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cientlie fave and keepe harmless the faid Henry Walker, his executors, adminiftrators, and affignes, and every of them, and the faid premiffes by theis prefents demifed, and every parcell thereof, with thappurtenaunts, of and from all and al manner of former and other bargaynes, fales, guiftes, graunts, leafes, jointures, dowers, intailes, ftatuts, recognizaunces, judgments, executions; and of, and from, all and every other charge, titles, troubles, and incumbrances whatsoever by the faid William Shakespeare, William Johnson, John Jackson, and John Hemyng, or any of them, or by their or any of their meanes, had made, committed or done, before thenfealing and delivery of theis prefents, or hereafter before the said nyne and twentieth day of September next comming after the date hereof, to bee had, made, committed or done, except the rents and fervits to the cheef lord or lords of the fee or fees of the premiffes, for, or in refpect of, his or their fegnorie or feignories onlie, to bee due and done.

IN WITNESSE whereof the faid parties to theis indentures interchangeablie have fett their feales. Yeoven the day and years first above written, 1612 [1612-13].


Wm Shakspe.

Wm Johnfon. Jo. Jackson.

Enfealed and delivered by the
Jaid William Shakespeare,
William Johnson, and John
Jackfon, in the prefence of

Will. Atkinson.
Ed. Oudry.

Robert Andrews, Scr.3 Henry Lawrence, Servant to the said Scr.

2 John Heming did not fign, or feal. MALONE.

i. e. Scrivener. MALONE.



In the Office of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

Vicefimo quinto die Martii, Anno Regni Domini noftri Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ, &c. decimo quarto, et Scotia quadragefimo nono.

Domini 1616.



N the name of God, Amen. I William Shakfpeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, gent. in perfect health and memory, (God be praised!) do make and ordain this my laft will and teftament in manner and form following; that is to fay:

First, I commend my foul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and affuredly believing, through the only merits of Jefus Chrift my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlasting; and my body to the earth whereof it 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 following; that is to fay, one hundred pounds

4 Our poet's will appears to have been drawn up in February, though not executed till the following month; for February was firft written, and afterwards ftruck out, and March written over it. MALONE.

in discharge of her marriage portion within one year after my deceafe, with confideration after the rate of two fhillings in the pound for fo long time as the fame fhall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds refidue thereof, upon her furrendering of, or giving of fuch fufficient fecurity as the overfeers of this my will fhall like of, to surrender or grant, all her eftate and right that shall defcend or come unto her after my decease, or that he 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 holden of the manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Sufanna Hall, and her heirs for ever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid daughter Judith one hundred and fifty pounds more, if the, or any iffue of her body, be living at the end of three years next enfuing the day of the date of this my will, during which time my executors to pay her confideration from my deceafe according to the rate aforefaid: and if the die within the faid, term without iffue of her body, then my will is, and I do give and bequeath one hundred pounds thereof to my niece5 Elizabeth Hall, and the fifty pounds to be fet forth by my executors during the life of my fifter Joan Hart, and the use and profit thereof coming, fhall be paid to my faid fifter Joan, and after her decease the faid fifty pounds fhall remain amongst the children of my faid fifter, equally to be divided amongst them; but if my


to my niece-] Elizabeth Hall was our poet's granddaughter. So, in Othello, A& I. fc. i. Iago fays to Brabantio: "You'll have your nephews neigh to you;" meaning his grandchildren. See the note there. MALONE.

faid daughter Judith be living at the end of the faid three years, or any iffue of her body, then my will is, and fo I devife and bequeath the faid hundred and fifty pounds to be fet out by my executors and overfeers for the best benefit of her and her issue, and the ftock not to be paid unto her fo long as the fhall be married and covert baron; but my will is, that the fhall have the confideration yearly paid unto her during her life, and after her decease the faid ftock and confideration to be paid to her children, if the have any, and if not, to her executors or affigns, fhe living the said term after my decease: provided that if fuch hufband as the fhall at the end of the faid three years be married unto, or at any [time] after, do fufficiently affure unto her, and the iffue of her body, lands anfwerable to the portion by this my will given unto her, and to be adjudged fo by my executors and overfeers, then my will is, that the faid hundred and fifty pounds fhall be paid to fuch husband as fhall make fuch affurance, to his own use.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my said fifter Joan twenty pounds, and all my wearing apparel, to be paid and delivered within one year after my deceafe; and I do will and devife unto her the house, with the appurtenances, in Stratford, wherein the dwelleth, for her natural life, under the yearly rent of twelve-pence.

Item, I give and bequeath unto her three fons, William Hart, Hart, and Michael Hart,

6 Hart,] It is fingular that neither Shakspeare nor any of his family thould have recollected the christian name of his nephew, who was born at Stratford but eleven years before the making of his will. His chriftian name was Thomas; and he was baptized in that town, July 24, 1605. MALONE.

five pounds apiece, to be paid within one year my decease.


Item, I give and bequeath unto the faid Elizabeth Hall all my plate, (except my broad filver and gilt bowl,7) that I now have at the date of this my will.

Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of Stratford aforefaid ten pounds; to Mr. Thomas Combe my fword; to Thomas Ruffel, efq. five pounds; and to Francis Collins of the borough of Warwick, in the county of Warwick, gent. thirteen pounds fix fhillings and eight-pence, to be paid within one year after my decease.

7—except my broad filver and gilt bowl,] This bowl, as we afterwards find, our poet bequeathed to his daughter Judith. Inftead of bowl, Mr. Theobald, and all the subsequent editors, have here printed hores. MALONE.

Mr. Malone meant-boxes; but he has charged us all with having printed hores, which we moft certainly have not printed. STEEVENS.

Mr. Thomas Combe,] This gentleman was baptized at Stratford, Feb. 9, 1588-9, fo that he was twenty-feven years old at the time of Shakspeare's death. He died at Stratford in July 1657, aged 68; and his elder brother William died at the fame place, Jan. 30, 1666-7, aged 80. Mr. Thomas Combe by his will made June 20, 1656, directed his executors to convert all his perfonal property into money, and to lay it out in the purchase of lands, to be settled on William Combe, the eldest son of John Combe of Allchurch in the county of Worcester, Gent. and his heirs male; remainder to his two brothers fucceffively. Where, therefore, our poet's sword has wandered, I have not been able to difcover. I have taken the trouble to ascertain the ages of Shakspeare's friends and relations, and the time of their deaths, because we are thus enabled to judge how far the traditions concerning him which were communicated to Mr. Rowe in the beginning of this century, are worthy of credit. MALONE.


to Francis Collins-] This gentleman, who was the fon of Mr. Walter Collins, was baptized at Stratford, Dec. 24, I know not when he died. MALONE.


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