Unless, therefore, we can suppose it ventured to make any application at all to possible for a man in his senses, who has him, and especially an application founded committed a murder, and who has luckily entirely on an assertion of her perfect inno- obtained an acquittal, 'to come voluncence, and accompanied, moreover, with tarily forrvard and petition the court for a -the charge of perjury and subörnation new trial, all the evidences of his guilt beagainst those who had iraduced her ; against ing still at hand; unless we can suppose those who had laid the crimes to her charge ? this possible, it appears to me, that -If, then, it be to set at defiance the sugges-inust pronounce it impossible that the Printions of reason and of nature to suppose that çess of Wales should have been guilty of such an application could proceed from a any of the acts of either guilt or shame mind conscious of guilt, what an outrage which have been laid to her charge, or ina is it to offer to the common sense of man- sinuated against her. kind to suppose, that the writer, if con- So far, however, are the ruffians of the scious of guilt, would have made the appli- London press, who have attacked her Roycation public to the whole world; and thus al Highness upon this occasion, from reaproclaim, not only her own innocence, but soning in this way, that they hold it forth the guilt, the black, the foul, the nefarious as proof of her guilt that she lives in a guilt of her enemies :

state of separation froin her husband; or, I can conceive it possible, that a person, at least, they tell her, that whether innoaccused of a crime and conscious of guilt, cent, or not, she, if not living with her may put on a bold front, may affect to laugh husband, must expect to meet with nearly at his accusers and their accusation. In all the consequences of guilt. "Rash, mis

" : deed, this we see daily done by criminals "taken, unfortunate woman!" (say they of every degree. But, mark the distinction in the Courier of the 18th of February) in the cases.

This is the conduct of per- " In this country no wife can command the sons accused of crimes ; and not of persons respectful attentions of society, due to her coming forward with demands for redress. " station, if she lives separately from her

, If the Princess had been accused afresh at " husband, still less if she publicly accuses this time; if some proceeding had been go " and traduces him. She may excite syming on against her; then, indeed, I should "pathy and compassion; she may gratify have allowed, that little weight ought to revenge; she may be injured and innohave been given to these bold assertions of " cent in the highest degree, but still the innocence. But, her case was precisely the 5 countenance of her husband is the unalopposite of this. No one was moving ac- s terable channel through which the allencusations against her; her conduct was not a "6 tions of the world can permanently flow subject of discussion any where; she was s upon her. She may have friends to console

ироп the beginner of a new agitation of the mat- 66 and caress her, every one may acknow, ter ; she must have known that her former," ledge the injustice of the treatineni she

were still alive, and, without meets, and pity her condition ; but so doubt, still as much her enemies as ever; severe are the rules of society, and for and, she could not possibly see, in any of " the best purposes, that she is coldly rethe political changes that had taken place, " ceived, and as conveniently avoided as any thing to operate in her favour, but, on may be, until at last she becomes dis

' the contrary, many things to operate against gusted with public company, and finds her, in a revision of the investigation, " her only comfort in retirement. Impeach

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not believe that any such accusation exists This article in the COURIER, as well as even to this day. The Princess asserts, in the onecited before, was signed K. B.., who her Letter, that there is no accuser of her. the real aylhor was I know not; but, sure I implicitly believe what she says,

It is :s. I am, that his heart is the seat of the most noi possible to believe, that she would, in odious tyranny; a tyranny so base and cow- so solemn a manner, have made this asserardly that it is impossible to express one's tion, if it had not been true. And, if, detestation of it in ierms sufficiently strong. what she here asserts be true, what does He confines his maxims to this country, the man deserve, what punishment does which, if he spoke truth as to the maxims not that man merit, who has thrown out themselves, would be some comfort to the these insinuations! rest of the world ; for, certainly, any thing But, though the Prince has never im, so dishonourable to the understandings and peached, or accused, the Princess, this Mre hearts of a people was never before promul- K. B. has done it. It is done in a very gated. Somebody, I forget who, has call- low way, to be sure; but it is done, and, ed England a heaven for women and a hell a very curious accusation it is. Having for horses ; but, if what this calumniator spoken of the refusal of the mother to see of her Royal Highness asserts were true, her daughter, he proceeds thus : -" This the saying might be reversed, or, at least," may be hard; but the same policy which we may safely say, that the lot of our four- takes the child from the mother, gave to legged fellow-creatures would be by far the 56 the husband the wife. These things are best of the two. But, his assertions are as not regulated by common rules, and should false as the intention of them is foul. In "s not be judged by common feelings. If this country, as in all others, except, per- us the mother is to be pilied for seeing her haps, in the states of Africa, an innocent daughter but once in the fortnight, how woman, injured by her husband, is always, "much more should the father be pitied amongst those who are acquainted with the " who was FORCED to marry a Lady facts, not only an object of compassion but " whom he never had seen, and of WHOSE of the attentions of the world; and what is “ TEMPER he had no opportunity to more, we are just enough, in general, to “ judge. This last insinuation is quite ascribe to the husband his full share of any worthy of the source whence it proceeds ; indiscretions, into which the temptations, quite worthy of the source wherace came almost inseparable from the nature of her the doctrine, that the reputation of the wife situation, may lead her. So far froun aetis to be blasted merely by the fact of her ing upon the doctrine of this writer, from having been driven from the husband's whom, I dare say, all the properties of house. manhood have long ago departed; so far It is not easy to discover why the same from acting upon what lie calls severe policy" that leads to state marriages should

