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Opwards of half an 'hour, but nothing which the Duke will not. Remember either new or important transpired from he has it all now in his owo power, and it.
may act as he pleases; but it will be out Mr Adarn then rose, and read to the of iny power, after Tuesday next, to reHouse two letters, which he regretted cal those papers, as they will then be he was unable to produce un a former out of my passcssion." night. They were addressed to himself By the Attorney General--Did you com, in Bloomsbury Square. The one was municate those letters to his Royal dated Sunday morning, June 19. 1808, Highness the Duke of York? I did. and signed M. A. Clarke.
Atier you shewed them to bis Royal “Sir,-On the itth of May, 1806, it Highness, did he betray the slightest apwas the promise of his Royal Highness prehension of any thing he had done in the Duke of York to allow me 4ucl. a private that she could communicate ? year.
This allowance is now in arrear, Not the slightest. 'for his Royal Highness owes me sool. Mr Adam, alluding to the boy men. After the manner in which his Royal tioned in the first letter from Mrs Clarke, Highness has treated me, I have now thought it necessary to inforin the House, nothing left to depend on, and I am that he was not the Duke of York's son. therefore come to a resolution of ma Mr Beresforil said, that he had already king my intentions known. I therefore examined enough to shew that this wopropose, Sir, that he should settle up. man was unworthy of belief. It was on me the 400l. a-year for life, and pay degrading to the House to spend their me the arrear due; and if he refuses, 1 time in examining into the amours of have no other means left than to publish this infamous woman; and it was cerall the transactions which have passed tainly unnecessary to throw a greater between his Royal Highness and me. stigma upon the nature of her testimony I wish he may comply, because there than it had undergone. are many of those transactions which it The Chancellor of the Exchequer expreswould be very unpleasant to my feel. sed his confidence, that although his ings to be obliged to disclose them.- Hon. Friend (Mr Beresford) might feel It is now in his power, if he chuses, to his own mind convinced upon the subprevent me. I have sent a copy of ject, yet that he would consider that what I now write to every branch of the minds of others might feel convicthe Royal Family. One thing more I tion equally strong, There was no wish to add-Should his Royal High. doubt that Mrs Clarke might have reness abandon my boy, I hope he will ceived money in this clandestine way, place him in the Charter House School, and might, by false representations, have or some viher public foundation. My held out professions of her influence on boy is not answerable for my guilt.--. ver his Royal Highness : But the great You will please to communicate this to question for the House to consider was, the Duke of York. His Royal High. whether his Royal Highness ever knew nesi's conduct leaves no room for re of her clandestine transactions, or ever liance upon his honour.”.
in the smallest degree participated in her The other letter ran thus :-"Sir, gains? It was, therefore, of the ut. having received no answer to my most consequence not to reject any tes. former letter, and as you have advised timony which could still further prove his Royal Highness 16 abandon me, I that no credit whatever was due to the have employed myself since in putting testimony of the worran up n whose on paper an account or all the circum- statem-nis such charges were founded. stances that have passed between his Ludowick Armorand, who had been the Royal Highness and me ; and I have be- Duke's valet for 18 years, was next sides 50 or 60 of his letters to me, all of called,Mrs Clarke having asserted which I have promised to deliver, on that she got the 200l. note changed by Tuesday next, to gentlemen, not pub- one of the Duke's servants, Armorand lishers, but persons who are just as ob- stated, that he was the only servant of stinate as the Duke himself; and if his the Duke who attended his Royal Royal Highness refuses to comply, I Highness on his visits to Mrs Clarke ; must of course relieve my wants by an that he never got cha.ge of any note for appeal to others, who will give me that Mrs Clarke, or anyone else in her house
and that he never saw Mrs Clarke but immediaiely promoted my son to the
Mr Adam proceeded to read the letter
