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mas Gotherum, who was bred with me from a child, thirty pounds: I give to my servant Plomer twenty pounds: I give to Daty my cook twenty pounds : I give to Henry Brown twenty pounds : I give to Richard Smith twenty pounds: I give to William Sayers ten pounds: I give to John Large twenty pounds : 1 give to old good wife Smith ten pounds; I give to Peter Radford's wife five pounds: I give to every mean servant that attends mé and is not already named, five pounds.
The general devise and bequest of all my lands and goods to the performance of my will.
Whereas by former assurance made to sir John Constable knight, my brother-in-law, and to sir Thomas Crewe, and sir Thomas Hedley, knight, and serjeants at law, and some other persons now deceased; all my lands and tenements in Hertfordshire, were by me conveyed in trust: And whereas of late my fine, and the whole benefit thereof, was by his majesty's letters patents conveyed to Mr. Justice Hutton, Mr. Justice Chamberlain, sir Francis Barneham and sir Thomas Crewe knight, persons by me named in trust; I do devise by this my will, and declare, that the trust by me reposed, as well touching the said lands as upon the said letters patents, is, that all and every the said persons so trusted, shall perform all acts and assurances that
by my executors, or the survivor or survivors of them shall be thought fit and required, for the payment and satisfaction of my debts and legacies, and performance of my will, having a charitable care that the poorest either of my creditors or legataries be first satisfied.
I do farther give and devise all my goods, chattels and debts due to me whatsoever, as well
my pension of twelve hundred pounds per Annum from the king for certain years yet to come, as all my plate, jewels, houshold stufi, goods and chattels whatsoever, (except such as by this my last will I have especially bequeathed to my executors, for the better and more ready payment of my debts, and performance of my will.) And because I conceive there will be
the moneys raised by sale of my lands, leases, goods and chattles, a good round surplusage, over and above that which may serve to satisfy my debts and legacies, and perform my will; I do devise and declare, that my executors shall employ the said surplusage in manner and form following; that is to say, that they purchase there with so much land of inheritance, as may esect and endow two lectures in either the universities, one of which lectures shall be of natural philosophy, and the sciences in general thereunto belonging; hoping that the stipends or salaries of the lectures may amount
to two hundred pounds a year for either of them; and for the ordering of the said lectures from time to time, I leave it to the care of my executors, to be established by the advice of the lords bishops of Lincoln and Coventry and Lichfield.
Nevertheless thus much I do direct, that none shall be lecturer (if he be English) except he be master of arts of seven years standing, and that he be not profess’d in divinity, law or physic, as long as he remains lecturer; and that it be without difference whether (he) be a stranger or English: and I wish my executors to consider of the president of Sir Henry Saville's lectures for their better instruction,
I constistute and appoint for my executors of this my last will and testament, my approved good friend the right honourable Sir Humphrey Maye chancellor of his majesty's duchy of Lancaster, Mr. Justice Hutton, Sir Thomas Crewe, Sir Francis Barneham, Sir John Constable, and Sir Euball Thelwall; and I name and intreat to be one of my supervisors, my most noble, constant and true friend the duke of Buckingham, unto whom I do most humbly make this my last request, that he will reach forth his hand of grace to assist the just perform mance of this my will, and likewise that he will be graciously pleased for my sake to protect and help such of my good servants, as my executors shall at
any time recommend to his grace's favour; and also I do desire his grace in all humbleness to commend the memory of my long continued and faithful service unto my most gracious sovereign, who ever when he was prince was my pa ron, as I shall (who have now, I praise God, one foot in heaven) pray
for him while I have breath. And because of his grace's great business, I presume also to name for another of my supervisors, my good friend and near ally the Master of the Rolls.
And I do most earnestly intreat both my executors and supervisors, that although I know well it is matter of trouble and travail unto them, yet considering what I have been, that they would vouchsafe to do this last office to my memory and good name, and to the discharge of mine honour and conscience; that all men may be duly paid their own, that my good mind by their good care may effect that good work.
Whatsoever I have given, granted, confirmed or appointed to my wife, in the former part of this my will, I do now for just and great causes utterly revoke and make void, and leave her to her right only. I desire
my executors to have special care to discharge a debt by bond (now made in
my sickness to Mr. Thomas Mewtes) he discharging me fully towards Sir Robert Douglass, and to procure Sir Robert Douglass his patent to be delivered to him.
FR. ST ALBAN. Published the pineteenth day of December, 1625,
in the presence of W. Rawley, Ro. Halpeny, Stephen Paise,
Will. Atkins, Thomas Kent, Edward Legge. Decimo tertio die mensis Julii Anno Domini millesimo seacen
tesimo vicesimo septimo emanavit commissio domino Roberto Rich militi supremæ curiæ cuncellariæ magistror' uni, f. Thomæ Meautys armigero, creditoribus honorandi viri domini Francisci Bacon militis domini Verulam vicecomitis sancti Albani defunct, habentibus &c. ad administrand' bona jura f credita dicti defuncti Francisci Bacon defunct' juata tenorem f. effectum ipsius testamenti suprascript', eo quod dominus Thomas Crewe miles et dominus Johànnes Constable miles executores in hujusmodi testamento nominat' alias vigorc mandator' sive occasionum a curia prærogať Cantuar' emanat ad id legitimie et peremptorie cituti, onus executionis testament suprascript in se suscipere recusarunt f denegarunt, saltem plus juste distulerunt; eoque quod dominus Humphridus Maye miles cancellarius ducatus, Lancastria, dominus Ricardus Hutton miles unus justitiariorum domini nostri regis de banco coram, dominus Euball Thelwall miles supreme curiæ cancellariæ magistrorum unus, et dominus Franciscus Barnham miles, executores etiam in testamento suprascript' nominat', ex. certis eausis eos et amicos suos in ea parte juste moven' oneri executionis testument suprascript expresse renuntiarunt, prout ex actis curiæ prædict plenius liquet et apparet, de bene et fideliter administrando eadem ad sancta Dei evangelia in debita juris forma jurat'.
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