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hoods; the reasons for which I will now it is manifest, that, in making the commugive you.
nication to the Prince, she could not be acThe Statement of Lady Douglas, as well luated by motives of daty and of loyas her deposition, clearly shew, that her alty; and, seeing her declaration thus botmaking of it originated in revenge. There tomed in falsehood; seeing it thus ushered are those, who, roused in the way of sus- in by a flagrant though hypocritical lie ; I picion, by a view of the whole affair, are should, if I had been an adviser of the inclined to ascribe the accusation to another Prince, said, that nothing flowing from origin, and to suppose, that the Douglases such a source is to be believed, or paid the went to live at Blackheath for the express smallest attention to. purpose of carrying on a conspiracy against Then, as to what she says about the liche Princess. But, an impartial examina- centious behaviour of the Princess, and her tion of the several parts of the proceeding disrespectful language towards the King, the rejects this opinion; and, it is manifest Queen, and the Royal Family, I should that the charges had their origin in the re- have observed, that, though the informant venge of this woman. Therefore, if her pretends to have been shocked at the indestatement had been laid before me, as an cencies and immoralities of all this, and adviser of the Prince, I should, without though people were obliged to send their going into the utter improbability of the daughters out of the room to prevent them story itself, have said, that a woman, in from hearing the language of the Princess, whose bosom the passion of revenge was so the informant continued to be intimate with strong as to goad her on to take away the her, and even to court her acquaintance, life of another woman, after months and for years after she was the eye and ear wityears for cooling and reflecting ; I should ness of these indecencies; and, what is have said, that a woman, in whose bosom singular enough, one ground of her prethe passion of revenge was so strong as tended complaints against the Princess, is, this, was a person not to be believed in any her children were not admitted, upon a thing that she might say with regard to the particular occasion, to that, as she paints object of that revenge.
it, scene of open indecency and debauchery, Then, I should have observed, that she Montague House! Upon a view of all these sets out with a self-evident falsehood; for circumstances, could I have believed, that she asserts, that it was a sense of duty ; the she had seen any thing to shock her in the fear of seeing spurious issue on the throne, behaviour of the Princess ? Could I have her loyalty, her gratitude towards her So- believed a word of her story ; and could I vereign and the Royal family; she asserts, have refrained from advising the Prince, that it is this sense of duty, which has wrung not to believe a word of that story? the awful secret from her, and induced her Upon her own showing, I should have to be guilty of a most atrocious breach of seen in Lady Douglas a traitor to her confidence. But, with this sense of duty in friend froin motives of revenge ; I should her mind ; with all this loyalty and grati- have seen in her a hypocritical pretender to tude in her heart; and with this patriotic loyalty and patriotism; and should have fear of seeing spurious issue on the throne, seen part of her revenge arising from her she keeps the secret locked up in her breast children not being admitted where she from 1802 to 1805.' Was that to be be herself had been shocked at the constant lieved ? If she really were under the influ. indeceucies of the scene, and where other ence of the motives, which she pretends to persons had sent away their children from have been under when she made the state- a fear of their being corrupted. But, bement; how came that influence to have sides all this, I must have believed Her had no weight at an earlier period ?- Royal Highness to have been wholly bereft If such had really been her motives in of her senses before I could believe, or give making the communication, the year 1802 the smallest degree of credit to, the story, was the time for making it, when she first of her accuser. For could I believe, that was told of the pregnancy, or, at any rate, any woman in her senses, though the most when she saw the child, especially as that profligate of her sex, would have imparted child was a male, and, of course, the heir the facts of pregnancy and delivery to anto the throne; and when she reflected, other, without any possible motive, and moreover, that she might die, and that, afterwards behave to that other in a way the from the death of herself or other persons, best calculated in the world to provoke that the impossibility of preventing the danger other to a disclosure of those facts? I can she feared "might soon arrive. Therefore, suppose it possible, and barely possible,
