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fect credit to what I had said. He observed,
that the matter was then confined to the know-
ledge of a few; and that he had hoped, if there
had been any foundation for the affidavit, I
might have acknowledged it, that the affair
might have been hushed. With respect to the
minor question, I observed, that it was not pro-
bable that I should condescend to ask any such
question, as that imputed to me, of a menial
servant; and that I was not in the habit of con-
ferring confidentially with servants. Mr. Con-
nant cautioned me to be on my guard; as, that
if it appeared, ou further investigation, I had
made such inquiry, it might be very unpleasant
to me, should it come under the consideration
of the Privy Council. I said, that I considered
the report as a malicious one; and was ready to
make oath, before any Magistrate, that I had
not, at any time, asserted, or even thought, that
Her Royal Highness had ever been in a state of
pregnancy since I had had the honour of attend-
ing the household. Mr. Connant asked me,
whether, whilst I was bleeding Her Royal High-
ness or after I had performed the operation, I
did not make some comment on the situation of
Her Royal Highness, from the state of the
blood; and whether I recommended the ope-
ration; I answered in the negative to both ques-
tions. I said, that Her Royal Highness had sent
for me to bleed her, and that I did not then re-
collect on what account. I said, that I had bled
Her Royal Highness twice; but did not remem-
ber the dates. I asked Lord Moira, whether he
intended to proceed in the business, or whether
I might consider it as at rest, that I might have
an opportunity, if I thought necessary, of con-
sulting my friends relative to the mode of con-
duct I ought to adopt; he said, that if the sub-
ject was moved any further, I should be ap-
prized of it; and that, at present, it was in the
hands of a few. I left them, and, in about an
hour, on further consideration, wrote the note,
of which the following is a copy, to which I
never received any reply:Mr. Edmeades
presents his respectful compliments to Lord
"Moira, and, on mature deliberation, after
"leaving his Lordship, upon the conversation
"which passed at Lord Moira's this morning, he
"feels it necessary to advise with some friend,
"on the propriety of making the particulars of
"that conversation known to Her Royal High-
"ness the Princess of Wales; as Mr. Edmeades
"would be very sorry that Her Royal Highness
"should consider him capable of such intamous
"conduct as that imputed to him on the
"sition of a servant, by Lord Moira, this
❝ morning.


"London, May 20, 1806."

Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton Garden, this 26th day of September, 1806.



Memorandums of the Heads of Conversation be tween Lord Moira, Mr. Lowten, and himself. May 14, 1806. May 15, 1806. I received a letter from Lord Moira, of which the following is an exact copy: St. James's-place, May 13, 1806. Sir,-A particular circumstance makes me desire to have the pleasure of seeing you, and, indeed, renders it indispensable that you should take the trouble of calling on me. As the trial in Westminster Hall occupies the latter hours of the day, I must beg you to be with me as early as nine o'clock to-morrow morning; in the mean time, it will be better that you should not apprize any one of my having requested you to converse with me.--I have the honour, Sir, to be your obedient servant, MOIRA.


To Mr. Mills.

This is the Paper A. referred to by
the Affidavit of Thomas Edmeades,
sworn before me this 26th Sep-
tember, 1806.


In consequence of the above letter, I waited on his Lordship, exactly at uine o'clock. In less than five minutes I was admitted into his room, and by him received very politely. He began the conversation by stating, he wished to converse with me on a very delicate subject; that I might rely on his honour, that what passed was to be in perfect confidence; it was his duty to his Prince, as his Counsellor, to inquire into the subject, which he had known for some time; and the inquiry was due also to my character. He then stated, that a deposition had been made by a domestic of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, deposing, as a declaration made by me, that Her Royal Highness was pregnant, and that I made inquiries when interviews might have taken place with the Prince. I answered, that I never had declared the Princess to be with child, nor ever made the inquiries stated; that the declaration was an infamous falsehood. This being expressed with some warmth, his Lordship observed that I might have made the inquiries very innocently, conceiving that Royal Highness could not be in that situation but by the Prince. I repeated my assertion of the falsehood of the declaration, adding, that though the conversation was intended to be confidential, I felt my character strongly attacked by the decladepo-ration, therefore it was necessary that the declaration should be investigated; I had no doubt but the character I had so many years maintained, would make my assertion believed before the deposition of a domestic. I then requested to know, what date the declaration bore? Lordship said, he did not remember; but he had desired the Solicitor to meet me, who would shew it me. I then observed, that I should in confidence communicate to his Lordship why I was desirous to know the date; I then stated to his Lordship, that soon after Her Royal High


ness came to Blackheath, I attended her in au

illness, with Sir Francis Millman, in which I bled her twice. Soon after her recovery, she thought proper to form a regular medical appointment, and appointed myself and Mr. Edmeades to be Surgeons and Apothecaries to Her Royal Highness. On receiving my warrant for such appointment, I declined accepting the honour of being appointed Apothecary, being inconsistent with

