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was examined before the Magistrate. An attempt is made to pervert an observation of mine into an endeavour to make Mr. Edmeades alter his testimony, injuriously for the Princess. So far from there being any thing of conciliation in my tone, Mr. Conant must well remember my remark to have been made as a correction of what I deemed a premeditated and improper pertness of manner in Mr. Edmeades. It was an unmitigated profession of my belief that he was using some subterfuge to justify his denial; a declaration little calculated to win him to pliancy, had I been desirous of influencing his testimony. My conviction on the point remains unchanged. One or other of the parties was wilfully incorrect in their statement; if Fanny Lloyd were so, it was downright perjury; Mr. Edmeades might have answered only elusively. I have been told that some individual, pointing at the direct opposition between the affidavits of Mr. Edmeades and Fanny Lloyd has indicated the preferable credit which ought to be given to the oath of a well-educated man, in a liberal walk of life, over that of a person in the humble station of a maid servant. I shall not discuss the justice of the principle which arbitrarily assumes deficiency of moral rectitude to be the natural inference from humility of condition. The inculcation in the present instance would have been somewhat more rational, had it advised that, in a case of such absolute contradiction upon a simple fact, the comprehension of which could have nothing to do with education, you should consider on which side an obvious temptation to laxity appears. Fanny Lloyd was not merely a reluctant witness, but had expressed the greatest indignation at being subject to examination. When she swore positively to a circumstance admitting of no latitude, the only thing to be weighed was, what probability of inducement existed for her swearing that which she knew to be false. It will appear that her testimony on that point was not consonant to the partiality which she had proclaimed; that by the other parts of her evidence she was barring the way to reward, if any profligate hopes of remuneration led her to risk the falsehood; and that she could not be influenced by malice against Mr. Edmeades, with whom it was clear she was unacquainted. Nothing, therefore, presented itself, to throw an honest doubt upon her veracity. Mr. Edmeades was very differently circumstanced. A character for dangerous chattering was absolute ruin to him in his profession. He

had the strongest of all motives to exonerate himself from the charge, if he could hit upon any equivocation by which he might satisfy himself in the denial of it. And the bearing of my remark must not be misunderstood. No man would infer any thing against the Princess on the ground of such a random guess as that of Mr. Edmeades' must have been, unless Mr. Edmeades should support his proposition by the adduction of valid reasons and convincing circumstances; but there was a consequence ascribable to it in its loosest state. His having been sufficiently indiscreet to mention his speculation to others as well as to Fanny Lloyd, would well account for what was otherwise incomprehensible; namely, the notion of the Princess's pregnancy so generally entertained at Greenwich, and in that neighbourhood. It was my conviction that such indiscretion had taken place, not any belief of the fact to which it related that I endeavoured to convey by remark.—— 4. This construction is not put upon the circumstances now, for the first time. A paper of mine, submitted to His Majesty at the period of the investigation, and lodged with the other documents relative to that inquiry, rebuts in the same terms the base attempt of insinuating conspiracy against the Princess-Why that paper has not seen the light with the other documents may be surmised. I had thought it incumbent on me, from the nature of the transaction, not to furnish any means for its publication from the copy in my possession. The present explanation unavoidably states all the material points contained in it. But it will be felt by every one that the detail has been extorted from me. -5. The Editor of a Sunday publication has asserted his having been told, by a person known to him, that I had commissioned that person to insert in an Evening Paper anonymous paragraphs, injurious to the Princess. The procedure is so little consistent with any custom of mine, that, to the best of my recollection and belief, I never sent an unauthenticated article, of any form or tenor, to a newspaper, but once in my life. That was upon an erroneous statement, affecting myself alone, which I pointed out to a Gentleman who happened to call upon me, expressing my wish that he would contradict it. A matter so trivial would not have been mentioned by me, did it not shew that, even in cases which might be considered indifferent, I had habitual objection to sending any thing for insertion in a newspaper; there fore I could not have slidden inconsiderately

