« ZurückWeiter »
Proceedings of Parliament.
HOUSE OF COMMONS. told him to go back to Captain Tonyn CHARGES AGAINST THE DUKE OF
with a note, purporting to be written
by the Duke of York, in these words : YURK.
" I have received your note, and Friday, Feb. 17.
Tonyn's business shall remain as it is."
This note was shown to Capt. Tonyn, Mcall no more evidence, but would Clarke and Sanden possessed the influlay before the House the letters allud.
ence they pretended to. When making ed to, as having been given to him to fa. this disclosure to Col. Hamilton, San cilitare some negotiation.
den said he might destroy this paper, Mrs Clarke was called in, and stated on which Colonel H. told him by no that these were the letters she had gi. means to do that, but to go to the bar ven to Mr Wardle to facilitate a nego- and tell the whole truth, pointing out, riation. She did not know the band.
at the same time, the danger he would writing of any of them, and gave them incur in telling any falsehoods. After to Mr Wardie to get them signed by some consultation, it was resolved that Members. Some questions were put Mr Adam should inform his Royal to Mr Wardle about these letiers, and Highness of this circumstance, that we, some altercation took place about his as Members of Parliament, and Judges
in this case, could not be made deposiThe Chancellor of the Exchequer then tories of ir, but that it must be made solicited the attention of the Commit. public, and that Col. Hamilton should tee to a matter of very great importance. again visit Captain Sanden, and discoIt was the wish of the Commander-in.
ver whether, as a strong impression had Chief that it should be communicated been made on his mind, the note really to the Committee, and the proper time was in the handwriting of the Duke of was left to his discretion, and if any York. Mr Adam had accordingly waitblame was due for the delay, that blame ed on his Royal Highness, who, on bewas his. The fact he alluded to was ing told of the circumstance, expressed the suppression of material evidence in himself convinced that the note must one of the cases before the Committee
be a forgery, and wished that the mat. (Major Tonyn's,) which as it now stood ter should be thoroughly examined in. was as follows:
to. The next day (Sunday) Colonel On Saturday se'ennight, Col. Hamil. Hamilton saw Capt. Sanden, who said ton called on him with
a letter from Mr to him, “ You will be very angry witli Adam, saying he had business of im- me, for, since you saw me, I have den portance to communicate, which was, stroyed the note.” “Good God!" exthat on their arrival from Spain, (Col. claimed Colonel H. “ you have not Hamilton and Captain Sanden were in surely done any thing so rash.” " IC the waggon-train), Captain Sanden had was not of so much consequence (remade him acquainted with circumstan- turned Captain Sarden,) and besides ces which were very material to the in- they have forgot it." He had thus vestigation now before the House submitted to the House all he knew of When Captain Sanden was called to the this important affair. After some gebar, he was desired to inform them of neral concluding observations, he muall he knew of the subject, which he ved to call in Capt. Sanden. had done with this exception he had Captain Sanden was then examined. suppressed the fact, that when Captain At first he could recollect nothing; but Tonyn had pressed him for a return of at last admitted the note, and that Col. his five hundred guineas, he acquainted Hamilton had taken a copy of it. DeMrs Clarke with the circumstance, who nied that he had said it was written by July 1809.
the Duke of York, and affirmed that said his doubts originated from the it was mislaid in his bureau, and not de- Duke of York saying to him that the stroyed.
nute was a forgery.-General Brown. The Speaker then rose and said, that rigg also admitted that the note resem. there could be but one opinion respec- bled the writing of the Duke, but ting the gross prevarication of the wit. ' could not say that it was his. He ness, Mr Perceval moved, that he should thought the two letters were the Duke's, be committed to the custody of the Ser. He also had heard the suspicion about jeant at Arms. The Serjeant at Arms the note's being a forgery, being in the took him into custody, and soon after house the night before. Mr Dickie, a seported that Captain Sanden wished clerk in Coutts's house, was examined. to be brought to the bar, as he had a He had been accustomed to see the proposition to make. He was piaced Duke of York's signature, but not his at the bar, and expressed his sincere letter hand-writing; and therefore could contrition for his improper conduct. not judge of the note. Mr Adam He then stated, that the note was nei thought the note like the Duke's writ. ther lost nor mislaid, and, if he were ing, but could not positively say more. permitted to return to his lodgings, he He repeated the account given by Col. would find it. He was then sent with Gordon, that the Duke considered the the Serjeant at Arms and a clerk to his note as a forgery. lodgings for the note, and any other Mr Town was examined. He was papers relative to the business.
