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and for default of such heirs to the ihirl fon of ihe borly of the said Sufannah livfully illuins, and of the heirs maics of the body of the fud third fon lawfully illuing; and for de fault of such illue, the same to be an remain to the fourtlı, fifth, fixth, aizd feventh fons of her body, lawfully itting one after another, and to the heires males of the bodies of the faid fourth, fifth, fixth, and leventh fons lawfully illusing, in such manner as it is before limited to be, and remain to the first, fecond, and third tons of her body, and to their heirs inales; and for default of such illue, the frid premises to be and remain to my laid niece Hall, and the heiis males of her body lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to my daughter Judith, and the heirs males of her body lawfully itluing; and for default of such illue, to the right heirs of me the faid William Shakespeare for ever.
Item, I give unito my wife my brown beit bed with the furniture *
Item, i give and bequeath to my faid daughter Judith my broad silver gilt kolc. All the rist of my goods, chattels, lcafes, plate, jewels, and houil•ld-faff whatfuerer, after my debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences dilcharged, I give, devile, and bequeath to my fon-in-law, John Hall, geni, and my daughter Sufannah his wife, who I ordain and make executors of this my last will and testament. And I do intreat and appoint the faid Thomas Ruffel, elg, and Francis Collins, gent. to be overfoers hercof. And do revoke all former wills, and publith this to be niy last will and teitament. In witness whereof I have
* It appears, in the original will of Shakespeare (now in the i'rerogative Office Doctors' Commons) that he had forgot his wife; the legacy to her being expressed by an interlincation, as well as the tullemynge, Burbage, and Condell.
The will is written on three sheets of paper, the two last of which are undoubtedly subscribed with Shakespeare's own hand. The firtt indeed has his name in the margin, but it differs fomewhat in fpelling as well as manner, from the two signatures that follor, The rerder will find a fac-simile of all the three, as well a those of the winnefies, over-leaf.
This inforition was not obtained till it was too late to correct tie node in sihich our author's name has hitherto been printed, except in the title pages, where it now slands as it should be given -SHA K SPEARE.
hereunto put my hand, the day and year first above-written, by me
IVitness to the publishing hereof,
Probatum coram Magifro William Byrde, Legum Doelore
Commissaria, &c. vicesimo secundo die mensis Junii, Anno
uchued to the publiling
z obout so caltrolt
To the foregoing Accounts of SHAKESPEARE's Life, I have
only one Palage to add, which Mr. Pope related, as communicated to him by Mr. Rowe.
N the time of Elizabeth, coaches being yet uncommon,
and hired coaches not at all in use, those who were too proud, too tender, or too idle to walk, went on horseback to any distant business or diversion. Many came on horseback to the play", and when Shakespeare fled to London from the terror of a criminal prosecution, his first expedient was to wait at the door of the play-house, and hold the horses of those that had no servants, that they might be ready again after the performance. In this office he became so conspicuous for his care and readiness, that in a short time every man as he alighted called for Will. Shakespeare, and scarcely any other waiter was trusted with a horse while Will. 'Shakespeare could be had. This was the first dawn of better fortune. Shakespeare, finding more horses put into his hand than he could hold, hired boys to wait under his inspection, who, when Will. Shakespeare was summoned, were immediately to present themselves, I am Shakespeare's boy, Sir. In time Shakespeare found higher employment; but as long as the practice of riding to the play-house continued, the waiters that held the horses retained the appellation of, Shakespeare's boys t.
* Plays were at this time performed in the afternoon. pollicie of plaies is very necessary, howsoever fome fhallow-brained censurers (not the deepest searchers into the secrets of government) mightily oppugne them. For whereas the afternoone being the idleft time of the day wherein men that are their own masters (as gentlemen of the court, the innes of the court, and a number of captains and soldiers about London) do wholly bestow themTelves upon pleasure, and that pleasure they devide (how vertuously it skills not) either in gaming, following of harlots, drinking, or seeing a play, is it not better (since of four extreames all the world cannot keepe them but they will choose one) that they should betake them to the least, which is plaies?” Nath's Pierce Pennilesse bis Supplication to the Devil, 1595
STEEVENS. + I cannot dismiss this anecdote without observing that it seems to want every mark of probability. Though Shakespeare quitted