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the said rent, if care be taken to keep the barn and housing in repair; and I would have, and do give ten pound of the said rent, To bind out, yearly, two boys, the sons of honest and poor parents, to be apprentices to some tradesmen or handy-craft men, to the intent the said boys may the better afterward get their own living. And I do also give five pound yearly, out of the said rent, to be given to some maidservant, that hath attained the age of twenty and one years, not less, and dwelt long in one service, or to some honest poor-man's daughter, that hath attained to that age, to be paid her at or on the day of her marriage: and this being done, my will is, that what rent shall remain of the said farme or land, shall be disposed of as followeth : first I do give twenty shillings yearly, to be spent by the major of Stafford and those that shall collect the said rent and dispose of it as I have and shall hereafter direct; and that what money or rent shall remain undisposed of, shall be imployed to buy coals for some poor people, that shall most need them, in the said towne; the said coals to be delivered the first weeke in January, or in every first week in February; I say then, because I take that
time to be the hardest and most pinching times with poor people; and God reward those that shall do this without partiality, and with honesty, and a good conscience. And if the said major and others of the said towne of STAFFORD shall prove so negligent, or dishonest, as not to imploy the rent by me given as intended and exprest in this my will, which God forbid,—then I give the said rents and profits of the said farme, or land, to the towne, and chief magistrates or governors, of EcLeSHALL, to be disposed of by them in such manner as I have ordered the disposal of it by the towne of Stafford, the said farme or land being near the towne of Ecleshall. And I give to mỳ son-in-law, Dr. HAWKINS, whom love as my own son; and to MY DAUGHTER, HIS WIFE; and my son Izaak; to each of them a ring, with these words or motto ; “ Love my memory, 1. W. obiit to the Lord Bishop of Winton a ring, with this motto; “ A mite for a million, I. W. obiit
" and to the friends hereafternamed, I give to each of them a ring with this motto; “ A friend's farewell, I. W. obiit
" And my will is, the said rings be delivered within forty days after my death : and that the price or value of all the said rings shall be thirteen shillings and four-pence a piece. I give to Dr. HAWKINS, Doctor Donne's Sermons, which I have heard preacht, and read with much content. To'my son Izaak, I give Doctor Sibbs his Soul's Conflict ; and to MY DAUGHTER his Bruised Reed, 1 desiring them to read them so as to be well acquainted with them. And I also give unto her all my books at Winchester and Droxford, and whatever in those two places are, or I can call mine, except a trunk of linen, which I give to my son IZAAK: but if he do not live to marry, or make use of it, then I give the same to my grand-daughter, Anne Hawkins. And I give MY DAUGHTER Doctor Hall's Works, which be now at Farnham. To my son Izaak I give all my books, not yet given, at Farnhain Castell ; and a deske of prints and pictures; also a cabinett near my bed's head, in which are some
(1) This book was an instrument in the conversion of Mr. Richard Baxter, See Di. Calamy's Life of him, page 7.
little things that he will value, though of no great worth. And my will and desire is, that he shall be kind to his aunt BEACHAME, and his aunt Rose Ken; by allowing the first about fifty shillings a-year, in or for bacon and cheese, not more, and paying four pounds a-year towards the boarding of her son's dyet to Mr. John Whitehead : for his aunt Ken, I desire him to be kind to her according to her necessitie and his own abilitie; and I commend one of her children, to breed up as I have said I intend to do, if he shall be able to do it, as I know he will; for they be good folke. I give to Mr. John DARBYSHIRE the Sermons of Mr. Anthony Farringdon, or of Dr. Sanderson, which my executor thinks fit. To my servant, THOMAS EDGILL, I give five pound in money, and all my cloths, linen and woollen, except one suit of cloths, which I give to Mr. HOLINSHED, and forty shillings if the said Thomas be my servant at my death; if not, my cloths only. And I give my old friend, Mr. RICHARD MARRIOT,1 ten pounds in money, to be paid him within three months after my death; and I desire my son to shew kindness to him if he shall neede, and my son can spare it.. And I do hereby will and declare my son Izaak to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament; and Doctor HawKINS, to see that he performs it; which I doubt not but he will. I desire my burial may be near the place of my death, and free from any ostentation or charge, but privately. This I make to be my last will, (to which I shall only add the codicil for rings,) this sixteenth day of August, one thousand six hundred eighty-three, Izaak WALTON. Witness to this will.
The rings I give, are as on the other side. To my brother John Ken; to my Sister his wife; to my brother, Doctor Ken; to my sister Pye ; to Mr. Francis Morley ; to Mr. George Vernon ; to his wife ; to his three Daughters ; to Mistris Nelson; to Mr. Richard Walton; to Mr. Palmer; to Mr. Taylor ; to Mr. Thomas Garrard; to the Lord Bishop of Sarum; to Mr. Rede, his servant; to my cousin Dorothy Kenrick; to my cousin Lewin; to Mr. Walter Higgs; to Mr. Charles Cotton; to Mr. Richard Marryot: 22. To my brother Beacham; to my Sister, his wife; to the lady Anne How; to Mrs. King ; Doctor Phillips's wife; to Mr. Valentine Harecourt; to Mrs. Eliza Johnson ; to Mrs. Mary Royers ; to Mrs. Eliza Milward ; to Mrs. Dorothy Wollop; to Mr. Will. Milward, of Christ-church, Osford; to Mr. John Darbyshire; to Mr. Undevill; to Mrs. Rock; to Mr. Peter White; to Mr. John Lloyde; to my cousin Creinsell's Widow ; Mrs. Dalbin must not be forgotten : 16. IZAAK WALTON. Note, that several lines are blotted out of this will
, for they were twice repeated, -and that this will is now signed and sealed this twenty and fourth day of October, one thousand six hundred eighty-three, in the presence of us : Witness, ABRAHAM MARKLAND, Jos. TAYLOR, THOMAS CRAWLEY.
(1) Bookseller, and his Publisher.