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ing boy; to which Stikeman replied, What, do was a misunderstanding between Lady Douglas you mean Billy Austin? Cole, said, Yes. Pray and the Princess; and one day he saw Lady do the old man and woman come to see the child Donglas leave the house in tears, and afterwards as usual? Stikeman said, " Old man and wo- she has not visited the Princess. Mr. Bidgood's man! they are not old; we have not seen them wife has lately told him, that Fanny Lloyd told much lately; they live at Deptford;" but he ap-her, that Mary Wilson told Lloyd, that one day, peared to avoid any conversation on the subject. when she went into the Princess's room, she Cole says, that the account of the correspon- found the Princess and Sir Sidney in the fact; dence between the Princess and Captain Manby that she (Wilson) immediately left the room, and was communicated to him by Fanny Lloyd, but fainted at the door.--In the winter of 1802, she never mentioned any such correspondence and the spring of 1803, Captain Manby became having taken place through Sicard, since Cap a visitor at Montague House; his frigate was tain Manby went abroad. Cole says, that he fitting ont at Deptford, and Bidgood has reason has not been in the company, or presence, of the to believe, that the Princess fitted up his cabin, Prince alone, or had any conversation with him for he has seen the cotton furniture brought to on this, or any other subject, since the Princess the Princess to chuse the pattern, which was went to live at Charlton, which is near nine sent to Blake, her upholsterer, in Londonyears ago. WM. COLE. street, Greenwich. When Captain Manby was about to sail, he was walking in the anti-room, to let Captain Manby ont: and, as he stayed some time, Bidgood looked into the room, and from a mirror on the opposite side of the room to where Captain Manby and the Princess stood, he saw Captain Manby kissing the Princess's lips;, and soon afterwards he went away. He saw the Princess, with her handkerchief to her face, and go into the drawing-room, apparently in tears.In 1803, was not with the Princess at Margate.-In 1804, was with the Princess at Southend. We went there on the 2d of May: Sicard was constantly on the look-out for the Africaine, Captain Manby's ship: and about a month afterwards, Sicard descried the ship, before she came to the Nore. The instant the ship cast anchor, the Captain came on shore in his boat to the Princess. The Princess had two houses, Nos. 8 and 9. She lived at No. 9: and on Sicard seeing Captain Manby come on shore, he ran down the shrubbery to meet, and shewed

23d February, 1806.-William Cole. Says, that a Gentleman and Lady were sitting close together on the sofa; but there was nothing particular in their dress, position of legs or arms, that was extraordinary; he thought it improper that a single Gentleman should be sitting quite close to a married Lady on the Sofa; and from that situation, and former observations, he thought the thing improper. The person who was alone with the Lady at late hours of the night (twelve and one o'clock), and whom he left sitting up after he went to bed, was Mr. Lawrence the painter, which happened two different nights at least. As to the observation made about Sir Sidney having a key of every door about the gardens, it was a gardener, who was complaining of the door of the green-house being left open, and the plants damaged, and who made the same to Mr. Lampert, the servant of Sir John Douglas, and which he mentioned at Cheltenham to Sir John and Mr. Low-him into the house, No. 9; Captain Manby was ten. Lampert said he should know the gardener again.

Temple, 4th April, 1806.
ROBERT BÍDGOOD.

Have lived with the Prince 23 years on the 18th of September next, and have been with the Princess since 21st of March, 1798. In 1802 we were at Blackheath, and did not go to any other place in 1801 Sir Sidney Smith left his card at Montague House, and he was afterwards invited to dinner; and, in the spring of 1802, Lady Douglas came to reside at the Tower, where she stayed about three weeks. During this time Sir Sidney was frequently at the House, both morning and evening, and remained till three or four o'clock in the morning. He has seen Sir Sidney in the blue parlour early (by ten o'clock) in the morning: and, on inquiring from the footmen how he came there without his knowledge, they said, they had not let him in, and knew nothing of his being there. He does not know of Sir Sidney being alone till three or four o'clock in the morning, as there were other ladies in the house. During the year 1802 the Princess used to ride out in her phaeton, attended by Mrs. Fitzgerald, and took out cold meat, and went towards Dartford, where she spent the day, and returned about six or seven in the evening,Williams, the coachmau, always attended the Princess. Lady Douglas, during the year 1802, was constantly at Montague House, and was admitted at all times. The Princess was used frequently to go to Lady Douglas's House, where Sir Sidney resided; at the end of that year there

