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spoken to Mr Charles Long, and that the The next witness examined was Miss appointment was settled at last.
Taylor; she had known Mrs Clarke for She stated that she had represented Mr ten years, and her brother was married to Dowler to the Duke as a friend; that she Mrs Clarke's sister. She and her sister had told the Duke the sun she was to get kept a boarding school at Chelsea. She for his appointment; that Mr Dowler had had seen the Duke of York often with Mrs not represented himself as having any in. Clarke. She had likewise seen Colonel terest with Sir Brook Watson, but said Sir French there. She refused to give inforBrook did not like him on account of his mation where her father lived, but admitfather's way of voting ; that she did not re ted that he was under pecuniary embarasscollect from whom she got lists for promo ments; and not being married to her motions; and that she had never circulated a ther, she was in jail for debt. table of the price of commissions. Here The last witness examined was Mr Doshe burst into tears, and stated that she had
He admitted that he offered a this moment received a very interesting writer-ship in India to Mr O'Hara, who letter, urging her not to go on. The let. was to pay for it 3000l. and odd pounds ; ter was demanded, and read by one of the that Mr Tahourden authorized him to of clerks; it was signed William Williams, fer it; but that the negotiation was broken and contained a request to see Mrs Clarke off by the party refusing to deposit the moabout the Duke of York's business. Mrs ney in the banking-house named; that he Clarke stated, that the same person had solicited Mrs Clarke for two deaneries in written to her yesterday, and that he had November last, through the supposed intold her in it that he had particular busi- fluence of the Duke of Portland, but that ness with her. She sent word that she they were not obtained. Mrs Clarke's should be happy to see him. He came, and letters to him, urging him to state the was shown into the drawing-room. He whole truth, were read. He stated that he asked her how she was disposed to the had never applied to Mrs Clarke for proDuke of York, and if any sum could induce motions till November last. He allowed her to take her children with her, and a that he had made several applications, and bandon her country for ever ; promising that money had been taken; and admitted if she should follow the course he would that he had negotiated a writership in Inpoint out, that she would be bountifully dia, for which 3500l. was paid ; that he got provided for life.
2201. and Mr Tahourden the rest. The witness was ordered to withdraw, The letters from Mr Donovan to Mrsi and it was resolved to take the most prompt Clarke, in the possession of Mr Wardle, steps to secure Mr Williams. The House were then read. They consisted of appliwas resumed, and the Chancellor of the cations for various offices, with offers of peExchequer moved that the Serjeant at Arms cuniary rewards for each in case of success. have orders to take into custody William The Attorney General read a letter he Williams, wherever he could be found ;~ had just received from General Clavering, carried unanimously. The Serjeant was requesting to be examined at the bar of the then ordered by the Speaker to do his du House. He was called in, and stated that ty. Mr Williams was soon taken into cus he had called on Mrs Clarke, urging her tody; the Committee was resumed, and not to bring forward his name, as it would Mr Williams brought for examination.- only impeach her own veracity; that he He called himself a clergyman, and his an had never applied to her to use her interest swers were quite incoherent and absurd. to procure military promotions ; that she When he had withdrawn, it appeared from had applied to him to recommead a Mr the account of Mr Kenrick and Mr Adam, Sumner; but that he had reason to believe that Mr Williams was a madman, and as no such person existed. such he was dismissed without paying the Mr Donovan was examined relative to fees.