a painter on velvet, and had given les. After a considerable interval, Capt. sons to Mrs Clarke. Mrs Clarke had Sanden returned with the messenger, told him that she could imitate the Duke and was brought to the bar. He pre- of York's signature, and had shown him sented the note, which was read. It a specimen. He had never seen the was addressed to George Farquhar, Duke's writing, except the specimen Esq. and contained these words: “I shown him by Mrs Clarke. have received your note, and Major Mrs Clarke was called in to identify Tonyn's business remains as it is. God the hand-writing of certain letters found bless you !” Mrs Clarke was called in, in the possession of Captain Sanded. and said that the note was in the Duke An immerise mass of letters was then of York's hand, and could not conceive read, which it is impossible for us ever how it came into Captain Sanden's pos. to abridge. Captain Sanden was then session. She said that she sometimes brought in, but gave no account of his imitated other persons' hands for a- reasons for not mentioning the note; musement; and that she sometimes though he admitted the note to be of wrote her notes herself, and sometimes great consequence. He was sent back guided her mother's hand. Capt. San- to Newgate. den was committed to Newgate.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, Mr Leach stated, that all the letters that he had inquired into the money gifound in Capt. Sanden's house were re- ven to Mrs Clarke by the Duke ; and levant to the inquiry before the House, according to the statement of his Royal
Mr Wharton read a letter from Col. Highness, which could be verified by Tucker, dated Edinburgh, 12th Feb. proper evidence, the money advanced ruary, vindicating his late brother, and by the Duke to Mrs Clarke, from Janudeclaring that his promotion had been ary 1804 to May 1806, was not less than obtained in the regular way. The cha- L. 16,760. racter of the late Colonel was also vin- Colonel M‘Mahon deemed it necessary dicated in the highest terms by Sir A. to explain some circumstances, which Wellesley, Lord Temple, and General had arisen in regard to Mrs Clarke. Stewart.
The Prince of Wales had lately receiCol. Gordon, being shown the note ved an anonymous letter, the substance taken from Captain Sanden, admitted of which went to state, that if his Roythat it resembled the Duke of York's' al Highness, or any confidential person hand; but could not swear that it was for him, would call at No. 14. Bedford. his. He thought the other two letters row, he would learn something which were the. Duke's. He admitted that might be most important to his Royal he had heard of the note before, and Highness, and which likewise involved
the interest of the Duke of York. His not been able to see you. I could wish Royal Highness, without attaching any you to be cautious how you suffer your importance to that part of the note lawyers to interfere in your concerns ; which referred to himself, but anxious having always entertained the highest for the interests of his brotber, desired opinion of your good sense. I am, &c. the Hon. Colonel to call, and to take Sunday.
J. M.” the note in his hand as his introduction. The letters found at. Captain SanHe called in consequence, and in the den's lodging were then read. The parlour saw ten or twelve morocco most curious are the following, from chairs, in the condition in which they among the letters addressed to Colonel had been left the preceding evening. Sanden, as Mrs Claike styles him : The Hon. Gentleman then proceeded “ Tell Bacon and Spedding, that they to state, that he was conducted up to a must give 2001. for their appointment very handsome drawing-room, and there I can get sol. more-I am offered introduced to a lady. She mentioned 1000l. for an officer's older in rank. I her name to be Miss Farquhar, a rela- have mentioned it to him." (The last tion or sister of Mrs Clarke. She then word was underscored with two lines.) began a conversation, the general sub. “Have you been able to influence any stance and evident purport of which was person, who belongs to the House, to to effect a breach between the two vote for Pitt. Be careful what you say, Royal Brothers. From some earnest- as I know Corri to be a story-teller.ness in the manner of the lady, he was Mind what you are about." induced at length to suspect that he was “I'll do it. He must give roool. at talking to Mrs Clarke; he told her so, first, but I know the Duke of Camand she acknowledged it, laughingly. bridge will give for the same 4ocol.She then proceeded to state the manner You
have no occasion to be particular in which she had been treated by the as to their being Protestants, for it is Duke, and concluded by stating, that not material to him. Wait on him on if the Duke would consent to pay her Saturday; I told him you would. Put debts, and settle the four hundred per on a new pair of boots, and burn this." annum upon her, she would trouble him
Captain Tonyn can't be made this no longer. He deemed it his daty, in month, as I expected. The Duke told consequence, to call upon his Royal I shall go to Vauxhall; it is the Highness the Commander in Chief, and only night I can go, as he goes to the had laid the proposal before him. ' His Lords, as they expect a fight about Royal Highness had made no other rea Pitt's motion. I asked him what he ply than that her conduct had been su thought of you, and he said, you was abominable that he would have nothing ad- -d clever fellow. I told, I should more to say to her.
