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fortune, was through Lady Stirling about 24 years ago : That the consultation, when he paid down the five Napoleons, was when he himself was present; but the time be cannot specify. Interrogated, When his acquaintance with her commenced? Declares, That he thinks the first time he ever saw her was in 1814. He was then married. He was introduced to her by Lady Stirling. They had been on terms of intimate acquaintance before : That Lady Stirling accompanied him to England in 1814: That at this period he saw Madlle. Le Normand not more than twice: That Lady Stirling continued to correspond with Madlle. Le Normand, though not very frequently, some years occasionally intervening ? Declares, That he, with Lady Stirling, was in Paris for a few days in 1822. None of his family had been in France after leaving it in 1814. He was also, in 1833 or 1834, on the coast of France for a short period : That he did not himself see Madlle. Le Normand in 1822; but Lady Stirling had seen her; but not in 1833 or 1834. Interrogated : as the declarant's only visit to Paris, between 1814 and 1836, was in 1822, and as he did not see Madlle. Le Normand on his visit in 1822, On, what occasion it could be that she told him his fortune at a personal interview ? Declares, That it must have been early in 1837. Interrogated, If he himself personally delivered the obligation to Madlle. Le Normand ? Declares, He did so when the accounts were arranged. Interrogated, When that settlement took place? Declares, He cannot state the time. Interrogated, Was it prior to 1836 ? Declares, It was not prior to 1836. Reinterrogated, Believes it was in 1837. Several applications had been made to him by Madlle. Le Normand for a settlement of their accounts; and it must haye been in 1837. He left Paris on the 13th of August, and had granted the obligation before he left Paris, but cannot recollect the precise time? Declares, He had seen her, not frequently, but occasionally: That at their first interview, she had requested him to settle their accounts. Has no recollection how often he had seen her before the accounts were settled, or at what time the settlement was actually made: That obligation is payable at certain periods, none of which are yet come, and he cannot recollect what the fixed periods of payment are. None of his family were with him in Paris in the year 1837. Interrogated, Declares, It was when in Paris that he received information of Lord Cockburn's judgment, in March or April 1837. Interrogated, Declares, That he had been in France from 1802 to 1814, detained as a prisoner of war.
married in the year 1812. Declares, that on his return from Paris in August 1837, he came direct to Edinburgh, to attend the election of Peers : That he came back under the same passport, and in the same name, as he had gone abroad. Interrogated, Declares, That Madlle. Le Normand is the author of many books, one of which is the “ Memoirs of the Empress Josephine.” Interrogated, When he was first informed of a certain packet having been sent to Messrs De Porquet and Cooper by the Twopenny post ? Declares, He first learned this by a letter from his third son Eugene Alexander ; but of what date he does not recollect; but it was soon after the packet had been received. He does not know that he has preserved that letter ; and has no objection, if he finds it, to give an excerpt so far as the letter relates to that packet. Interrogated, Whether he had ever heard before this time that a cash box had been stolen from the late' William Humphries at the time of his removal from Digby House to Fairhill? Declares, That he has heard his father mention that he had lost a cash box containing some hundred pounds ; but never heard him say any thing of papers : That it was in 1793 or 1794 that this took place. Interrogated, whether he ever heard, before the reception of that packet, that John Alexander, fourth son of the first Earl of Stirling, had been married a second time, after having been first married to a daughter of Graham of Gartmore? Declares, He never had; but he suspected it, as a general conclusion drawn by him and his friends from other facts in the case. He had never before heard that John Alexander had been married to a lady of the name of Maxwell; nor had heard of any persons of the name of Maxwell as connected with his family. Interrogated, If he has examined the seals upon the packet above mentioned ? Declares, That he has not, and is not certain that he ever saw them: And the cover of the Packet No. 83 of process, being shewn him, Declares, He does not think he ever saw it before; but he now recognizes the indorsement as in his father's hand-writing; and that the seal attached is an impression of his grandfather's seal. The words he so recognizes are • Some of my wife's family papers.' He had seen that seal many years ago, not later than 1825. It is in the possession of his sister, Lady Elizabeth Pountney. Interrogated, Is any person, under the designation of Mrs Innes Smith, known to reside in any part of Great Britain ? Declares, That every pains has been taken, by advertisements and otherwise, to discover where she resides, but hitherto
without any success. Interrogated, Does he believe that designation to be real or fictitious? Declares, That he cannot tell,
having no idea or information on the subject. He cannot say
what means were taken to recover the money lost by his father in 1793 or 4, having been then a boy at school ; and can only remember the general fact as stated to him by his father, and does not recollect of any person having been suspected of the theft. And being shewn No. 68 of process, and the map of Canada produced, and interrogated, Whether the seals appearing on those two productions are, in the declarant's opinion, impressions of the same seal with those attached to the document No. 83 of process ? Declares, That he thinks they are the same. Interrogated, When he sent his son to Paris for the document ? Declares, As in the condescendence, that it was in October 1837. And declares, That after communicating to his agents and lawyers in London the discovery of the document, they suggested to him the propriety of getting the signatures and writings on the map duly verified in France. And on this declaration being read over to him, the declarant is satisfied that the settlement of his accounts, and the date of his obligation to Madlle. Le Normand, could not have been long before the discovery of the document, and must have been in 1837.
