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ing to the rate aforesaid: and if she die within the said term without ifsue 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 sister Joan, and after her decease the said fifty pounds shall remain amongst the children of my said fifter, equally to be divided amongst them; but if my faid daughter Judith be living at the end of the said 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 my 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 not, to her executors and asfigns, she living the said 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 sufficiently 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 to by my executors and overseers, then my will is, that the said hundred and fifty pounds shall be paid to such husband as fall make such assurance, to his own use.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my said sister Joan twenty pounds, and all my wearing apparel, to be paid and delivered within one year after my decease; and I do will and devile unto her the house, with the appurtenances, in Stratford, wherein she dwelleth, for her natural life, under the yearly value 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 one year after my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth Hall all my plate that I now have, except my broad silver and gilt boxes, at the date of this my will.
Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of Stratford aforelaid ten pounds; to Mr. Thomas Combe my sword; to Thomas Russel, esq. five pounds; and to Francis Collins of the borough of Warwick, in the county of Warwick,
gent. thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence, to be paid within one year after my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath to Hamlet Sadler twenty-fix shillings eight pence to buy him a ring; to William Reynolds, gent. twenty-fix Millings eight pence to buy him a ring; to my godson William Walker twenty shillings in gold; to Anthony Nash, gent. twenty-fix shillings eight pence; and to Mr. John Nash twenty-fix shillings eight pence; and to my fellows John Hemynge, Richard Burbage *, and Henry Cundell twenty-six íhillings eight pence apiece to buy them rings.
liem, I give, will, bequeath, and devise unto my daughter Sufannah 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 mefiuages 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, reseryed, preserved, or taken within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and grounds of Stratford upon Avon, Old Stratford, Bushaxton, and Welcombe, or in any of them, in the said county of Warwick; and also all that messuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, wherein one John Robinson dwelleth,, situate, lying, and being in the black-Friers in London near the Wardrobe;, and all other my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever; to have and to hold all and fingular the said premises, with their appurtenances, unto the said Susannah Hall, for and during the term of her natural life; and after her decease to the first son of her body lawa fully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said firit fon lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to the second son of her body lawfully illuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said second son lawfully iffuing;
* It appears from the registers in Doctors' Conimons, that Bur. bage died in 1629. The wills of Hemynge and Cundell I could not meet with, though I sought for them as low as the year 1641. Several wills indeed I found with the names of J. Hemynge and Henry Cundell annexed, but they contain nothing characteristick of Shakespeare's associates,
and for default of such heirs to the third son of the body of the said Susannah lawfully issuing, and of the heirs males of the body of the said third fon lawfully issuing; and for default of such iflue, the same to be and remain to the fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh sons of her body, lawfully issuing one after another, and to the heires males of the bodies of the said fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh fons lawíully ifsuing, in such manner as it is before limited to be, and remain to the first, second, and third fons 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 law:fully ifsuing; and for default of such ifrue, to the right heirs pf me the laid William Shakespeare for ever. .
Item, I give unto my wife my brown best bed with the furniture *.
Item, I give and bequeath to my said daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bole. "All the rest of my goods, chattels, leales, plate, jewels, and houshold-fuff whatsoever, after my debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences difcharged, I give, devise, and bequeath to my son-in-law, John Hall, gent. and my daughter Susannah his wife, who
ordain and make executors of this my last will and teftament. And I do intrcat and appoint the said Thomas Ruflel, 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
It appears, in the original will of Shakespeare (now in the rrerogative Office Doctors' Commons) that he had forgot his we; the legacy to her being exprefied by an interlineation, as well as those to lhe:nynge, Burbage, and Condell.
he will is written on three sheets of paper, the two last of Ich are undoubtedly subscribed with Shakespeare's own hand. e first indeed has his name in the margin, but it differs someat in speiling as well as manner, from the two signatures that Mow. The reader will find a fac-simile of all the three, as well as those of the witnefles, over-leaf. This information was not obtained till it was too late to correct mode in which our author's name has hitherto been printed, pt in the title pages, where it now lands as it should be given
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hereunto put my hand, the day and year first above-written, by me
Witness to the publishing hereof,
Probatum coram Magiftro William Byrde, Legum Doclore
Commissario, &c. vicefimo fecundo die menfis Junii, Anno,