22 MARCH 1930, Page 19


Fairly- considered, I cannot but think that at present the state of H.Mys. health is in a more precarious situation than it has yet been, since the Attacks commenced. It began by irritability, & when I see that irritability greatly increased of late, can I maintain encouraging conclusions ?—Melancholy as this situation is, yet the Account of -it is correct—& I fear the Poor Queen has not been informed of it fairly,' & that in truth at this moment She 'does not know how bad all still remains under this rOof-;--: Truth ought to be tenderly unveiled to Her, but She ought not to be ignorant of facts. This Morning I was spoke to by General Harcourt who had received a letter from the Chancellor, desiring Me to be present with Coll. Goldsworthy & Sir Philip Hales when He saw Dr. Willis, & the Physicians in consequence of it—

The correspondence arose from the two Bulletins of yester- day & the Queen had been much hurt at some descriptions of treatment which were described in so strong a manner as to wound Her sensibility— On this having been represented to The Prince of Wales, He had told Dr. Willis, that He did not wish anything put in his Bulletin respecting the means which might be made use of to controul II:Mr. at times. All He desired was, to have a separate Bulletin sent to Him daily, of everything which the Physicians might think proper to mention respecting the true state of His Majestys health. Doctor Warren had after this arrangement diSpatehd a Man on Horseback with a letter to Dr. Willis with a View to quiet The Queen's uneasiness & desiring that this Letter might be communicated to Her Majesty— This was omitted, there- fore General Harcourt on receiving the Chancellor's Letter respecting the Bulletins, & likewise having received the Queen's Commands, spoke to the Physicians respecting the Uneasiness the Queen had felt on the particularly distressing Accounts which had been detailed & sent to Town— He acquainted them from Her Majesty, that while His Majesty was under that roof, She consider'd Him as being under her care & that Her directions were that no Bulletin "should go, but what She saw— Dr. Warren & Sir Lucas Pepys both of whom were at this time present, said that this was exactly what they wished, & that Her Majesty's commands should be punctually & cheerfully obey'd, & Dr. Warren took this opportunity of repeating that the Prince of Wales had already expressed to Him his Wish not to have anything mentioned in his bulletin alluding to the means used,-but only to report such as they chose to send Him of the true state of The King's health. Things being thus settled the Morning Bulletin was wrote, & a separate one intended for the Prince of Wales, was sent up for the Queens Inspection. .