Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

terton's fine performance of that part ; a man, who, though he had no other good qualities, as he has a great many, must have made his way into the esteem of all inen of letters, by this only excellency. No man is better acquainted with Shak. speare's manner of expression, and indeed he has studied him so well, and is so much a master of him, that whatever part of his he perforins, he does it as if it had been written on purpose for him, and that the author had exactly conceived it as he plays it. I must own a particular obligation to him, for the most considerable part of the passages relating to this life, which I have here transmitted to the publick; his veneration for the memory of Shakspeare having engaged him to make a journey into Warwickshire, on purpose to gather up what remains he could, of a pame for which he had so great a veneration *.

* This Account of the Life of Shakspeare is printed from Mr. Rowe's second edition, in which it had been abridged and altered by himself after its appearance in 1709.

[ocr errors]

Extracted from the Registry of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Vicefimo quinto die Martii Anno Regni Domini noftri Jacobi nunc Regis Anglia, &c,

decimo quarto & Scotia quadragesimo nono, Anno Domini 1616,

TN the name of God, Amen. I William Shakspeare of Stratford upon Avon, in the I 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, boping, and affuredly 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 Jawful English money, to be paid urto her in manner and form following ; that is to fay, one hundred pounds in discharge of her marriage portion within one year after my decease, with confiderations after the rate of two shillings in the pound for so long time as the same thall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds residue thereof, upon ber surrendering of or giving of such sufficient security as the overseers of this my will shall like of, to surrender or grant all her estate and right that shall 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 aforesaid, in the said county of Warwick, being parcel or holden of the manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Susannah 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 iflne 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 consi. deration from my decease according to the rate aforesaid : and if the die within the said term without issue of her body, then my will is, and I do give and bequeath one hun. dred pounds thereof to my niece Elizabeth Hall, and the fifty pounds to be set forth by my executors during the life of my Gfter Joan Harte, and the use and profit thereof coming, fhall be paid to my said liiter Joan, and after her decease tbe laid fifty pounds shall remain among the children of my said fifter, equally to be divided amongst them ; but

is os laid daughter Judith be living at the end of the said three years, or any issue of ber body, then iny will is, 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 tse kick not to be paid unto ber so long as she shall be married and covert baron ; but De wil is, that the shall have the confideration yearly paid unto her during her life, and after her decease the said stock and confideration to be paid to her children, if she bare aay, and if not, to her executors and asligns, the living the said term after my decek ; provided that if such husband as the fall at the end of the said three years be ex: edunto, or at and after, do fufficiently affure unto her, and the issue of her body, acd aaiserable to the portion by this my will given unto her, and to be adjudged so by De secutors and overseers, then my will is, that the said hundred and fifty pounds tau be paid to such hofbind as Niall make such aflurance, to bis own ufe.

1:21, I give and bequeath unto my said hifter Joan twenty pounds, and all my wear. icz apparel, to be paid and delivered within one year after my deceafe ; and I do will and devik unto her the house, with the appurtenances, in Stratford, wherein she dwel. lets, for her natural life, under the yearly value of twelve-pence.

Ies, I give and bequeath into her three sons, William Hart, - Hart, and Michael Hart, five pounds apiece, to be paid within one year after my decease.

1+, I give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth Hall all my plate that I now have, crepe ny broad filver and gilt boxes, at the date of this my will.

liss, I give and bequeath unto the poor of Stratford aforesaid ten pounds; to Mr. Toomas Combe my sword; to Thoinas Russel, esq. five pounds; and to Francis Col. 1 * of the borough of Warwick, in the county of Warwick, gent. Thirteen pounds fix

lings and eight-pence, to be paid within one year after my decease.

1*, I give and bequeath to Hamlet Sadler twenty-fix Billings eight-pence to buy big a ring ; to William Reynolds, gent. twenty-fix shillings eight-pence to buy ho a ring; to my godson William Walker twenty thillings in gold; to Anthony Nam, 5+2:. twenty ex-thillings eight-pence; and to Mr. John Naih twenty-six shillings eightpace; and to my fellows John Hemynge, Richard Burbage, and Henry Cundell iwenty-fix thillings eight pence apiece to buy them rings.

Isre, I give, will, bequeath, and devise unto my daughter Susannah Hall, for the betier enabiing of her to perform this my will, and towards the performance thereof, all that capital meffuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, in Stratford aforesaid, ald The New Place, wherein I now dwell, and two meffuages or tenements, with De appartenances, fituate, lying, and being in Henley-street, within the borough of Stiat ord aforesaid; and all my barns, stables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and kreditaments whatsoever, situate, lying, and being, or to be had, reserved, preserved, er ta'sen within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and groands of Siratford upon Aina, Old Suratiord, Bushaxton, and Welcome, or in any of them, in the said county 0: Warwick; and also all that mesfuage or tenement, with the appurtevances, wherein oe John Rooinfon dwelleth, situate, lying, and being in the Black-Friers in London leur the Wardrobe ; and all other my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever; to have and to hold all and fingular the said premises, with their appurtenances, 00:0 the said Susannah Hall, for and during the term of her natural life ; and after her dcccale to the first son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said first son lawfully ilTuing ; and for default of such issue, to the fecond son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said second son law. fuly ifuing; and for default of such heirs to the third son of the body of the said Susanat lawfully issuing, and of the heirs males of the body of the said third fon lawfully Jurag; and for default of such iffue, the same to be and remain to the fourth, fifth, ézh, and seventh sons of her body, lawfully illuing one after another, and to the heirs Files of the bodies of the said fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh sons lawtuily issuing, in Eroner as it is before limited to be, and remain to the first second, and third fons cê ter body, and to their heirs males; and for default of such issue, the said premises to be and remain to my laid niece Hall, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing ; actor default of such issue, to my daughter Judith, and the heirs males of her body lavjally illuing; and for default of such issue, to the right heirs of me the said William Shakincare for ever.

lica, I give unto my wife my brown best bed with the furniture.

Item, I give and bequeath to my said daughter Judith my broait lilver gilt bole. All Ite set of my goods, chattels, leares, plate, jewels, and houshold-stuff whatsoever, after ty debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences discharged, I give, devise, ad bequeath to my son-in-law, John Hall, gent, and my daughter Susannan his wife,

who

who I ordain and make executors of this my last will and testament. And I do intrea and appoint the said Thomas Ruffel, esq. and Francis Collins, gent. to be overseers hereof. And, I do revoke all former wills, and publish this to be my last will and teftament. In witness whereof I have here unto put my band, the day and year first abovewritten, by me

William Shakspeare.

Witnefs to the publishing hereof,

Fra. Collins,
Julius Shaw,
John Robinson,
Hamlet Sadler,
Robert Whattcott.

Probatum coram Magistro William Byrde, Legum Do&ore Commissario, &c. vicefimo

fecundo die menfis Junii, Anno Domini 1616. Juramento Johannis Hall unius ex. et cui, &c. de bene et Jurat' reservata poteftate et Susanna Hall alt. ex. &c. cui ven. dit, &c. petitur.

THE

[ocr errors][merged small]
« PoprzedniaDalej »