constantly at No. 9; and used to go in the evening on board his ship, for some weeks; but afterwards he did not return on board the ship

the evening, and Bidgood had seen him in the morning, by ten o'clock, in the House, No. 9; and, from the circumstance of towels, water, and glasses, being placed in the passage, he had reason to believe that Manby had slept there all night.In 1805, Bidgood was not with the Princess in Hampshire.- -After the Princess returned from Hampshire, Captain Hood used to visit the Princess at Blackheath alone, without his wife. Captain Hood used to come about twelve o'clock, and was shewn into the blue room, where luncheon was ordered; and the Princess and the Captain were alone together, without a lady or other attendant. He used to stay dinner, and sometimes in boots; about an hour afterwards coffee was ordered; after which the Princess retired, and Captain Hood had also left the room, and had not been let out of the house by any of the servants. Bidgood has not seen Captain Hood since about Christmas last.-Bidgood has strong suspicions that Mrs. Sander used to deliver letters to Sicard, which he conceived to be from the Princess to Captain Manby, as Sicard used to put the letters into his pocket, and not into the common bag for letters.

-Mrs. Sander must be fully informed of all the circumstances above alluded to. Mary Wilson and Miss Mielfield must also know all the circumstances.-Bidgood has seen the mother (as she is called) of the little boy frequently at Montague House; the child was about three weeks old when he first saw it. The mother

properly informed of various circumstances, which must, for a feeling and delicate-minded woman, be very unpleasant to have spread, without having the means to exculpate herself. But I can, in the face of the Almighty, assure your Majesty that your Daughter-in-law is inno. cent, and her conduct unquestionable; free from all the indecorums and improprieties which are imputed to her at present by the Lords Commis missioners, upon the evidence of persons who speak as falsely as Sir John and Lady Douglas themselves. Your Majesty can be sure that I shall be anxious to give the most solemn denial in my power to all the scandalous stories of Bidgood and Cole; to make my conduct be cleared in the most satisfactory way for the tranquillity of your Majesty, for the honour of your illus

(This witness was not examined before the Com-trious family, and the gratification of your afmissioners; at least, no Copy of such Examination, flicted daughter-in-law. In the mean time I can if there was any, was transmitted with the other safely trust your Majesty's gracious justice to Papers. The first paragraph in her examination is, recollect, that the whole of the evidence on however, stated above, as it is observed upon in the which the Commissioners have given credit to Princess's answer; but the remainder, not being ad- the infamous stories charged against me, was verted to, either by the Commissioners' Report, or taken behind my back, without my having any by the Answer, and being all hearsay, is omitted. opportunity to contradict or explain any thing, or even to point out those persons who might have been called, to prove the little credit which was due to some of the witnesses, from their connexion with Sir John and J.ady Douglas; and the absolute falsehood of parts of the evidence, which could have been completely contradicted Oh! gracious King, I now look for that happy moment, when I may be allowed to appear again before your Majesty's eyes, and receive once more the assurance from your Ma gojesty's own mouth that I have your gracious pro tection; and that you will not discard me from your friendship, of which your Majesty has been so condescending to give me so many marks of kindness; and which must be my only support, and my only consolation, in this country. I remain with sentiments of the highest esteem, veneration and unfeigned attachment, Sire, your Majesty's most dutiful, submissive, and humble Daughter-in-law and Subject, (Signed) CAROLINE.

To the King.

was at Montague House on Monday last. The
husband worked at Deptford Yard; but was
discharged, and Stikeman has since employed
him at his house in town. The mother appears
to be better dressed than usual.
R. BIDGOOD.

(Signed)

SARAH BIDGOOD.

About six months ago, in a conversation with Fanny Lloyd, respecting the general conduct of the Princess, she said, that whilst Sir Sidney visited the Princess, that Mary Wilson had gone into the bed-room to make up the fire, and found the Princess and Sir Sidney in such an indecent situation, that she immediately left the room, and was so shocked that she fainted away at the door.