Major Tonyn's promotion, and stated that Mrs Clarke's examination was resumed. Mrs Clarke had received 5001, in conseShe stated that Dr O'Meara had applied to quence of it from Captain Sanden. Capt. her in order to be made a Bishop, and that Sauden being examined, admitted the same she had applications of a similar narure thing, and stated besides that Mr Donovan lately, but could not state particulars. That had received 25). He did not suppose the she had stated Dr O'Meara's application to promotion was procured by Mrs Clarke, the Duke of York, who said that his Via but it had been stipulated to give thai sum, jesty did not like him because his name be when Major Tonyn's name appeared in the gan with 0. The Duke of York, besides Gazette. the L. 1000 a year, once paid L. 1800 for Mrs Clarke was again called and stated, Xer, and at another time gave her a landau. that she recommended Major Tonyn to the
Duke of York; that she had applied to Ge. Duke of York, which we shall insert for neral Clavering for Mr Sumner, nephew the gratification of our Readers : of Dr Sumner, and related to Mr Sumner The first, dated August 4, 1805, was adthe nember also ; that he was recommend- dressed to Mrs Clarke at Worthing :ed to her by Mr Donovan. That she had “ How can I sufficiently express to my never represented herself as under the pro- sweetest, my darling love, the pleasure tection of Mr Mellish, nor even of the and delight of her excellent and pretty let. Duke of York. She then contradicted the A million and a million of thanks, statement of Mr Donovan, respecting of my angel, for this kindness, which my heart fers made to her to give up her papers by acknowledges in its love for you. I am Sir F. Burdett and Captain Dodd. She hurt my love did not go to Lewes races. had recommended some persons who want It was kind of my dearest love to think of ed situations to Mr Maltby, who lives at me on the occasion ; but she knows me too Fishmonger's Hall. She allowed, after well to think I can bear the idea of adding much hesitation, that she had recommend. to the sacrifices which I am too sensible ed a Mr Dawson and a Mr Lodowick, who she has made to me. News, my angel, had lodged about 1000 l. for the office of you cannot expect from hence, where the assistant Commissary: That Mr Maltby samenem afforde little subject for a letter. made free with Sir A, Wellesley's name. There is nobody here that I know, except Wednesday Feb. 8.
the Chesterfield family and ourselves. Cart
wrighe and I went to the play last night, The first witness called this day was Mr which went off better than before. O'. Maltby. He stated that he was a solicitor: Meara wishes to preach before royalty. I that he became acquainted with Mrs Clarke will do what I can to gratify his desires. in July 1806 : that he was introduced to How long the time appears since we parther by Mr Russel Manners, his wife's bro. ed, my darling, and how anxiously do ! ther-in-law, on the supposition that she book to Wednesday se’ennight, when I shall could procure a place for Mr Mangers again return to my angel !- Your's and through the interest of the Duke of York. your's alone." But the place was not obtained. He kept The 24th of August was the date of the up his connexion with Mrs Clarke, because second letter, to the following effect :Mr Manners, as son of General Manners, “ How can I sufficiently express my de. had a regimental account to settle, which light in hearing from you. O my angel ! required a Board of General Officers. He never was woman adored as you are. How had an assignment from Mr Manners for long and tedious is the time since we pasta debt of 11001. and was anxious to recover ed, and how I long for the day after to. his money. Mrs Clarke had applied to morrow, when I shall again clasp my darhim to endeavour to procure for Mr Los ling in my arms. Clavering is mistaken dowick the place of Assistant-Commissary. in his idea that second battalions are to be 7871. were deposited, 600). of which was raised; you may tell him so, and that it is to be given to Mr Lloyd, an attorney, and impossible to comply with his request. I 1001. to Mr Tyndall, an agent, who lives thank you for the handkerchiefs; they are in Symond's buildings. He himself and very pretty, and you may conceive the pleaMrs Clarke were to receive gothing. He sure i have in wearing them, and thinking applied to Mr Tyndall to procure several of the dear hand that made them. The other offices for Messrs Williams, Thomson, day before yesterday I took a survey of DoLawson, &c. but none of the applications ver and the coast, from whence I had a were successful. Mr Tyndall being press pretty view of the French camp. Yestersed by him in one case, said, that che ap- day evening I reviewed the camp, and the pointments were to come through the Wel. 14th Dragoons, and afterwards four regi. lesley interest. He never applied to any ments of militia, which took me 13 hours. person besides Tyndall, and was not to re, I shall have nearly as much to-morrow, ceive any remuneration, but did it solely Adieu ! my dearest, sweetest love.-Your's to oblige Mrs Clarke. He had been en and your's alone.” gaged with Mr Donovan in procuring a Mr Wardle having finished this case, writer-ship in India. Mr Tyndall was to proceeded to that of Col. Shaw. have 1501. but the negotiation had not been The first witness examined was Mrs Ho. completed.