into the turpitude with which I am now |ject, any expression of mine is equivocal;
charged. But if upon insertions that might but if there be room for a double construc-
be uninteresting to others I speak only as to tion, even from a want of advertence in
memory, it is not the same with regard to persons to the context, I must think my-
anonymous attacks on the character of an- self fortunate in an opportunity of render-
other. On that I make no reservations; I ing the points distinct.--Your remarks
deny with the most solemn appeal to the attach upon two passages: that which re-
Supreme Being, the having ever levelled presents Jonathan Partridge as devoted to
such a shaft against the feelings of any indi- the Princess of Wales; and that which sur-
vidual whatever. I know not the seduc-mises the existence of Kenney to have been
tion on earth that could reconcile me to what a check on the advisers of Her Royal High-
I consider as equally mean and atrocious. ness.- -The word devoted presented itself
No excuse of wit, no plea of public good, to me from recollection that it was Ken-
could palliate to me the baseness of wound-ney's phrase; but I certainly used it in no
ing another covertly. If I feel this gene- other sense than that which it was intend-
rally, I must do so in a peculiar degree to-ed to bear by him. If it be supposed ca-
wards the exalted Personage in contempla- pable of implying that Jonathan Partridge
tion, whose sex, whose station, and whose was in the pay of the Princess, or so con-
circumstances, would make such detraction nected as to be the instrument in any plans,
execrable beyond what words can express. I totally disavow any such meaning-a
I know not any person who would pass that meaning, indeed, not reconcilable to the
sentence on the act more decidedly or more details. The particulars related by Ken-
indignantly than the Illustrious Individual ney clearly indicated his conception to be
whose favour might be supposed to be only that Partridge was won into admira-
sought by the dirty procedure. These were tion of the condescension and liberality of
the points which I advanced to the House the Princess, and was thence zealous to
of Lords; I there vouched them, on the testify attachment. To imagine that a
faith of a Gentleman, and I repeat to you man, under the influence of that sentiment,
that assertion of their accuracy.
would not hasten to make a merit of im-
parting that he had been examined respect-
ing Her Royal Highness, would be to
know nothing of human nature. This dis-
position led him into a suppression which
your statement obliges me now to notice,
though it was not necessary that I should
animadvert upon it in the letter of mine
which was the ground of your motion. The
omission to which I am pointing will de-
fine the second passage; yet I must say,
do not comprehend how any man who
reflected for a moment could understand
that passage as pointing at the Princess.
What consequence to Her Royal Highness
could attend the bringing forward the dis-
cussion while Kenney was alive, when the
whole matter (as related to her) was dis-
missed in 1803, when Kenney was forth-
coming? Partridge, in his deposition,
states himself to have told me of the Prin-
cess having visited Belvidere House with
three ladies and a gentleman. This repre-
sentation is correct. He did state this to
have taken place on a Sunday. But he
sinks the fact of his having mentioned at
the same time that the Princess had also
been there with only Mrs. Fitzgerald and
Captain Manby on the Thursday preceding
that Sunday. This was the visit which
had been particularly pointed out to Lord
Eardley, and which had occasioned his

I have the honour to be,
dear Sir,
my
Most truly yours,
(Signed)
MOIRA.

Lord Moira to Mr. Whitbread.

April 2, 1813. Dear Sir,―The first report of what had passed in the House of Commons, made me conceive that your procedure had been hostile; and the matter was the more inexpli-I cable to me, from my thinking that your access to documents, as well as the conversations you had held with me, ought to have secured me from any misapprehension on the points agitated. From that impression I found myself strangely embarrassed about an explanation which I was at the same time highly solicitous to give. I felt invincible repugnance to answering you in an Assembly where you could not reply; and direct address to yourself was precluded by what I had understood as the tone taken by you. The correct statement of your speech in The Morning Chronicle, which I must consider as the true version, has done away all difficulty; and I am truly indebted to you for having now the means of correcting an ambiguity, if any thing of the sort be supposed to exist in my statement. I cannot say, that in my view of the sub

Your Lordship has most emphatically
asked with respect to Kenney, "What con-
66 sequence to her Royal Highness could at-
"tend the bringing forward the discussion
"whilst Kenney was alive'; when the whole
matter (as related to her) was dismissed

Lordship's procedure. With any refer-
ence to the Princess, it was absolutely in-
different, and was treated by me as such at
the time. Not so, with regard to those at
whom my observation was pointed. The
assertion, that the long forbearance of the
Princess's advisers could only be solved by" in 1803, when Kenney was forthcom-
their being too cautious to touch on the "ing?" Your Lordship's answer to this
points when Kenney was alive, alludes to question is implied, and must meet with
their knowledge of the meeting on the immediate and universal concurrence.—
Thursday a fact which, represented as it No consequence whatever."—Respect-
had been, made inquiry into the circum-ing Partridge, the word "devoted" is
The existence of stated by your Lordship to have been used
stances unavoidable.
Kenney barred the unworthy imputation by you, from the recollection of its having
which those Gentlemen were desirous to been the phrase of Kenney, when examined
affix; because Kenney would have exposed by your Lordship, and not intended by him
such a wilful suppression in Partridge's to convey the slightest imputation upon the
Your Lordship has
deposition, as was necessary to give a co- Princess of Wales.
lour to their purpose. In that purpose the thus disarmed the world of all imaginable
Princess could have no community of in- offence.As to the alleged additional
terests: it was simply a measure of politi- visit to Belvidere, not mentioned in the de-
cal intrigue. With regard to the visit at position of Partridge, it is unnecessary to
Belvidere House on the Thursday; though make much comment, as your Lordship has
Kenney be dead, Mrs. Fitzgerald could said, "that with any reference to the Prin-
easily be questioned whether it took place" cess of Wales, it is absolutely indifferent,
The substantiation of it involves" and was treated as such by you at the
no kind of charge against the Princess. It" time." Besides, the parties are alive;
only rebuts the management of those who, and if a suspicion of impropriety could ex-
by attempting to make it be conceived that ist, they might and would have been exa-
there was but one visit (a visit so circum- mined. Your Lordship's judgment on this
stanced as to be incapable of any possible matter, after investigation, is most satis-
misinterpretation), would fain establish factorily decisive, when you further say,
"the substantiation of it" (the additional
their position, that the inquiry was wanton
or designing.I trust I have been ex- visit to Belvidere)" involves no kind of
"charge against the Princess of Wales."
plicit on these points; and I must feel my-
-self entitled to hope, that this answer of
mine to your call upon me, may have as
much publicity as the doubts which you
thought it expedient to urge.--I have
the honour, dear Sir, to be your very
dient Servant,