I have been enabled to state the substance of my interview with Lord Moira and Mr. Connant with the more particularity, as I made memorandums of it, within a day or two afterwards. And I do further depose, that the Papers hereunto annexed, marked A. and B. are in the hand-writing of Samuel Gillam Mills, of Greenwich aforesaid, my Partner; and that he is at present, as I verily believe, upon his road from Wales, through Gloucester, to Bath.



Royal Highness's servants waited upon them, as
I was in a dishabille. His Lordship asked me,
whether they went up stairs? and I told them
that they did not. He asked me, how long they
staid? and I said, as far as I recollected, they did
not stay above an hour, or an hour and quarter;
that they waited some little time for the carri
age, which had gone to the public-house, and,
till it came, they walked up and down altogether
in the portico before the house. His Lordship,
in the course of what he said to me, said, it was a
subject of importance, and might be of conse
quence. His Lordship, finding that I had nothing
more to say, told me I might go.
afterwards his Lordship sent for me again, and
asked me, if I was sure of what I said being all
that I could say respecting the Princess? I said,
it was; and that I was ready to take my oath of

if his Lordship thought proper. He said, it
was very satisfactory; said, I might go, and he
should not want me any more.
Sworn at the County Court of Middlesex,
in Fullwood's Rents, the 25th day of
September, 1806, before me,


red on me.

my character, being educated as Surgeon, and
having had an honorary degree of Physic confer-
Her Royal Highness condescended
to appoint me her Surgeon only. His Lordship
rang to know if Mr. Lowten was come; he was
in the next room. His Lordship left me for a
few minutes, returned, and introduced me to
Mr. Lowten with much politeness, as Dr. Mills;
repeating the assurance of what passed being
confidential. I asked Mr. Lowten the date of
the declaration, that had been asserted to be
made by me? He said, in the year 1802. I
then, with permision of his Lordship, gave the
history of my appointment, adding, since then
I had never seen the Princess as a patient. Once
she sent for me to bleed her; I was from home;
Mr. Edmeades went; nor had I visited any one
in the house, except one Mary, and that was in
a very bad case of surgery; I was not sure whe-it,
ther it was before or after my appointment. Mr.
Lowten asked me the date of it; I told him I
did not recollect. He observed, from the warmth
of my expressing my contradiction to the depo-
sition, that I saw it in a wrong light; that I might
suppose, and very innocently, Her Royal High-
ness to be pregnant, and then the inquiries were
as innocently made. I answered, that the idea
of pregnancy never entered my head; that I
never attended Her Royal Highness in any sexual
complaint; whether she ever had any I never
knew. Mr. Lowten said, I might think so, from
her increase of size; I answered, no; I never did
think her pregnant, therefore never could say it,
and that the deposition was an infamous false-gether
hood. His Lordship then observed, that he per-
ceived there must be a mistake, and that Mr.
Edmeades was the person meant, whom he wish-
ed to see; I said, he was then at Oxford, and did
not return before Saturday; his Lordship asked,
if he came through London; I said, I could not
tell. Finding nothing now arising from con-
versation, I asked to retire; his Lordship attend-
ed me out of the room with great politeness.-
When I came home, I sent his Lordship a letter,
with the date of my warrant, April 10, 1801; he
answered my letter, with thanks for my imme-
diate attention, and wished to see Mr. Edmeades
on Sunday morning. This letter came on the
Saturday; early on the Sunday I sent Timothy,
to let his Lordship know Mr. Edmeades would
not return till Monday; on Tuesday I promised
he should attend, which he did.--The preced-
ing Memoranduin is an exact copy of what I
made the day after I had seen Lord Moira.
Croome Hill, Greenwich, Aug. 20, 1806.
This is the paper marked B referred to by
the Affidavit of Thomas Edmeades,
sworn before me this 26th Sept. 1806.


