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In the Office of the Prerogative Court of Canter


Vicefimo quinto die Martii, 'Anno Regni Domini noftri

Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ, &c. decimo quarto, Scotiæ quadragefimo nono.

Anno Domini 1616,


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In the game of God, Amen. i William Shakspeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, gent. in perfećt health and memory, (God be praised!) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forin fol. lowing; that is to say:

First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ 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 say, one hundred pounds in discharge of her marriage portion within one


decease, with consideration after the

year after

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

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rate of two shillings in the pound for so long time as the same shall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds residue thereof, upon her surrendering of, or giving of such fufficient security as the overseers of this niy will shall like of, to surrender or grant, all her estate and right that fhall descend or come unto her after my decease, or that she now hath, of, in, or to, one copyhold tenement, with the appustenances; lying and being in Stratford-upon-Avon aforesaid, in the said county of Warwick, being parce! or holden of the manor of Rowington, unto my daughter Susanna 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 confideration from my decease according to the rate aforesaid: and if the die within the faid term without issue 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 iny executors durįng the life of my filter Joan Hart, and the use and profit thereof coming, fhall be paid to my said fifter, Joan, and after her decease the fạid fifty pounds shall remain amongst the children of my faid filter, equally to be divided amongst them but if

my said daughter Judith be living at the end of the said

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niece -] Elizabeth Hall was our poet's grand, daughter. So, in Othello, Act 1. fc. i. Iago says to Brabantio, " You'll have your nephews neigh to you;” meaning his grand, children. See the note these. MALONE.

three years, or any issue of her body, then my 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 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 or assigns, she living the said term after my decease: provided that if such husband as she

: shall at the end of the said three years be married uhto, or at any time) after, do sufficiently assure unto her, and the issue of her body, lands anfwerable 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 said 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 fifter 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 rent 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

iny decease.

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Hart, ] It is fingular that neither Shakspeare nor any of 'his family should have recollected the christian name of his nephew, who was born at Stratford but eleven years

Item, I give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth Hall all my plate, (except my broad silver and gilt bowl,“ } that I now have 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 Russell, Esq. five pounds; and to Francis Collins8 of the borough of War



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before the making of his will. His christian name was Thomas; and he was baptized in that town, July 24, 1605.

MALONE. 6 -- except my broad silver and gilt bowl, ] This bowl, as we afterwards find, our poet bequeathed to his daughter Judith. Instead of bowl Mr. Theobald, and all the subsequent editors, have here printed hoxes. MALONE.

Mr. Malone meant boxes; but be has charged us all with having printed hoxes, which we most certainly have not printed. STEEVENS.

1--- Mr. Thomas Combe, ] This gentleman was baptized at Stratford, Feb. 9, 1588-9, so that he was twenty-seven years old at the time of Shakspeare's death. He died at Strat

, ford in July 1657, aged 68; and his elder brother William died at the same place, Jan. 30, 1666-7, aged 80. Mr. Thomas Combe by his will made June 20, 1656, directed his executors to convert all his personal property into money, and lay it out in the purchafe 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 successively. Where, therefore our poet's {word has wandered, I have not been able to discover. 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 son of Mr. Walter Collins, was baptized at Stratford, Dec. 24, 1582. I know not when he died. MALONE.

wick, in the county of Warwick, gent. thirteen pounds fix shillings and eight-pence, to be paid within one year after my decease.

Item, I give and bequeath to Hamlet [Hamnet] Sadlero twenty-fix shillings eight-pence, to buy him a ring; to William Reynolds, gent. twen

, ty-fix shillings eight-pence, to buy him a ring; to my godson William Walker,' twenty shillings in gold; to Anthony Nash,' gent. twenty-six shillings eight-pence; and to Mr. John Nash,* twentyfix shillings eight-pence; and to my fellows, John Hemynge, Richard Burbage, and Henry Cundell," twenty-fix shillings eight pence apiece, to buy them rings.

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to Hamnet Sadler -a] This gentleman was godfather to Shakspeare's only fon, who was called after him. Mr. Sadler, I believe, was born about the year 1550, and died at Stratford-upon-Avon, in October 1624. His wife Judith Sadler, who was godmother to Shakspeare's youngest daughter, was buried there, March 23, 1613-14. Our poet probably was godfather to their fon William, who was baptized at Stratford, Feb. 5, 1597-8. MALONE.

to my godfon, William Walker, ] William the son of Henry Walker, was baptized at Stratford, O&. 16, 1608. I mention this circumstance, because it ascertains that our au. thor was at his native town in the autumn of that year. Mr. William Walker was buried at Stratford, March 1, 1679-80.

MALONE. !-- to Anthony Nah, ] He was father of Mr. Thomas Nash, who married our poet's grand-daughter, Elizabeth Hall. He lived, I believe, at Welcombe, where his estate lay; and was buried at Stratford, Nov. 18, 1622. MALONE,

+--to Mr. John Nash, ] This gentleman died at Stratford, and was buried there, Nov. 10, 1623, Malone.

-- to my fellows, John Hemynge, Richard Burbage, and Henry Gundell, ] These our poet's fellows did not very long fürvive him. Burbage died in March, 1619; Cundell'in December, 1627; and Heminge in October, 1630. See their wills in the Account of our old Actors in Vol. III. MALONE.

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