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Did the Princess dine at your table? 'Always.
Did Bergami dine with her? Always.

What disposition had you made of the cabins on board your vessel, for the accommodation of the Princess, before she came on board? I had made such an arrangement as I thought would accommodate all parties.

With respect to the sleeping-rooms, where did you design the cabin of the Princess? The after-part of the Leviathan was divided into two cabins, which I intended for the Princess; one as a, the other as a drawing-room. Before that, there were two other small cabins in a line with each other, which I intended for the Countess Oldi and the two maid-servants; and I meant to put the men -any where; some in the wardroom, some in my own cabin, as I might find most convenient, reserving a part of the cabin for myself.

Was that disposition altered when the Princess came on board? Yes.

A plan was here presented to the witness.

Mr. Brougham did not object to the plan being placed in the hands of Captain Briggs, but would object to it it offered to any other witness.

Captain Briggs declared that the plan was unnecessary.

Were the cabins meant by you for the Countess Oldi and the female servants immediately adjoining that of the Princess? They were.

In what mauner was the arrangement altered? An alteration took place in the door of the cabin, which I meant for the Countess Oldi, and Bergami was put into it.

What alteration took place in the door? The two small cabins, which were to have contained the Countess Oldi and the maid-servants, had communications within each other. When the Princess came on board, she said that she desired Bergami's cabin to be changed to that which I had intended for the Countess Oldi. Originally, to have gone into that cabin you must have passed through the room intended for the maid-servants; but when this alteration took place, the door of communication between those two rooms were nailed up, and a door was opened from Bergami's room, which came out close to the room occupied by the Princess.

So that, after the alteration, the door into the room appropriated to Bergami was near to the door of the cabin of the Princess? It was.

Have you ever seen the Princess walking with Bergami? I þave.

In what way? Arm in arm. That, I think, was at Messina. I did not think it at all upcommon. (Here the witness dropped his voice.]

Not uncommon, considering the terms they were upon, did you say? I said not uncommon, because it happened occasionally.

Do you remember waiting on the Princess at Messina, in con. sequence of the request of Captain Pechell? On the wish of Captain Pechell I waited on her Royal Highness when she was about embarking on board the Clorinde. I asked her Royal Highness's permission to speak to her on the subject of Bergami's dining at the Captain's table. I had been told that Bergami had filled the situation of a servant. Her Royal Highness said, “ He has sat at the table with me, and I cannot conceive what objec. tion can be made to it now.

." I observed that Bergami had never been a servant on board my ship if he had, it would have been impossible to admit him to my table.

Did you commuicate what passed between yourself and her Royal Highness to Captain Pechell? I did.

Then you left Messina ? I did; I left it on the 11th of De. cember, three or four days afterwards.

Cross-Examination. Cross-examined by Mr. Deuman. In the course of the conversation with Captain Pechell respecting her Royal Highness, did you not perceive that there had been some dispute between them on a former occasion ? I had seen Captain Pechell before I waited on her Royal Highness. He came to me, as senior officer, and told me what line of conduct he meant to adopt.

Did you not know some difference existed between her Royal Highness and Captain Pechell about the stowing of some luggage? On her Royal Highness's part I did. She said she had not been treated by Captain Pechell with the same degree of accommodation that I had afforded her.

Did it fall to your knowledge to know where the Countess of Oldi slept on board the Leviathau i It did.

Was it in a room adjoining that of her Royal Highness? Yes.
Was there a door opening from the one to the other? Yes.
Did the two apartments open into the dining-room? Yes.
By two doors? Yes.

I believe the cabin you provided for the maids were occupied by them? Yes.

And it opened also to the dining-room? Yes: but there was a small cabin between them.

Re-examined by the Altorney-General. Was not this a ship of the line? Yes.

Much larger than the Clorinde, and capable of affording much more acconimodation ? Yes.

By Lord Ellenborough.-Was the sleeping-room of Captain Briggs closed at night, or did he hang in a cot? I slept in a room that was closed at night.

Could persons pass by that room without observation? I think it possible, but very improbable. Any one attempting to do so must run great risk. It might, perhaps, be done when I was asleep, but I don't think it likely that any person could pass without my knowledge.

By another Peer.- Were you not frequently on deck? I have been frequently half a night on deck: I was subject to all calls. I was very constantly out on deck at night.

Did the witness see any improper familiarity between the Princess and Bergami ? No; I saw none.

Had you any reason to suspect any improper freedom or faniliarity between them? No.

By Earl Grey.--You had the usual complement of officers on board the ship? Yes.

Had they not constant access to your cabin during the night? Yes.

Were you not, Captain Briggs, liable to be called up at any moment during the night? Yes.

By the Earl of Rosebery. After the alteration of the rooms, Captain Briggs, I want to know whether it was absolutely necessary, in going to you, to pass through Bergami's room? No, it was not.

I also ask whether, when you were called up at night, you must, in your progress to the deck, necessarily pass through the diningroom? My cabin-door opened so that I might pass without going through the dining-room. I had only to go through an angle of it. There was no necessity to go immediately through the diningroom, as my cabin-door was close to the end of it.

