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which contingencies might make neces. conjugal affection, by which her Majega sary, was placed out of sight. : ty's conduct had ever been distinguished.
After the second day of bis Majesty's Her Majesty informed the Prince, that removal, longer intervals, and less vio. she had been applied to, and urged, to Jent paroxysms, suggested the flattering take a share in the regency, as the only hope, that change of system had pro- means of securing to herself a certainty duced beneficial effects; but, on the of preserving the care of the king's per. Thursday, the worst symptoms reappear- son. But her Majesty added, “ she au. ed. The night was restless, and the two thorized his Royal Highness to declare, succeeding days destroyed the dawning that she would on no account take any hope.
share in the political affairs of this kingDr. Willis, who had been sent for dom; it being her determination to refrom Lincolnshire, first saw his Majesty main at Kew, or wherever else his Maon Friday the 5th. He scrupled not to jesty might be, and to devote herself blame the delay in calling in practition. wholly to him, as his friend and comers peculiarly devoted to the study of panion.” his Majesty's complaint, and he highly H is Royal Higlmess's answer, which condemned the degree of liberty allowed was immediately returned, contained the royal patient. He encouraged the the most dutiful and tender professions. Queen to ihink that a cure was not im- It concluded with the assurance, that, probable; and he represented that it " if her Majesty's taking any share in might the rather be expected, as the the government of this country, could means peculiarly adapted to the disorder give her any additional care or authostill remained untried. He begged, if rity over his royal father's person, he his attendanee should be commanded, should be the first to propose its being that he might be permitted to act with conferred; but her Majesty being the out control. He said that there was only person upon whom such a trust but one method in that complaint, by ought to devolve, she might assure herwhich the lowest and the highest person self, that she should be considered as his could be treated with effect, and that Majesty's sole guardian so long as the his reputation was too much concerned unhappy malady should continue." in the event for him to attempt any thing, December 13th. A great change in if he might not be invested with unli- the Queen's sentiments became apparent mited powers.
at this time. The neutrality her Majesty It may be conceived with what anguish had originally adopted was dismissed, her Majesty yielded to this requisition. and the proceedings of the minister reBut her conviction of its propriety forti. ceived her approbation and support. fied the magnanimity that prefers the per. Many causes probably combined to formance of duties to the indulgence of produce the alteration. It was said, feelings. It was known to her, that the ihat apprehension of the abuse of power first principle of Dr. Willis's practice is by Opposition had been industriously in. to make himself formidable, to inspire fused by those whose interest it was to awe. In these terrible maladies, those withhold it from them. It was certainly who superintend the unleappy patients, known, that her Majesty gave implicit must so subjugate their will, that no idca belief to the assurances of Dr. Willis, of resistance to their commands can have that the recovery of the royal patient place in their minds. It was but too was not only probable, but possibly near obvious, that the long and habitual ex. at band. With this persuasion, not only crcise of high command must increase tenderness but wisdom dictated the the difficulty of accomplishing this in' conduct the Queen pursued. On the the present instance; and an apprehen- other hand, the Prince, confiding in the sion of the necessity of peculiar rigour, great and universally acknowledged pregáve all possible aggravation to the eminence of Dr. Warren; and remem. Queen's distress.