“ Sir, _Your character was once reBy Mr Wardle.--You said, Sir, that spected; that is now over. Your shiftyour services to the Duke of York were ing in the House of Commons, and your gratuitous. May I not be allowed to ask interference in the Duke of York's let. wh her you have not a son a Lieut. chery concerns, would have dubbed any Colonel in the army? Yes, I have a other man a pimp. This subserylency son, Lieut Colonel in the 21st foot. to royalty has made your son a Colonel at Pray at what age was he su advanced! twenty years, and given your other boy I sball answer that question, and I am a ship.”-I wish, exclaimed the Hon. induced to do it more fully from a let- Gentleman, turning to Mr Wardle, you ter which I have received. The intro: would ask me a question respecting this duction and progress of my son in the son too, that I might bave an opportu. army, the House will allow me to de nity of telling by what means he got his tail, when they consider the nature of ship.--" Bravo! Go on. Try if you the question I have been asked. Gene. can say you act for no profit when you ral Stuart, who was the friend of my get your sons thus provided for. Deearly life, asked me if any of my five cide as you please, that the man who is sons shewed any inclination to military paid for his services out of the public service. I answered that I had one who purse, because he is the second man in ' was then 14 or 15, and who had such a the kingdom, as you say, and a Prince, tendency; he immediately appointed my forsooth, should not shew a good examson to an Ensigncy. The regiment io ple. Let the Commons decide as they which he was appointed was then in will, the public will judge for themCanada, and I immediately sent him to selves; and it is not a decision of the Woolwich, that he might obtain the e Bear Garden that will convince burdenducation most necessary to his profes. ed millions that black is white. This sion. I am proud to say my son distin. Rubrick (it was written in red ink) is guished himself. He was promoted to typical of my feelings. I blush for you, a Lieutenant by General Stuart, and on and wish you would change your printhe expedition to the Helder he went as ciples to correspond with the colour of a volunteer, at the age of 16, under the your hair, and live the latter part of auspices of Sir Ralph Abercrombie. My your time in honour. Though the deson landed in the face of a hot fire, and cision of the House will not go far with for his conduct got the praise of all around the public, vet all eyes are upon it; and him. [Here Mr Adam was deeply affect the damnation or salvation of the Com. cd.] In that expedition, and in the most mons depends upon this decision." hazardous points of it, he, with a Lieu. Upon the question being asked, Mr tenant's subdivision, and that composed Adam said the letter was without a sig. of raw troups, drafted from the supple nature. mental militia, conducted himself coolly Mr Ellison observed, that it was un. and courageously. On his return, the worthy the character of an individual to Duke of York promoted him to a com pay attention to anonymous letters, and pany in his own regiment, the Cold. condemned Mr Adam for having brought stream guards, on his own merits, and this before the House. without my interference, so help me Mr Adam replied, that he felt it in. God. (Hear!) A Captain then, he went cumbent on him to do so from its sinto Egypt, and took an active part in the gular coincidence with the question that ever-glorious landing in that country. had been put to him. It was written He was accompanied by his friend, the to deter him from doing his duty, and son of Sir John Warren, who fell by his to libel the House of Commons, both of side. He was successively appointed to which were beyond the powers of any a Majority and a Lieut..Colonelcy; and, such attempts. on Col. Wilson's being about to leave Mr Fulles defended the reading of the his regiment, I communicated the cir- letter in warm terms, and amid loud cumstance to his Royal Highness, who cries of Order! order:He said the
House did not do their duty, and ought invariabie practice that no junior officer to be whipped, if they did not offer a should be put over the head of a senior, reward of sool, or ioooi, for its author, in a regiment in which the promoriön is. -Order' order! _" Why am I out of or The regulation is, that no subaltern be der? Wnen am I out of order? If you appointed to a company, with or withare such poor creatures"-(Here he out purchase, unless he has been two Hon. Gentleman's voice was drowned years a subaltern. Before his Royal amid the general clamour, and be sat Highness was appointed Commander in down, exclaiming, "Well! well! well!") Chief, any officer mighi, by purchase,
Mr Littleton commented on the dis become a Lieutenant-Colonel in three orderly conduct of the last speaker, and weeks or munth; as fast, in fact, as thought that threatening manners were as the appointments could pass through little to be tolerated as threatening letters, the several offices and appear in the
A desultory conversation took place Gazette. The rule was general, and between Mr Adam, Mr Sheridan, Mr had not been deviated from in any inWardle, Mr Beresford, &c. as to the stance within his knowledge. The res mode of entering the letter on the evi. gulations are very tew : That an offidence, which was finally arranged, by cer must be two years a subaltern be. making a slight alteration in the first fore he can become a Captain, and six sentence of Mr Adam's answer to the before he can become a field-officer, last question.
How many hours a day did the ComCAPTAIN MALING.