rules of society," we make large allow- produce a prohibition against the mother, ances for the conduct of wives notoriously seeing the daughter more than once in fourill-treated by their husbands, and do not teen days. But, laying this aside as un expect that a woman is to shut herself up worthy of further notice, we are here, for in a hermitage for life, because, “though the first time, iotroduced to the hardship, s innocent in the highest degrec," an ef- imposed upon the Prince, in forcing him fete or capricious brule of a husband, bav- to marry; and, we are told, that, so hard ing, perhaps, first pocketed her fortune, was his case, that he is more to be pitied on may have driven her from his house. account of it than is the mother on account of

This may serve as a justification of our her being deprived of the sight of her daughmanners and rules against the doctrine of ter:--This language is somewhat different K. B. in its general application ; and, in from that which was contained in the Ad. applying it to the particular case before us, dresses of 1795, on the occasion of the let me ask this gentleman (for, I dare say, marriage, and in the Answers to those Ade vi he calls himself one) where we are to look dresses, wherein the Prince expressed his for “ impeachment by the husband." I do happiness at the event. It is rather hard, mot mean, nor does he mean impeachment seeing all that passed then, før the Princess in the technical fight of the word; but, 1 to be told, in the Loudon prints, that the

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He had in idea heirs to the But, besides the baseness, besides the throne ; the perpetuating of the line of his cowardly insolence of the statement, it is ancestors. Say that these were his views, false. If true, it makes nothing against but do not say that he was forced to marry, the Princess, for, it is clear, that if there and do not tell us that he is to be pilied on was force on the one side, there was force account of his marriage ; for we know, on the other. But, as far as relates to the that, if he had chosen it, he might have Prince, it is not true; it is a direct false- remained single all his life-time. hood, and the use of it can only tend to But, if the Prince is to be pitied, whát shew what miserable shifts the calumniators shall we say of the Princess? If he is to of the Princess are compelled to resort to. be pitied because the nature of his situation The Prince was not, because he could not in life led to his inarriage with a person be, forced to marry the Princess. The whom he had never seen, and with whose King has the power of refusing his consent" TEMPER" (dirty insinuation !) he to any of the members of the Royal Fa- could have had no opportunity of bemily to marry; he has a negalive-upon their coming acquainted ; if he is to be pitiéd! choice in this respect; but, he has on this account ; if this plea is to be put power, nor have the Parliament and the forward in his favour (for as a plea this King together any power, to force any writer means it); if, I say, the Prince is member of the Royal Family to marry, to become an object of our compassion on under any circumstances whatever they this score; if he is to be held forth to the

It is, therefore, false ; flatly people in this light, what shall we not say false, and it is an impudent falsehood, to for the Princess upon the same score ? Did say, that the Prince was forced to marry not she marry a man whom she had never her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. seen?

seen? Did not she marry a man of whoșe This writer, when, for the basest pur- 66 TEMPER" she could have no know. poses, he was hatching this tale about force ledge from experience or observation? put upon the Prince as to his marriage, for- Were they not upon an equal footing in got, perhaps, what an imputation he was, this respect? Yes; and, besides, though indirectly, casting, upon the King; he was not, and could not be, forced to good old King," whose example, as to edu- marry her, I do not know that it was not cation, though not as to other things, he is in the power of her father to force her lo so eager to cite.

Jf the Prince was forced marry him. I do not know that it was in to marry, it was his father forced him, for, his power; nor do I know that he would as to the laws of the land they know nothing have exerted such power he had had it. of any such power. If any body forced the But, it is possible that it might have been Prince to marry, it was his father, who so; and, I know, that, in the case of the made the treaty of marriage, and who ne- Prince, the thing is impossible. I know, ver consulted the 'Parliament about the that there existed no power to force him, matter, till he had so done. This was all and that to marry was an act of his own free in the usual way; the father's consent was will. His motives I am not presumptuons necessary, and it was given. It is likely, enough to atteinpt to point out; but, I intoo, that the match was advised by him ; sist, that the act itself was the effect of his it is likely that it was very much desired own choice. The act of the Princess iniglit, by him; but, I again say, that he did not, for aught I know, have been the saine ; but, because he could not, force the Prince to what I say is this : that if he be an object of marry. If he married a person whom he pity because he married a lady whom he had had never seen, he knew what he was never seen, she must, upon the same about. He was no chicken, He was 32 ground, be an object of pity, and an obyears of age. He had cut his wisdoin ject of greater pity, on that score, because teeth long before the day of his marriage. the marriage removed her into a foreign He did what he did with his eyes open. I country and cut her off from all the condo not say that the Princess was, or that nexions of her youth, from all her friendshe could be, the object of his choice as to ships, and from the greater part of those personal affection, because he had never things that make life delightful. seen her; but, this I assert, that it was Therefore, in whatever degree, the cirhis choice, that it was his own free choice cumstauce of marrying an unknown person to marry her. He, doubtless, had higher is calculated to weigh in favour of the Prince, views than those of vulgar gratification. it must weigh, in the same degree, at least, He viewed the matter as a Prince, and not in favour of the Princess. . But, to say the