bering, that, to his perspicuity and inA council was held at Mr. Pitt's on gennonsness he owed the first knowledge Sunday the 7th, at noon. Upon its of the real cause of his Majesty's indis.' rising, a messenger was dispatched to position, naturally considered his opi. Kew, with a letter to the Queen. At nion as entitled to respect and deference. nine o'clock in the cvening of the same This gentleman in strong terms repro-' day, the Prince of Wales received a let. bated the assertion of an amended state, ter froin her Majesty, in which were and unqualifiedly declared bis incredus strongly expressed sentiments of that Jity respecting a happy issue. Influ-' prudence, good scose, and maternal and cnced by such contrary impressions,
unanimity of sentiment could not be ex- terrible one,' was the melancholy alia pected. Doubt, distrust, and coldness, swer. unhappily succeeded to the confidence, Warren then insisted upon being in. estcem, and cordial affection, which bad troduced ; and he bad the aMiction to hitherto soothed the sorrows of the au- find the person of the illustrious sufferer gust relatives of the afflicted Monarch. under the powerful restriction which
The King's state, at this time, encou- violent paroxysms make indispensable. raged no hope of specdy restoration. The sight of Warren produced no On Friday and Saturday his Majesty painful sensation. The King was not was much indisposed; and on Sunday discomposed by it. A partial recollec. his situation was deplorable. The co- tion, operating on an habitual consciousercive waistcoat was found to be insuf- ness of dignity, (which never forsook his ficient, and a necessity arose of cousining Majesty in his most unhappy moments,) the royal sufferer to his bed for several he was prompted to say, “I have been hours. Exhausted strength, by degrees, very ill indeed, Dr. Warren, and I have rendered bis efforts less powerful; and put myself into this waistcoat, but it is the failure of nature, rather than an abate- uneasy to mc; will you take it off ?" ment of the malady, produced an ap- Warren hesitated for a moment; but, pearance of tranquillity. Violent exer- attentively surveying the royal sufferer, tions frequently repeated, long confine- he perceived that his exhausted strength ments, want of usual air and exercise, made the indulgence safe; and he reproduced the most lamentable effects, plied, antying the sad bonds, “ Most The flesh, gradually wasted away, had willingly do I obey you, sir." left the bones of every joint bardly co- Warren afterwards remonstrated with vered ; and the whole of his Majesty's Willis upou the disingenuousness of his appearance was become so affecting, conduct, and protested that, so long as that even the Chancellor's strong mind he should have the honour to retain bis was overpowered at the first interview, appointinent to the care of the royal and a flood of tears witnessed the invo. person, he should scrupulously discharge luntary sensibility
his duty to his Majesty and to the pubUnpleasant altercations had arisen lic, whose anxious solicitude entitled amongst the physicians. Willis, intro- them to full and true information reduced by Addington, was strongly sus specting his state. Willis then resisting pected of circulating reports rather gra- the request to subscribe the bulletin tifying to the minister than consonant which the attending regular physician to truth. He regularly scut to him every conceived to be the proper one, great. night a particular message, and generally altercation ensued; but he was at by his son. On the 16th, whilst the length induced to set his name to that propositions were debating in the House which appeared on the 18th instant. of Commons, Mr. Pitt and his friends The perpetual diversity in opinion bedeclared that that evening, at eleven tween the regular physicians and Dr. o'clock, the son of Dr. Willis arrived Willis, was a source of much affliction at the Treasury, with the satisfactory acto the Queen, and of perplexity to the count that a happy change had taken people. The high reputation of the place, and that Dr. Willis considered it court-physicians, the extensive' popuas a certain indication of speedy and larity they had justly acquired, not only perfect recovery. Dr. Warren, whose amongst the inhabitants of ihe capital, observations on the morning of that day but throughout the kingdom, gave them had suggested a very different opinion, great superiority, in the general estimawas much surprised at this account. lion, in a competition with Dr. Willis, He hastened to Kew early on the morn- whose retired situation, and restricted ing of the 18th. Dr. Willis met bini in practice, bad left him in a state of coman anti-chamber; assured bim the King parative obscurity. was going on vastly well; said 'be was T he Prince, baving understood that perfectly composed; and begged that the Chancellor had used some expresDr. Warren would not make a point of sions of which be thought he had cause seeing his Majesty, as his appearance to complain, desired to see his lordship, would certainly disturb him. Warren, and generously afforded bin an opporsurprised at this language, desired to see tunity of vindicating himself, if the ruthe pages. To his first question, “ How mour were unfounded. The Chancellor is the King ?" the reply was, “Very bad assured bis Royal Higness, that he never indeed. To his second, “ What sort had, even in thought, deviated from the of pight has his Majesty passed ?” “A very profound respect he owed him.