Copy LETTER produced by the Declarant, referred to in
the foregoing Declaration.
Je viens d'apprendre Mademoiselle que vous vous interessez vivement au succes d'un Anglais qui réclame comme descendant du Comte de Stirling l'héritage de son ancêtre en Amérique. Si les autographes que j'ai l'honneur de vous envoyer peuvent le faire réussir, je serai enchanté d'avoir pu trouver une occasion de vous faire plaisir en lui rendant service, et de m'acquitter en même temps un peu des obligations que je vous ai. Je suis faché cependant que les devoirs d'une place que j'occupe aujourd'hui ne me permettent pas de me faire connaître dans cette affaire du Lord de Stirling. Vous qui en savez beaucoup ne serez point surprise qu'un homme en place n'ose pas y intervenir ouvertement.
J'ai déjà dit que je vous ai des obligations. Oui, Mademoiselle, j'en ai et j'ai eu l'avantage plus d'une fois de vous consulter; même à une epoque lorsque j'étais menacé d'une grande disgrace ce fut vous qui me sauvấtes par un éclaircissement utile donné à propos. Vous n'avez pas obligé un ingrat. Je rends en toute occasion justice à vos talens, et je vous serai toute ma vie devoué et reconnaissant. Vous pensez
bien que je n'ai acheté cette vieille carte du Canada que pour les autographes qui sont fort curieux. L'apostille en marge de la Note de Mallet (dans le coin à droit) est dit-on de Louis XV. Les autographes de Fenelon et de Flechier ne sont pas moins précieux, et le marchand qui me vendit la carte in 1819 m'assura qu'elle avait appartenue à Louis XVI. ce que paraît assez probable d'après ce que je viens de dire de l'apostille de son ajeul. Le marchand démeurait en 1819 sur le quai Voltaire, mais depuis tant d'années il s'est fait bien des changemens et son nom m'a échappé.
Agreez, Mademoiselle, l'hommage des sentimens distingués que je vous ai voués et que vous méritez si bien.
Versailles, le 10 Juillet 1837.
Je charge des personnes de confiance de ce paquet. Elles iront vous consulter: Ne
étonnée de le trouver sur quelque table ou chaise dans votre cabinet.
soyez donc pas
JAN. 3, 1839.
REPORT AND ADDITIONAL PRODUCTIONS
THE OFFICERS OF STATE
Edinburgh, December 22, 1838. — The preceding Excerpts having been produced in process, the Lords, on the motion of the Lord Advocate, Appoint the original letters to be exhibited to the Clerk of Court, and direct him to compare the same with these Excerpts, and to report on such points thereanent as he shall find proper for the information of the Court : And Appoint the Excerpts, with the report thereon, to be printed and boxed quam primum.
(Signed) “D. BOYLE, I.P.D."
REPORT AND ADDITIONAL PRODUCTIONS
THE OFFICERS OF STATE
ALEXANDER, calling himself EARL OF STIRLING.
In pursuance of the above order of the Court, the original letters from Mr Eugene John Alexander to his father, of which excerpts had been produced in process, have been exhibited to me, and compared with the excerpts, and I have to report as follows:
The first of the two letters dated “ London, April 22d," is written on a half sheet of common post paper; the address on