The Deposition of Jonathan Partridge, Porter to
Lord Eardley, at Belvidere.

The Deposition of Philip Krackeler, one of the Foot
men of Her Royal Highness the Princess of
Wales, and Robert Eaglestone, Park-keeper to
Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
These Deponents say, that on or about the
28th day of June last, as they were walking to
across Greenwich Park, they saw Robert
Bidgood, one of the Pages of Her Royal High
ness, walking in a direction as if he were going
rom the town of Greenwich, towards the house
of Sir John Douglas, and which is a different
road from that which leads to Montague House,
and they at the same time perceived Lady Dongs
las walking in a direction to meet him. And this
Deponent, Philip Krackeler, then desired the
other Deponent to take notice, whether Lady
Douglas and Mr. Bidgood would speak to each
other; and both of these Deponents observed,
that when Lady Douglas and Mr. Bidgood met,
they stopped, and conversed together for the
space of about two or three minutes, whilst in
view of these Deponents; but how much longer
their conversation lasted these Deponents cannot
say, as they, these Depouents, proceeded on
their road which took them out of sight of Lady
Douglas and Mr. Bidgood.

Sworn at the Public Office, Hatton Gar-
den, this 27th day of September, 1806,
before me,


To the King. Sire,-I trust your Majesty, who knows my constant affection, loyalty, and duty, and the sure confidence with which I readily repose my honour, my character, my happiness in your Mahands, will not think me guilty of any disrespectful or unduteous impatience, when I thus again address myself to your Royal grace and justice.It is, Sire, nine weeks to-day, since my counsel presented to the Lord High Chancellor my letter to your Majesty, containing my observations, in vindication of my honour and innocence, upon the Report presented to your Majesty by the Commissioners, who had been appointed to examine into my conduct.

I remember being informed by Mr. Kenny, Lord Eardley's Steward, now dead, that I was wanted by Lord Moira, in town; accordinglyjesty's I went with Mr. Kenny to Lord Moira's, in St. James's-place, on the King's Birth Day of 1804. His Lordship asked me, if I remembered the Princess coming to Belvidere some time before? I said, yes, and told him that there were two or three ladies, I think three, with Her Royal Highness, and a gentleman with them, who came on horseback; that they looked at the pictures in the house, had their luncheon there, and that Her

from your Majesty's presence and kindness, have given a heavy addition to them all; and, surely, my bitterest enemies could hardly wish that they should be increased. But on this topic, as pos sibly not much affecting the justice, though it does the hardship, of my case, I forbear to dwell.--Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to recollect, that an occasion of assembling the Royal Family and your subjects, in dutiful and happy commemoration of Her Majesty's birth-day, is now near at hand. If the increased sus-occupations which the approach of Parliament may occasion, or any other cause, should prevent the Commissioners from enabling your Majesty to communicate your pleasure to me before that time, the world will infallibly conclude (in their present state of ignorance), that my answer must have proved unsatisfactory, and that the infamous charges have been thought but too true.

These considerations, Sire, will, I trust, in your Majesty's gracions opinion, rescue this address from all imputation of impatience. For, your Majesty's sense of honourable feeling will naturally suggest, how ntterly impossible it is that I, conscions of my own innocence, and believing that the malice of my enemies has been completely detected, can, without abandoning all regard to my interests, my happiness, and my honour, possibly be contented to perceive the approach of such utter ruin to my character, and yet wait, with patience and in silence, till it overwhelms me. I therefore take this liberty of throwing myself again at your Majesty's feet, and entreating and imploring of your Majesty's goodness and justice, in pity for my miseries, which this delay so severely aggravates, and in justice to my innocence and character, to urge the Commissioners to an early communication of their advice.To save your Majesty and the Commissioners all unnecessary trouble, as well as to obviate all probability of further delay, I have directed a duplicate of this letter to be preRe-pared, and have sent one copy of it through the Lord Chancellor, aud another through Colonel Taylor to your Majesty.--I am, Sire, with every sentiment of gratitude and loyalty, your Majesty's most affectionate and dutiful Daughterin-law, servant and subject, Montague House, Dec. 8th, 1806.