venden. She stated, that being in embarMrs Clarke was again called in, who rassed circumstances, she wished to improduced letters from Mr Maltby, Mr prove them by negotiating commissions ; Barber, Mr Lloyd, Colonel M.Mahon, and that hearing Mrs Clarke had great intethe Duke of York, and declared, that they rest that way, she had called upon her, and were in the hand-writing of the respective proposed Major Shaw, who wanted a Lieuparties. The must curious are those of the tenant.Colonelcy. Major Shaw was nam
ed to her by Mr Donovan. She gave him to the Isle of Wight, but afterwards return-
several letters had passed, Colonel Gordon The next witness was Mrs Clarke. She suggested the place of Deputy Barrack stated, that Major Shaw applied to her to Master General at the Cape, which was procure him a Lieutenant-Colonelcy, pro- asked and procured. Colonel Gordon sta. mising 1000l. in case of success. She ap- ted that it was usual to put all officers in plied to the Duke of York, but he had al permanent staff situations abroad upon halfready given him a situation in the Isle of pay, unless their regiment be with them, Man, where his father was Deputy. Gover or some very meritorious services entitle
She afterwards applied to the Come them to full-pay. He then read a long mander in Chief for the situation of Depu- list of officers in such sịtuations, and showty Barrack-Master at the Cape of Good ed that most of them were upon half-pay Hope for Major Shaw, the situation which as well as Colonel Shaw. General Loftus he now holds. He gave her only 500L next asked Col. Gordon about Col. Merwith which she, was not satisfied. She rick Shaw. He said he knew him; that complained to the Duke of York, who said he had served long in India : that he had to her, that he had told her over and over been recommended by Lord Wellesley to again to be more careful, and not allow the Commander-in-Chief; that he had been herself to be duped, and then immediately put on half-pay formerly, because he had pue Col. Shaw on half-pay.
purchased a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in a reBeing cross-examined, she said, that she giment not in India ; that be had been latehad never represented herself as a widow, ly transferred to the 76th regiment, where except at the trial of Captain Thompson : che Lieutenant-Colonelcy was vacant by she admitted that she had called herself the death of Colonel St John. He admit. Mrs Dowler by way of joke ; but never 80 ted that Major Covell of that regiment as to deceive, as all those about her knew was an older officer than Colonel Merrick her real name and situation. She adorit- Shaw, but, in the opinion of the Commanted likewise, that she had seen Mr Dowler der-in-Chief, not so well fitted for comprivately once besides the twice she men, manding a regipient. iioned on her former examination, having Colonel Gordon next stated, that he ungone to his hotel the first night after his re derstood in 1804 that there were great aiurn from Portugal.
buses in the sale and purchase of commisShe declared that she received very lie- sions; he made inquiry, found the accounts tle more from the Duke of York, except he had received correct; applied to counset the 10001. a-year. He had given her up for ad vice; and communicated on the subthe lease of her house, for which she got ject with the Secretary at War, who intro44001. ; he had paid for her plate, given her duced a clause into the mutiny act, proa set of jewels, and a few hundred pounds hibiting the traffic in commissions under a besides.