that there may be found in the world a sire to rescue the character of the Princess married woman in common life, so very from any future danger, which, from the shameless, being in a state of separation death of witnesses, or from other causes, from her husband in consequence of no might arise out of the charges preferred by fault of her own; I can suppose it barely Lady Douglas. Willing as I am to go possible, that such a woman, so situated, along with you in this supposition, I must, might, out of a mere inclination to com- nevertheless say, that the means they adopted municate a secret, or to shew that she was were not the best calculated in the world to not without a paramour, tell a confidant arrive at so amiable and desirable an end. that she was with child, and, I will even These advisers did not, it appears, rego so far as to suppose it possible, that commend to His Royal Highness to lay there may be found one in the whole the statement of the Douglases before the world, in such a place as St. Giles's or Bil- | King at once, and unaccompanied with lingsgate, to go up to a man, and proclaim any corroboratory evidence. That statement, her crime in words, while she put her as appears from its date, was made on the hand to the depository of the half-matured 3rd of December, 1805; and it appears, fruit of that crime. It is not without beg- that it, or rather an abstract of it, was not ging pardon of every thing bearing the name laid before the King till the 29th of May, and form of woman, that I venture upon this 1806. In the mean while, the advisers of supposition. What then must have been the Prince of Wales appear to have recommy conclusion upon hearing conduct like mended, the obtaining of other statements, this attributed to a Princess of Wales, whose from different persons, relating to the concrime, in this case, went to take away her duct of Her Royal Highness; and, as you life, and who, according to the showing of will have seen, there were obtained the Lady Douglas herself, could have no pos- written Declarations of Sarah Lampert, siblé motive in making known to her the William Lampert, William Cole, Robert fact of that crime ?
Bidgood, Sarah Bidgood, and Frances Away, I should have said, if I had Lloyd, which were also said before the been an adviser of the Prince, with this King, together with the Statement of the 'mass of atrocious falsehoods; these over- Douglases. And, it is with great pain flowings of black-hearted revenge; these that I perceive these papers to have been self-evident proofs of a foul and detestable said, in their title, to be “ For the purconspiracy against life and honour. 1 pose of confirming the Statement made should have said, that, knowing the by Lady Douglas.” I perceive this with Princess' to be in her senses, it was impos. pain, because it adınits of the interpretasible for me to believe, that she would tion, that the advisers of the Prince wished first make known her pregnancy and deli- to see that horrible Statement confirmed, very to Lady Douglas without any motive; while, you will agree with me, that they that she would so contrive her delivery as ought to have been anxiously desirous to to have it take place in her own house, sur- see it wholly refuted. If the object of the rounded as she was by the servants of the advisers of the Prince was to rescue the Prince; and that, having brought the character of the Princess from all future child into the world, she would even at danger, to which, from the death of wittempt to suckle it herself, and actually do nesses, or other causes, this Statement might it for some time; I should have said, that be thought to expose it, they took, as I it was impossible for me, or for any man in said before, means not well adapted to huis senses, to believe this for one single their end. This error (not to call it by moment. And, therefore, I should have any other name) it was, which produced all advised His Royal Highness not to give, by the disagreeable consequences that followed. any act of his, the smallest countenance to We must now take a look at the source 80 incredible, 'so malicious, so detestable a of these confirmalory declarations, and of charge, made against an unprotected wo the time and manner of their being commuman, not to say, that, though separated nicated to the King, and upon which comfrom his bed, that woman was still his wife. munication his warrant was founded.
While you observe, however that the The two Lamperts were, it appears, old advice given to His Royal Highness, upon servants of Sir John Douglas, and, it also this occasion, was precisely the opposite of appears, that Sir John himself was the perthat, which, as I have said, I should have son, who went from London to Chelten. given, you will not, in fairness to those ham, in Gloucestershire, to take down their who gave that advice, fail to suppose, that declarations. These two declarations do they might possibly be actuated by a de not, however, appear to have been of any
importance, seeing that the persons, who with respect to the declarations of Cole, made them, were not afterwards examined Bidgood and Fanny Lloyd. They do not upon oath by the Commissioners. Bid come forth with allested, or witnessed, siggood, Cole and Lloyd were old servants of natures, as in the case of the Statement of The Prince, and, it appears that Cole has Sir John and Lady Douglas. The signature been at Carleton House, in performance of of that famous Statement is, as you will his service, ever since the time to which his see, verified by the Duke of Sussex,' who information refers. Bidgood appears to signs his name as having seen the paper have been still with the Princess when the signed ; a very necessary precaution in so Inquiry was going on; but, you will' re- inomentous a case, but not less necessary mark, that there is an affidavit, produced with regard to the confirmatory declarations by the Princess, shewing, that, while the than with regard to the statement itself. It Inquiry was going on, Bidgood was, upon is a pity that this requisite is wanting to one occasion, at least, in conversation with these documents; because, if they had been Lady Douglas; and, that, too, at a time regularly witnessed, we should have seen when he must have well known what Thal who were the persons engaged in taking them Lady had been doing with regard to his down, a circumstance of no trifling import, Royal Mistress, because he himself had when we are endeavouring to unravel the been previously examined for the purpose thread of these memorable proceedings. of confirming her Statement.
