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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

William IV.

  • [King of England; born in London, Aug. 21, 1765; entered the navy, and became admiral, 1801; succeeded George IV., June 26, 1830; died June 20, 1837.]
  • It has done its duty once, and is ready to do it again.

  • His explanation to an officer of marines, who felt aggrieved because the king said at table of an empty bottle, “Take that marine away.”
  • The king’s last words, as he heard the cannon firing on the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, were: “It was a great day for England” (or simply, “Glorious day!”).