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Oldi, his sister. She remained here till 1815, when she embarked on board the Leviathan on a voyage to Sicily. The best arrangements which suggested themselves at this time were made for her accommodation, and a cabin adjoining to her's was fitted up for two female attendants. When, however, she came on board, directions were given to alter the arrangement, and the cabin just mentioned was appropriated to the use of Bergami. In the course of her voyage she visited Elba, and arrived at Palermo on the 26th of November. Bergami still dined at her table, and it was remarkable that on their travels they endeavoured to avoid as much as possible the observation of English persons. At Palermo the Princess went to Court with Bergamy in a magnificent hussar dress. From thence she departed and went to Massina, where she remained till the 5th. of January, 1816. Here her bed-room was, as on the preceding occasions, near to that of Bergami, separated from it however, by that in which the Countess Oldi (his sister) slept. The outer room was always kept locked, but a female servant frequently overheard her in conversation with Bergami. This servant, when sent for, had more than once observed her coming un-dressed from the direction of Bergami's chamber through that of the Countess Oldi. It was remarked also, that they frequently retired at an early hour, and were not seen again till the following day. She called him "her friend," and sometimes "her heart." On the 6th of January she embarked on board his Majesty's frigate the Clorinde, the same vessel in which she had formerly sailed, and commanded by the same officer. Bergami who, on the previous voyage had attended as her menial servant, was now her chamberlain, but the honourable and gallant officer who commanded, felt that he should degrade himself by sitting at the same table with a person whom he had known in his former capacity. Captain Pechell, therefore, entreated her that, if she condescended to come on board his ship, she would spare him the disgrace and scandal of sitting at a table with a menial servant. The conduct of her Majesty proved what were her feelings, and the impression made on them by the force of this objection. Had Bergami obtained the dignity he then held, by worthy means; had his merits or fidelity entitled him to such distinction, would not her Majesty have expressed the utmost resentment at Capt. Pechell's objection? But the inward consciousness that the advancement of that person originated in a licen-. tious passion, and was founded on a gross and scandalous intercoure, prevented the adoption of a step which would otherwise have been perfectly natural. She took a day or two to deliberate whether she should give up the society of her paramour for that of Capt. Pechell, and stated to the latter, that Capt. Briggs, of the Leviathan, had rot objected to the admission of Bergami to his table. The answer was, that there was this material difference between the situation of Capt. Briggs and Capt. Pechell, that the former had never known Bergami in his menial situation, but that he had actually waited behind Captain Pechell's chair. She landed at Syracuse where a similar arrangement as to the selec tion of rooms was again made, and, after a stay of three days, she
proceeded to Catania Here Bergami's bed-room was at first at a distance from her's, but a change soon took place, and means were adopted to secure a regular access. Again it was observed that they retired at an earlier hour than other persons, and on one occasion the filles de chambre having sat up later than usual, observed the door of Bergami's room open, and the Princess coming out of it under circumstances which satisfied them that she had passed the night there. She was undressed, and had under her arm the pillow on which it was her uniform custom to sleep. It would appear too, that her Majesty had conceived an extraordinary fondness for an infant child of Bergami, between two and three years old, which slept in the same room, and often in the same bed with her. She treated it with every mark of parental affection, sometimes calling it princess; and the child, on the other hand, would cry, and was with difficulty pacified when she happened to quit the room. The child called mamma;' and these circumstances altogether persuaded the servants at Catania that it was not the first occasion on which an adulterous intercourse had been carried on. Having conferred so many honours on Bergami, she now procured for him the dignity of a Knight of Malta, and always addressed him as Chevalier. What necessity was there for this, or what reason, but that guilty attachment which had been so often indicated could be assigned for it ?— Whilst at Catania, the nobility tendered to her their respects, and she enjoyed at first the society of the first persons there; but after a short residence she became indifferent to all society but that of her paramour, and they gradually withdrew. From this place she proceeded to Augusta.
It being now four o'clock, the Lord Chancellor moved an adjourne
FOURTH DAY-AUGUST 21.