C. P.

The Lord Chancellor informed my Council, that the letter should be conveyed to your Majesty on that very day; and further, was pleased, in about a week or ten days afterwards, to communicate to my Solicitor, that your Majesty had read my letter, and that it had been transmitted to his Lordship, with directions that it should be copied for the Commissioners, and that when such copy had been taken, the original should be returned to your Majesty.Your Majesty's own gracious and royal mind will easily conceive what must have been my state of anxiety and pense, whilst I have been fondly indulging in the hope, that every day, as it passed, would bring me the happy tidings, that your Majesty was satisfied of my innocence, and convinced of the unfounded malice of my enemies, in every part of their charge. Nine long weeks of daily expectation and suspense have now elapsed, and they have brought me nothing but disappointment. I have remained in total ignorance of what has been done, what is doing, or what is intended upon this subject. Your Majesty's goodness will, therefore, pardon me, if in the step which I now take I act upon a mistaken conjecture with respect to the fact. But from the Lord Chancellor's communication to my Solicitor, and from the time which has elapsed, I am led to conclude, that your Majesty had directed the copy of my letter to be laid before the Commissioners, requiring their advice upon the subject; and, possibly, their official occupations, and their other duties to the State, may not have, as yet, allowed them the opportunity of attending to it. But your Majesty will permit me to observe, that however excusable this delay may be on their parts, yet it operates most injuriously upon me; my feelings are severely tortured by the suspense, while my character is sinking in the opinion of the public-It is known, that a Report, though acquitting me of crime, yet imputing matters highly disreputable to my honour, has been made to your Majesty; that that port has been communicated to me; that I have endeavoured to answer it; and that I still re. main, at the end of nine weeks from the delivery of my answer, unacquainted with the judgment which is formed upon it. May I be permitted to observe upon the extreme prejudice which this delay, however to be accounted for by the numerous important occupations of the Commissioners, produces to my honour? The world, in total ignorance of the real state of the facts, begin to infer my guilt from it. I feel myself already sinking in the estimation of your Majesty's subjects, as well as of what remains to me of my own family, into (a state intolerable to a mind conscious of its purity and innocence) a state in which my honour appears at last equivocal, and my virtue is suspected. From this state I humbly entreat your Majesty to perceive, that I can have no hope of being restored, until either your Majesty's favourable opinion shall be graciously notified to the world, by receiving me again into the Royal Presence, or until the full disclosure of the facts shall expose the malice of my accusers, and do away every possible ground for unfavourable inference and conjecture.The various calamities with which it has pleased God of late to afflict me, I have endeavoured to bear, and trust I have borne with humble resig. nation to the Divine will. But the effect of this infamous charge, and the delay which has suspended its final termination, by depriving me of the consolation which I should have received

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The Lord Chancellor has the honour to present his most humble duty to the Princess of Wales, and to transmit to Her Royal Highness the accompanying Message from the King, which Her Royal Highness will observe he has His Majesty's commands to communicate to Her Royal Highness.--The Lord Chancellor would have done himself the honour to have waited personally upon Her Royal Highness, and have delivered it himself; but he considered the sending it sealed, as more respectful and acceptable to Her Royal Highness. The Lord Chancellor received the original paper from the King yesterday, and made the copy now sent in his own hand.

January 28th, 1807.

To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.

The King having referred to his confidential Servants the proceedings and papers relative to the written declarations which had been before His Majesty, respecting the conduct of the Princess of Wales, has been apprized by them, that after the fullest consideration of the exami nations taken on that subject, and of the obser vations and affidavits brought forward by the

