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expression, and indeed he has study'd him so well, and is so much a master of him, that whatever


of his he performs, he does it as if it had been written on purpose for him, and that the Author had exactly conceiv'd it as he plays it. I must own a particular obligation to him, for the most considerable part of the paffages relating to this life, which I have here tranfmitted to the publick ; his veneration for the memory of Shakespear having engaged him to make a journey into Warwickshire, on purpose to gather up what remains he could, of a name for which he had so

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The following Instrument was transmit

ted to us by John Anstis, Esq; Garter King at Arms : It is mark'd, G. 13. p. 349.

(There is also a Manuscript in the Heralds Office,

mark'd W. 2. p. 276; where notice is taken of this Coat, and that the Person to whom it was granted, bad born Magistracy at Stratford upon Avon.]

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O all and singular Noble and Gentlemen of all

Estates and degrees, bearing Arms, to whom these Presents shall come; William Dethick, Garter Principal King of Arms of England, and William Camden, alias Clarencieulx, King of Arms for the South, East, and West Parts of this Realm, send Greetings. Know ye, that in all Nations and Kingdoms the Record and Remembrance of the valiant Facts and virtuous Dispositions of worthy Men have been made known and divulged by certain Shields of Arms and tokens of Chivalrie; the Grant or Testimony whereof appertaineth unto us, by virtue of our offices from the Queen's most Excellent Majelty, and her Highness's most noble and victorious Progenitors: Wherefore being solicited, and by credible Report informed, that John Shakespere, now of Stratford upon Avon in the County of Warwick, Gentleman, whose Great Grandfather for his faithful and approved Service to the late most prudent Prince, King Henry VII of famous Memory, was advanced and rewarded with Lands and Tenements, given to him in those parts of Warwicksbire, where they have continued by fome Descents in good Reputation and Credit; And for that the said John Shakespere having married the Daughter and one of the Heirs of Robert ürden of


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Wellingcote in the said County, and also produced this his ancient Coat of Arms, heretofore assigned to him whilst he was her Majesty's Officer and Bailiff of that Town. In consideration of the Premises, and for the Encouragement of his Posterity, unto whom such Blazon of Arms and Atchievements of Inheritance from their said Mother, by the ancient Custom and Laws of Arms, may lawfully descend; We che faid Garter and Clarencieulx have assigned, granted, and confirmed, and by these Presents exemplified unto the said John Shakespere, and to his Posterity, that Shield and Coat of Arms, viz. In a Field of Gold upon a Bend Sables @ Spear of the first, the Point upward, headed Argent; and for his Crest or Cognisance, A Falcon, Or, with his Wings displayed, standing on a Wreathe of his Colours, supporting a Spear armed headed, or stee'ed Silver, fixed upon an Helmet with Mantles and Taffels, as more plainly may appear depicted in this Margent; And we have likewise impaled the same with the ancient Arins of the said Arden of Wellingcote; signifying thereby, that it may and shall be lawful for the faid John Shakespere, Gent. to bear and use the fanie Shield of Arms, single or impaled, as aforesaid, during his natural Life; and that it shall be lawful for his Children, Issue, and Posterity, lawfully begotten, to bear, use, and quarter, and shew forth the same, with their due Differences, in all lawful warlike Feats and civil Use or Exercises, according to the Laws of Arms, and Custom that to Gentlemen belongeth, without Let or Interruption of any Person or Persons, for use or bearing the same. In witness and Testimony whereof we have suitcrived our Names, and fastned the Seals of our Offices. Given at the Office of Arms, London, the

in the Forty fecond Year of the Reign of our most Gracious Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. 1599.


Day of

Extracted from the Registry of the Arch

bishop of Canterbury.

Vicefimo quinto die Martii Anno Rigni Domini

noftri Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ &c. decimo quarto & Scotia quadragefimo nono, Anno Dog mini 1616.


N the Name of God, Amen. I William Shake
Speare 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 One Hundred and Fifty Pounds of lawful English Money, to be paid unto her in manner and form tollowing; that is to say, One hundred Pounds in Dir. charge of her Marriage Portion within one Year after my Decease, with. Considerations 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 such sufficient Security as the Overseers of this my Will Mall like of, to surrender or grant all her Eftage and Right that shall descend or come unto k 4


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 SuSannab 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 Issue 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 fet forth by my Executors during the Life of my fister Joan Harte, and the Use and Profit thereof coming, shall be paid to my said Sister Joan, and after her Decease the Fifty Pounds shall remain amongst the Children of my said Sister, equally to be divided amongst them ; but if iny said Daughter Judith be living at the end of the said three Years, or any Issue of her Body, then my Willis, 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 Chil

en, if she have any, and if not, to her Executors and Aligns, she living the said Term after my Decease; provided that if such Husband as the shall at the end of the said three Years be married unto, or at and after, do sufficiently assure unto her, and the Iffue of her Body, Land answerable to the Portion by this my Will given unto her, and to be adjudged so by

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