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Some at least of Dr. Hall's manuscripts escaped the flames, one of them being yet extant, See p. 26, n. 9.
I could not, after a very careful search, find the will of Susanna Hall in the Prerogative-office, nor is it preserved in the Archives of the diocese of Worcester, the Registrar of which diocese at my request very obligingly examined the indexes of all the wills proved in his office between the years 1649 and 1670 ; but in vain. The town of Stratford-uponAvon is in that diocese.
The inscriptions on the tomb-stones of our poet's favourite daughter and her husband are as follows :
" Here lyeth the body of John Hall, Gent. he marr. Susanna, ye daughter and co-heir of Will. Shakspeare, Gent. he deceafed Nov. 25, A9, 1635, aged 60."
" Hallius hic fitus eft, medica celeberrimus arte,
Expe&ans regni gàudia læta Dei.
• În terris omnes fed rapit æqua dies.
" Et vitæ comitem nunc quoque mortis habet.” These verses should feem, from the last two lines, not lo have been inscribed on Dr. Hall's tomb-stone till 1649. Perhaps indeed the last distich only was then added.
“ Here lyeth the body of Susanna, wife to John Hall, Gent. ye daughter of William Shakspeare, Gent. She deceased the 11th of July, A0. 1649, aged 66."
Witty above her sexe, but that's not all,
" To weepe with her that wept with all:
" Them up with comforts cordiall.
" When thou hast nc're a teare to shed." The foregoing English verses, which are preserved by Dugdale, are not now remaining, half of the tomb-stone having been cut away, and another half stone joined to it; with the following infcription on it. — “Here lyeth the
a daughter who was married first to Thomas Nash,
body of Richard Watts of Ryhon-Clifford, in the parish of old Stratford, Gent. who departed this life the ?3d of May, Anno Dom. 1707, and in the 46th year of his age.” This Mr. Watts, as I am informed by the Rev, Mr, Davenport, was owner of, and lived at the estate of RyhonClifford, which was once the property of Dr. Hall.
Mss. Hall was buried on the 16th of July, 1649, as appears from the Register of Stratford. MALONE.
8 She left one child only, a daughter, who was married first to Thomas Nash, Esq. ] Elizabeth, our poet's grand-daughter, who appears to have been a favourite, Shakspeare having left her by his will a memprial of his affection, though the at that time was but eight years old, was born in February 1607-8, as appears by an entry in the Register of Stratford, which Mr. Weft omitted in the transcript with which he furnished Mr. Steevens. I learn from the same register that she was married in 1626: “MARRIAGES. April 22. 1626, Mr. Thomas Nash to Mistress Elizabeth Hạll.” It should be remembered that every unmarried lady was called Mistress till the time of George I. Hence our outhor's Mistress Anne Page. Nor in speaking of an unmarried lady could her chriftian
name be omitted, as it often is at present; for then no distinction would have remained between her and her mother. Some married ladies indeed were diitinguished from their daughters by the title of Madam.
Mr. Nach died in 1647, as appears by the inscription on his tomb-stone in the chancel of the church of Stratford.
“ Here refteth ye body of Thomas Nashe, Esq. He mar. Elizabeth the daugh, and heire of John Hall, Gent. He died April 4th, AD 1647, aged 53.
+ Fata manent omnes ; huc non virtute carentem,
" Ut neque divitiis, abftulit atra dies.
“ Si peritura paras, per male paria peris."
By his last will, which is in the Prerogative-office, dar ted August 25th, 1642, he bequeathed to his well beloved wife, Elizabeth Nash, and her affigns, for her life, (in lieu of jointure and thirds,) one meffuage or tenement, with the
appurtenances, situate in the Chapel-Street in Stratford, then in the tenure and occupation of Joan Norman, widow; one meadow, known by the name of the Square Meadow, with the appurtenances, in the parish of old Stratford, lying near unto the great stone-bridge of Stratford ; other meadow with the appurtenances, known by the of the Wash Meadow ; one little meadow with the appurtenances, adjoining to the faid Wash Meadow; and also all the tythes of the manor or lordship of Shottery. He devises to his kinsman Edward Nash, the son of his uncle George Nash of London, his heirs and assigns (inter alia ) the messuage or teneme t, then in his own occupation, called The New-Place, situate in the Chapel-Street, in Stratford ; together with all and fingular houses, outhouses, barns, ftables, orchards, gardens, cafements, profits, or commodities, to the fame belunging; and also four-yard land of arable land, meadow, and pasture, with the appurtenances, lying and being in the common fields of Old Stratford, with all the easements, profits, commons, commodities, and hereditaments, to the fame four-yard lands belonging; then in the tenure, use, and occupation of him the said Thomas Nash; and one other meffuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, fituate in the parish of --, in London, and called or known by the name of The Wardrobe, and then in the tenure, use and occupation of -- Dickes. And from and after the death of his faid wife, he bequeaths the meadows above named, and devised to her for life, to his faid cousin, Edward Nash, his heirs and assigns for ever. After various other bequests, he directs that one hundred pounds, at the least, be laid out in mourning gowns, cloaks, and apparel, to be distributed among his kindred and friends, in fuch manner as his executrix shall think fit. He appoints his wife Elizabeth Nath his residuary legatee, and fole executrix, and ordains Edmund Rawlins, William Smith, and John Easton, overseers of his will to which the witnesses are John Such, Michael Jonson, and Samuel Rawlins.