Princess of Wales's legal advisers, they agree in the opinions submitted to His Majesty in the original Report of the four Lords, by whom His Majesty directed that the matter should in the first instance be inquired into; and that, in the present stage of the business, upon a mature and deliberate view of this most important subject in all its parts and bearings, it is their opinion, that the facts of this case do not warrant their advising that any further steps should be taken in the business by His Majesty's Government, or any other proceedings instituted upon it, except such only as His Majesty's Law Servants may, on reference to them, think fit to recommend for the prosecution of Lady Douglas, on those parts of her depositions which may appear to them to be justly liable thereto.In this situation, His Majesty is advised, that it is no longer necessary for him to decline receiving the Princess into his Royal Presence. The King sees, with great satisfaction, the agreement of his confidential Servants, in the decided opinion expressed by the four Lords upon the falsehood of the accusations of pregnancy and delivery, brought forward against the Princess by Lady Douglas.On the other matters produced in the course of the Inquiry, the King is advised that none of the facts or allegations stated in preliminary examinations, carried on in the absence of the parties interested, can be considered as legally, or conclusively, established. But in those examinations, and even in the answer drawn in the name of the Princess by her legal advisers, there have appeared circumstances of conduct on the part of the Princess, which his Majesty never could regard but with serious concern. The elevated rank which the Princess holds in this country, and the relation in which she stands to His Majesty and the Royal Family, must always deeply involve both the interests of the state and the personal feelings of His Majesty, in the propriety and correctness of her conduct. And His Majesty cannot, therefore, for bear to express, in the conclusion of the business, his desire and expectation that such a conduct may in future be observed by the Princess, as may fully justify those marks of paternal regard and affection which the King always wishes to shew to every part of His Royal Family,

His Majesty has directed that this message should be transmitted to the Princess of Wales by his Lord Chancellor, and that copies of the proceedings, which had taken place on the subject, should also be communicated to his dearly beloved Son, the Prince of Wales.

throwing myself, in filial duty and affection, at your Majesty's feet.Your Majesty will easily conceive that I reluctantly name so distant a day as Monday, but I do not feel myself sufficiently recovered from the measles, to venture upon so long a drive at an earlier day. Feeling, however, very anxious to receive again, as soon as possible, that blessing of which I have been so long deprived, if that day should happen to be, in any degree, inconvenient, I humbly entreat and implore your Majesty's most gracious and paternal goodness to name some other day, as early as possible, for that purpose.-I am, &c. (Signed) C. P.

To the King.

Montague-House, Jan. 29, 1807. SIRE,-I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of the paper, which, by your Majesty's direction, was yesterday transmitted to me, by the Lord Chancellor, and to express the unfeigned happiness which I have derived from one part of it. I mean that, which informs me that your Majesty's confidential servants have, at length, thought proper to communicate to your Majesty their advice," that it is no longer necessary for your Majesty to decline receiving me into 86 your Royal presence." And I, therefore, humbly hope that your Majesty will be graciously pleased to receive, with favour, the communication of my intention to avail myself, with your Majesty's permission, of that advice, for the purpose of waiting upon your Majesty on Monday next, if that day should not be inconvenient; when I hope again to have the happiness of


Windsor Castle, Jan. 29, 1807. The King has this moment received the Princess of Wales's letter, in which she intimates her intention of coming to Windsor on Monday next; and his Majesty, wishing not to put the Princess to the inconvenience of coming to this place so immediately after her illness, hastens to acquaint her, that he shall prefer to receive her in London, upon a day subsequent to the ensuing week, which will also better suit his Majesty, and of which he will not fail to apprize the Princess. (Signed) GEORGE. R. To the Princess of Wales.

Windsor Castle, Feb. 10, 1807. As the Princess of Wales may have been led to expect, from the King's letter to her, that he would fix an early day for seeing her, his Majesty thinks it right to acquaint her, that the Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several documents, which the King directed his Cabinet to transmit to him, made à formal communication to him of his intention to put them into the hands of his lawyers; accompanied by a request, that his Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to submit to him the statement which he proposed to make. The King, therefore, considers it incumbent upon him to defer naming a day to the Princess of Wales, until the further result of the Prince's intention shall have been made known to him.


(Signed) To the Princess of Wales,

[Here should have come in the Princess's Letter to the King, of the 12th of Feb. 1807; but it will be found inserted in the foregoing Number of the Register, at p. 409.]

SIRE,-By my short letter to your Majesty of the 12th instant, in answer to your Majesty's communication of the 10th, I notified my intention of representing to your Majesty the various grounds on which I felt the hardship of my case; and a review of which, I confidently hoped, would dispose your Majesty to recal your deter mination to adjourn, to an indefinite period, my reception into your royal presence; a determi nation which, in addition to all the other pain which it brought along with it, affected me with the disappointment of hopes, which I had fondly cherished with the most perfect confidence, because they rested on your Majesty's gracious assurance.-- -Independently, however, of that communication from your Majesty, I should have felt myself bound to have troubled your Majesty with much of the contents of the present letter.