Carrying all these circumstances along in When you have read the defence of the your mind, you will now accompany me Princess, you will want nothing to convince in some remarks touching the declaration you, that the evidence of Bidgood and Cole of Fanny Lloyd. This part of the subject is of no unequivocal description. Indeed, has very much interested the public here, it is quite impossible for you to entertain and will not, I dare say, be uninteresting the smallest doubt as to its character. With to you, a lover of truth and justice as you respect to Fanny Lloyd's declaration there always were, and who always felt a deep are some remarks to be made of very great interest in every thing connected with the interest and importance.
peace, happiness and honour of the country You will bear in mind, that all the de- of your forefathers. Fanny Lloyd says, in clarations, of which we are speaking, were her declaration, taken at the Temple, and taken, as their title imported, " for the she afterwards swears nearly to the same " Purpose of confirming the statement made amount before the Four Lords; but, it is " by Lady Douglas." Cole voluntarily with her declaration that we now have underwent four separate examinations; to do. She says, in her declaration, that Bidgood one, and Fanny Lloyd one, áll a Mr. Mills, a Surgeon and Apothecary, at which you will have read in the foregoing Greenwich (a place near Blackheath), being Number. At what place Cole was examin- in attendance upon her for a cold, asked ed and signed his declarations is not stat. her if the Prince visited at the Princess's ed in their dates; but, those of Bidgood house; and, Fanny Lloyd having answered, and Fanny Lloyd are dated at the Temple, that he did not to her knowledge, said that, a place in London where Lawyers and At- | THE PRINCESS WAS CERTAINLY torneys reside; and it is pretty fairly pre- WITH CHILD. Now, mind, this desumed by the Princess, in her defence, that claration is taken down at the Temple, on they were drawn up and signed at Mr. the 12th of May, 1806; (keep the dates conLowten's, who is an Attorney, living in stantly in your eye ;) it is signed at the the Temple, and who, as appears from Temple on that day, but in the presence of one of Cole's declarations, was at Chelten- whom we are not informed. ham with Sir John Douglas to take the de- Luckily for the character of the Princess claration of the two Lamperts.