He begged to know the full extent of from the usurpers of those powers of wbat he had bcen charged with, in the which he conceived lie onght io be posfull confidence of being able to excul- scssed as the natural representative of pate himself. His lordship proceeded a father, 'unhappily incapable of exerto say, that what opinions he had pub- cising them; and, to the infinite affliction licly advanced, his legal situation com. of his family, not likely to be ever again pelled; but that he felt himself strongly in a situation to hold the reins of godevoted to his Royal Highness; and vernment.” The Prince spoke copithat he might assure himself that he ously, expressed hiinself with great pro should on no account unite with Mr. priety, and a degree of cloquence that Pitt, or enter into any opposition to his would have ensured attention, if his rank Royal Highness's government, when his had not commanded it. His Royal dismission, which he saw was at hand, Higliness gave a particular detail of should take place. He shouli, on the some transactions at Windsor, in the contrary, give it every support in his beginning of the King's illness. He said, power; and if, at a future viay, his ser- “ Reports have been circulated, that I vices should be thought of use, he should had frequent interviews with Mr. Pitt, be happy to offer them. The Chancel. The truth is, I saw him but once during lor spoke of Mr. Pitt as a haughty, im- my stay at Windsor. In the first days practicable spirit, with whom it would of the King's illness, and before I had be impossible for him cver cordially to recovered from the sbock it occasioned unitc. He added, that the whole party me, some person told me that Mr. Pitt was split, divided, disunited, in a man- and the Duke of Richmond were come. ner tliat would prevent their ever acting My mind fully occupied by the sad stato in opposition with vigour and effect. of things, I hardly heard, and it soon
January 2d. The Prince received a escaped my recollection, that tlicy were Jetter from Dr. Willis, to inform him there. of essential amendment in the King. “Some time after, Mr. St. Leger enThe Queen wrote to Mr. Pitt to the tered the room, and told me that the same effect. Ministry presumed much Duke of Richmond and Mr. Pitt had upon these communications, and ex- been waiting two hours. I awoke as it pressed their hopes, that his Majesty were from a trance, and desired that might be well enough on Monday to they might instantly be admitted. The signify his approbation of a Speaker. duke was most obsequious, bowed inDr. Warren was still tenacious of his cessantly. Mr. Pitt was most stately; former opinion; and assured the Prince he said he should do so and so, and that, though the King was not tben in looked with unforgiving haughtiness." the deplorable way in which he had Adverting to the King's private conoften seen him, there was nothing in cerns, the Prince said, “ That in a his Majesty's present state that could Jucid interval of some hours, before his warrant the expectation of recovery. Majesty left Windsor, he had talked The Prince, confiding in Warren's judg- consistently of the state of his affairs ; ment, naturally considered the favour. said he had written, some time since, able reports as mere fabrications, to directions respecting the distribution he serve a sinister purpose, and could not wished to have made of his property; refrain from some expressions against but be doubted whether they were prothe who, relying upon the infalli. perly prepared. He hoped, however, bility of Willis, considered the Prince's that the purport would be attended to, backwardness to credit her assurances The money he could dispose of was, he as an argument of his discontent at the said, six hundred thousand pounds, nature of them. Officious persons, act. Having six daughters, it was his wishi ing from indiscreet zeal, if not from still to give each one hundred thousand more reprehensible motives, contributed pounds: his daughters he had ever conto increase the subsisting discontents. sidered as the objects of his peculiar
The entertainments given by the Duke care. His sons easily might, and corof York, having for their avowed object tainly would, be provided for by the the conciliation of members of both nation ; but, for his daughters, a proviHouses, the conversations then naturally sion might not perhaps be made withrested upon subjects interesting to the out difficulty." Prince. At the three first his Royal The Prince proceeded to say, “he Highness was present, and expatiated had assured the Queen he sho:ild be with great eloquence upon “ the indig- happy to conform in every thing to the nities and injustice he had experienced wishes of bis royal father; and he pro