or not.

I am concerned that any report of my Speech in the House of Commons, should have led your Lordship to think, for a moment, I had proceeded hostilely towards obe-yourself; and I was sorry to see how very inaccurately what I had said in the House of Commons on Wednesday, was reported in some of the papers of the succeeding day. The report to which your Lordship adverts, as containing the true version of my Speech, had been seen by me late on Wednesday night, and was intended for insertion in the paper of Thursday morning. I was afterwards informed it had arrived too late to find a place in the paper of Thursday. I was glad to perceive it in The Morning Chronicle of yesterday. Having seen it before it was sent to the press, I can have (To be continued.)

(Signed) MOIRA. Samuel Whitbread, Esq.

Dover-street, April 3, 1813. My dear Lord, I had the honour to receive your Lordship's letter in the afternoon of yesterday; and I take the earliest opportunity in my power of expressing to your Lordship my perfect satisfaction at the explanation you have thus been pleased to give of the passages in your published letter to a Member of the Lodge of Freemasons which had been so generally misconstrued.

Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.
LONDON: Printed by J. M'Creery, Black-Horse-Court, Fleet-street.

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COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.

VOL. XXIII. No. 16.] LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1813.

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TO JAMES PAUL,
OF BURSLEDON, IN LOWER DUBLIN TOWN-
SHIP, IN PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, IN THE
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA; ON MATTERS
RELATING TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
PRINCESS OF WALES.

Letter VII.

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man, and I take this opportunity of informing persons in America, who get newspapers from England, that the Statesman is the very best daily news-paper that we

have.

yes

My dear Friend,

"At a quarter past twelve o'clock "terday, the Lord Mayor, attended by the "Sheriffs, and the usual retinue, proceeded "in state from Guildhall to Kensington Pa-. "lace, to present to the Princess of Wales the Address, voted by the Livery, in

When I concluded my last Letter to you, I did not suppose that I should find it necessary"

to address you again upon this subject; but," Common Hall assembled, congratulating an event has occurred which induces me to "Her Royal Highness on her triumph over. do it. Towards the close of that Letter, at "the foul conspiracy formed against her page 500, I told you, that I had heard," honour and her life. There were upthat the Citizens of London were about to "wards of a hundred carriages in the proaddress Her Royal Highness, the Princess, "cession, which extended from Guildhall, upon the subject of the conspiracy against" to the west end of Cheapside, where a her, and I stated the reasons, which, in my "short pause took place, for the purpose opinion, rendered this a proper step. In-" of receiving instructions; when a card. deed, I had, in a former Letter, told you, 66 was handed to the City Marshal from the that it was a matter for the people to take up "Lord Mayor's carriage, with orders to without delay. You may judge, therefore," proceed by Newgate-street, Skinnerof my pleasure at hearing that it was ac-street, Holborn, through St. Giles's, Oxtually done by the City of London, which," ford street, entering the Park at Cum-. when not misled by the base sycophants of" berlaud-gate, Tyburn, then to Hyde the Court, has always given an example of " Park-corner, along Rotten-row, and out good sense and public spirit. "at Kensington-gate, on to the Palace ;Upon the present occasion, the Address" thus making a circuitous route of more (a copy of which you will find below) was "than a mile. The crowd in King-street proposed by a MR. WOOD, who is an Alder-" and Cheapside was considerable, but not man of London, and, I have the pleasure to" to be compared to the immense assemadd, that, as SHERIFF at the time of my "blage of persons of all descriptions who imprisonment for two years for writing" collected in St. Paul's Church-yard, about the flogging of English militia-men" along the Strand, Pall Mall, and in the at the town of Ely, in England, who had "streets through which the procession was been first subdued by German troops, he "expected to pass, and who felt, as might was very kind to me, and assisted in pro- "be imagined, greatly mortified at its curing me what, in all probability, was "taking a circuitous route. Mr. Alderman the cause of preserving my life. This MR." Combe fell into the procession, next to WooD it was, who had the honour to pro- "the state-coach, just as it turned down pose the Address to the assembled Citizens "Newgate-street. The acclamations of joy of London; and, this Address having been" with which the procession was greeted, unanimously agreed to, it was, the day be- " evinced the deep sense entertained by the fore yesterday, presented to Her Royal" public of the honest and manly expresHighness, at her apartments at Kensington "sion of the sentiments of the Livery of Palace. Not being in London at the time," London. They were loud, cordial, and I cannot give you an account of the proces" reiterated. In the Park, however, sion from my own observation: I, there-" which contained an assemblage no less fore, give it you in the words of a very ex- "respectable than numerous, no disapcellent daily news-paper, called the States-"pointment occurred. The carriages, horse

