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Copy Office Copy of the will of William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, gent. To his daughter Judith: £150 payable as follows: £100 as her marriage portion within a year of testator's decease and £50 when she surrenders all her right in the testator's copyhold premises held of the Manor of Rowington to her sister Susanna Hall. Further £150 if she or any of her children living within three years of testator's decease. If she dies without issue then £100 to Elizabeth Hall daughter of testator's daughter Susanna and £50 to the use of testator's sister Joan Hart and then to her issue. If Judith alive then £150 to be invested by executors and she to have only interest while she is married unless her husband assure to her lands of equal value, then husband to receive money. To sister Joan Hart, £20 and all wearing apparel together with house where she now dwells [the Birthplace] for life at 12d p.a. To three sons of Joan, William, Thomas and Michael Hart, £5 each. To Elizabeth Hall all plate except broad silver and gilt bowl which bequeaths to Judith. To the poor of Stratford: £10. To Mr. Thomas Combe: testator's sword. To Thomas Russell, esq., £5. To Francis Collins, gent., of Warwick: £13.5s.8d. To Hamlet Sadler: 25s 8d to buy a ring. To Wm. Reynolds, gent., 25 shillings to buy a ring. To Wm. Walker, testator's godson, 20 shillings in gold. To Anthony Nash, gent., 25 shillings. To Mr. John Nash, 25s. 8d. To `my fellowes' John Hemming, Richard Burbage and Henry Gundell (Condell) 25s 8d. each to buy rings. To daughter Susanna Hall: messuage and appurtenances in Stratford called `the new place' where testator lives; 2 messuages in Henley Street and all other lands and tenement in Warwick. Also tenement in Blackfriars near The Wardrobe in the tenure of John Robinson, to hold for her life and the heirs male and their issue successively or in default to niece Elizabeth Hall and her heirs male. In default of such to Judith and her heirs male with remainder to heirs general. To wife: second best bed with furniture. Residue to son-in-law John Hall and his wife Susanna who are executors. Thomas Russell and Francis Collins Overseers. [Proved at London, 22 June 1616 by John Hall]. Witnesses: Fras.Collins, Julius Shawe, John Robinson, Hamnet Sadler, Robert Whatcott.