heavy penalty, The original source of his She ackuowledged that she had a foot- information was an anonymous letter. He boy, of the name of Samuel Carter, who traced the business to Mr Frome, an army Jived with her about a year; that he had broker, and Mr Hendon, an army clothier been before with Captain Sutton ; that in Parliament-Street. He sent' for Mr he waited on her at table, and sometime. Frome, who said that he was negociating atteuded on the carriage : that she applied for a Paymastership in the German Lee to the Duke of York, and got him a coor. gion, for which about 1000l. was to be gimission in the 16th foot, and that he is at Mr Hendon informed him, that he present in the West. Indien He weat first had received money for commissions, but
added, that he would not tell any more a. The next letter read was from Major Turbout it. The name of Mrs Clarke was ne ner to Colonel Gordon, dated Canterbury, ver mentioned. Colonel Gordon stated to 3d September 1808. He had heard from the Duke of York, what he learned from Colonel Munday that his resignation was Frome and Hendon. His Royal Highness accepted. He had passed 40 years withdesired him to search the thing to the boe out having his name aspersed, till it was lom, and said, that let it fall on whom it done by Mrs Sinclair, the circumstance of might, he would make an example of him. whose enmity he would explain on his ar
Colonel Gordon then stated, that Samuel rival in town.-He expressed an earnest Carter was recommended to the Duke of wish to be allowed to retain his rank, as York by Lieutenant Sutton of the Royal he wanted no half-pay or any indulgence. Artillery, who wrote a letter to his Royal Next a letter from Major Turner, dated Highness, dated December 7, 1803, entreat. Ipswich, 7th November. It states that Maing him to give an ensigncy to an orphan jor Turner was in possession of facts to Jad of the name of Samuel Carter, whose prove that his Royal Highness was influ. father had lost his life in the service of his enced by Mrs Sinclair to retard his retirecountry, and who had been taken care of
He appealed whether this unjust and educated by Mr Sutton himself. Mr interference was fair, and craved leave to Sutton entreated this as the only favour he wait on Colonel Gordon when he came to had asked during a life of service and suf- town, to explain the circunstances alluded fering. Lieutenant Sutcon's acknowledg- to in his former letter. Next a letter from ment of the notification of Carter's appoint; Colonel Gordon in answer to the precedment is dated the 29th March 1804.
ing. He had laid Major Turner's letter Colonel Gordon was next examined a. before the Commander-in-Chief. On the bout Major Turner's resignation. A let. complaint of Mrs Sutherland, an inquiry ter from Greenwood and Cox, dated 26th had been made, which having turned out August 1808, enclosing Major Turner's re- favourably to Major Turner, his resignasignation as Captain of the 3d Dragoon tion was accepted, but the request to retain Guards, the application of Lieutenant Sit- his rank could not be acceded to. Next a well for the company, and reconimenda letter from Major Turner, dated 15th De. tion of General Cartwright in his favour, cember 1808, stating that he was preparwas first read; then a letter to the Com- ing co lay before the public a statement of mander-in-Chief, signed Lucy Sinclair Su- the conduct of the Commander-in-Chief. therland, that she thought his Royal High. When he mentioned Col. Gordon's name ness would consent to the trifling request it in that publication, it would be with as contained, not to accept of the resignation much delicacy as possible. Mrs Sinclair of Major Turner till the ensuing month of had offered to join with him in the publicaMarch ; assigning as a reason, that Major tion, but he had declined, having discover. Turner had behaved ill to a deserving la ed that she had written that letter to che dy, and, if allowed to resign, would secret Duke of York which related to his resighimself, and it would be impossible for the nation. The last letter was an answer from lady to find him out, which was necessary Colonel Gordon to the preceding, thanking for six months. The Duke of York had Major Turner for the promise of using his given this letter to Colonel Gordon, and name in the publication as seldom and dedesired him to make inquiry. He wrote licately as possible, but absolving him fron to General Cartwright, who promised to all delicacy on the subject, and giving him make inquiry, and said that Major Turner liberty to mention him with all freedom, had unfortunately attached himself to a and to publish all the letters he had received woman of moderate reputation, which was from him. the cause of all the misrepresentations of The next witness examined was Mr Ni. his conduct. On the 22d September 1808, cholls. He lived at Hampstead Mrs Clarke General Cartwright wrote to Col. Gordon, lodged with him from October 1807 to enclosing an extract of a letter from Col. July 1808. She represented herself as a Munday, which he trusted would do away widow; and that her husband had died the impression against Major Turner. The three years before. Mr Dowler came freextract stated, that Colonel Munday had in quently to the house She gave herself no one instance ever had occasion to be out as married to him, and retained the dissatisfied with the conduct of Major Tur. name of Clarke, lest the Duke of York ner, while under his command in the 3d should send Mr Dowler abroad. He sta. Dragoons. His behaviour had ever been ted, that he
a great many letters of gentleman-like and unblameable; that he Mrs Clarke's, which she had sent down to was unfortunately connected with an art light the fire ; that a good many had been ful woman, which, however, could be po preserved; and that he had refused to give obstacle to his resignation being received. chem up to Mr Wardle or Mrs Clarke.