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"the setting down from their carriages. "men, and spectators on foot, were nume"rous beyond all precedent, and the pro-" It being announced to the Princess that "cession was greeted, as it passed, with the" the whole were arrived, Her Royal "Highness entered from a back anti-room "most enthusiastic shouts and plaudits. -About eleven o'clock Her Royal" into the grand dining-room, and took her "station at the upper end of the room, "Highness the Princess of Wales, attend"with her back to a small marble slab, be"ed by Lady Charlotte Lindsey and Charlotte Campbell, left Montague House," fore a large looking-glass; Ladies Char"lotte Lindsey, Charlotte Campbell, and "Blackheath, for Kensington Palace. Her "Royal Highness travelled the most pri-"Lady Ann Hamilton, Her Royal High"ness's ladies in waiting, stood to her "vate way across the country and over Bather and Mr. St. Leger, " right hand; "tersea Bridge, and arrived at Kensington "Palace at a quarter past 12 o'clock." Vice-Chamberlain, and Mr. H. S. Fox, 66 on her left. The Town Clerk, in the "The populace had began to assemble "absence of the Recorder, approached the "round the Palace by eleven o'clock. Soon after one, Bacon, belonging to Bow-" Princess, and read the following Ad"street office, who was intrusted with "the direction of the Police upon this oc"casion, cleared all those assembled near

"dress:

the entrance of the Princess's apartments, to the outside of the railing which encloses the grass-plat, to enforce which he ▲ called in a number of the military to his assistance. The Lord Mayor's gentlemen in waiting arrived about one o'clock,

"TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
"PRINCESS OF WALES.
"The humble Address of the Lord Mayor,
"Aldermen, and Livery of the City of
"London, in Common Hall assembled.

to be in readiness to receive his Lord-May it please your Royal Highness,
ship.
At ten minutes past two, the
** grand cavalcade arrived; the crowd that
accompanied it overpowered the police
and the military, and burst open the
The Lord
gates, at which it entered.
Mayor was received with marks of dis-
"approbation by the incalculable crowd
"that surrounded the Palace and those in

"We, His Majesty's loyal subjects, the "Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Livery of "the City of London, in Common Hall "assembled, bearing in mind those senti"ments of profound veneration and ardent "affection, with which we hailed the ar

the trees. The Aldermen were received rival of your Royal Highness in this

with three huzzas; Alderman Wood experienced unbounded applause, his carriage being drawn from Holborn to the The Com"door of the Palace by men. "mon Councilmen who attended on the occasion, did not appear in that character, but merely as Liverymen. Among them "Mr. Waithman was discovered, and he was received with loud huzzas. The "Lord Mayor, Aldermen, &c. were shown

"country, humbly beseech your Royal "Highness to receive our assurances, that "in the hearts of the citizens of London, "those sentiments have never experienced "diminution or change.

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❝ into the small dining-room, between the "this Kingdom, under the sway of the grand dining-room and the drawing-"House of Brunswick; tenderly alive to

ec room.

The Procession consisted of the "two City Marshals, in their state uni"forms, on horseback; the state carriage, "and six bays, in which was the Lord

"every circumstance affecting the personal "welfare of every branch of that illus "trious House, we have felt indignation the

Mayor, the Mace-bearer, the Sword of" and abhorrence inexpressible, upon

"State, and his Lordship's Chaplain; Al❝dermen Combe, Wood, Goodbehere, and "Heygate; Sheriff Blades and the City "Remembrancer, Mr. Sheriff Hoy and his "Chaplain; the Chamberlain, the Comp "troller, the Solicitor, the Town Clerk, "and about 150 of the Livery, in their

"disclosure of that foul and detestable.com"spiracy which, by perjured and suborned traducers, has been carried on against your Royal Highness's honour and life. "The veneration for the laws, the mo

"gowns. It occupied exactly half an hour" deration, the forbearance, the frankness,

Deeply interested in every event connected with the stability of the Throne of

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