Temple, 12th May, 1806. Frances Lloyd,-From Ripley in Surrey. To the best of my knowledge, Mary Wilson said, that she had seen the Princess and Sir Sidney in the blue room; but she is so close a woman, that she never opens her mouth on any occasion; never heard Mary Wilson say she was so alarmed as to be in a fit.- -Heard the gardener at Ramsgate say one day, at dinner, that he had seen Mr. Sicard and Captain Manby across the lawn towards a subterraneous passage leading to the sea.- -When Her Royal Highness was going to the launch, Sir Andrew Hammond and his son came the day before, and dined with her, and in the next morning, about four o'clock, after the doors of the house were open, she saw Captain Manby sitting in the drawing-room of the adjoining house to Her Royal Highness, which room belonged to her. -One morning, about six o'clock, she was called to get breakfast for Her Royal Highness, when she saw Captain Manby and her walking in the garden, at Ramsgate.- -Heard from Mrs. Lisle's maid, that the Princess, when at Lady Sheffield's, went out of her bed-room, and could not find her way back; but nothing more. About four years ago, as I think, Mr. Mills attended me for a cold, and, in conversation, he asked me if the Prince visited at our house? I said, not to my knowledge. He said the Princess certainly was with child.

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FRANCES LLOYD.

A true Copy.
(Signed) J. Becket.
Whitehall, 29th August, 1806.

Montague House, Aug. 17th, 1806. The Princess of Wales desires the Lord Chancellor to present her humble duty to the King, and to lay before His Majesty the accompanying letter and papers. The Princess makes this communication by his Lordship's hands, because it relates to the papers with which she has been furnished through his Lordship by His Majesty's commands.

To the Lord Chancellor.

Aug. 17th, 1806. Sire,-Upon receiving the copy of the Report, made to your Majesty, by the Commissioners, Blackheath, Aug. 12, 1806. appointed to inquire into certain charges against Sire, With the deepest feelings of grati- my conduct, I lost no time, in returning to your tude to your Majesty, I take the first opportu- Majesty, my heartfelt thanks for your Majesty's nity to acknowledge having received, as yester-goodness in commanding that copy to be conday only, the Report from the Lords Commis- municated to me,I wanted no adviser, but sioners, which was dated from the 14th of July. my own heart, to express my gratitude for the It was brought by Lord Erskine's footman, di- kindness, and protection which I have uniformly rected to the Princess of Wales; besides a note received from your Majesty. I needed no cauenclosed, the contents of which were, that Lord tion or reserve, in expressing my confident reErskine sent the Evidences and Report by com-liance, that that kindness and protection would mands of His Majesty. I had reason to flatter not be withdrawn from me, on this trying oc myself that the Lords Commissioners would not casion; and that your Majesty's justice would have given in the Report before they had been not suffer your mind to be affected, to my dis

