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cannot but be injurious to some of the best interests of His Majesty's Empire, seeing that the public mind is kept in a state of agitation, by no means'congenial to that healthy calmness, which is the best symptom of domestic satisfaction. In addition to this, it is hardly necessary to repeat a maxim so trite as that, which relates to the force and influence of example. But it is a maxim of truth ; and its best illustration was to be found in the general and happy regard of that conduct, which most ensures conjugal felicity, that was the consequence, in a very great degree, of the noble and shining pattern, which the throne exbibited under the reign of his late Majesty. We are far from meaning any thing either invidious or personal by this remark, and we doubt rot, as loyal subjects, that the throne of his present Majesty will be filled in such a manner, as shall reflect glory upon himself, honor uponi his ancestors, and prosperity upon his kingdom! But we do say, and firmly believe, that some arrangement, which shall restore to bis Royal Consort those honors and dignities, which are not less the free award of a high-spirited and mighty people, than the privilege of her rankis a necessary preliminary to this happy 'state of of things. This, at any rate is our firm and conscientious opinion; the public must be the judge; and the event will decide the truth of its judgment. i.li
We proceed to consider the benefits which would arise from a re-establishment of that social compact, which appears to be at present,
unhappily, in a state of decay; but which, we trust to see faithfully and firmly renewed between them.
2ndly. As to the benefits which would arise from such a re-union as we speak of, they are at least as obvious as the existence of the unfortunate differences in question is. Until some amicable arrangement shall have been effected, the result of which may be to connect the public interests at any rate, of the Royal Parties, it is clear that that great party who espouse and warmly advocate the cause of their absent Queen, will by no means consent to co-operate in the measures of His Majesty's Ministers, even where they regard matters of a personal nature, and arrangements which may, perhaps, affect the personal comfort and convenience of the Sovereign. Of the two great national “ parties,”if we may so term them, it will hardly be denied that the. Whigs are more generally the supporters or the friends of the present Queen; while the Tories either entertain unpleasant impressions, arising out of the Delicate Investigation, or are more easily induced, from being most immediately connected with the government of the country, to side with the Supreme Head. Now supposing for a moment that some sort of amicable agreement were effected between this Illastrious Pair, the consequence must be that all moderate men would unite ; that the most vehement leaders of the Opposition, would feel bound, not less by a sense of duty to the King, than of delicacy to the Queen, to waive the points
at present at issue between themselves and
Note from His Royal Highness the Prince of
Wales to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
Windsor Castle, 30th of April, 1796.
“As Lord Cholmondeley informs me that "you wish I would define, in writing, * the terms “ upon which we are to live, I shall endeavour “ to explain myself on that head, with as much “ clearness, and with as much propriety, as the “nature of the subject will admit. Our incli“nations are not in our power, nor should either " of us be held answerable to the other, because “ nature has not made us suitable to each other. “ Tranquil and comfortable society is, however, s in our power; let our intercourse, therefore, “ be restricted to that, and I will distinctly sub“scribe to the condition † which you required,
* The substance of this letter had been previously conveyed in a message through Lord Cholmondeley, to Her Royal Highness. But it was thought by Her Royal Highness, to be infinitely too important to rest merely upon a verbal communication, and therefore she desired that His Royal Highness's pleasure upon it, should be communicated to her in writing.
+ Upon the receipt of the message alluded to, in the foregoing note, Her Royal Highness, though she had nothing to do, but to submit to the arrangement which His Royal Highness might “ through Lady Cholmondeley, that even in the “ event of any accident happening to my “ daughter, which I trust Providence in its “mercy will avert, I shall not infringe the terms “ of the restriction, by proposing at any period, " a connection of a more particular nature. I “ shall now finally close this disagreeable cor“respondence, trusting that, as we have com
pletely explained ourselves to each other, the “ rest of our lives will be passed in uninterrupted " tranquility.
“I am, Madam, ::
“ Very sincerely your's
And to this letter the Princess of Wales sent the following answer :
: « L'aveu de votre conversation avec Lord “ Cholmondely, ne m'étonne, ni ne m'offense. © C'étoit, me confirmer, ce que vous m'avez “ tacitement insinué depuis une année. Mais il “ y auroit après cela, un manque de délicatesse, « ou, pour mieux dire, une bassesse indigne de
determine upon, desired it might be understood, that she should insist that any such arrangement if once made, should be considered as final. And that His Royal Highness should not retain the right, from time to time, at his pleasure, or under any circumstances, to alter it.