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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Caroline Matilda
 
        [Queen of Denmark, sister of George III.; born in England, 1751; married Christian VII. of Denmark, a weak and profligate king, by whom she was neglected or ill-treated; Struensee, a physician, acquired great influence over both king and queen, and was made prime minister; in consequence of a conspiracy, he was executed, and the queen banished to Zell, where she died, 1775.]
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O God, keep me innocent; make others great!
          The fate of this illustrious and unhappy princess, who, in a letter to George III. on the day before her death, protested in passionate terms her innocence of all the charges which led to her banishment, gives a melancholy interest to the words which she scratched with the point of a diamond on a window of the castle of Frederiksborg: “O mon Dieu, conserve-moi innocente, donne la grandeur aux autres!”
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