By a nuncupative codicil dated on the day of his death, April 4th, 1647, he bequeaths ( inter alia ) șó to his mother Mrs. Hall fifty pounds; to Elizabeth Hathaway fifty pounds; to Thomas Hathaway fifty pounds; to Judith Hathaway ten pounds; to his uncle Násh and his aunt, his cousin Sadler and his wife, his cousin Richard Quiney and his wife, his
esq. and afterwards to Sir John Barnard of Abington,' but-died likewise without issue. 2
cousin Thomas Quiney and his wife, twenty fhillings each, to buy them rings.” The meadows which' by his will he had devised to his wife for life, he by this codicil devises to her, her heirs and assigns, for ever, to the end that they may not be severed from her own land; and he " appoints and declares that the inheritance of his land given to his cousin Edward Nash should be by him settled after his decease, upon his son Thomas Nash, and his heirs, and for want of such heirs then to remain and descend to his own right heirs."
It is observable that in this will the testator makes no mention of any child, and there is no entry of any issue of his marriage in the Register of Stratford; I have no doubt therefore that he died without issue, and that a pedigree with which Mr. Whalley furnished Mr. Steevens a few years ago, is inaccurate. The origin of the mistake in that pedigree will be pointed out in its proper place.
As by Shakspeare's will his daughter Susanna had an estate for life in The New Place, &c. and his grand-daughter Elizabeth an estate tail in remainder, they probably on the marriage of Elizabeth to Mr. Nash, by a fine and recovery cut off the eutail; and by a deed to lead the uses gave him the entire dominion over that estate ; which he appears to have misused by devising it from Shakspeare's family to his
Mr. Nash's will and codicil were proved June 5, 1647, and administration was then granted to his widow. MALONE. 9
Sir John Barnard of Abington, ] Sir John Barnard of Abington, a small village about a mile from the town of Northampton, was created a knight by King Charles II. Nov. 25, 1661. In 1671 he fold the manor and advowson of the church of Abington, which his ancestors had pofsessed for more than two hundred years, to William Thursby, Efq. Sir John Barnard was the eldest son of Baldwin Barnard, Efq. by Eleanor, daughter and co-heir of John Fulwood of Ford, Hall in the county of Warwick, Esq. and was born in 1605. He first married Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Clement Edmonds of Preston in Northamptonshire, by whom he had four sons and four daughters. She dying in 1642,
he married secondly our poet's grand-daughter, Mrs. Eliza-
Sir Hugh Clopton, who was born two years after her death, mentioned to Mr. Macklin, in the year 1742, an old tradition that she had carried away with her from Stratford many of her grandfather's papers. On the death of Sir John Barnard they must have fallen into the hands of Mr. Edward Bagley, Lady Barnard's executor; and if any descendant of that gentleman be now living, in his custody they probably remain. MALONE.
but died likewise without issue.] Confiding in a pedigree transmitted by Mr. Whalley fome years ago to Mr. Steevens, I once supposed that Mr. Rowe was inaccurate in saying that our poet's grand-daughter died without issue. But he was certainly right; and this lady was undoubtedly the last lineal descendant of Shakspeare. There is no entry, as I have already observed, in the Register of Stratford, of any issue of hers' by Mr. Nash; nor does he in his will mention any child, devising the greater part of his property between his wife and his kinsman, Edward Nash. That Lady Barnard had no issue by her second husband, is proved by the Register of Abington, in which there is no entry of the baptism of any child of that marriage, though there are regular entries of the time when the several children of Sir John Barnard by his first wife were baptized. Lady Barnard died at Abington, and was buried there on the 17th of February 1669-70; but her husband did not shew his respect for her memory by a ment, or even an inscription of any kind.' He seems not to have been sensible of the honourable alliance he - had made. Shakspeare's grand-daughter would not, at this day, go to her grave without a memorial. By her last will, which I fubjoin, she directs her trustee to fell her estate of Newa Place, &c. to the best bidder, and to offer it first to her cousin Mr. Edward Nash. How the then came to have any property in New-Place, which her first husband had devifed to this very Edward Nash, does not appear; but I sup