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manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Sufannah Hall, and her heirs for ever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my faid daughter Judith one hundred and fifty pounds more, if she, or any issue 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 consideration from my deceafe according to the rate aforesaid : and if she die within the said term without iffue 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 fifter Joan Harte, and the use and profit thereof coming, shall be paid to my said sister Joan, and after her decease the fifty pounds shall remain amongst the children of my said lifter, equally to be divided amongst them; but if my faid 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 devile 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 the stock not to be paid unto her fo long as she shall be married and covert baron; but my will is, that she shall have the consideration 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 asigns, the living the said term after my decease; provided that if such husband as she fall at the end of the said three years be married unto, or at and after, do sufficiently 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 assurance, to his own use.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my said sister Joani 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 sons, 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 faid 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 Russel, 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 deceale.
Item, I give and bequeath to Hamlet Sadler twentyfix shillings eight pence to buy him a ring; to William Reynolds, gent. twenty-six shillings eight pence to buy him a ring; to my godson William Walker twenty fhillings in gold; to Anthony Nash, gent. twenty-six shillings eight pence; and to Mr. John Nash twenty-six shillings eight pence; and to my fellows John Heinynge, Richard Burbage, and Henry Cundell twenty-six millings eight pence apiece to buy the 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 Place, wherein I now dwell, and two nessuages or tenements, with the appurtenances, situate, lying, and being in Henley-street, within the borough of Stratford aforesaid; and all my barns, ftables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, situate, lying, and being, or to be had, reserved, preserved, or taken within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and grounds of Stratford upon Avon, Old Stratford, Bushaxton, 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 Black-Friers in London near the Wardrobe ; and all other my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever; to have and to hold all and singular the said premises, with their appurtenances, unto the said Susannah Hall, for and during the term of her natural life; and after her deceafe to the first son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said first son lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to the second son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said second son lawfully issuing; and for default of such heirs to the third son of the body of the said Susannah lawfully issuing, and of the heirs males of the body of the said third son lawfully issuing; and for default of fuch issue, the same to be and remain to the fourth, fifth, fixth, and seventh sons of her body, lawfully issuing one after another, and to the heirs males of the bodies of the said fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh sons lawfully issuing, in such manner as it is before limited to be and remain to the first, second, and third sons of her body, and to their heirs males; and for default of such issue, the said premises to be and remain to my faid niece Hall, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to my daughter Judith, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to the
right heirs of me the faid William Shakespeare for
Item, I give unto my wife my brown best bed with the furniture.
Item, I give and bequeath to my said daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bole. All the rest of my goods, chattels, leases, plate, jewels, and housholdstuff whatsoever, after my debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences discharged, I give, devise, and bequeath to my son-in-law John Hall, gent. and my daughter Susannah his wife, who I ordain and make executors of this my last will and teftament. And I do intreat and appoint the said Thomas Russel, esq; and Francis Collins, gent. to be overseers hereof. And do revoke all former wills, and publish this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand, the day and year first above-written, by me
Witness to the Publishing bereof,
Probatum coram Magistro William Byrde, Legum
Doctore Commissario, &c. vicesimo fecundo die menfis Junii, Anno Domini 1616. Juramento Johannis Hall unius ex. et cui, &c. de bene et Jurat Refervata poteftate et Susanne Hall alt. ex. & c. CH vendit, &c. petitur.
To the foregoing Accounts of SHAKESPEARE'S LIFE,
I have only one Paljage to add, which Mr. Pope related, as communicated to him by Mr. Rowe.
N the time of Elizabeth, coaches being yet un
common, 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 filed 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 fo 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 chan 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 bgy, Sir. In time Shakespeare found higher einployment; 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.