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has really proved herself true to the name I used to give her pour me moquer d'elle. She has stayed wid me through it all, and God he knows that was no small trial. Poor soul. I hope He will reward her for her courage."
In 1832 there appeared a Secret History of the Court of England from the Accession of George III to the Death of George IV, purported to be written by Lady Anne Hamilton. This caused her great annoyance, for she was in no wise responsible for the volume, which, indeed, had been written by a person whose name has not transpired, but who had gained her confidence and made notes of many conversations with her.
Next month Lady Charlotte Lindsay will take de charge of my soul and body, which she always do well, and she is very witty and amuse me,” the Princess of Wales wrote to Lady Charlotte Campbell of yet another of her Ladies-in-Waiting.
Lady Charlotte Lindsay, who was born in 1770, was the youngest daughter of that Earl of Guilford who is better known as Lord North, and a sister of Lady Catherine Anne, who married Lord Glenbervie. At the age of thirty she became the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. John Lindsay, son of James, fifth Earl of Balcarres, a brother of Lady Anne Barnard, the author of Auld Robin Gray. Some years later she became a member of the Princess's household, and accompanied her Royal Highness when she went abroad in 1814, but she could only stay away from England for a year or so. When Caroline was on her trial Lady Charlotte was called as a witness for the defence, and her testimony was of the greatest service.
“The witness of all witnesses has just closed her examination-in-chief, a Lady Charlotte Lindsay," Tom
" In your
Creevey wrote enthusiastically to Miss Ord. life you never heard such testimony as hers in favour of the Queen-the talent, the perspicuity, the honesty of it.” A severe cross-examination failed in any way to shake her testimony.
“ Wonders will never cease, Creevey wrote. “Upon my soul ! this Queen must be innocent after all-Lady Charlotte went on in her crossexamination, and could never be touched, and though she was treated most infamously—so much so as to make her burst out a-crying. There was a ticklish point about a letter from her brother, who was in great distress, advising her to give up her place under the Queen, which letter she said she could not find. The fact is, her husband, Lindsay, who is in the greatest distress, has absolutely sold her correspondence on this subject to the Treasury. She told this to Brougham himself under the most solemn injunction of secrecy, and he has this instant told it to me. When, therefore, Brougham mentioned loudly the name of Maule as a person to be called as witness, the Chancellor decided the letter should not be producedthis Maule being the solicitor to the Treasury who bought the correspondence of Lindsay. Was there ever villainy equal to this?"
CAROLINE, PRINCESS OF WALES : (11) GRASS-WIDOW
The Prince of Wales, Caroline, and Lady Jersey-Caroline dismisses
Lady Jersey–Lady Jersey's insolent letter—The Prince returns to
unguarded conduct—Sir John and Lady Douglas-Admiral Sir
It would be paying Lady Jersey too high a compliment to say that she was the sole, or even the principal, cause of the separation between the Prince and Princess of Wales, but certainly she did her best to foment the trouble between them, for it seemed to her that by precipitating matters she would best serve her own ends.
His Royal Highness, it is not to be denied, vigorously backed his mistress whenever it came to a matter of openly insulting his consort. Charles Abbot (afterwards Lord Colchester) noted in his Diary, under the date of February 25, 1796 : “A few nights ago, Lady Jersey was invited with the Prince's party to the Queen's House, and put to a card-table with the Princess Augusta and Lady Holdernesse. The Prince of Wales, in the course of the evening, repeatedly came up to her table, and publicly squeezed her hand. The King sees and disapproves of the Carlton House system. The Queen is won over to the Prince's wishes by his attention, and presents in jewels, etc. ; the Princess says her father told her to observe everything and say nothing."
The same observer noted three weeks later : “ The Queen openly patronised Lady Jersey. The Prince and Princess of Wales within these last three days have had an open difference, but at the Opera last night affected an extraordinary cordiality. The Princess of Wales in this matter behaved with dignity.” Another disgraceful incident was the Prince taking back from Caroline some pearl bracelets he had given her as a wedding-present, and bestowing them on Lady Jersey, who had the temerity, as well as the bad taste, to wear them at Court in the presence of the Princess of Wales.
Caroline bore with these outrages for a while, and behaved with great dignity. She made no protests ;
. only she declined absolutely to have Lady Jersey at her table, or, indeed, in her presence, except when the Prince was with her. Nothing that George said could move her from this resolve.
When the separation took place, however, the situation was changed. Then Caroline determined to have nothing more to do with Lady Jersey, and intimated the same to her. To the surprise and disgust of Her Royal Highness, Lady Jersey refused to resign her post of Lady of the Bedchamber. Caroline had put up with many slights and much overt rudeness, but this was too much for her, and she spoke her mind very plainly in a letter to George, in which she said that Lady Jersey's attempt to remain in her Household convicted her of an absolute lack of delicacy ("c'est announcer un manque absolu de délicatesse.")
As the Prince would not use his authority, Caroline appealed direct to the King, who at once intervened, and intervened effectively, on her behalf. Lady Jersey was given the choice of resignation or dismissal.
Lady Jersey, seeing that the game was up, evidently consulted with the Prince as to the manner in which her resignation could be rendered most offensive to Caroline. The following letter was the outcome of this deliberation :
“Madame—I seize the earliest opportunity in my power to have the honour of informing your Royal Highness that I have this day obtained permission of His Royal Highness to resign into his hands the situation of Lady of the Bedchamber in your Royal Highness's Family, a situation which I had the honour of being appointed by him at the same time with the rest of those who compose your Royal Highness's Household.
“ The same duty and attachment which I shall ever be proud to profess for his Royal Highness, and which induced me to accept that appointment, urged me to obey his commands in retaining it long after the infamous and unjustifiable paragraphs in the public papers rendered it impossible for a person of the rank and situation which I hold in this country (indeed for anyone possessing the honest pride and spirit of an English woman) to submit to hold a situation which was to make her the object of deep and designing calumny."
“ The Prince of Wales represented to me, upon my mentioning my earnest request to His Royal Highness for my instant resignation, that such a step would not only be regarded as confirmation of every absurd
· This refers to the scandal occasioned by the intercepting of a packet of letters written by Carolide to members of her family at Brunswick, for which Lady Jersey was believed to be responsible.