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tenham, 8th of January, 1806, and the other Deposition of Sir Francis Milman, dated the 29th of March, 1806.
3d of July, 1806. One of Mr. Lampert, baker, Chelten Deposition of Mr. Lisle, dated 3d July, ham, same date with the last.
1806. Four of William Cole, dated Ilth Janu Letter from Sir Francis Milman to the ary, 14th January, 30th January, and 23d Lord Chancellor, dated 4th July, 1806. February, 1806.
Deposition of Lord Gholmondeley, dated One of Robert Bidgood, dated Temple, 6th July, 1806. 4th April, 1806.
One of Sarah Bidgood, dated Tensple, The debate upon these resolutions appears 23d April, 1806.
to have been of great length; but as the One of Frances Lloyd, dated Temple, galleries were shut, a mere sketch of it has 12th May, 1806.
gone forth to the world. That sketch, The King's Warrant for holding the however, (which I have inserted below) Commission, dated the 29th May, 1806. will shew, that, in whatever degree the
Deposition of Lady Douglas, dated the different speakers might vary in their opi. 1st of June, 1806.
nions as to other points, they were all Deposition of Sir John Douglas, dated perfectly of accord, that there existed no the 1st of June, 1806.
grounds of charge against the mother who Deposition of Robert Bidgood, dated the was restricted in her visits to her only 6th of June, 1806.
child. The Honourable mover of the reDeposition of William Cole, dated the solutions said there may exist doubts, as to 6th June, 1806.
the innocence of the Princess; if not at this Deposition of Frances Lloyd, dated the time, there may hereafter exist doubts with 7th of June, 1806.
regard to that innocence ; and, therefore, Deposition of Mary Wilson, dated the while all the witnesses are alive, while all 7th of June, 1806.
the testimony is forth coming, while all the Deposition of Samuel Roberts, dated the means of proof are at hand, let us inquire, 7th of June, 1806.
and for ever put an end to these doubts, Deposition of Thomas Hikeman, dated and to the possibility of doubt. No, no, the 7th of June, 1806.
no, said the ministers, the innocence of Deposition of J. Picard, dated the 7th of the Princess is so clearly established; all June, 1806.
the charges against her so manifestly void of Deposition of Sophia Austin, dated the foundation, that inquiry is not only not ne7th of June, 1806.
cessary, but that to inquire would be doing Letter from Lord Spencer to Lord Gwy. injustice to the Princess, by seeming to allow dir, 20th of June, 1806.
that there are persons in the world who still Letter from Lord Gwydir to Lord Spen- entertain a doubt of her innocence. cer, 20th of June, 1806.
MR. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE might well Letter from Lady Willoughby to Lord say that the day on which he made his Spencer, 21st of June, 1806.
motion was a proud day for, him. It was Extracts from the Register of Brownlow. so, but it was a still prouder day for the street Hospital, dated 23d of June, 1806. Princess of Wales, who, at the end of
Deposition of Elizabeth Cosden, dated seven years of calumny, of base parasitical 23d of June, 1806.
slander, heard herself pronounced innocent Deposition of Betty Townley, dated 25th and her traducers pronounced perjured, of June, 1806.
and that, too, by the chosen ministers, by Deposition of Thomas Edmonds, dated the confidential Servants, by the advisers 25th of June, 1306.
of the Prince her husband. Deposition of Samuel G. Mills, dated This discussion in the House of Com. 25th of June, 1806.
mons has, in the minds of all men of comDeposition of Hamit Fitzgerald, dated mon sense, settled the question. There 27th of June, 1806.
are still some persons to throw out insinuaLetter from Lord Spencer to Lord Gwy- tions against Her Royal Highness, but these dir, dated 1st of July, 1806.
are so notoriously, the panders of mean Leiter from Lord Gwydir to Lord Spen- hatred, cowardly malice, despicable im. cer, dated 3d. July, 1806.
potence, and of every thing that is vile in Query to Lady Willoughby, and Answer, man, aye, in the meanest of mankind, that dated 3d of July, 1806.
