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[The following letters were read:] “ Without being informed to what amount you may wish for assistance, it is impossible for me to say how far it is in my power to be of use to vou." * Friday Morning.
Addressed: “VIrs. Clarke,
No.9, Old, Burlington-street." “ If it could be of the least advantage to either of us, I should not hesitate in complying with your wish to see me; but as a meeting must, I should think, be painful to both of us, under the present cireumstances, I must decline it.
Addressedl; "/rs. Clarke, “ No. 18, Gl:rucester-place, “ Portmun-square."
“ October 21, 1806. " It is totally out of my power to be able to give you the assistance which you seein' to expect.' Oct. 21, 1806.
" I einer fully into your sentiments concerning your children, but cannot undertake what I am not sure of performing.
“With regard to Weybridge, I think that you had better remove your furniture, and then direct the person who was employed to take the House, to give it up again.
Adressed: “ Mrs. Clarke, “No 18, Gloucester-place, Portman-square."
(To Mr. Greenwood.) Were you in the frequent habit of copying bis Royal Highness's letters? No.
Did his Royal Highness give you any particular reason, for wishing you to copy this letter? I think I was with the Duke of York at the time he wrote that letter, and as he generally copies letters that he does write himself, that I undertook to copy it, to save him the trouble.
[The witness withdrew. CHARLES TAYLOR, Esq. a Member of the House, attending in his
place, was examined by the Committee, as follows: Do you believe that to be General Clavering's hand-writing? Yes, I do.
Are you acquainted with his hand-writing? Yes, I am.
Did you ever see General Clavering write? How could I possibly assert i knew his writing, if I had not.
(The letter was read, dated the sth of February, 1808:]
“ Limmer's Hotel, Conduit-street, 8th Feb. 6 P. M. “My dear Mrs. C,
I have just heard that you had it in contemplation to subpæna me before the House of Cominons: the report I hope is unfounded; at all events, I am particularly to beg, that you will take every care that my name even be in no shape whatever, or on any account, brought before the Ilouse of Commons. As being a family man, the world would be inclined to attribute motives to our acquaintance, which though not existing, all the arguments in the universe would not persuade them to the contrary:
“ With great regard,
H. M. CLAVERING."
“ In haste, 6 P. M. “ Mrs. Clarke, “Westbourn-place, Sloane-street," THOMAS LOWTEN, Esq. was called in, and examined by the Com
mittee, as follows: You are a solicitor? I am an attorney at law and solicitor.
Do you remember being employed by Mr. Adam in the year 1805 to make any inquiries relating to Mrs. Clarke? I do. The first application to me upon that subject was trom his Royal Highness the Duke of York in the month of October 1805, in consequence of a letter which had been written to him. I had the honour to see his Royal Highness, and he communicated to me the business in which he wished me to be employed, and I acted professionally and confidentially for him upon that occasion.
In the course of such inquiries did you receive any and what proofs that Mrs. Clarke had made use of his Royal Highness the Duke of York's name to raise money? I cannot say that I did in any inquiries that I made, discover that she had made use of the Duke of York's name to raise money: It appeared to me that in consequence of the protection she had from the Duke of York, and the way she lived, many persons were induced to trust her further than I think they would have done, if it had not been for that protection.
In the course of that inquiry did any pecuniary transaction turn out, in which Mrs. Clarke was concerned, that, in your opinion, injured in any degree the character of his Royal Highness the Duke of York? My inquiries upon that occasion were not directed to the purpose of knowing what transactions she had with respect to money concerns, they were of a nature which regarded Mrs. Clarke's husband and her family rather than the mode in which she acquired money,
Do I understand you to say you were not directed by Mr. Arlam to investigate the circumstance of any pecuniary transaction in which the use of the Duke of York's name had been made? I do not particularly recollect that Mr. Adam ever directed me to inquire particularly as to any transaction in which the Duke of York's name was made use of with respect to money; he had cominunication upon that subject with a gentleman who was more at liberty to go about than I was, which was Mr. Wilkinson.
Do you not recollect Mr. Adam stating to you, that he considered the conduct of Mrs. Clarke had been very incorrect in pecuniary transactions, in the use of the Duke of York's name? I do not recollect it.
Do you recollect stating upon paper the result of your investigation of the inquiries to his Royal Highness the Duke of York? In the beginning of the month of May, 1806, having acquired as inuch evidence as appeared to me to be necessary for the purpose of satisfying the Duke of York on the subjects on which I was employed, those several matters which did so come to my knowledge were reduced to writing, and I do not know whether through Mr. Adam or some other person were comosunicated to his Royal Highness the Duke of York.
When you had finished the examination, did you communicate the result of it with the proofs to his Royal Highness the Duke of York? I put them into a train, and they went to his Royal Highness. I did not deliver them myselt; I knew from his Royal Highness that he had them.
To whom did you deliver them to be conveyed to his Royal Highness? As to the hand, whether I delivered them myself, or any clerk, or any servant, I cannot tell.
Were they conveyed by yourself or any other confidential person? I really do riot recollect.
Are you sure that the result, and the documents upon which that result was founded, were communicated to his Royal Highness? I have got in my pocket the thing that I communicated to his Royal Highness; I conimunicated all such things as appeared to me to be necessary and proper.
Are you sure that the result, and the documents upon which that result was founded, were communicated to his Royal Highness? I believe they were.
Do you recollect, that with those papers there were any documents to prove, that any money was raised in the Duke of York's name, by Mrs. Clarke? I think there were not, but the paper will speak for itself.
Do you know the Reverend William Williams? I know very little of him; I remember him some years ago being about the Court of King's Bench, and very troublesome to Mr. William Jones, the marshal.
Have you seen nothing of him lately? I never saw him till that night he was before this House, for seven or eight years.