advantage, by any part of a Report, founded authors of the original declarations, who may be upon partial evidence, taken in my absence, collected from the Report to be Sir John and upon charges, not yet communicated to me, Lady Douglas, are my only accusers; and the until your Majesty had heard, what might be declarations which are said to have followed, are alleged in my behalf, in answer to it. But your the declarations of persons adduced as witnesses Majesty will not be surprised nor displeased, by Sir John and Lady Douglas, to confirm their that I, a woman, a stranger to the laws, and accusation; or whether such declarations are the usages of your Majesty's kingdom, under charges, charges of persons, who have made themselves aimed, originally, at my life and honour, should also, the anthors of distinct accusations against hesitate to determine, in what manner I ought me.- -The requests, which, I humbly hope, to act, even under the present circumstances, your Majesty will think reasonable, and just to with respect to such accusations, without the grant, and which are suggested by these further assistance of advice in which I could confide. observations are,First, That your Majesty And I have had submitted to me the following would be graciously pleased to direct, that I observations, respecting the copies of the papers should be furnished with copies of these declawith which I have been furnished. And I hum- rations: and, if they are rightly described, in bly solicit from your Majesty's gracious conde- the Report, as the necessary foundation of all scension and justice a compliance with the re- the proceedings of the Commissioners, your Maquests, which arise out of them.In the first jesty could not, I am persuaded, but have gra place, it has been observed to me, that these ciously intended, in directing that I should be copies of the Report, and of the accompanying furnished with a copy of the Report, that I papers, have come unauthenticated by the sig- should also see this essential part of the pronature of any person, high, or low, whose ve-ceeding, the foundation on which it rests.racity, or even accuracy, is pledged for their Secondly, That I may be informed whether I correctness, or to whom resort might be had, if have one or more, and how many accusers; and it should be necessary, hereafter, to establish, who they are; as the weight and credit of the that these papers are correct copies of the ori- accusation cannot but be much affected by the ginals. I am far from insinuating that the want quarter from whence it origiuates.Thirdly, of such attestations was intentional. No doubt That I may be informed of the time when the it was omitted through inadvertence; but its declarations were made. For the weight and importance is particularly confirmed by the credit of the accusation must, also, be much state, in which the copy of Mrs. Lisle's examina- affected by the length of time, which my action has been transmitted to me. For in the cusers may have been contented to have been third page of that examination there have been the silent depositories of those heavy matters of two erasures; on one of which, some words guilt, and charge; and,- Lastly, That your have been, subsequently introduced, apparently Majesty's goodness will secure to me a speedy in a different hand-writing from the body of the return of these papers, accompanied, I trust, examination; and the passage, as it stands, is with the further information which I have soprobably incorrect, because the phrase is unin- licited; but at all events a speedy return of telligible. And this occurs in an important part them. And your Majesty will see, that it is not of her examination.The humble, but earnest without reason, that I make this last request, request, which I have to make to your Majesty, when your Majesty is informed, that, though which is suggested by this observation, is, that the Report appears to have been made upon the your Majesty would be graciously pleased to 14th of July, yet it was not sent to me, till the direct, that the Report, and the papers which 11th of the present month. A similar delay, I accompany it, and which, for that purpose, I should, of all things, deplore. For it is with venture to transmit to your Majesty with this reluctance, that I yield to those suggestions, letter, may be examined, and then returned to which have induced me to lay, these my humble me, authenticated as correct, under the signa- requests, before your Majesty, since they must, ture of some person, who, having attested their at all events, in some degree, delay the arrival accuracy, may be able to prove it.In the of that moment, to which, I look forward with second place, it has been observed to me, that so earnest, and eager an impatience; when I the Report proceeds, by reference to certain confidently feel, I shall completely satisfy your written declarations, which the Commissioners Majesty, that the whole of these charges are describe as the necessary foundation of all their alike unfounded; and are all parts of the same proceedings, and which contain, as I presume, conspiracy against me. Your Majesty, so sathe charge or information against my conduct. tisfied, will, I can have no doubt, be as anxious Yet copies of these written declarations have as myself, to secure to me that redress, which not been given to me. They are described, in- the laws of your kingdom (administering, under deed, in the Report, as consisting in certain your Majesty's just dispensation, equal protec statements, respecting my conduct, imputing tion and justice, to every description of your not only, gross impropriety of behaviour, but Majesty's subjects), are prepared to afford to expressly asserting facts of the most confirmed, those, who are so deeply injured as I have been. and abandoned criminality, for which, if true, That I have in this case, the strongest claim to my life might be forfeited. These are stated to your Majesty's justice, I am confident I shall have been followed by declarations from other prove: but I cannot, as I am advised, so satispersons, who, though not speaking to the same factorily establish that claim, till your Majesty's facts, had related other particulars, in them-goodness shall have directed me, to be furnished selves extremely suspicious, and still more so, with an authentic statement of the actual charges as connected with the assertions already men- against me, and that additional information, tioned. On this, it is observed to me, that it is which it is the object of this letter most humbly, most important that I should know the extent, yet earnestly, to implore.I am, Sire, your and the particulars of the charges or informations Majesty's most dutiful, submissive, and humble against me, and by what accusers they have Daughter-in-law. been made; whether I am answering the charges Montague-house. (Signed) C. P. of one set of accusers, or more. Whether the To the King.

Aug. 20th, 1806. The Lord Chancellor has the honour to return, to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, the box, as he received it this morning from His Majesty. It contains the papers he formerly sent to Her Royal Highness, and which he sends as they are, thinking that it may be, in the mean time, most agreeable to her Royal Highness.The reason of their not having been authenticated by the Lord Chancellor, was, that he received them as copies from Earl Spencer, who was in possession of the originals; and he could not, therefore, with propriety, do so, not having himself compared them; but her Royal Highness may depend upon having other copies sent to her, which have been duly examined and certified to be so.- The box will be delivered to one of Her Royal Highness's Pages in waiting, by the principal officer attendant upon the Lord Chancellor, and he trusts he shall find full credit with Her Royal Highness; that in sending a servant formerly with the papers the moment he received them (no messenger being in waiting, and the officers who attend him being detained by their duties in court), he could not be supposed to have intended any possible disrespect, which he is incapable of shewing to any lady, but most especially to any member of His Majesty's Royal family.

To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.