no one pays the słnallest attention to what Farther Depositions of Robert Bidgood, they say. dated 3d of July, 1806,
Whether the parliament may think it
- meet to adopt any proceeding upon the sub- of Labrador. Talk of LIBELS, indeed!
ject; whether they may think it right, in What libels has she not had to endure ? the way of address or otherwise, to inter- A month has not passed over our heads fere in behalf of the Princess, I cannot since the writers in the Courier and Times pretend to say, and they are a body far too newspapers poured forth libels against her, wise for me to presume to offer them any which no private person would have sufthing in the way of advice; but, I have no fered to pass without prosecution. They scruple to say, that I think it a fit occasion called her rash, foolish, and with an insofor the people, assembled in a constitutional lent affectation of compassion, pointed her manner, to prove, by some solemo decla- out as seduced and unfortunate. In short, ration of their sentiments, that they still they spoke of her in terms the most conretain that love of justice and that hatred temptuous, they affected to pity her for of false accusation, which were formerly having been so weak as to call for fresh inprominent features in the character of Eng- quiry into her conduct, which conduct they Jishmen. As to the precise way in which had the impudence unequivocally to describe they ought to do this, it is not for me to point as indecent to the last degree. Seven years. out; but, the way will not be difficult of these calumnies she has had to endure, to discover by men of proper feeling and of and, to her immortal honour be it spoken, just minds. It is now seven years since she has relied upon her innocence for the these calumnies were first circulated against support of her character, and has, in no the Princess of Wales; and, now, that instance, resorted to the assistance of the they are all shewn to have been false, now, law. She has wisely relied upon that we are fully able to estimate all her failing power of truth; she has relied also sufferings and her long forbearance, it (and I hope, for the sake of the character of would be a shame indeed, if there were the country, she will not here be deceived) none to be found amongst us to shew that upon the good serise and love of justice of we feel for her as we ought. The people the people of England. have not, indeed, the power to punish her Besides the justice due to the Princess, traducers; they have not the power to re we ought to consider the light in which we place her in Carlton House ; they have not as a nation, shall appear, in this instance, the power to give her admission to her in the eyes of the world. It will not be daughter; but they have the power to shew forgotten with what addresses, what to all the world, and to that daughter in speeches, what exhibitions, what acclamaparticular, that they are lovers of Justice, tions of joy this lady was received upon her and that they hold in abhorrence false arrival in England. The world will not accusers, cowardly and malicious calumni- forget the praises we then bestowed
her, and even the gratitude we expressed In the case of the Princess of Wales there at her having condescended to become inis every thing to excite a feeling in her strumental in the happiness of ourselves favour. In the first place, we see that it and our posterity: and, the world will was owing to no fault of hers that her hus- not fail to remark, that the commencement band's palace was no longer her place of of the calumnies against her, that the perabode. 'In the next place we see false and juries by which she was traduced took infamous accusations trumped up against place in a very few months after her father her, and the tongue of calumny let loose, was killed, and his successors bereft of while she was destitute of all the means of their dominions !
I will not impute even defence, having by her counsellors, been to perjured wretches the baseness of choosprevented from making public the refuta-, ing such a time for the making of their attion of charges, the substance of which tack; but the fact, as to the time, is as I charges, unaccompanied with any answer, have stated it; and most assuredly the had gone forth to the world. Lastly, we change produced by the events here spoken see her denied the sight of her daughter of, in the circumstances of her family, except once in a fortnight, while even the must have great weight in the mind of eveadvisers of the Prince declare her to be in- ry considerate person. The more destitute nocent and her traducers to be perjured. she is of the means of protection from any Such is briefly the state of her case, and I other quarter, the stronger is her claim on say, for the whole nation to remain silent, the people of England; and I cannot help for ne part of the people to give utterance repeating my opinion, that if the occasion to any feeling for her would justify the opi- be suffered to pass without some testimony nion, that Englishmen have less sensibility of public feeling in her favour, it will be a than the half-Irozen inhabitants of the coast great and lasting reproach to this nation.
