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Henry Walker, for 1401. as appears from the enrolment of the deed of bargain and fale now in the Rolls-Chapel, dated the preceding day, March 10, 1612-13. The deed here printed fhows that he paid down eighty pounds of the purchase-money, and mortgaged the premises for the remainder. This deed and the purchafe deed were probably both executed on the fame day, (March 10,) like our modern conveyance of Leafe and Releafe, MALone.
THIS INDENTURE made the eleventh day
of March, in the yeares of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lorde James, by the grace of God, king of England, Scotland, Fraunce, and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. that is to fay, of England, Fraunce and Ireland the tenth, and of Scotland the fix-and-fortieth; Between William Shakefpeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the Countie of Warwick, gentleman, William Johnson, Citizen and Vintener of London, John Jackson, and John Hemyng of London, gentlemen, of thone partie, and Henry Walker, Citizen and Minftrell of London, of thother partie; Witneffeth, that the faid William Shakespeare, William Johnson, John Jackfon, and John Hemyng, have demised, graunted, and to ferme letter, and by theis prefents do demife, graunt, and to ferme lett unto the faid Henry Walker, all that dwelling houfe or tenement, with thappurtenaunts, fituate and being within the precinct, circuit and compaffe of the late Black ffryers, London, fometymes in the tenure of James Gardyner, Efquire, and fince that in the tenure of John Fortefcue, gent. and now or late being in the tenure or occupation of one William Ireland, or of his affignee òr affignees; abutting upon a ftreete leading downe to Puddle Wharfe, on the eaft part, right
against the kings Majefties Wardrobe; part of which faid tenement is erected over a greate gate leading to a capitall meffuage, which fometyme was in the tenure of William Blackwell, Efquire, deceased, and fince that in the tenure or occupation of the right honourable Henry now Earle of Northumberlande: And alfo all that plott of ground on the weft fide of the fame tenement, which was lately inclosed with boords on two fides thereof, by Anne Baton, widow, fo farre and in fuch forte as the fame was inclosed by the faid Anne Baton, and not otherwife; and being on the third fide inclofed with an old brick wall; which faid plott of ground was fometyme parcell and taken out of a great voyde peece of ground lately used for a garden; and alfo the foyle whereupon the faid tenement ftandeth; and alfo the faid brick wall and boords which doe inclofe the faid plott of ground; with free entrie, acceffe, ingreffe, and regreffe, in, by, and through, the faid great gate and yarde there, unto the ufual dore of the faid tenement: And alfo all and fingular cellors, follers, romes, lights, eafiaments, profitts, commodities, and appurtenaunts whatsoever to the faid dwellinghouse or tenement belonging or in any wife apperteyning: TO HAVE and to HOLDE the faid dwelling-house or tenement, cellers, follers, romes, plott of ground, and all and fingular other the premiffes above by theis prefents mentioned to bee demised, and every part and parcell thereof, with thappurtenaunts, unto the faid Henry Walker, his executors, adminiftrators, and affignes, from the feaft of thannunciacion of the bleffed Virgin Marye next coming after the date hereof, unto thende and terme of One hundred yeares from thence next enfuing, and fullie to be compleat
and ended, withoute impeachment of, or for, any manner of wafte: YELDING and paying therefore yearlie during the faid terme unto the faid William Shakespeare, William Johnson, John Jackfon, and John Hemyng, their heires and affignes, a pepper corne at the feaft of Easter yearly, yf the fame be lawfullie demaunded, and noe more. PROVIDED alwayes, that if the faid William Shakespeare, his heires, executors, adminiftrators or affignes, or any of them, doe well and trulie paie or caufe to be paid to the faid Henry Walker, his executors, adminiftrators, or affignes, the fum of threefcore pounds of lawfull money of England, in and upon the nyne and twentieth day of September next coming after the date hereof, at, or in, the nowe dwelling-house of the faid Henry Walker, fituate and being in the parish of Saint Martyn neer Ludgate, of London, at one entier payment without delaie; That then and from thenesforth this prefente leafe, demife and graunt, and all and every matter and thing herein conteyned (other then this provifoe) fhall ceafe, determine, and bee utterlie voyde, fruftrate, and of none effect, as though the fame had never beene had, ne made; theis prefents or any thing therein conteyned to the contrary thereof in any wife notwithstanding. And the faid William Shakefpeare for himfelfe, his heires, executors, and adminiftrators, and for every of them, doth covenaunt, promiffe and graunt to, and with, the faid Henry Walker, his executors, adminiftrators and affignes, and everie of them, by theis prefentes, that he the faid William Shakespeare, his heires, executors, adminiftrators or affignes, fhall and will cleerlie acquite, exonerate and difcharge, or from tyme to tyme, and at all tymes hereafter, well and fuffi
cientlie fave and keepe harmless the said Henry Walker, his executors, adminiftrators, and affignes, and every of them, and the faid premiffes by theis prefents demifed, and every parcell thereof, with thappurtenaunts, of and from all and al manner of former and other bargaynes, fales, guiftes, graunts, leafes, jointures, dowers, intailes, ftatuts, recog nizaunces, judgments, executions; and of, and from, all and every other charge, titles, troubles, and incumbrances whatsoever by the faid William Shakespeare, William Johnfon, John Jackson, and John Hemyng, or any of them, or by their or any of their meanes, had made, committed or done, before thenfealing and delivery of theis prefents, or hereafter before the faid nyne and twentieth day of September next comming after the date hereof, to bee had, made, committed or done, except the rents and fervits to the cheef lord or lords of the fee or fees of the premiffes, for, or in refpect of, his or their fegnorie or feignories onlie, to bee due and done.
IN WITNESSE whereof the faid parties to theis indentures interchangeablie have fett their feales. Yeoven the day and years first above written, 1612 [1612-13].
Wm Johnfon. Jo. Jackfon.
Robert Andrews, Scr.3 Henry Lawrence, Servant to the faid Scr.
2 John Heming did not fign, ot feal. MALONE. i. e. Scrivener. MALONE,
FROM THE ORIGINAL
In the Office of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Vicefimo quinto die Martii, Anno Regni Domini noftri Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ, &c. decimo quarto, et Scotia quadragefimo nono. Anno Domini 1616.
IN the name of God, Amen. I William Shak
fpeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, gent. in perfect health and memory, (God be praised!) do make and ordain this my laft will and teftament in manner and form following; that is to say:
First, I commend my foul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and affuredly believing, through the only merits of Jefus Chrift 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 fay, one hundred pounds
Our poet's will appears to have been drawn up in February, though not executed till the following month; for February was first written, and afterwards ftruck out, and March written over it. MALONE.