see you at Vauxhall.” Colonel M‘Mahon's letters were then “ Can you get a vote for Pitt's moread.
tion on Monday? it may be of conse“ Colonel M‘Mahon presents his quence hereafter." compliments, and regrets, that he has
Monday, February 20. not had it in his power to wait upon
Mr Wharton informed the Committee, Mrs Clarke. When in London, he is
that he had received a letter from Ge. frequently called away from head quar- neral Clavering, requesting to be exaters for two or three days. It is to this mined to rectify an apparent contradiccircumstance the delay is to be attribu- tion in his evidence. ted.”
Some persons from the Post Office “6 Dear Madam-I shall be extreme. and Bank of England, whose business it ly happy to serve you at any time ; but was to compare handwriting, being sumI have not yet been able to see the moned to give their opinion, whether Duke of York. Accept my thanks for the note found in Capt. Sanden's posthe loan of your seal. I have availed session was the handwriting of the Duke myself of it to obtain a copy of your of York,-Mr Whitbread, Lord Folksprightly device, (a laugh,) and remain, stone, and Mr W. Smith, objected to &c. Friday.
• J. M.”
that kind of evidence as improper, and
as not received in courts of law. After Dear Madam-I regret, that I have a good deal of altercation, it was agreed
upon to examine the witnesses. Mr Col. Gordon would not see him, but re® Johnston, inspector of franks at the Ge- ferred him to Mr Lowten, who had neral Post Office, and Mr Serle, depu. told him that the proper method of proty inspector of franks in the same place, ceeding was to submit to an examinawere then called in successively. They tion before the House, and advised him had both compared the note with the to write to that purport to the AttorDuke of York's letters, and both ney.General. When Gen. Clavering thought it the Duke's handwriting:- withdrew, Mr Wynne moved that he had Mr Nesbitt, inspector of powers of at- been guilty of gross prevarication.torney in the Bank of England, thought This occasioned a good deal of discusthe letters and the note not to be writ- sion. It was admiited that the General ten by the same person. Mr Black, had contradicted his former evidence ; ford, deputy-inspector of powers of at but most of those who spoke denied torney in the same place, was of a con- that he had been guilty of prevarication, trary opinion ; he thought them so like, Mr Wynne agreed to put off his motion that he would have passed two letters for the present, reserving to himself the of attorney, one in the writing of the liberty of resuming it hereafter. letters, the other in that note. Mr Lord Folkstone stated that he had reBliss, the inspector of forged notes in ceived a letter from Mrs Clarke, who the Bank of England, thought the let- was in attendance, and so ill that she reters and the note in the same handwri. quested to be examined immediately. ting; but a doubt respecting the note The Committee acquiescing, Mrs Clarke had arisen in his mind, in consequence of was called in. She brought the two examining some letters of Mrs Clarke, notes from the Duke of York that she one or two of which he thought much mentioned in her last examination.Lesembled the pote.