mised that every indication of his inten- of the King's children was permitted to tions previous to his lamented indispo- approach him; and Jamented that “ the sition should be religiously observed. Qucen, wrought upon by insidious arts, Her Majesty having then received no particularly by the machinations of the unworthy impression, was satisfied and Chancellor, secmed resolved to abet the happy in receiving this assurance; and daring attempt to supersede his brother's permitted him and the Duke of York just pretensions, and to promote the to assist in packing up, and to put their views of those most inimical to him.” seals upon, ihe crown-jewels, and some His Royal Highness then mentioned valuable movables of the King's, which, an attempt, on the preceding Thursday, together with the Queen's jewels, were to prevent Sir G. Baker's seeing the conveyed to Kew when the Queen King, which was rendered abortive, by went thither." The Prince added, “ he his stoadily refusing to sign the bulletin, had now to lament a sad revolution in it that were not permitted. The Duke her Majesty's opinion, which had been said “ that endeavours had also been effected by mischievous and designing used, the following day, to prevent Dr. persons. He had received a letter from Warren's entering the royal chamber, her Majesty, of her own writing, but Willis assuring him that the King was not of her own dictating. It charged in such a state as promised immediato him with designing to take advantage recovery, and that his presence would of the weak state of the King, to get do harm. Warren, upon an ackuow, possession of his treasures; and to ledgment being extorted that the Queen change the whole face of things." Ladies had seen the King that morning, insisted
H- , and C- , were censured upon being admitted, as one whose by his Royal Highness as the advisers presence was loss likely to agitate the of this lettor. He said he had charged royal mind. He found his Majesty the last-mentioned with a knowledge of sitting quietly, and attentively consider, it; and, if he had not before had a cering: a Court calendar, which he was tainty of it, her confusion would have trapslating from beginning to end into given it.
doggerel Latin." He accosted Warren The Prince complained of the, per- upon his entrance, Ricardensus War sonal indignity with which Mr. Pitt had renensus baronetensus.' The Duke treated him on every occasion. He said, “ Warren had assured bim that. specified two important instances of after a long and minute examination, most indecorous conduct towards him. ho brought away the melancholy con The summonscs to members of privy viction that the mind was only subdued. council to examine the physicians, (of and that its sanity was in no degree rc. which he had received no previous inti. stored." mation,) and the restriotions upon the On the Duke's being asked what was power of a Regent, had both been sent the general state of bis Majesty's health, by common Treasury-messengers, and he replied, “ he was told that he was left withont ceremony with a porter at deplorably emaciated; but that that cir: Carlton House!
cumstanoe was as much concealed as The Prince was not present at the possible.” His Royal Highness said fourth and last entertainment. The “that the Queen seemed no longer to Duke of York entered upon the interest- have confidence in any person but the ing detail of the injury donc to his bro. Chancellor, who, while he was flattering ther in withholding his acknowledged her Majesty with overy demonstration rights, and of the imposition practised of zcal, was paying obsequious court to upon the public by fallacious represen- his brother." He added, “ be seems to tations of the King's state. His Royal have learnt a lesson of duplicity from Highness said, " It must be imagined Pitt. The Chancellor," the Duke conthat the subject was a most painful one tinued, “ seldom fails to receive thrce or to him ; that only the solicitude he felt four letters a-day from the Queen, and to impress a sense of his brother's he generally sces her once every day. wrongs, and to warn genticmcn whom Till concealments respecting the King there was a design to mislead, could have began to be practised, and till the Queen induced him to cnter upon it." His suddenly declared her resolution to acRoyal Highness spoke concisely but cept the Regency, if the Prince would clearly. He declared “that a string of not accept it with severe restrictions, fallacies had been obtruded upon the my brother and myself omitted not ono public; gave his royal word that not one day paying our duty to her. But since MONTHLY Mac. No. 337.
these events, our visits have been dis. hope of receiving that indulgenee." continued.”
