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great worth. And my will and desire is, that he shall be kind to his aunt Beachame, and his aunt Rose Ken; by allowing the first about fifty shillings a year, in or for bacon and cheese, not more, and paying four pounds a year towards the boarding of her son's dyet to Mr. John Whitehead: for his aunt Ken, I desire him to be kind to her according to her necessitie and his own abilitie; and I commend one of her children, to breed up as I have said I intend to do, if he shall be able to do it, as I know he will ; for they be good folke. I give to Mr. John Darbyshire the Sermons of Mr. Anthony Farringdon, or of Dr. Sanderson, which my executor thinks fit. To my servant, Thomas Edgill, I give five pound in money, and all my cloths, linen and woollen, except one suit of cloths, which I give to Mr. Holinshed, and forty shillings if the said Thomas be my servant at my death; if not, my cloths only. And I give my old friend, Mr. Richard Marriott,* ten pounds in money, to be paid him within three months after my death; and I desire my son to shew kindness to him if he shall neede, and my son can spare it. And I do hereby will and declare my son Izaak to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament; and Dr. Hawkins to see that he performs it; which I doubt not but he will, I desire my burial may be near the place of my death, and free from any ostentation or charge, but privately. This I make to be my last will (to which I shall only add the codicil for rings), this sixteenth day of August,
one thousand six hundred eighty-three. IZAAK WALTON. Witness to this will.
The rings I give, are as on the other side. Το my brother John Ken; to my sister, his wife; to my brother, Doctor Ken; to my sister Pye; to Mr. Francis Morley ; to Mr. George Vernon; to his wife; to his three daughters; to Mistris Nelson; to Mr. Richard Walton; to Mr. Palmer; to Mr. Taylor; to Mr. Thomas Garrard ; to the Lord Bishop of Sarum ; to Mr. Rede, his servant; to my cousin Dorothy Kenrick ; to my cousin Lewin; to Mr. Walter Higgs; to Mr. Charles Cotton; to Mr. Richard Mar
To my brother Beacham; to my sister, his wife; to the lady Anne How; to Mrs. King, Doctor Phillips's wife; to Mr. Valentine Harecourt; to Mrs. Eliza Johnson; to Mrs. Mary Rogers ; to Mrs. Eliza Milward; to Mrs. Dorothy Wollop; to Mr. Will. Milward, of Christ-church, Oxford ; to Mr. John Darbyshire ; to Mr. Undevill; to Mrs. Rock; to Mr. Peter White; to Mr. John Lloyde; to my cousin Creinsell's Widow; Mrs. Dalbin must not be forgotten: 16. Izaak Walton. Note, that several lines are blotted out of this will, for they were twice repeated, and that this will is now signed and sealed this twenty and fourth day of October, one thousand six hundred eighty-three, in the presence of us : Witness, Abraham Markland, Jos. Taylor, Thomas Crawley.
[The following are the verses mentioned on page Isxviii.]
MR. IZAAK WALTON.
FAREWELL, thou busy world, and may
We never meet again ;
And do more good in one short day
Good God! how sweet are all things here !
How cleanly do we feed and lie !
What peace, what unanimity! How innocent from the lewd fashion Is all our business, all our creation !
Oh how happy here's our leisure !
How I love, at liberty,
Dear solitude, the soul's best friend,
With thee I here converse at will,
And would be glad to do so still,
How calm and quiet a delight
Is it, alone,
By none offended, and offending none !
Oh my beloved nymph, fair Dove !
Upon thy flowery banks to lie,
Playing at liberty :
The all of treachery
Such streams Rome's yellow Tiber cannot show,
Beloved Dove, with thee
To vie priority;
beloved rocks! that rise
How dearly do I love,
And, from the vales, to view the noble heights above!
Your gloomy entrails make,
Have I taken, do I take !
In your recesses' friendly shade,
All my sorrows open laid, And my most secret woes usted to your privacy!