This interference on the part of the lished; and I further say, that I think the people is the more necessary, and at public should wait and HEAR Sir John the same time more likely to be proper, as and Lady Douglas, before it makes up both the great political factions have left its mind as to the guilt of either of them. Her Royal Highness to her fate, or, rather, have, each in its turn, been her MR. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE then rose. enemies. Nay, they have not only by His motion, he stated, originated entirely turns disclaimed her cause ; but they have with himself, without any communication boei of them accused her of having resorted with other persons. He even did not to the support of the “ enemies of social know that he should find one Member to 66 order and regular government ;" that is second it. He had transmitted to the to say, men who meddle with politics Princess of Wales, and to the King's Miwithout pocketing, or wishing to pocket, nisters, a copy of the Resolutions he inthe public money.
These are, in our tended to propose. He then referred to country, called Jacobins and friends of the Report made by the Coinmissioners of Buonaparlé; and to these men the factions, the Privy Council, at the command of His who fight for the public money, have ac- Majesty, in 1806; and the authenticity of cused the Princess of resorting for advice which, he said, he was enabled to prove and support. If this accusation be true at the bar, if required to do so. He read (and I have no inclination to deny it), it over the charges made against Her Royal appears that she has not made a bad choice Highness at the time, and many of the at last. She has not been betrayed this particular items of those charges, with the time, at any rate. Until now her conduct concluding Report. The Princess, he has been an object of calumny with her stated, had, on receiving a copy of that enemies and of suspicion with many good Report, addressed a letter to His Majesty, people ; but, by following the advice of a copy of which he read, (this letter was The Jacobins, she has silenced the former of considerable length), the authenticity of and removed the doubts of the latter. If which he was also prepared to substanti. her husband were to take a little advice ate. The letter alluded to the malice of from the same source, it would, I am per- her enemies,-to her not being called upon suaded, be full as well for him. The to make a fair defence,-and to the parties Princess has, in fact, made her appeal to not being credible witnesses. That Report the people. She has published her com- was signed by the four Lords, Spencer, plaint. She has called upon the people Grenville, Erskine, and Ellenborough. for their opinion upon the merits of her In March, 1807, a change took place in case; and, though that opinion has been His Majesty's Councils, and Mr. Perceval pronounced without hesitation in private, then prevailed upon the King to restore it wants, in order to give it its full effect, the Princess to favour : and she was acto be expressed in a public, solemn, and cordingly again received at Court. Since authentic inander.
that time no material change had occurred In a future Letter it will give me great in her situation till recently, when she had pleasure to tell you that this has been done ; received a communication from the Earl of and, in the meanwhile, I remain your Liverpool, by which she was informed, faithful friend,
that her accustomed intercourse with the Wm. COBBETT. Princess Charlotte was to be abridged.
This produced Her Royal Highness's Let
ter to the Prince Regent, and led to the REPORT
late reference of the case to certain Mem(Copied from the Times News-paper of the 6th bers of the Privy Council. In his opinion, March)
the four Lords Commissioners in 1806 had of a Debale in the House of Commons on the 5th of March, 1813, relative to ing their opinion on the Princess's conduct,
gone beyond their authority, in pronouncHer Royal Highness the Princess of as they had done. The charge against Wales.
Her Royal Highness was
no less than [N.B. I insert this Report just as I find | High Treason. If, as Magistrates, they it printed; but, I think it right to observe, had a right to examine witnesses to the that it is said to be a very imperfect sketch facts, yet he conceived that they had no of the real debate; and I think it my duty right to pronounce either her condemnato stale most distinctly,—that I do not im- tion or her acquittal. That Report, therepute perjury to Lady or Sir John Douglas ; fore, as far as concerned their judgment, I merely show what other editors have pub- he looked upon as of no effect in law. La
dy Douglas's deposition, who swore to the the Throne, as required the interference of pregnancy in 1802, remained uncontra- Parliament. He should not enter into any dicted. In what a state would the country detailed inquiry as to the legality of the be placed, if this proceeding was again to Privy Council acting as a tribunal in their be called for, and the evidence of Lady proceedings on this subject ; but he would Douglas produced ; while that of witnesses state, that he was perfectly satisfied, that on the other side, could not, from death | they were fully competent to inquire, or other causes, be obtained ? It was, whether there were, or were not, sufficient therefore, the bounden duty of Parliament grounds of charge for putting the Princess to provide against such an event.