mander in Chief devote to the discharge Mr Wardle proceeded to his second of the duties of his office?" He attend. charge. He disclaimed imputing any ed his Royal Highness always at about unfair conduct to Capt. Maling, whom half past ten, and the whole of his Roy he considered as an honourable man. al Highness's time was given to busiBut he had received three progressively ness until seyen o'clock, and frequently rising commissions in the space of two till eight o'clock. Whether the busiyears and three quarters, the last of ness of the office was so conducted, that which was a Captaincy; and all this reference might be made to the manner while many subalterns, who could boast in which any promotion was effected ? of seniority and service, were unsuccess. Certainly.-- When the great augmentaful applicants. Captain Maling was, at tion took place in 1804, great abuses the commencement of this promotion, a prevailed. Many persons calling them. clerk in Mr Greenwood's office. He selves army brokers affected to dispose did not mean to say that Capt. Maling of commissions. To check this praca was during the entire time a.cierk in the tice, at which the Commander in Chief office, as he had formerly stated. was very indignant, a circular letter was
Colonel GORDON called in, sent to all the army agents, prohibiting What were the merits or services to the practice. Did he ever know that a which Captain Maling owed his rapid boy at school had been appointed an promotion? The first recommendation Ensign? Yes ; five or six instances.for his ensigncy is from Lieut.-General These appointments were sarreptitiousDoyle, Colonel of the 87th regiment, ly obtained ; they were cancelled as and is dated November 20. 1805. On soon as the imposition was discovered. the formation of the garrison battalions, He recommended Captain Maling solely in 1806, he was appointed a Lieutenant in his capacity of Lieut.-Colonel Com. in one of them, and joined at Guernsey, mandant of the Royal African Corps ? On the augmentation of the Royal Af. It was very difficult to get officers to rican Corps from four to six companies, go upon that service, and he took care Lieut. Maling was selected for one of that whatever officer was appointed those companies. Witness asked Lieut. should certainly go.-Was it not the Maling's brother, whither, if he were regulation that no person under 16 years appointed to one of these companies, he old should be appointed to an Ensigncy? thought he would go to Goree? His That was the general rule, but it some, brother replied, that he would answer times happened that a boy of 15 was for his doing so. In consequence, he stronger than another of 16 or 17, and submitted his name to the Duke of might therefore be appointed, York, and he was appointed. It is the Colonel Gordon then withdrew.
Monday, February 6.
after such circunstances, he must be com. The first witness called was Mr Few, an pelled to separate from her : That the Duke auctioneer. He declared, that he had sold and Mr Adam mentioned that she was to Mrs Clarke a Grecian lamp, value 201.; have an annuity of 400l. and to pay her that she refused to pay it, pleading cover own debts : That Mr Comrie had stared, ture; that he had sent a hand-bill to her, that it was out of her power to do so, upaud a similar one to the Duke of York, on which the Duke said, she had some vathreatening to expose her ; and that, upon luable furniture, and might liquidate the this, the money was paid him by Mr Com debis by it. rie's clerk.
The 'Chancellor of the Exchequer urged The second witness was Mr Stowers, the impropriety of the present mode of inwho merely gave as evidence, that he knew quiry. The Committee was investigating Mrs Clarke only after her marriage, that a charge againse the Commander in Chiet her husband became a stone mason,
for corrupi dealing with the public, but the that she had at least three children while
present course pursued was to pry into the she lived with her husband.
private life of his Royal Highness. Mr Mr Comrie, the next witness, stated that Wardle said, he would not persist in it. he was a solicitor, and had been employed He then asked Mr Comrie, if he had paid by Mrs Clarke; that at her request he a bill to Mr Few from Mrs Clarke. The waited on the Duke of York, in Portmana, witness answered, he had, on Mrs Clarke's square. On being asked what passed, he account. said it was private professional business, The next witness was Mr Pearce, who and appealed to the Committee, Whether he had been butler to Mrs Clarke in Glouces. ought to be obliged to answer the question ? ter-place. He did not recollect that Lodo. The Chancellor of the Exchequer urged the wick, the Duke of York's servant, was ofnecessity of his giving an answer: upon dered by the Duke to go out for the change which the question was repeated, and Mr. of a bank note; but stated, that the houseComrie stated, that the Duke wished to keeper, Mrs Taylor, came down with a know if he could raise him 10,000). hy way bill one morning, and gave
it to Lodowick, of mortgage. The witness being ordered who went out and got it changed ; that the to withdraw, Mr Fuller observed, that it Duke was in the house at the time, but he was obvious the witness had been confi did not know whether he was up or not. dentially employed, and that therefore he thought these questions improper, and ought
COLONEL FREnca's Levy., not to be persisted in. Mr Wardle said, Mr Wardle then stated, that he would that the object of his question was to show, go into the case of Colonel French's levy, Mr Adam that he was wrong in assert and would call Captain Huxley Sanden as ing that no money could have been raised his first witness. by the Duke of York without his know Captain Sanden stated, that he was conJedge. It was now evident that Mrs Clarke's cerned with Colonel French in the levy: solicitor had been employed. Mr Adam that the letter of service was given to them said, that Mr Wardle" had misunderstood both : that his attorney, Mr Cockayne, him : that he had merely said, that for told him, that if he was solicitous about many years, while in the confidence of the
any thing in the Duke of York's office, he. Duke of York, every thing relative to his could recommend him to a person that private affairs had been communicated to would be of service to him. Upon this he him, excepting always the fund received was introduced to her agent, a music-mas. by his Royal Highness for the payment ter of the name of Corri. Colonel French of his debts. He trusted the Committee settled the business of the levy, and he did would not consider the witness as having not know who the person was that suphad any private confidence reposed in him ported tben till the business was all settled. by the Duke of York, and insist on an an He was then introduced to Mrs Clarke by swer to the question. Mr Comrie then Colonel French: That Colonel French had stated, that he was referred by the Duke to agreed to give Mrs Clarke five hundred Mr Adam, and that the laan was finally guineas, and, when he went to Ireland, declined, and his bill called for and sent in. begged Capt. Sanden to give her any moMr Comrie further stated, that the Duke ney she wanted up to 7001.: That the le. of York assigned as a reason for parting vy had been unsucceşsful, and they were with Mrs Clarke, that he had been subpe in debt to their agent 3800). : That he did naed in an action brought against Mrs not think Mrs Clarke had much influence, Clarke, in which, as a defence, she had but had given the money at the request of pleaded her coverture: That he had re Colonel French, who wished to try the exceived a very severe lett is on the occasion, periment. describing her improper conduct, and that,
To be continued."
