« PreviousContinue »
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Vicefimo quinto die Martii Anno Regni Domini noftri Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ &c. decimo quarto & Scotiæ quadragefimo nono, Anno Domini 1616.
N the name of God, Amen. I William
Sbakspeare of Stratford upon Avon in the county of Warwick, Gent. in perfect health and memory, God be praised, do make and ordain this my last Will and Teftament in manner and form following; that is to say:
First, I commend my Soul into the hands of God my Creator, hoping and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlasting; and my body to the earth whereof that is made.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Judith. ore hundred and fifty pounds of lawful English money, to be paid unto her in manner and form following; VOL. I.
that is to say, one hundred Pounds in dif charge of her marriage portion within one year after my decease, with confiderations after the rate of two shillings in the pound for so long time as the same shall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds residue thereof upon her surrendring of or giving of fuch' (rifficient security as the overseers of this my Will shall like of, to surrender or grant all her estate and right that shall descend or come unto her after
my decease, or that she now hath of, in, or to one copyhold tenement, with the appurtenances lying and being in Stratford upon Avon aforesaid, in the said county of Warwick, being parcell or holden of the Manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Sufannah Hall, and her heirs for ever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid daughter Judith, one hundred and fifty pounds more, if she, or any issue of her body, be living at the end of three years next ensuing the day of the date of this my Will, during which time my executors to pay her consideration from my decease according to the rate aforesaid: And if she die within the said term without iffue of her body, then my Will is, and I do give
and bequeath one hundred pounds thereof to my niece Elizabeth Hall, and the fifty pounds to be set forth by my executors during the life of my sister Joan Harte, and the use and profit thereof coming, shall be paid to my said fifter Joan, and after her decease the fifty pounds shall remain amongst the children of my said fifter, equally to be divided amongst them; but if my said daughter. Judith be living at the end of the faid three years, or any issue of her body, then my Will is, and so I devise and bequeath the said hundred and fifty Pounds to be set out by ny executors and overseers for the best benefit of her and her issue, and the stock not to be paid unto her so long as she shall be married and covert baron ; but my Will is that she shall have the consideration yearly paid unto her during her life, and after her decease the said stock and consideration to be paid to her children, if she have any, and if noty to her executors and assigns, she living the faid term after my decease; provided that if such husband as she shall at the end of the said three years be married unto, or at. and after, do suficiently assure unto her and the issue of her body, land answerable
to the portion by this my Will given unto her, and to be adjudged so by my executors and overseers, then my Will is, that the said hundred and fifty pounds shall be paid to such husband as shall make such assurance; to his own use.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid fifter Joan twenty pounds, and all my wearing apparel, to be paid and delivered within one year after my decease; and I do will and devise unto her the house with the appurtenances in Sıratford, wherein the dwelleth, for her natural life, under the yearly rent of twelve pence.
Item, I give and bequeath unto her three fons, William Hart,Hart, and Michael Hart, five pounds apiece, to be paid within
Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of Stratford aforesaid ten pounds, to Mr. Thomas Combe my fword, to Thomas Russel, Efq; five pounds, and to Francis Collins of the borough of Warwick, in the county of Warwick, Gent. thirteen pounds fix
thillings and eight pence, to be paid within one year
decease. Item, I give and bequeath to Hamlett Sadler twenty-fix shillings, eight pence, to buy him a ring; to William Reynolds, Gent. twenty fix shillings, eight pence, to buy him a ring; to my godfon William Walker twenty fhillings in gold; to Anthony Nalla, Gent. twenty-six Thillings, eight pence; and to Mr. John Nash twenty-six shillings, eight pence; and to my fellows John Hemynge; Richard Burbage, and Henry Cundell, twentyfix shillings, eight pence apiece to buy them rings.
Item, I give, will, bequeath, and devise, unto my daughter Susannab Hall, for the better enabling of her to perform this my Will, and towards the performance thereof, all that capital messuage or tenement, with the appurtenances in Stratford aforesaid, called the New Place, wherein I now dwell, and two messuages or tenements, with the appurtenances, situate, lying, and being in Henley Street, within the borough of Stratford aforesaid; and all my barns, stables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, situate, lying, and being, or to be had, reserved, preserved