He of Wales on her defence. The present called to the recollection of the House, that motion, however, did not go to the extent no proceedings had been instituted against of settling the question, whether any such Sir John or Lady Douglas, for defaming proceedings were, or were not, necessary. the character of the Princess. He thought But be must say, that if the Commissioners that the confidential servants of the Prince were not competent to decide upon the Regent ought to send the Princess copies charges against her Royal Highness of beof all letters and papers concerning hering pregnant in the year 1802, the House conduct since 1806, as far, at least, as it of Commons was certainly not the proper was alluded to in the proceedings on the tribunal for deciding on such a question.late Report. A strict and impartial inves. If, on the other hand, no actual criminality tigation of her conduct ought certainly to was imputed to her Royal Highness, that take place. In the task he had under. House was equally an improper tribunal for taken, he was actuated only by a conscien- deciding on that question. If, again, every tious sense of his duty as a Member of shade in the conduct of the Princess of Parliament. After various other remarks, Wales, from the highest degree of guilt the Hon. Member concluded by moving down to the lowest levity, were to be consitwo Resolutions. The first was of great dered, that House was not, certainly, the length, recapitulating the contents of all place where such matters should be discussthe reports and papers concerning Her ed. He must also observe, that if any unRoyal Highness. The second was for an fortunate disputes or- disunions existed be. Address to His Royal Highness the Prince tween any members or branches of the Regent, praying His Royal Highness to lay Royal Family, any discussion in the House the whole of the documents before the of Commons could serve only to increase House, together with all other papers re- alienation, to augment the evil, and to lative thereto.
widen the breach. The only solid practiMR. JOHN WHARTON seconded the mo- cal ground, therefore, on which Parliation.
ment could proceed, would be, that doubts LORD CASTLERE AGH rose and said, he attached to the succession to the Crown. felt that he should act most consistently But in the present case there was not the with his duty in confining himself to expla- smallest doubt entertained upon that subnation, with respect to parts of the Hon. ject. The Commissioners in 1806, from Member's speech, which would tend to their known character, and high legal quaguard the House against those false impres-lifications, were certainly fit persons to desions which it might otherwise excite. The cide upon that question ; and they had demode of proceeding adopted by the Hon.cided, and no doubts remained on their Member was somewhat singular. His first minds that required the necessity of ParliaResolution was, in fact, even in his own mentary interposition. They did not make view of it, without any proof. His second a comparative inquiry into the weight of Resolution called for those very papers, as the evidence of Lady Douglas, as comparmatters of information, on which his first ed with, or contrasted to, that of other Resolution was founded; as if they were witnesses ; but they decided, that they had matters of certain knowledge. He did not traced the whole history of the child so mean to urge it in the way of cavil against completely and satisfactorily, that no posthe proceeding, but surely if there were sible doubt could remain that it was not any grounds for the Resolutions, the second born of the Princess of Wales, but of anoshould have been the preliminary one; as ther woman, named Sophia Austin. Nor, the first, in its order, could by no possibi- indeed, did this decision rest only on their lity be adopted by the House. The only Report, for it was afterwards referred to 'object of the information called for, seem- other confidential servants of His Majesty,
ed to be to persuade the House, that such who gave a solemn judgment, confirming serious doubts existed as to the succession to the Report of the first Commissioners. The