of Neufchatel, distinguished himself, and We have a variety of details of military received two-slight wounds. The chief of
operations this month from Spain, and battalion, Haxo, is also slightly wounded, we are sorry to find that the progress of the and likewise distinguished himself. On Freach arms in Arragon and Cacalonia con the 30th, che monasteries of the Monique tinues to be successful. The following dis. and the Greek Augustines were occupied. tressing account of the siege and capture of Sixty houses were possessed by underminSaragossa, is given in a French bulletin : ing. The miners of the 14th regiment dis
“ Saragossa has surrendered: the calami cinguished themselves. On the 1st of Feb. ties which have befallen this unhappy town ruary, General Lacoste received a bali, and are a terrifying example to the people. died in the field of honour. He was a The
peace which has been restored in San brave and distinguished officer. He has ragossa extends to the whole of Arragon; been lamented by the whole army, but and the two armies which were around more especially by the Emperor, Colonel the cown, have been set at liberty. Sara- Regniat succeeded him in the command of gossa was the centre of the insurrection of the engineers, and in the management of Spain; it was in this town chat the party the siege. The enemy defended every was formed, which wished to call in a bou se ; three attacks were made by mines, Prince of the House of Austria to reign on and every day several houses were blown the ragus. The individuals of this party up, and afforded the troops an opportunity had partly inherited these notions, which of stationing themselves in other houses. were irrevocably destroyed from their an Thus we proceeded to the Cosso, (a great cestors during the War of the Succession. street in Saragossa,) where we made our
(Here follow some observations on the selves masters of the buildings of the Pubimportance of the reduction of the place, lic School and University. The enemy enwith a detail of the preparations for its de- deavoured to oppose miners to miners, but, fence, commencing at the date of the bat. less used to this sort of operation, their mitle of Tudela, on the 23d of November, af. ners were every day discovered and suffo. ter which the army of Arragon retreated cated. This mode of besieging rendered into the garrison, whither many other Spa. its progress slow but sure, and less destruc. nish corps were also collected, with provi- tive to the army. While three companies sions and stores for an obstinate resistance. of miners and eight companies of sappers The operations of the besieging army are
carried on this subterraneous war, the condescribed from the commencement at 'such sequences of which were so dreadful, the length, that we are unable to give more fire on the town was kept up by mortars. than the latter and more interesting part.) Ten days after the attack had begun, the
« On the 26th Jan. the town was seris surrender of the town was anticipated. ously attacked; the batteries were unmask. The army had possessed itself of one-third ed, and at noon on the 27th the breach of the houses, and fortified itself in them. was practicable in several places; the troops The church which contained the image of were lodged in the monastery of San-in our Lady of Pilar, which, by so many miGracia. The division of Grandjean enter racles, had promised to defend the town, ed some thirty houses. The Col. Caloiski was battered down by bombs, and no longer and the soldiers of the Weixel distinguish inhabitable. ed themselves. At the same moment the " The Duke of Montebello deemed it General of Division Morlat, in an attack necessary to take possession of the left bank upon the left wing, made himself master of the river, in order that his fire might of the whole fore-ground of the enemy's reach the middle of the town. The Gedefence. Captain Guettemar, at the head neral of Division, Gazan, made himself of the pioneers, and 36 grenadiers of the master of the bridge by a sudden and im44th regiment, had, with a rare intrepidity, petuous attack, on the morning of the 17th ascended the breach. M. Babieski, an of February. A battery of fifty pieces was ficer of the Voltigeurs of the Weixel, a played off at three o'clock in the afternoon. young man 17 years of age, and covered A battalion of the 28th regiment attacked with seven wounds, was the first who ap and took possession of a very large monas. peared upon the breach. The chief of bat tery, the walls of which were of brick, and talion, Lejune, Aid-de-camp to the Prince from three to four feet chick. General May 1809.