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lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever ; to have and to hold all and fingular the said premises, with their appurtenances, unto the said Susanna Hall, for and during the term of her natural life ; and after her decease to the first son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said first son lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, to the second son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said second son lawfully issuing ; and for default of such heirs, to the third son of the body of the said Susanna lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said third fon lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, the fame so to be and remain to the fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh sons of her body, lawfully issuing one after another, and to the heirs males of the bodies of the said fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh sons lawfully issuing, in such manner as it is before limited to be and remain to the first, second, and third sons of her body, and to their heirs males; and for default of such issue, the said premises to be and remain to my said niece Hall, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, to my daughter Judith, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, to the right heirs of me the said William Shakspeare for ever.

don near the Wardrobe ;] This was the house which was mortgaged to Henry Walker. See p. 149.

By the Wardrobe is meant the King's Great Wardrobe, a royal house, near Puddle-Wharf, purchased by King Edward the Third from Sir John Beauchamp, who built it. King Richard III. was lodged in this house in the second year of his reign. See Stowe's Survey, p. 693, edit. 1618. After the fire of London this office was kept in the Savoy; but it is now abolished.

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Item, I give unto my wife my second best bed, with the furniture.9

Item, I give and bequeath to my faid daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bowl. All the relt of my goods, chattels, leases, plate, jewels, and houfhold stuff whatsoever, after my debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences discharged, I give devise, and bequeath to my fon-in-law, John Hall, gent. and my daughter Susanna his wife, whom I ordain and make executors of this my last will and testament. And I do entreat and appoint the said Thomas Ruffel, esq. and Francis Collins, gent. to be overseers hereof. And do revoke all former wills, and publish this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand, the day and year first above written.

By me' William Shakspeare, Witness to the publishing hereof,

Fra. Collyns,
Julius Shaw, 3
John Robinson,4
Hamnet Sadler,5
Robert Whattcott.

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my second best bed, with the furniture.] Thus Shaka speare's original will. Mr. Theobald and the other modern editors have been more bountiful to Mrs. Shakspeare, having printed instead of these words, my brown beft bed, with the furniture." MALONE.

It appears, in the original will of Shakfpeare, (now in the Prerogative-Office, Doctor's Commons,) that he had forgot his wife; the legacy to her being expressed by an interlineation, as well as those to Heminge, Burbage, and Condell.

The will is written on three theets of paper, the two laft of which are undoubtedly subscribed with Shakfpeare's own hand. The first indeed has his name in the margin, but it differs somewhat in spelling as well as manner, from the two signatures that VOL. I.

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London, coram Magistro William Byrde, Legum Doctore, &c. vicefimo fecundo die menss Junii, Anno Domini 1616; juramento Johannis Hall unius ex. cui, &c. de bene, &c. jurat. reservata poteftate, &c. Sufannæ Hall, alt ex. &c. eam cum venerit, &c. petitur. &c.

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follow. The reader will find a fac-fimile of all the three, as well as those of the witnesses, oppofite this page. Steevens.

The name at the top of the margin of the first sheet was probably written by the scrivener who drew the will. This was the constant practice in Shakfpeare's time. MALONĖ.

By me William Shakspeare.] This was the mode of our poet's time. Thus the Register of Stratford is figned at the bottom of each page, in the year 1616: Per me Richard Watts, Minifter.” These concluding words have hitherto been inaccurately exhibited thus : “ --the day and year first above-written by me, William Shakspeare." Neither the day, nor year, nor any preceding part of this will, was written by our poet.

By me," &c. only means-The above is the will of me William Shakspeare. Malone.

Fra. Collins,] See p. 157. MALONE.

· Julius Shaw,] was born in Sept. 1571. He married Anne Boyes, May 5, 1594; and died at Stratford in June 1629.

MALONE. John Robinson,] John, son of Thomas Robinson, was baptized at Stratford, Nov, 30, 1589. I know not when he died.

MALONE. Hamnet Sadler.] See p. 158. MALONE.

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