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Aug. 31, 1806. Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales acquaints the Lord Chancellor, that the gentleman with whom Her Royal Highness advises, and who had possession of the copies of the official papers communicated to Her Royal Highness by the Lord Chancellor, returned from the country late yesterday evening. Upon the subject of transmitting these papers to the Lord Chancellor, for the purpose of their being examined and authenticated, and then returned to Her Royal Highness, he states, that in consequence of the Lord Chancellor's assurance, contained in his note of the 20th instant, that Her Royal Highness might depend upon having other copies sent to her, which had been duly examined and certified to be so; he has relied upon being able to refer to those already sent, and therefore it would be inconvenient to part with them at present: and Her Royal Highness therefore hopes, that the Lord Chancellor will procure for her the other authenticated copies, which his Lordship promised in his note of the 20th inst.-With respect to the copies already sent, being, as the Lord Chancellor expresses it, in his letter of the according to the usual course and forms of of 24th instant, "judged to be duly authenticated "fice, and sufficiently so for the purpose for

Lincoln's Inn Fields, Aug. 24th, 1806. His Majesty has been pleased to transmit to me the letter which he has received from your Royal Highness, dated the 17th instant; and to direct that I should communicate the same to the Lords Commissioners who had been commanded by His Majesty to report to His Majesty on the matters therein referred to; and I have now received His Majesty's further commands, in consequence of that letter, to acquaint your Royal Highness, that when I transmitted to your Royal Highness, by the King's commands," which His Majesty had been graciously pleased and under my signature, the copies of official" to direct them to be communicated to His papers, which had been laid before His Majesty," Royal Highness, because they were transmitthose papers were judged thereby duly authenti"ted to her, by the King's commands, and under cated, according to the usual course and forms "his Lordship's signature."-Her Royal Highof office; and sufficiently so, for the purposes ness could never have wished for a more authenfor which His Majesty has been graciously pleas- tic attestation, if she had conceived that they ed to direct them to be communicated to your were authenticated under such signature. But Royal Highness. That, nevertheless, there she could not think that the mere signature of does not appear to be any reason for His Ma- his Lordship, on the outside of the envelope jesty's declining a compliance with the request which contained them, could afford any authentiwhich your Royal Highness has been advised to city to the thirty papers which that envelope make, that those copies should, after being excontained; or could, in any manner, identify any amined with the originals, be attested by some of those papers as having been contained in that person to be named for that purpose: and that, envelope. And she had felt herself confirmed in if your Royal Highness will do me the honour to transmit them to me, they shall be examined and of the 20th instant," that the reason of their not that opinion, by his Lordship's saying in his note attested accordingly, after correcting any errors "having been authenticated by the Lord Chanthat may have occurred in the copying.His "cellor was, that he received them as copies Majesty has further authorized me to acquaint from Earl Spencer, who was in possession of your Royal Highness, that he is graciously "the originals, and he could not, therefore, with pleased, on your Royal Highness's request, to << propriety do so, not having himself compared consent that copies of the written declarations "them."referred to in the Report of the Lords Commis-portunity of acknowledging the receipt of the Her Royal Highness takes this opsioners, should be transmitted to your Royal declarations referred to in the Commissioners' Highness, and that the same will be trans- Report. mitted accordingly, so soon as they can be cranscribed.

To the Lord Chancellor.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, Sept. 2d, 1806.
The Lord Chancellor has taken the earliest

(Signed)
ERSKINE, C.
The Lord Chancellor has the honour to add to
the above official communication, that his Purse-opportunity in his power of complying with the
bearer respectfully waits her Royal Highness's wishes of Her Royal Highness the Princess of

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Wales. He made the promise of other copies, your Majesty's presence for seven months, pendwithout any communication with the other Coming an inquiry which your Majesty had directed missioners, wholly from a desire to shew every to be made into my conduct, affecting both my kind of respect and accommodation to Her Royal life and my honour-after that inquiry had at Highness, in any thing consistent with his duty, length terminated in the advice of your Majesty's and not at all from any idea that the papers, as Confidential and Sworn Servants, that there was originally sent, (though there might be errors in no longer any reason for your Majesty's declining the copying), were not sufficiently authenticat- to receive me-after your Majesty's gracious ed; an opinion, which, he is obliged to say, he is communication, which led me to rest assured not removed from; nevertheless, the Lord Chan- that your Majesty would appoint an early day to cellor has a pleasure in conforming to Her Royal receive me-if, after all this, by a renewed apHighness's wishes, and has the honour to enclose plication on the part of the Prince of Wales the attested copies of the Depositions, as he has (upon whose communications the first inquiry received them from Earl Spencer. had been directed), I now find, that that puTo Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. nishment to which I had been condemned during the same seven months' inquiry previous to the determination in my favour, should, contrary to the opinion of your Majesty's Servants, be continued after that determination, to await the result of some new proceeding, to be suggested by the Lawyer of the Prince of Wales, it is impossible that I can fail to assert to your Majesty, with the effort due to truth, that I am, in the consciousness of my own innocence, and with a strong sense of my unmerited sufferings, Sire, your Majesty's most dutiful and affectionate, but much injured, subject and daughter-in-law, (Signed) CAROLINE. Montague-house, Blackheath, Feb. 12, 1807.

