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Extracted froin the Registry of the Archbishop of
Vicefimo quinto die Martii Anno Regni Domini nofiri Jacobi nunc
Regis Anglia, c. decimo quarto & Scotia quadragefimo nono. Anno Domini 1616.
N the name of God, Amen. I William Shakespeare of
Stratford upon Avon, in the county of Warwich, gent. in perfect health and memory (God be praile) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in mavner and form following; that is to say:
First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and afluredly believing, through the only me. rits of folus Christ my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlalting; 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 Engliih money, to be paid unto her in manner and form following; that is to say, one hundred pounds in discharge of her marriage portion within one year after my deceale, with confiderations after the rate of two fliillings in the pound for so long time as the fame fhall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds residue thereof, upon her furrendering of or giving of such fufficient fecurity as the overleers of this my will shall like of, to furrender or grant all her estate and right that mall descend or come unto her after my decease, or that the now hath of, in, or to, one copyhold tenement
, with the appurtenances, lying and being in Stratford upon Avon aforefaid, in the faid county of Warwick, being parcel or helden of the manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Susannah Hall, and her heirs for ever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid daughter Juditla one hundred and fifty pounds more, if she, or any iiue of her body, be living at the end of three years next entuing the day of the date of this my will, during which time my executors to pay her consideration from my decease accord
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ing to the rate aforesaid: and if she die within the said term without iflue 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 fister Joan Harte, and the use and profit thereof coming, shall be paid to my faid fifter Joan, and after her decease the faid fifty pounds thall remain amongst the children of my said sister, equally to be divided amongst them; but if my laid 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 faid 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 confideration 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 afsigns, the living the said term after my deccafe; provided that if such husband as she shall at the end of the said three years be married unto, or at and after, do suficiently 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 so by my executors and overseers, then my will is, that the faid hundred and fifty pounds shall be paid to such husband as shall make such afsurance, to his own use.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid filter Joan twenty pounds, and all my wearing apparel, to be paid and delivered within one year after my decease; and I do will and devise 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 aforesaid ten pounds; to Mr. Thomas Combe my sword; to Thomas Rullel, 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 Thillings eight pence to buy him a ring; to William Rey, nolds, gent. twenty-six shillings eight pence to buy him a ring; to my godfon William Walker twenty thillings in gold; to Anthony Nath, gent. twenty-fix thillings eight pence; and to Mr. John Nash twenty-six shillings eight pence; and to my fellows John Hemynge, Richard Burbage *, and Henry Cundell twenty-fix thillings eight pence apiece to buy them rings.
Item, I give, will, bequeath, and devise unto my daughter Susannah Hall, for the better enabling of her to perform this my will, and towards the performance thereof, all that capital meffuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, in Stratford aforesaid, called The New 'lace, wherein i now dwell, and two meiluages or tenements, with the appurtenances, situate, lying, and being in Henley-street, within the borough of Stratford a furcsaid; and all my barns, ftables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, fituate, lying, and being, or to be had, reserva ed, preserved, or taken within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and grounds of Stratford upon Avon, Old Stratford, Bulhaxton, 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 Blach-Friers in London near the Wardrobe; and all other my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatfoever; to have and to hold all and 6ngular the fizid prenies, with their appurtenances, unto the faid Susannah Hall, for and during the term of her natural life; and after her decease to the firft fon of her body lawfully iruing, and to the heirs mals of the body of the laid firit fon lawfully ifting; and for default of such issue, to the second son of her body lawfully ifluing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said fecond son lawfully ifsuing;
* It appears from the registers in Doctors' Commons, that Burbage died in 1629. The wills of Hemynge and Cundell I could not meet with, though I fought 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 affociates.