His Royal Highness added, “ Ifrat his The Duke çonelwed by exprossing brother must rejoice even more than in strong terms “ the misery he felt at himself at bis Majesty's perfect recovery, being compelled to make an appeal to as that must deliver hiin from embarrasthe public, that induced the necessity of ments, which the nature of the Bill must exposing circumstances, over which render almost insopportabile; and which every principle of delicacy, feeling, and only his attachment to the state, and af, filial affection, prompted his royal bro. fection for the people, conld have inther and himself to throw a veil; and duced him to subject himself to." wbich a sense of what they owed to that On the 23d the Prince and the Duke public conld alone prevent their inter- of York went, upon invitation from the posing; their duty to that outweighing, Queen, to Kew, and were adınitted to in their estimation, all that could affect the King. Her Majesty and Colonel themselves.”
Dighy only were present. The King • 24th of Jan. The King had been ter behared with composure, and talked ribly affected during the last scven or rationally. The conversation was conciglit days. On the 19th bis Majesty fined to topics that were general and inhad been induced to walk in the garden, different; the death of General WynThe anxiety of the amiable and royal yard, and the resignation of General female relatives drew them to an upper Hyde, were principally dwelt upon. window. Regardless of every thing but It was observed by the royal brothers his own impulses, his Majesty threw that the King's attention was chiefly his hat into the air, and hurled a stick directed to the Duke of York, for whom he held in his hand to an incredible dis- it was supposed he bad ever entertained jance; such was the force that animated a partiality. luim. His Majesty then proceeded. Both Houses met on the 3d of March; with a rapid movement towards the the Chancellor spoke in strong and dePagoda, which he was very desirous to cided terms of His Majesty's capacity ascend. Being thwarted in that, he bc- to exercise his royal functions. came sullen and desperate, threw him- Mr. Pitt simply informed the Comself upon the carth; and so great was bis mons, that His Majesty's amended strength, and so powerful liis resistance, hicaltlı gave him reason to hope he might that it was three-quarters of an hour be- make his pleasure known to them on fore Willis and four assistants could Tuesday, the 10th of March, to which raise him.
duy the House immcdiately adjourned. • 19th of February. The Prince and "The Ministerial party employed the the Duke of York repeated their visit to interval in rejoicing in the accom. Kew; but the Queen still judged it in- plishment of their hopes;-Opposition, expedient for them to be admitted to the in reprobating the arts which, they King. Her Majesty informed their maintained, had substituted fallacy for Royal Highnesses, that, as soon as it truth. The extreme caution and reserve should become proper for them to see that cnveloped tle proceedings at Kew, the King, they should be apprised of it were not calculated to disperse suspiby her.
cion. “Mr. Rammeau, his Majesty's February the 2016. The Chancellor oldest and most trusted page, ile per. acquainted the Lords that the King's son whom be had long cmployed to liealth was then in such a progress 10. copy his private correspondences, was wards perfect re-establishment, that disinissed: he was said to be too inquithere was a probability their Lordships' sitive and too communicative. Three interference would be no longer neces- other pages were also displaced. Dr. sary. The Duke of York replied, ihat, John Willis, son to the eminent practic “as nothing could give him greater bap- tioner, anıt a student of his art, was apo piness than the restoration of his royal pointed private secretary to the King; father, so lie should bave felt it a pecii- and four of Dr. Willis's men remained Jiar gratification to have been enabled to about the royal person, performing those vive their Lordships an assurance of its oslices, which were in the page's province, Orobability from any authority; and he The Prince had been refused admitcould not without infinite regret ac- tance to the King, and bad patiently kuowledge, that he had not yet been per- acquiesced. The Duke of York at. mitted to see the King, though he had tempting to visit him, and being told by gonc to Kew the preceding day in the Dr. Willis, on the 4th of March, that