truth, it can have no weight, if duly con- "tigated, the intercourse between the mosidered, in favour of either, upon the sup- " ther and daughter has been allowed to position, that the marriage was as much an " continue. The assertion therefore that it act of her choice as it was of his. They " is on such grounds the imercourse is reboth knew wliat they were about. They “ fused is obviously a mere pretence. There were willing to make the sacrifice (if they may be other grounds on which a father did make any) in order to secure great be- muy deem it proper to limit a daughter's nefit to themselves and their families; and, . " visits to the mother. Supposing the mon in talking about the pity due to the Prince's " ther of a violent lemper, of coarse mana situation, the objects he had in view ought “ners and habits ; capricious, boisterous, not to be overlooked. If we were to rea- restless, ambitious, and vain; less inson in the way that this writer does, who “clined to the society of her own than of would be entitled to so much of our pity as the other sex, and with them familiar be. miners and well-diggers, a tenth-pari of “yond the ideas of English decorum; whom get their brains knocked out, or are "Though perfectly chaste in person and buried alive? The truth is, however, they " even in thought; supposing such a moare no more objects of pity than labourers other associating herself with her husabove ground. They calculate gains and band's enemies, making of them her dangers; and they freely choose to take the confidants, and entering into the schemes latter for the sake of the former. No man " of the factious for the purpose of thwartcan force another to be a well-digger; nor "ing, exasperating and traducing him; was the Prince of Wales forced to be a supposing this mother to live separately husband.

" from the husband, and on the worst It is easy to see with what view this " terms with him; let all this be supposed, topic has been brought forward. The " and ample reasons will be found for the writer Jooks back to the time of the en- “ Father's refusal of allowing the child to happy separation. He is, perhaps, of opi-" be educated under such an example withpion, that the world will look back to that 6 out ascribing that refusal to an opinion epoch too, as being the proper point whence of the Mother's want of chastity. A wo

66 to start in an inquiry into the conduct of " man may be chaste in person, yet of the parties most concerned ; and, conscious," manners and habits leading to unchastity apparently, that up to that moment, no os in others, or of a temper and inclination one had dared to utter even an insinuation" likely to make an undutiful child." against the conduct of the Princess, he thinks Having thus, under the guise of supposit necessary to lay the ground of a cause of ing a case, given what he evidently wishes disagreement and separation. Hence his to go forth as a description of the character real motive for this pity of the Prince on of her Royal Highness the Princess of account of his forced marriage; hence his Wales, he next, in the usual manner of insinuation against the “ TEMPER" of the such calumniators, says, that he does not Princess, than which, surely, nothing ever wish it lo be so understood. + was more insolent or more base ; for, the " It is not intended to assert or insinuate sentence contains a charge against her Royal " that this is a picture of the character of Highness as to her temper. It is a new " the Princess of Wales. Her friends, charge ; for, until now, the Princess has persoually acquainted with her, reprealways been spoken of as a person of the sent her as mild and amiable in all rebest temper, which, indeed, is pretty well" spects. The picture is not drawn that proved to be the case by the attachment of " it may be taken as a likeness of the Prinher daughter to her, and by the silence, “ cess, but to show that there are other bad upon this head, of her bitterest enemies. so qualities besides unchasteness which may In another of his articles this same wri-" justify a father in refusing his child's

“ ter has the following passage, which merits 66 educațion to a mother; and still more particular attention, and ought to go forth " should that child be the heir presumptive. to the world as a specimen of the brutality to the throne, a personage for whom the by which the Princess has been assailed in 66 British Constitution has 'specially prothe London news-papers.--" In her Letter, vided." This is adding cowardice to ca6 her Royal Highness complains, that the lumny. He drew the picture with a ma6s limitation of visits to her daughter is an nifest intention of its being applied to her “ impeachment of her honour, a revival of Royal Highness, and this latter part of the " the charges made some years ago. But paragraph is merely for the sake of avoid" since these charges were made and inves- ing a prosecution for libel, for which pur


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