They were produced to the Committee; conduct. He blamed the House for the and a small Committee was appointed to manner in which Mr Wardle had been select such as were connected with the treated, and for the infamy with whicla present investigation. Mrs Clarke was he had been threatened, if he did not in his debt; and when he asked pay. make good his charges. He then gave ment, she wrote him that he had forged an account, that, some days ago, a pera will, and could bang him if she pica
son unknown had come and stated that sed. He had laid her letter before a there were papers in the hands of a sqlawyer, who had written to Mrs Clarke, licitor in the city, which were strongly but received no answer.
against the conduct of the Coinmander The next witness examined was Mr in Chief. After some search, the soliReid. He kept a hotel in St Martin's citor was found. He allowed that he Lane. Mr Dowler sometimes frequent. had the papers, but was unwilling to ed the hotel, and he knew him. There give them up, alleging that the business was also a person who represented her had become a party question; that he self as Mrs Dowler; he had always ad. lay under obligations to the Chancellor dressed her under that name, and never of the Exchequer; that he would disanderstood that she went by any other, oblige his friends, and that he might George Robins, porter to Mr Reid, said hurt his own character and interest, he knew Mrs Ciarke; that he had carried After some severe animadversions on wine to her frequently; that she always Lord Folkstone's speech by Mr Perce. passed under the name of Mrs Dowier. val, and an explanation by Lord Folk--Samuci Wells, waiter at the hotel, stone and Mr Adam, the Committee was gave his evidence to the same purpose.
resumed. Mr Perceval inquired of Mr Wardle,
Mrs Clarke was called in to prove if he had any more charges to bring for the hand-writing of Samuel Carter, ward against the Duke of York. Mr General Clavering, Baroness Nolken, Wardle said in reply, that he was not
and Mr H, Elderton. The letters were sufficiently prepared to enter upon any shown to her, and she declared them to new charge, his information being as be the hand-writing of the different per. yet rather scanty, and if he should bring sons just named. Before retiring, she it forward, he pledged himself to be begged leave to say one word, and devery concise.
The House then resum. clared, that she never told Mr Nicholls ed.' The Chairman reported progress,
that she was married to Mr Dowler, or and asked leave to sit again next day that the Duke of York, if he knew of Wednesday, Feb, 15.
her marriage, would send Mr Dowler Mr Whitbread drew the attention of a broad. the House to the case of Major Covell, The letters presented by the Select who had called upon him that day, and Committee were then read. First, three was afraid his character might be inju. letters from Samuel Carter, after he had red by an expression of Colonel Gor- got his commission, asking pecuniary don relative to him in an examination assistance, and begging her to procure before the House. He read a letter from him leave of absence. Then five letters General Leith, praising the conduct of from General Clavering to Mrs Clarke. Major Covell very highly while he com They consist of requests to apply to the manded the 76th in Spain, and expres.
Duke of York in his behalf, and thanks sing his regret that he did not get the for the attempts of Mrs Clarke to serve Lieut..Colonelcy of that regiment.
him. Before the other letters were Mr Leach brought up a report of the read, Mrs Clarke was called in, and askSelect Committee appointed to inspected through whose influence she had, the letters laid before the House last procured a paymastership for Mr Eldernight by Mr Nicholls. It stated, that ton. She answered by the Duke of the Committee had placed all the let. York, through Mr Greenwood, but very ters which they considered as necessary much against Mr Greenwood's will. to the present charges in a bundle mark. She stared, that the Baroness Nolken ed A.
did not apply to her on a military maiLord Folkstone moved the order of the ter; that she had made several applica. day for the House to resolve itself into' tions for her to the Duke of York. On Å Committee on the Duke of York's being again shown the Baroness's Jet