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He constanly waited at dinner during the period he was in your service? Yes.

How long was he in your service? I should think about a twelvemonth, not all that time in Gloucester-place.

Where did he live before he came to you? With Captain Sutton.

As his foot-boy, or in what capacity? Captain Suiton was lame, and he was every thing to him.

At Gloucester-place did he do the work jointly with the other footmen? Yes.

Was he perfectly well known to his Royal Highness the Coinmander in Chief? 'Yes, he was.

What is become of him? He is in the West Indies.
Did you get him a commission in the army? Yes, I did.

In what regiment did you get him a commission? Where he is now, in the 16th foot; I think he is one of the statf.

Do you know why the Duke of York withdrew bis protection from you? "Mr. Adain states, that was in consequence of my pleading my marriage to a bill of 1301.; but I can prove the contrary to that, as 1 had done it once before, and he knew it; and the man had sent threatening letters to him, and to the whole of his Royal Highness's family; his name is Charman, a silversmith, in St. James's.street; I have my own opinion of the separation.

Did his Royal Highness assign any reason for it? No, he did not; but I guess the reason.

Was it on account of your interferences in military promotions ? No, it was what Mr. Adam stated, upon money matters; but not that one of the bill.

You stated, that you had been frequently conversant in military pro. motions, and sometimes successfully : can you contidently state, and sisk your veracity upon it, that the Duke of York was ever privy to one or more of those transactions? To the whole.

Do you mean to state, that you did not represent that Mr. Dowler was your husband, when you were at Hampstead ? No, I did not represent.

Do you mean to state, that you did not say that Mr. Dowler was your husband ? I might have said so very possibly, but never serious, berause they must have known better, whoever I said it to.

Did you or did you not ever say, that Mr. Dowler was your husband? I think it is very possible I did say so in the manner I have stated. Do not

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kiiow that you did say that Mr. Dowler was your hus. band? No, I do not.

Did you not assign a reason for keeping your marriage with him secret? I do not recollect that I did; I could only have said it to soine one who was very intimate with me, and knew all about me, and could have no view in ií.

Was Mr. Dowler ever in the same house with you at Hampstead? Yes, he was very frequently, during the time he was in England.

Did he sleep in the saine house? Yes, he did, several times, but not with me.

Had Mr. Dowler any acquaintance with any person in the house, except yourself? There was no one there except inyself and my children, and a French young lady, and Captain Thompson. lo wbose house were you at that time? Mr. Nichols's house,

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Do you mean to say, that during the time you resided in Gloucesterplace, a part of the expences of the establishment were not defrayed by the Duke, besides the allowance that he paid to you? I have stated all I can recollect.

Do you mean to say, that none of the bills for the constant expencés were paid by His Royal Highness? Yes, I do.

Did not his Royal Highness pay for the furniture of the house? I did not mean to say that, I understood constant expences; I do not put the furniture as constant expences.

Did not the Duke pay for the furniture? Yes, all of it except the glass ; I believe that cost me four or tive hundred pounds. The chan. deliers, those I paid for myself.

Did not bis Royal Highness pay for the wine ? He sent in a great deal of wine, but I bought wine myself; I kept a great deal of company, and a great deal was drank.

Do you mean to say, that a chief part of the expences for wine was not defrayed by his Royal Highness ? His Royal Highness sent in wine, but it never was enough; I purchased wine myself, both Claret and Madeira ; and even that he did send in, he used to scold very much that it went too fast.

To whom did you apply for the commission of Sam. Carter in the 16th Regiment ? To his Royal Highness.

Did you apply to his Royal Highness for a commission for Sam. Carter in the name of Samuel Carter? Yes; it was his real name.

Is it the name in which he is gazetted? Yes. Was that the name by which he was usually called in your family, and even to his Royal Highness the Commander in Chief? Yes, it

Was his Royal Highness aware that it was the same person who had occasionally waited upon him at your table, for whom you asked 'that commission? Yes, he was.

Was he recommended by any body beside yourself? No; I suppose it is in the office; some one has recommended him.

What interval elapsed from the time Carter was in your service till he obtained the commission? I should think he was living with me near a twelvemonth altogether, not entirely in Gloucester-place, but in Tavistock-place likewise.

Did he go immediately from your service into the Army? Yes, he did.

Did his Royal Highness see Samuel Carter subsequent to his being gazetted? Yes, lie did.

Did he speak to Samuel Carter on the subject of his having a coma mission, either before or after he obtained the commission ? I do not know what his Royal Highness said to him ; but he saw him after he had been down to the Isle of Wight, and joined the depôt; he came up to ine for some pioney, and his Royai Highness saw hiin in Gloucester. place.