--Upon the receipt of the paper, which, by | your Majesty's commands, was transmitted to me by the Lord Chancellor, on the 28th of last month, and which communicated to me the joyful intelligence, that your Majesty was "ad"vised, that it was no longer necessary for you "to decline receiving me into your royal pre"sence," I conceived myself necessarily called upon to send an immediate answer to so much of it as respected that intelligence. I could not wait the time which it would have required, to state those observations which it was impossible for me to refrain from making, at some period, upon the other important particulars which that paper contained. Accordingly, I answered it immediately; and, as your Majesty's gracious and instant reply of last Thursday fortnight, announced to me your pleasure, that I should be received by your Majesty on a day subsequent to the then ensuing week, I was led most confidently to assure myself, that the last week would not have passed, without my having received that satisfaction. I, therefore, determined to wait in patience, without further intrusion upon your Majesty, till I might have the opportunity of guarding myself from the possibility of being misunderstood, by personally explaining to your Majesty, that whatever observations I had to make upon the paper so communicated to me on the 28th ultimo, and whatever complaints respecting the delay, and the many cruel circumstances which had attended the whole of the proceedings against me, and the unsatisfactory state in which they were at length left by that last communication, they were observations and complaints which affected those only, under whose advice your Majesty had acted, and were not, in any degree, intended to intimate even the most distant insinuation against your Majesty's justice or kindness.- That paper established the opinion which I certainly had ever confidently entertained, but the justness of which I had not before any document to establish, that your Majesty had, from the first, deemed this proceeding a high and important matter of state, in the consideration of which your Majesty had not felt yourself at liberty to trust to your own generous feelings, and to your own royal and gracious judgment. I never did believe that the cruel state of anxiety in which I had been kept, ever since the delivery of my Answer (for at least sixteen weeks), could be at all attributable to your Majesty; it was most unlike every thing which I had ever experienced" from your Majesty's condescension, feeling, and justice; and I found from that paper, that it was to your confidential servants I was to ascribe the length of banishment from your presence, which they, at last, advised your Majesty it was no longer necessary should be continued. I per-" ceive, therefore, what I always believed, that it was to them, and to them only, that I owed the protracted continuance of my sufferings and of 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 a 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 ascerof 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

confidently alleged, and particularly detailed, "and had been in some degree supported by "collateral evidence, applying to other facts of "the same nature, (though going to a far less "extent,) one line only could be pursued."Every sentiment of duty to your Majesty, and of concern for the public welfare, required "that these particulars should not be withheld "from your Majesty, to whom more particularly “belonged the cognizance of a matter of State,

* Report.

letter of the 10th instant, your Majesty may conceive, though I am utterly unable to express.

That Letter announces to me that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, upon receiving the several documents which your Majesty directed your Cabinet to transmit to him, made a personal communication to your Majesty of his intention to put them into the hands of his Lawyers, accompanied by a request, that your Majesty would suspend any further steps in the business, until the Prince of Wales should be enabled to submit to your Majesty the statement which he proposed to make; and it also announces to me that your Majesty therefore considered it incumbent on you to defer naming a day to me, until the further result of the Prince of Wales's intention should have been made known to your Majesty.——This determination of your Majesty, on this request, made by His Royal Highness, I humbly trust your Majesty will permit me to entreat you, in your most gracious justice, to re-consider. Your Majesty, I am convinced, must have been surprised at the time, and prevailed upon by the importunity of the Prince of Wales, to think this determination necessary, or your Majesty's generosity and justice would never have adopted it. And if I can satisfy your Majesty of the unparalleled injustice and cruelty of this interposition of the Prince of Wales, at such a time, and under such circumstances, I feel the most perfect confidence that your Majesty will hasten to recal it.——I should basely be wanting to my own interest and feelings, if I did not plainly state my sense of that injustice and cruelty; and if I did not most loudly complain of it. Your Majesty will better perceive the just grounds of my complaint when I retrace the course of these proceedings from their commencement. The four noble Lords, appointed by your Majesty to inquire into the charges brought against me, in their Report of the 14th of July last, after having stated that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales had laid before him, the charge which was made against me, by Lady Douglas, and the declarations in support of it, proceed in the following manner.

*"In the painful situation in which His Roy "al Highness was placed by these communica❝tions, we learnt that His Royal Highness had " adopted the only course which could, in our "judgment, with propriety, be followed. When "informations such as these, had been thus

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