1772 Will of Thomas Pyke (formerly Crouch), (proved in 1773)

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Source: TNA, Prob/11/993

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In the Name of God Amen
I Thomas Pyke (heretofore named Thomas Crouch) of
Redlyon Street otherwise Lambs Conduit Street Holborn in
the parish of Saint George the Martyr in the County of
Middlesex Esquire being of sound and disposing Mind memory and understanding
									do


Do make publish and declare this to be my last will and
Testament in manner and form following that is to say first
I desire my Executors hereinafter named to bury me in a
decent manner near the Remains of my late father and
Mother in the Parish Church of Layston near Buntingford
in Hertfordshire and that an addition be made to the
Inscription on the Monument lately erected there to their
Memory to the Effect following Viz "who died the [blank]
day of [blank] aged [blank] years" and nothing more Whereas
I am seized to me and my heirs according to the Custom of
the Manor of Birdbrook in the County of Essex of and in
???ain Copyhold Lands Tenements and Hereditaments called
Tylers lying within and held of the said Manor by copy
of Court Roll (All which I have surrendered to the ???
of my will) and which said Lands Tenements and
Hereditaments were heretofore part of the Estate of my 
late uncle John Pyke deceased which in and by his last
will and Testament were devised to me for my Life with
divers Remainders over Now I do hereby give and devise
All and singular the said Copyhold Lands Tenements and
Hereditaments called Tylers unto the person or persons
who immediately upon my decease shall by Virtue of and
according to the devises and Limitations thereof expressed
and contained in my said late uncles said will be intitled
to his freehold Estate and premises of which I am now
seized for the term of my Life under his said will with
divers Remainders over as afresaid and to the Heirs and
Assigns of such person or persons for ever It being my
intent and meaning that the said copyhold Lands
Tenements and Hereditaments called tylers and the said
freehold and copyhold Lands Tenements and Hereditaments of
my said late uncle shall after my decease go and be
held and enjoyed together as one Estate under and subject
to the devises and Limitations thereof expressed and declared
in my said uncles said will so far as the same shall be
then subsisting or ????????? taking effect and as to all and singular
other my Real or freehold and copyhold Estates of what
nature or kind soever or wheresoever the same may be
situate standing or being as well those in possession or those
in Reversion Remainder or Expertanoy which I shall be
seized or possessed of interested in or intitled unto at the time
of my decease (except the aforesaid copyhold premises called
Tylers) And also all and singular my Monies in the public
Stocks and Funds and upon Government or other Securities
whatsoever and all other my personal Estate of what
nature or kind soever which I shall or may be possessed of
interested in or intitled unto in any manner howsoever at
the time of my decease I hereby give devise and
bequeath unto William Cooper of Winchester Street London
Esquire John Free of Devonshire Square without Bishopgate
London Esquire and Charles Wade of New North Street by
Red Lyon Square Esquire and to their Heirs Executors