Is Samuel Carter any relation of your's? No, not at all.

What part of the time did Carter live with you in Gloucester-place? I should think five or six months ; I cannot exactly say, but I know be lived with me many mouths.

At the time Miss Taylor was dining so constantly with you as you represent, was Pierson your butier? He waited upon ber while he was

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there, and the other also ; Sam. Carter has been waiting while she has been with us, and another butler, who has left me.

You have stated, that Samuel Carter was a boy; what age was he when he got his commission? I called him a boy because he was short; I believe he was eighteen or nirreteen, of a proper age for the commission.

[The Witness was directed to withdraw. WILLIAM ADAM, Esq. attending in his place, was examined,

as follows: It appears that an annuity of 4001. a year was to be paid conditionally to Mrs. Clarke; were you consulted by the Duke of York, whether that annuity should or not be paid? I have already stated all I know respecting inat annuity, and if the honourable gentleman will refer to the evidence I have given, he will find that I know nothing about the payment of the annuity.

Do you confirm the statement made by Mrs. Clarke, that she had an allowance of only 1,0001. a year? If the worthy Baronet will take the trouble to peruse the evidence I have already giten, he will find it is perfectly inconsistent with any accaunt I have given that I could possibly answer that question, because I ain totally ignorant, as I have alTeady said, of all payınents made by the Duke of York, except those which fell under my cognizance as Trustee.

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Mrs. ELIZABETH BRIDGMAN was called in, and examined by

the Committee as follows: Do you recollect any thing of Pierson, the butler to Mrs. Clarke, calling to have a note changed the latter end of July, 1805? Yes, I do.

State where you live. No. 6, Vere-street.
In what business are you engaged? A confectioner.

State exactly what passed with regard to that note. I cannot recollect exactly what passed, but I did not change the note. Do

you recollect Peirson bringing a note to be changed at that time? He did bring a note, but I do not recollect seeing the note, and I did not change it.

Have you no memorandums which you could refer to ? No. · Perhaps you do not know the amount of the note? I think he said it was a 100l. note.

You did not see it, but he said so I did not see it.

Do you recollect, with any precision, the time, the day, or the month in which it happened? I do not.

Some time in July? I cannot say what time it was, but I recollect the circumstance of his coming with the note.

You cannot even be sure as to the month in which it took place? No.

. Was he frequently in the habit of coming to your house: Frequently,
to order things for Mrs. Clarke.
· To get notes changed? I never recollect his changing any thing
more than a small note, which might be to pay any little bills she had
contracted.

You do not, of your own knowledge, know this was not a small note? No, I did not see it; he inerely asked me whether I could change such a note.

You did not see the note, and did not change it? No.

Do you recollect what was the largest note you ever changed before for him? I do not, but none of any high amount I never changed.

Are you certain that Pierson told you this was a large note? To the best of my recollection he said a 100l. note.

Do you re collect whether it was in the summer time? I cannot say positively, but I think it was.

Do you not carry on business in partnership with another person? There is another person in the concern with Mr. Bridgman, but not exactly a partner; but he knew nothing of the transaction of the note.

Did you, in general, have the management of the money concerns, or the partner, in the year 1805? He had nothing to do with it, he was in the country.

[The witness was directed to withdraw. Mr. ALEXANDER SIIAW' was called in, and the letter from Lieu

tenant-Colonel Shaw, to Mrs. Clarke, given in evidence yesterday; being shewn to him, he was examined by the Committee, as follows:

Do you know Colonel Shaw's hand-writing? I think I ought to know it.

Do you know that to be the hand-writing of Colonel Shaw? I think
I know it to be.

Did you ever see him write? I have.
Do you state that to be his hand-writing? I believe it is.

Have you any doubt about it? I have no doubt about it; it is very like, and I believe it is.

Did you ever see Colonel Shaw write ? Colonel Shaw is my son, and we have lived as father and son ought to do; as good friends.

[The witness was directed to withdraw. Mr. CHARLES SHAW was called in, and examined by the Com

mittee, as follows: Of your own knowledge, do you know that 2001. was remitted to Alrs. Clarke, on account of Colonel Shaw? No, I do not; but I know that 3001. was.

State at what period that 3001. was remitted. I received a letter from Colonel Shaw, mentioning that he wished to convey 300l. to his friend, and requesting that I would receive that sum of Mr. Coutts, having sent me an order to that effect, and that I would send it by a careful hand, addressed to Mrs. Clarke, No. 18, Gloucester-place. I receiyed the money from Mr. Coutts, in consequence of the order, and delivered it myself at the door.

When was that? I unfortunately have kept no papers or any letters; but, in consequence of the summons of this House, I called at Mr.

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