a new witness was here introduced. Mr. These are very material circumstances Mills was named; and he was to be examinfor you to bear in mind, and it would be ed, of course. He was examined, not at the useful to have it clearly ascertained, who il Temple, indeed, but at the House of the was that actually employed Mr. Lowten. Earl of Moira, and by that nobleman himAt any rate, we see him at Cheltenham self, but, in the presence of Mr. Lowlen, employed in taking declarations with Sir who is a person of some consideration, being, John Douglas, " for the purpose of confirm- besides an attorney, an officer in the Court
ing the Statement of Lady Douglas;" and of King's Bench. it is at the Temple where we find that the Fanny Lloyd's declaration, confirmatory declarations of Bidgood and Fanny Lloyd of Lady Douglas's Statement, was of great were made. · Observe another thing, too, importance, as it went directly to establish
the fact of the alleged pregnancy; but, seems very reluctant to fix the blame of this unfortunately for Miss Lloyd's veracity, omission upon any one. She says, “I Mr. Mills declared to Lord Moira and Mr. “ know not whether it was Lord Moira, or Lowten, that her declaration, as far as re- “ Mr. Lowlen, who should have commulated to him, was an infamous false- nicated this circumstance to his Royal “ hood." Now mind, this was on the " Highness" (who is stated to have laid 141h of May, 1806, two days only after the declarations before the King): “but, Miss Lloyd had made 'her declaration. “ she adds, in all fairness, it ought unUpon hearing this from, Mr. Mills, Lord questionably to have been communicated Moira said (as Mr. Mills' states in his affi-" by some one." And so it certainly should; davit) that he supposed there must be some for Fanny Lloyd's was one of those impormistake, and that Fanny Lloyd must have tant declarations, upon which confessedly meant Mr. Edmeades, who was the part. the inquiry was founded. ner of Mr. Mills, and who, having at the It is business to fix your attention uprequest of Lord Moira, waited on his Lord- on great points, it being impossible for me, ship, at his house, on the 20th of May, in my limited space, to go over the whole of 1806, (mind the dates) declared (as you the case with you, and it being also quite will see by his affidavit) to his Lordship, unnecessary, seeing that the documents in the presence of a Mr. Conant, a Police themselves are so full and satisfactory. Magistrale, that the declaration of Fanny One of these great points is, the credibi. Lloyd, if he was the person meant by her, lity, which the Four Lords gave to the eviwas wholly false ; for, that he, at no time, dence of Cole and Fanny Lloyd, and the effect had said that the 'Princess was pregnant, of that credibility. You will perceive, that and that such a thought had never for a the facts of pregnancy and delivery were so single moment, entered his mind. completely disproved, that their Lordships,
Here, then, we see Fanny Lloyd's con- in their REPORT to the King, declare, in firmatory declaration, or, at least, the only the most explicit and the most forcible important part of it, blown, at once into terms, that the charge was wholly false; the dark regions of malicious invention. that it was utterly destitute of foundation. The whole of the affidavits of Messrs. But, they leave a sling in the tail of this Mills and Edmeades, the facts stated by Report. They say, that other particulars, those gentlemen, the place, lime, and man- respecting the conduct of her Royal Highner of their being examined, are worthy of ness, must “necessarily give occasion to your most careful attention; but, at pre- VERY UNFAVOURABLE INTERsent, let us pursue the destination of the PRETATIONS;” and these particulars, declaration of Fanny Lloyd; and, as you they say, rest especially upon the evidence are about to see, our pursuit will soon be of Bidgood and Cole, Fanny Lloyd and at an end. That declaration was taken, Mrs. Lisle ; " who,” say the Lords, you will observe, on the 12th of May, “cannot, in our judgment, be suspected 1806, at the Temple; on the 14th it was “ of an unfavourable bias, and whose VEflatly falsified by Mr. Mills; on the 20th it " RACITY, in this respect, we have seen was as flatly falsified by Mr. Edineades; on " no ground to question. " the 29th, as appears from the Report, As to Bidgood, you will see by the de
Fanny Lloyd's declaration was laid before fence and by his own declarations and dethe King; but, it does NOT appear any positions, whether he was likely to be unwhere, THAT THAT DECLARATION der any unfavourable bias. Mrs. Lisle's WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE FAL- evidence amounts to little, and of that little SIFICATION FIXED ON IT BY MR. I shall leave you to judge with only this reMILLS AND MR. EDMEADES. mark: that, if every married woman in the
As her Royal Highness, in her defence, world were to be liable to be admonished avows, that she dares not trust herself with upon grounds similar to those to be found in any inferences from this proceeding, I can- that evidence, there would not be one, even not be expected to draw any; but, I can- amongst you Quakers, that would escape an -not, at any rate refrain from expressing my admonition. If it be faulty in a married deep regret, that this omissiou should have woman to prefer talking to a man rather taken place; because, if the falsification of than to her attendants; if it be a fault in a Fanny Lloyd's declaration had accompanied married woman to smile or laugh in conthe declaration itself, the King mighi, pro- versation with any other man than her hushably, have not issued the commission for band; if it be a fault iu her to endeavour that inquiry, which has led to all this seri- co appear witty or agreeable in the eyes of ous mischief, The Princess, in her defence, I any man except those of her husband; if this be the case, point me out, if you can, “ Mary Wilson was sworn lo secrecy, and a single brother Broad-brim, who has not " threatened to be turned away if she dia right to complain.