[The two following Letters, not in the Book, copied
from Morning Herald, March 17, 1813.]
Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to the
King.

SIRE-In discharge of the duty I owe to my
self, and the great duty I owe to your Majesty
and your Illustrious Family, I have herewith
transmitted a statement, which I confidently
trust will appear to prove me not unworthy of
the protection and favour with which your Ma-
jesty has pleased to honour me.To be re-
stored to that favour and protection, in conse-
quence of a conviction in your Majesty's mind of
my innocence, produced by the Papers 1 now
humbly lay before your Majesty, is the first wish
of my heart.Grieved, Sire, deeply grieved
as I cannot but be, that your Majesty should be
exposed to so much trouble on so painful an oc-
casion, and, on my account, it is yet my humble
trust that your Majesty will graciously forgive
me, if extreme anxiety about my honour, and
your Majesty's favourable opinion, leads me
humbly to solicit, as an act of justice, that scru-
pulous attention on your Majesty's part to these
Papers, which cannot fail, I think, to produce,
in your Majesty's mind, a full conviction of my
innocence, and a due sense of the injuries I have
suffered.- One other prayer I with all possible
humility and anxiety address to your Majesty,
that, as I can hope for no happiness, nor expect
to enjoy the benefit of that fair reputation to
which I know I am entitled, till I am re-admit-
ted into your Majesty's presence, and as I am in
truth without guilt, suffering what to me is heavy
punishment, whilst I am denied access to your
Majesty, your Majesty will be graciously pleased
to form an early determination whether my con-
duct and my sufferings do not authorize me to
hope that the blessing of being restored to your
Majesty's presence may be conferred upon, Sire,
your Majesty's dutifully attached, affectionate,
and afflicted daughter-in-law and subject.
(Signed) CAROLINE.
Blackheath, Oct. 2, 1806.

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to the
King.
SIRE-I received yesterday, and with inex-
pressible pain, your Majesty's last verbal com-
munication. The duty of stating, in a represen-
tation to your Majesty, the various grounds upon
which I feel the hardships of my case, and upon
which, I confidently think, that upon a review
of it, your Majesty will be disposed to recal
your last determination, is one I owe to myself;
and I cannot forbear, at the moment when I ac-
knowledge the receipt of your Majesty's letter,
to announce to your Majesty, that I propose to
execute that duty without delay. After hav-
ing suffered the punishment of banishment from

Copy of a Letter from Her Royal Highness the
Princess of Wales to the King.

Sire, When I last troubled your Majesty upon my unfortunate business, I had raised my mind to hope that I should have the happiness of hearing from your Majesty, and receiving your gracious commands to pay my duty in your Royal presence before the expiration of the last week; and, when that hope was disappointed, eagerly clinging to any idea which offered me a prospect of being saved from the necessity of having recourse (for the vindication of my character) to the publication of the proceedings upon the inquiry into my conduct, I thought it just possible, that the reason for my not having received your Majesty's commands to that effect might have been occasioned by the circumstance of your Majesty's staying at Windsor through the whole of the week. I, therefore, determined to wait a few days longer before I took a step which, when once taken, could not be recalled. Having, however, now assured myself that your Majesty was in town yesterday, -as I have received no command to wait upon your Majesty, and no intimation of your pleasure,-I am reduced to the necessity of abandoning all hope that your Majesty will comply with my humble, my earnest, and anxious request.--Your Majesty, therefore, will not be surprised to find that the publication of the proceedings alluded to will not be withheld beyond Monday next.-As to any consequences which may arise from such publication, unpleasant or hurtful to my own feelings and interests, I may perhaps be properly responsible, -and in any event have no one to complain of but myself, and those with whose advice I have acted; and whatever those consequences may be, I am fully and unalterably convinced that they must be incalculably less than those which I should be exposed to from my silence. But as to any other consequences, unpleasant or hurtful to the feelings and interests of others, or of the Public, my conscience will certainly acquit me of them.

I am confident that I have not acted impa

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