They were read by the clerk, and were General Clavering was next examin- as follow:ed at his own solicitation, in order to • Enclosed I send you the money explain some apparent contradictions in which you wish to have for your jourhis former evidence. He stated that ney."-"I do not know what you mean, the apparent contradictions between his I never authorized any one to plague or former answers and his letters arose from distress you; you may therefore be at his not understanding the meaning of your ease on my account.” the questions put. When asked for- She had received more than fifty merly, whether he had any communication notes from the Duke of York since on the subject of army promotion with their separation. Being shown the cuMrs Clarke, he had answered in the ne- py of a note, she could not say whether gative, understanding by the word com. she had received one to that effect ; she munication, personal intercourse, and not had looked over her papers without espistolary correspondence. He now finding it; and she remembered to have stated, that he had made two applica. burnt one note which she had received tions to Mrs Clarke in writing; the by Greenwood. She repeated the acfirst offering her L.1000, if he could be count of the list of persons for preferpermitted to raise a regiment from the ment which she had pinned at the head militia, which was refused him; the se. of her bed, and which had been taken cond inquiring at Mrs Clarke why, in- down by the Duke of York on the se• stead of Brigadier General, he lsad been cond day. He had told her that he made only Brigadier-Colonel ? She re- would promote them all by degrees; turned for answer, that the appointment and she had afterwards seen the list in had been made by mistake, and that the his pocket-book, with scratches thru' niistake would be rectified, which took those names that had been promoted. place accordingly. Gen. Ciavering She denied that she had ever lived with then proceeded to explain why he had Mr Ogilvie; and stated that General appeared as a witness on a former night. Clavering had called upon Mr Ogilvie Having perceived that his name was a few days ago, and asked him to come introduced into the evidence of Mrs down and speak against her character. Clarke, he had called on Col. Gordon, Mr Greenwood was then examined. to remove the impression that this A letter being shown him, he said it was might be supposed to have made. But his writing, and was a copy of a letter from the Duke of York to Mrs Clarke fore the Committee of the whole House: after their separation. This letter was With the perinission of the House, I as follows:
will read the letter," 6. You must recollect the occasion The Speaker then read the letter, when, about seven months ago, I had to which was as follows: employ a solicitor to detend a suit upon Sir, “ Horse Guards, Feb. 23. 1809. your account. The result of the in.. • I have waited with the greatest quiries then made into your conduct anxiety until the Committee appointed were most unfavourable to you, and cir- by the House of Commons to inquire cuinstances have since arisen to confirm into my conduct, as Commander in these impressions. I was not rash or Chief of his Majesty's army, has closed inconsiderate in coming to the determi. its examinations, and I now hope that nation to part from you, and I owe it it will not be deemed improper to adto my own character to persevere in dress this letter, through you, to the that resolution. An interview would House of Commons. I observe with be painful to us both, and of no use to the deepest concern, that, in the course you.
I therefore decline it." of this inquiry, niy name has been couMr Greenwood had taken a copy of pled with transactions the most crimi. the letter at the desire of the Duke of nal and disgraceful, and I must ever reYork, had given the copy to the Duke, gret and lament, that a connexion and had never seen it again till that should ever have existed, which has night.
exposed my name and character to pubMr Whitbread stated that the letters lic animadversion.-With respect to my Mrs Clarke was desired to send down alleged offences, connected with the disa had been put into his hands. They charge of my official duties, I do, in the were as follow:
most solemn manner, upon my honour No. 1.-" To Mrs Clarke, No. 9. as a Prince, distinctly assert my inno. Old Burlington Street.---Friday.-With- cence, not only by denying all corrupt out being informed to what amount you participation in any of the infamous may want assistance, it is not in my transactions which have appeared in e. power to be of use to you."
vidence at the bar of the House of Com. No. II.-" To Mrs Clarke, at South- mons, or any connivance at their exisampton, Oct. 21. 1806.-It is totally tence, but also the slightest knowledge out of my power to give you the assis- or suspicion that they existed at all. tance you seem to expect.”
My consciousness of innocence leads No. 111.-" To Mrs Clarke, 17, me confidently to hope, that the House Gloucester Place.-No date.I enter of Commons will not, upon such evifully into your sentiments with respect dence as they have heard, adopt any to your children, but cannot undertake proceeding prejudicial to my honour to fulfil any thing I am not sure of be- and character; but if, on such testimoing able to perform. With respect to ny as has been adduced against me, the the house at Weybridge, I would ad- House of Commons can think my inno. vise you to remove the furniture, and cence questionable, I claim of their jus
irect the person who took it for you tice, that I shall not be condemned to give it up.'
without trial, or be deprived the benefit A letter from Gen. Clavering to Mrs and protection which is afforded to eveClarke, dated Feb. 8. 1809, was read.- ry British subject, by those sanctions It was a request that she would not sub- under which alone evidence is received pæna him, but keep his name concealed. in the ordinary administration of the Thursday, Feb. 23.
law. I am, Sir,
&c. After a good deal of private business
FREDERICK.” had been gone through, the Speaker “ To the Speaker of the House of Commons." addressed the House in the following The letter was ordered to lie on the terms:
table. I have to acquaint the House, that The Speaker proposed, as the letter since I came to the House, I have re- was of more than ordinary importance, ceived a letter from his Royal Highness that the clerk should immediately take the Duke of York, the contents of which a copy of it for the inspection of the şelate to the enquiry now peading be. House. Ordered.