Then I am to understand that you did not pass immediately through that room, but through an angle of it only? Yes.

By another Peer.—How long was her Royal Highness on board ? From the 14th of November to the 4th of December.

I wish to ask whether all those officers who came for orders must not pass through the dining-room? The door that opened into my cabin was in an angle of the dining-room.

By another Peer.— I wish particularly to know, whether, when officers came to the witness for orders, they went through the dining-room or not? They must come into the dining-room, but not through it. They must come over the threshold of the dining room to get at my cabin.

By the Marquis of Buckingham.-They did not then go through the dining room? To come to my cabin-door, they must positively go into the dining-room, but not through it.

Does the witness allude to the door at which the sentry stands? Yes.

By Lord Colville.--Had the door of your cabin hinges? Yes.

What sort of a partition divided the sleeping apartment from the dining-room? 'An ordinary one.

Did you always cause a light to be kept burning in the diningroom at night? No.

Was there any light in the after-cabin at night? There might be a light there; but I do not know of any.

By the Eurl of Liverpool.Was any light allowed to be burned in the after-cabin?-A light might have been placed there; but I don't remember one.

By Lord Colville. During the time her Royal Highness was on board, did any person sleep in the dining-room? Yes.

Who was that person? Master Wm. Austin was one. There were one or two cots besides; but I really cannot tell who slept in them.

Were there any screens round those cots? There was a screen on the outside; the other side adjoined the ship's timber.

Supposing her Royal Highness to have wished for the assistance of any of her female attendants, had she any means of communi· cating with them, by bell or otherwise? Yes.

Were there two doors, or only one, from the dining-room to the quarter-deck? There were two doors.

Were they both used occasionally by the officer of the watch at night? No.

Which door was he accustomed to enter at? The left door ; the larboard door we call it.

Was the starboard door shut? It was used for a different purpose.

If the larboard happened to be the weather side, would the officer of the watch enter on the opposite side ? No.

By the Earl of Lauderdale.—What answer did the Queen give when you spoke to her in consequence of Captain Pechell's representation? She said it was of no consequence; it was only to prevent the Captain from keeping two tables that Bergami dined with her at all. I left her under the impression that the matter would not be persevered in further, because I remarked to ber how easy it was to send Bergami's dinner to a smaller cabin.

When her Majesty complained of Captain Pechell's conduct with respect to the luggage, was it previously to, or after, the communication with her Majesty of which you have spoken? I never heard any thing in the shape of a complaint; it was a matter of conversation before Captain Pechell came on board.

The Earl of Derby wished to ask whether the alteration of the cabin was directed by the Princess, or by any person in her name?

Lord Exmouth.-That has been answered already.

The Earl of Derby.--I don't think that it has. (Order, order.) The question was not pressed.

Re-examined by Mi, Denman.--I wish to ask Captain Briggs whether he liad not received a complaint against Captain Pechell as to the manner in which her Royal Highness's baggage was stowed on a former voyage? I have heard Captain Pechell say that ber Royal Highness had a vast deal of baggage, which lumbered the ship. It was merely in the nature of a remark. It was not a matter of complaint to me as the superior officer.

Pietro Puchi was then called in and sworn. The Solicitor-General then proceeded to examine the witness.

Does the witness reside at Trieste? Yes; I am the agent for the grande albergo at Trieste, acting for my Madame--my Donna; knows an inn called the Black Eagle, at Trieste, kept by Vincenza Bartoloqui.

Do you remember the Princess of Wales coming to that inn? I remember it much; she came in a small open carriage, with two post-horses.

Who came with her in that carriage? Bergami was with her, without any other servant at all ; it is, I suppose,


years ago; I think more than four years.

How long did her Royal Highness remain at Trieste at that time? Six days.

Do you know in what apartment her Royal Highness slept? I do.

Do you know the apartment allotted to Bergami? I do.

Into what place did the bed-room of her Royal Highness open? The door was facing the room of the dame d'honneur.

The door, you say, was facing the room of the lady of honour : what was between them? The dining-room.

Did the door of the bed-room occupied by her Royal Highness open into the dining-room? Yes.

Did the door of the bed-room allotted to Bergami open also into the dining-room? The room where Bergami slept opened into the room of the dame d'honneur, who was Bergami's sister, and that into the salle a manger:

Were there any other doors that opened into that dining-room from the Princess's room? Yes, the door of No. 4, to go out by.

Was that the only other door that led to the dining-room? Those that I have mentioned were the only doors.

Now, can the witness tell us whether the outward door was fastened at night? It was fastened when they went to sleep:

Was it fastened from the inside or the outside? I don't know whether it was shut from the inside or the outside. I don't know whether it was fastened by the Princess's servants.

Was it closed during the six nights her Royal Highness was there? It was always shut up at night, whenever the parties went into the room to sleep.

What beds were in the bed-room occupied by her Royal Higliness? How many ?

There were two beds, near one another.

What bed or beds were there in the room allotted to Bergami? There was one single bed.

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