You did not see the Reverend William Williams lately, before be was examined at this House? I saw him about seven o'clock that evening.
Was that previous to his examination before the Committee? It was.
Was no application made to you by Mr. Williams, or by you to Mr. Williams, before that? I had no application from Mr. Williams, nor did I make any to Mr. Williams, nor did I see Mr. Williams, except about three minutes in the lobby about seven o'clock, before he was examined.
Had you any reason for thinking Mr. Williams insane? I was induced to think very indifferently of him, as to his character and sanity; seven or eight years ago, on his calling upon me; I wrote to my friend Mr. Jones the marshal, and in answer I received a letter from him saying, have nothing to do with Mr. Williams, for he is mad.
Do you recollect sending any person to Mr. Nicholls, at Hampstead, some days ago? I do.
Who was that person! It was Mr. Thomas Wright, who lives upon Haverstock Hill, near llampstead.
What was the object of sending Mr. Wright to Mr. Nicholls upon that occasion? I sent Mr. Wright to find out where Mr. Nicholls lived, as I was told he had removed from Hampstead to a farm, and Mr. Wright being a resident at Hampstead, I thought him most likely to find out where it was he lived.
Why did you wish to find out where he lived? I had received intimation by a letter, that Mr. Nicholls could give material evidence as to the matter of inquiry before this honourable House.
What description of evidence? It was respecting Mrs. Clarke and Mr. Dowler living at his house in the years 1807 and 1808.
Did you wish to inquire after any letters that were supposed to be in the possession of Mr. Nicholls? I'did not wish to inquire, for I knew nothing of any letters that were in his possession till he came to be examined before this honourable House.
In the representation you made, of the result of the inquiries into the conduci of Mrs. Clarke, was any part of it that she had raised mouey under the real or fictitious patronage of military promotion? It did not occur to me in my inquiry that any such transaction had taken place; it was not part of my inquiry; I never believed one word upon that subject.
Have you had any interview with General Clavering during the course of this inquiry! On the day that General Clavering was first examined, he called upon me in the Temple.
Did he call upon you previous to his examination? He did.
What passed in that conversation? I will state as nearly as I can; General Clavering when he came to me said, that he had seen the statement made by Mrs. Clarke, in which his name had been mentioned; that he could contradict that statement very materially; he gave me his account of the contradiction, of which I made a memorandum in writing ; after that, to my surprize, when I came down here, General Clavering came to where I was, at Alice's coffee-house, with a letter ready written, addressed to his Majesty's Attorney General, in which he made use of my name I thought improperly; and I desired that my name might not be introduced: but that if he had any thing to communicate to the Attorney General he would write it in his own
Did you advise General' Clavering to write a letter to the Attorney General, or any other member of this House ? I did not advise him in any other way than I have just now stated.
What advice did you give to General Clavering? Not to make use of my name in any letter he might write to the Attorney General.
That is negative advice; what positive advice did you give himn? I did not give hiin any advice to offer himself to be examined; but that if he could give any contradiction to Mrs. Clarke's evidence, I thought it would be material he should be examined.
Did you advise him to offer himself to be examined, if his evidence could materially contradict Mrs. Clarke's? I did not advise him to offer bimself voluntarily to be examined.
Did you give him any advice, as the result of your conversation with him? I really thought General Clavering competent to advise himself upon the subject; I did not give him any advice further than common conversation, to say, if you will be examined send in your letter; I was not consulted by him by way of advice.
What was the occasion of his coming to communicate with you? I really do not know; he said, when he came in, that he had a statement to make that would contradict Mrs. Clarke's statement ; and I think he said, that he had seen Colonel Gordon, and that he had desired him to call upon me.
Did you understand that he came to you, in consequence of the desire of Colonel Gordon? I believe partly from the desire of Colonel Gordon, and partly froin a wish of his own, to contradict the statement made by Mrs. Clarke; so I understood it.
Did he ask you what would be the best course for bim to pursue, after his conversation with you? He did not.
Did he say that he should write any letter to the Attorney General, or any other menber of parliament?' He did not.
At the time he left you, did you suppose he was about to offer himself as a voluntary witness before this Committee? When he left me in the Temple I did not suppose or expect any such a thing; when he quitted me at Alice's coffee-house I did expect it.
Did you put any questions to him to know what any evidence he could communicate to this Committee might be? I did; I asked General Clavering several questions as to his knowledge of Mrs. Clarke; how long he had known her, where he had seen her last, and other questions, which occurred to me as proper for the investigation of the business in which I was engaged.
Did you ask him any question whether he had offered Mrs. Clarke - any money for promotion, or for raising a regiment to be procured through her iniluence with the Duke of York? I did not; I should have thought it most impertinent, as I could not conceive a general officer could be guilty of any such conduct.
Did he communicate any such information to you? Certainly not.
Did you question him generally with regard to his communication and intercourse and acquaintance with Mrs. Clarke! I did; and it appeared to me, from the paper which he produced, that Mrs. Clarke was making use of him for the purpose of getting some person proinoted from one regiment to another; and it appeared that a letter dated in the Temple, and apparently signed by a Mr. Sumner, contained a recommendation of that person so wished to be promoted, and who, he stated to me, Mrs. Clarke had represented as a relation of an honourable member of this Ilouse, and which letter he was to transmit to the Duke of York, in order to obtain that promotion.
Did you ask him whether he had maintained any correspondence with Mrs. Clarke upon the subjects of military promotion, or matters connected therewith? I did not; and I knew of no other instance than the one I have just mentioned.
Did he give you to understand that he had communicated to you fully all that passed between him and Mrs. Clarke upon the subject of military promotion, or matters connected therewith? He did not say any thing to me upon that question, further than I have stated to the Committee.