vulged what she had seen." This, you Fanny Lloyd and Cole are two of the per- will observe, was a most important fact; sons, whose veracity, in this respect, it ap and these are the very words in which Cole pears, the Four Lords saw no ground 10 stated it in his declaration, which declaraquestion. With regard to Fanny Lloyd, tion was one of the papers on which the you will bear in mind, that she had posi- Inquiry was founded. Now, then, what tively sworn to the most important fact says Fanny Lloyd to this fact? Why, as about the pregnancy; and that Messrs. you will see, at the close of her deposition, Mills and Edmeades had sworn before these she swears, THAT SHE NEVER DID same Lords, that that fact was false. She TELL COLE ANY SUCH THING. swore on the 7th of June, 1506, that Mr. Which of these two witnesses spoke falsely, Mills told her the Princess was with child, it is impossible for me to say, but that one or looked, as if she was with child. The of the two did speak falsely there can be no two gentlemen (there appearing to be a mis- doubt ; indeed, the fact is certain, for the take as to which of the two it was) both two witnesses flatly contradict each other. swear, ou the 25th of the same month, And yet, they are both, yes, both, menthat they never did and never could say any tioned as persons, whose veracity the Four such thing to her ; for that such a thought Lords see no grounds to question. You never came into their heads. And, yet, as you will please to observe, that the qualification will perceive, the Four Lords, in their re. by the words,“ in this respect," does not port to the King, say, that Fanny Lloyd is apply here, as in the former case; for, the a witness, whose veracily, in this respect, fact here mentioned does not relate to the they see no ground to question. To be sure, pregnancy, or the delivery, but merely to they are here reporting upon the improprie- the improprieties of conduct; so that the ties of conduct, and not upon the pregnan- fat contradiction given by Fanny Lloyd to cy, and they qualify their opinion of the the declaration of Cole appears not to have yeracity of the witness, by the words, “ in been, in the opinion of the Four Lords, sufthis respect ;" but, as her evidence relative ficient ground to cause the veracity of either to the pregnancy as well as to the impro- of them to be questioned as to the matter to prieties was all contained in the same depo- which, it is clear, that their evidence reşition, it was not very easy to regard her as lated. Against the opinion of four such a person of veracity in respect to the latter, persons as Lord Erskine, Lord Ellenborough, and not as a person of veracity in respect to Lord Grenville, and Lord Spencer, it is the former. Therefore, it appears to me, not for me to set up mine ; and, indeed, that their Lordships must have given more my only object is to draw your particular credit to her oath than to the oath of Mr. attention to the point, to induce you to read Mills, or Mr. Edmeades, and, in that case, with care all the documents referred to, they would, of course, see no ground to and then to leave you, as a sensible and ima question her veracity. Be their view upon partial man, far removed from the heated this point, however, what it might, you, atmosphere of our politics and parties, to having all the documents before you, will form your own judgment ; always bearing form your own opinion as to Fanny Lloyd's in mind, however, that Cole and Fanny veracity, and you will always bear in mind, Lloyd were two out of the four persons, that she was one of the four persons, whose from whose evidence those particulars evidence, the Four Lords say, “must ne- arose, which, as the Four Lords say, cessarily give occasion to very unfavourable" must necessarily give rise to very uninterprelations."
“ favourable interpretations." Mr. Cole was another of the four wit- As the present double Number of my nesses, whose evidence is said, by the Register contains nearly the whole of the Four Lords, to give occasion to these inter- Defence of Her Royal Highness, and as I pretations. Now, observe, then, as to Cole, know you, who are a lover of truth and that he, in his declaration of the 11th of justice, will read the whole of it, I will not January, 1806, positively says, that Fanny trouble you with any further remarks upon Lloyd told him, that, one day, “ when the case itself, being well assured, that “ Mary Wilson supposed the Princess to there will not, when you have gone through .!! be gone to the Library, she went into the the whole, as you will be enabled to do by " bed-room, where she found a man at my next Number, in an attentive manner, " breakfast with the Princess ; that there remain in your mind, the smallest doubt, " was a great to do about it; and that I shat Her Royal Highness was perfectly in.