The ATTORNEY-GENERAL being summoned, proceeded as follows: -I have now, my Lords to resume the statements of the facts that will be adduced in evidence before your Lordships in support of the charges against her Majesty. I have already stated to your Lordships, that during her Majesty's stay at Catania, she had procured for the person called Bergami the title of Knight of Milta. Soon after her arrival at Augusta, not satisfied with conferring upon him this honour, she procured for him a still higher title, namely, that of the Baron Della Francina; and, after that, he was always addressed by her Majesty and her suit by the title of M. de Baron. I am not aware that even this additional distinction could have justified that familiar intercourse, which I have already described to your Lordships, as having taken place between this person and her Majesty, and which I apprehend must satisfy your Lordships, not only that the most disdisgusting indecencies had taken place, but that repeated acts of adul tery had been committed. I should have stated to your Lordships, that during her Majesty's stay at Catania and Augusta, her Majesty sat for her picture. Two were taken, one or two of which were pre
sented by her to Bergami. In one she was drawn in the character of a Magdalene, with her person considerably exposed; and in the other she was drawn as a Turkish female, and in this picture the infant Victorine was introduced in a Turkish dress. A picture of Bergami was also taken for her Majesty in a Turkish dress, and this picture was presented by her Majesty to Bergami. My lords, as I have already stated, it is impossible to account for these extraordinary marks of favour bestowed on the courier Bergami, upon any other ground than that the most criminal intercourse had taken place, which I have described. From Augusta her Majesty set sail for Tunis, in Africa, and she afterwards visited Greece and other parts of Europe, and for that purpose she hired a vessel called a polacca. It will be important for your Lordships again to advert to the arrangements made on the part of her Majesty with respect to the accommodation of herself and her suite on board this vessel. When first she went on board, her Majesty's sleeping apartment adjoined to that of the Countess of Oldi and both their rooms were within another formerly used as a bed-room, and had an internal communication with one another. In this room there were two doors. For a few nights Bergami's sleeping apartment was at a distance from that of her majesty. One of the doors into the room was closed.-Previous to this arrangement there had been no bed in the dining-room; but upon its taking place, a bed was brought into it for the accommodation of Bergami, and, my Lords, that bed was placed in such a situation, that when the door of her Majesty's bed-room opened, the persons who slept in them might see and converse with each other from the two apartments whilst in bed. No one could get to her Majesty's bed-room without going through Bergami's. This took place in the course of her voyage to Tunis. When the dining-room door was shut, all communication with her Majesty was cut off, except between her Majesty and Bergami. It was observed, that when Bergami and her Majesty retired to rest, the dining-room door was always locked. This was only a continuance of the system. Indeed, wherever she went, whether by sea or land, the same arrangement took place. The contiguity of her Majesty's bed-room with that of Bergami can leave no doubt in any man's-mind of the criminal intercourse which took place between them. It is impossible to assign any other reason for this arrangement of their sleeping places, but for the purpose of faciliating a criminal intercourse. Why was he alone selected to sleep so near her Majesty? Her Majesty went in this manner to Tunis and thence to Utica. At Utica she slept, and the arrangement of her apartments was not quite the same as before. In the house where she was accommodated there were but two sleeping rooms, in one of which her Majesty and the child Victorine slept, and in the other the Countess Oldi and two female servants, the rest of the people sleeping in the house of the Consul resident there. It will appear to your Lordships, that in the morning early after the night her Majesty slept there, Bergami came to her Majesty's bed-room long before she had risen from bed. Here, as at other places, Bergami had access to her bed-room without any restriction. He entered into her Majesty's
from it, he, and he only, having been there with her Majesty. Her Majesty's dinner was brought to the vestibule, and she and Bergami dined there. Her Majesty was, on the same day, observed sitting on a travelling bed which she carried with her, Bergami being seated on the floor near her. After dinner Bergami was for a considerable time alone in the vestibule with her Majesty. At other places, also, this conduct was pursued. At Aum, (a city) her Majesty had a tent fitted up, in which a bed was placed. Her Majesty was seen in that bed undressed; Bergami sitting in his shirt sleeves, almost undressed, on the side of the bed. They remained there a very considerable time; after which, Bergami was observed coming from the tent en dishabille, her Majesty being still undressed and in bed. I ask your Lordships, if you can, after hearing this fact, which took place in the open day, doubt that an adulterous intercourse existed between her Majesty and this man?— If her Majesty, while in bed, required an attendant, why not a female selected? why was not the Countess of Oldi called upon? I may be told, that this is matter of strong suspicion, but that I must go much further to establish the adultery. I say, that in ordinary cases, this would be sufficient proof. But it is not an isolated fact -it is one of a series of circumstances, which go to establish, beyond a doubt, the adulterous intercourse which existed. What woman of virtue or delicacy-what woman who had not granted a man the last liberty that a woman could grant, would allow him to be in her bed-room alone, she being undressed and in bed? At Jerusa◄ lem, her Majesty, not satisfied with having made Bergami a Knight of Malta, had him made also a Knight of St. Sepulchre, a Catholic Order; nay, further, not satisfied with even this, her Majesty created a new Order, the Order of St. Caroline, of which, after having conferred it on some of her servants, she made Bergami the Grand Master.-(A laugh.) If any doubt existed after this of the criminal intercourse, he should state a fact which would take away all doubt. Her Majesty embarked on board the polacca, at Gaeta, to return to Italy. The weather being excessively hot, her Majesty found it inconvenient to occupy her former apartments, and a tent was erected for her Majesty to sleep in on deck, and in that tent a sofa or bed was placed for her Majesty; and without any partition, a sofa or bed was also placed for Bergami. By day the curtains of the tent were raised to admit the air; at night, the lower part of the tent was let down, so as to prevent observation, and in that tent her Majesty and Bergami remained night after night, the bed of her Majesty and Bergami being close to each other, and without separation. This intercourse was not confined to the night; but her Majesty and Bergami frequently retired to this tent in the course of the day, when the same precaution was observed of letting down that part of the tent which was exposed to observation. I ask your Lordships whether any evidence could be more decisive of the fact of adulterous intercourse, which is alleged in the preamble of the Bill? Was it ever heard of that a female should, night after night, receive a man into her chamber, unless such an adulterous intercourse existed be