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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

LIVES

OF THE

QUEENS OF ENGLAND.

CHARLOTTE SOPHIA,

WIFE OF GEORGE III.

In Freud und Elend,
Als treue Gattinn
Nicht zu entweichen.

GëETHE.

CHAPTER I.

THE COMING OF THE BRIDE.

The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, was yet young when his grandfather began to consider the question of his marriage ; and, it is said, had designed to form an union between him and a princess of the royal family of Prussia. The design, if ever formed, entirely failed, and while those most anxious for the Protestant succession were occupied in naming princesses worthy to espouse an heir to a throne, that heir himself is said to have fixed his young affections on an English lady, whose virtues and beauty might have made her eligible, had not the accident of her not being a foreigner barred her way to the throne. This lady was Lady Sarah Lennox; and a vast amount of gossip was expended upon her and the young Prince, by those husy persons whose chief occupation consists in arranging the affairs of others.

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