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SEPTEMBER spoke first; and presum'd 'twas expedient,
Besides--said poor Septy-the vintage of which
Stand back, cries OctobeR; your foreign libation,
So posed was the Judge with the beer and the wine,
Since my rivals can't wait for your final decree,
But if to my wish you this young one bestow,
Judge Time sealed the writ, and ordain'd that the child,
Accouchement of the Princess Charlotte.-The Royal
Infant still-born.--Attempts to restore it to animation.—Patient Resignation, sudden Illness, and unexpected Death, of the Princess.- Indescribable Distress of Prince Leopold.-Universal Public Alarm and Mourning:- The Embalmment.—Preparations for Interment.-- Funeral Procession.Addresses of Condolence.-State of the Succession to the Throne.
HAVING followed the illustrious, and lamented Subject of these Memoirs through the different stages of infancy, childhood, and youth, up to maturity, it now remains to survey the final scene. The extremely interesting relation in which she stood towards the nation at large, had excited the public attention to such a degree, that information concerning her was sought for with unexampled avidity as the important crisis approached. It would, indeed, be a great derogation from the merits of the Princess, to ascribe the general anxiety to any other cause; for though her genuine worth and excellence were well known to her friends and dependents, and to the objects of her perpetual benevolence, it was not until the cold hand of death withdrew the veil which she had gracefully interposed, that the beautiful lineaments of her lovely character were distinctly seen and appreciated.
The Princess Charlotte having herself arranged every thing that related to her confinement, fixed on Sir Richard Croft for her accoucheur; in addition to whom, she had the advice of the justly celebrated Dr. Baillie, and of Dr. Stockmar, the
resident Physician of Prince Leopold. She consulted these Gentlemen on the management of her health, and, by their direction, being of a plethoric habit, was repeatedly bled, and advised to take little animal food or wine. At the request of the Queen, who visited 'the Princess a few days before Her Majesty left Town for Bath, Sir Richard Croft took up his residence at Claremont, three weeks prior to the labour, and continually paid the most sedulous and unremitting attention to his lovely and interesting charge. The Nurse, Mrs. Griffiths, who came to reside at Claremont, on the first of October, by the particular desire of the Princess Charlotte, had been just five weeks in attendance when the labour commenced, which was first announced by the following letter in the public papers :
“ Claremont, Tuesday, Nov. 4. *" At a late hour last night, the Princess Charlotte became indisposed, and, at three o'clock, Dr. Sir Richard Croft pronounced the near approach of Her Royal Highness's accouchement. A number of servants, who have been for some time kept in close attendance, in their riding-dresses, and their horses in readiness for them to mount, were, in consequence, dispatched at a quarter-past three o'clock, in various directions, to summon the different Privy Counsellors, who were, according to Court etiquette, to attend. Dr. Baillie was also sent for, to give his advice, if necessary.
“ Directions were given to the Messengers to make all possible speed, which they strictly attended to; and those who went to London, which is sixteen miles from Claremont, reached Town in an hour and a quarter. The Footman even went to the Lord Chancellor's, in Bedford Square,
“ The first of the Privy Counsellors who arriged was Earl Bathurst, who came from his seat at Putney, where the Noble Earl had kept bis carriage and horses in readiness to put to for some time past. The Footman went to Putney, and returned in forty minutes; and Earl Bathurst arrived at a quarter past five o'clock.
“ Viscount Sidmouth, who had also made every necessary prea