supposed doubt respecting the succession, which was to have the evidence reduced to was, therefore, rebutted by the authority writing, in order to submitting it to legal of the first Commissioners of the first ca- consideration. Then his Royal Highness binet ; and also by that of the subsequent felt it to be his duty to communicate the Cabinet, to whom the matter was referred, charges to his Royal Father, with whom, and who confirmed the same judgment. If and with whose Cabinet, and not with his any doubt found its way into the mind of Royal Highness himself, the whole affair Parliament, he would not deny, in the ab-had from that time remained. He could stract, that no case might exist, as to the really see no necessity for pursuing the subquestion of Succession, which it might beject of this discussion any farther. It could the duty of Parliament to examine; but not be properly brought forward, except would the Honourable Gentleman say, that on the presumption that some doubts existafter all those authorities which he had stated relative to the succession to the Crown ; ed, it would be regular or rational for Par- and he trusted, that in what he had said, liament to interfere ? Would not such in- he had convinced the House that no such terserence rather serve to originate doubts, doubts did exist. Calling, for further inwhere no doubts existed; and give counte- formation, if agreed to, would only be the nance to suspicions, contrary to the repeat means of gratifying private curiosity, by ed declarations of all parties, that no case making Parliament the instrument of prowhatever had been made out, to require curing that gratification, that taste for ca. any such interference on the part of Parlia lumny, which was so much the rage at the ment? The Hon. Gentleman himself had present moment. He should trust to the made his statement in such a manner as to indulgence of the House, to explain farther shew that he entertained no doubts upon in reply, in case otser circumstances were the subject : yet when neither he, nor any touched upon, which might render farther other Member, had any doubt respecting explanations necessary: and he hoped that the legitimacy of the Succession, he called the House would not tolerate suspicions or upon Parliainent to legislate. It was per- doubts, where none whatever existed, by fectly true that there had been no prosecu- adopting the motion of the Hon. Gentletion entered into, of Lady Douglas: her wan. evidence was taken by the Commissioners SIA Samuel Romilly commenced by in the discharge of their duty; and the observing, that the Hon. Member (Mr. Hon. Gentleman should have stated in can- | Cochrane Johnstone) had indulged himself dour, that the first Cabinet recommended in terms of such strong censure of the Adthat no proceedings should be had, unless ministration of 1806, as to render it imthe Crown Lawyers deemed it advisable to possible for him to preserve silence. No prosecute Lady Douglas for perjury. A man who knew them, would throw the case was laid before them; and though they slightest shade of disrespect or suspicion on were satisfied as to the perjury, they, ne the conduct of those four Noble Lords, vertheless, saw great difficulties in the way who composed that Coinmission of Inquiof establishing it by legal evidence, and, ry. With respect to hiinself, he had to therefore, they did not advise prosecution. say, that he was consulted by his Royal If he were so disposed, he might use some Highness, in his professional capacity, upgrounds of personal complaint against the on the subject; and was, he believed, seHon. Member, for he had transgressed the lected for that purpose, by the recommenrules of his parliamentary duty, in stating dation of the late Lord Thurlow, that he that Mr. Perceval had prevailed upon the might give his opinion on this very delicate Cabinet to espouse the cause of the Prin- investigation. After having considered it cess of Wales. The Cabinet had acted de- with the utmost care and anxiety, he adliberately and conscientiously in the busi- dressed a Letter to his Royal Highness, ness, and had advised that there were no containing his sentiments on the matter, reasons why her Royal Highness should not in December, 1805. After he gave that be admitted again to the presence of the opinion, his Royal Highness took every Sovereign, agreeably to the recommenda- possible means to ascertain what credit was tion of the former Cabinet, with whom, in- due to the parties, whose testimony had deed, it had originated. The Hon. Mem- been given. In the change of Administraber had stated with a marked emphasis, tion which shortly followed, he had the that Lady Douglas's evidence was given by honour of being appointed Solicitor-Gene command of his Royal Highness the Prince ral; and in March, 1806, he received Regent. In this matter, the Prince Re- His Majesty's commands to confer with gent followed the advice of Lord Thurlow, Lord Thurlow on this important business.