Administrators and assigns for ever upon the several uses and
Trusts and to and for the several Ends Intents and purposes
and under and subject to the several Bequests and Directions
hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning
the same respectively that is to say First I do order and direct
my said Trustees as soon after my decease as they possibly 
can to sell and dispose of all and singular my said Real or
freehold and copyhold Estates (except the said premises called
Tylers) for the best price or prices that can be procured or
gotten for the same and that by and out of the Monies
to arise by such sale or sales they deduct and retain to
themselves all such Costs Charges and Expenses which they or
any or either of them may be at in the sale and
disposition of my said Estates I do hereby give and bequeath
unto James Walford of Sturmer in the County of Essex (one
of the sons of James Walford late of Whathey in Essex
deceased) the sum of six thousand pounds £6000 to be paid him by my Executors
hereinafter named But in case the said James Walford shall
dye in my Lifetime or before he becomes intitled to the said
Legacy Then I do hereby direct my Executors hereinafter named
as soon after my decease as they can to transfer into their
Names or into the Names or Name of the Survivors or
Survivor of them the sum of £3400 part of my Bank
Annuities reduced to 3 per cent now standing in my Name
in the Books of the Governor and Company of the Bank
of England or to the like value in any other of the
public stocks or funds so that the Annual clear Interest or
dividens thereof do not fall short of the sum of One
Hundred pounds and I do direct my said Executors to pay
and apply such Interest or dividends as and when the
same shall become due and payable unto the widow of
the said James Walford for and during the term of her
natural Life and I do declare that her Receipts alone shall
from time to time be sufficient discharges to my siad Executors
for the same And from and immediately after her decease I
do direct that the said sum of Three Thousand four
hundred pounds Bank Annuities reduced shall sink into the
Residuum of my Estate and Effects and be had taken and
considered as part thereof I hereby also give and bequeath
unto the present wife of the said James Walford (if she
shall be living at the time of my decease) the sum of
One Hundred pounds to be paid to her for her own use
and benefit whose Receipt alone notwithstandign her Coverture
I do declare shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors
for the same I do hereby give and bequeath unto such of
the children of Ann Swan deceased the late of of Owen
Swan and one of the sisters of the said James Walford as
shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of One
Thousand pounds to be equally divided behoven them share
and share alike at their respective ages of twenty one years with
Benefit of Survivorship in case any of them should dye
before they attain that age and I do direct my Executors


to invest the said One Thousand pounds in Government Securities
in their Names and make distribution thereof with the 
accumulating Interest thereon unto the said children of the
said Ann Swan as they respectively attain the said age of
twenty one years I hereby give and bequeath unto the said
Owen Swan the sum of One Hundred pounds I do hereby 
give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Howlett the daughter of
Philip and Elizabeth Howlett of Haveill in the County of
Essex (which said Elizabeth Howlett the Mother deceased was
one of the sister of the said James Walford) the sum of
five hundred pounds to be paid her by my said Trustees
and Executors when she shal attain the age of twenty one
years and I do direct my said Trustees and Execturos to
lay out and invest the said five hundred pounds as soon 
as they can in the purchase of Government Securities or
parliamentary funds in their Names and that the Interest
and dividends thereof shall accumulate for the Benefit
of the said Elizabeth Howlett and that my said Trustees
and Executors do and shall transfer unto the said Elizabeth
Howlett when she shall arrive at her said age of twenty
one years al the Government Securityes or parliamentary funds
which shall be so purchased with the said five hundred pounds
and that they do at the same time and not before pay and
apply all the accumulating interest and dividends thereof unto
the said Elizabeth Howlett to and for her own use and benefit
and in case the said Elizabeth Howlett shall dye before she
x x x attains her said age of twenty one years then I
direct the said five hundred pounds and the Government
securities or parliamentary funds which shall be puchased
therewith and all the Interest and divdends thereof shall sink
into the Residuum of my Estate and Effect and be had
taken and considered as part thereof I do hereby give and
bequeath unto the aforesaid Philip Howlett the sum of One
Hundred pounds I do hereby give and bequeath unto
Elizabeth Walford the daughter of Robert Walford late of
Billericay in the County of Essex Tanner (and Brother of the
aforesaid James Walford) the sum of five hundred pounds to
be paid to her by my said Trustees and Executors when
she shall attain the age of twenty one years and I do
direct my said Trustees and Executors to lay out and
invest the said five hundred pounds as soon as they can
in the purchase of Government Securities or parliamentary
funds in their Names and that the Interest and dividends
thereof shall accumulate for the benefit of the said Elizabeth
Walford and that my said Trustees and Executors do and
shall transfer unto the said Elizabeth Walford when she
shall arrive at her said age of twenty one years all the
Government Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be
so purchased with the said five hundred pounds and that
they do at the sametime and not before pay and aply all
the accumulating Interest and dividends thereof unto the said
Elizabeth Walford to and for her own use and benefit and


And in case the said Elizabeth Walford shall dye before she
attains her said age of twenty one years  Then I direct
thatthe said five hundred pounds and the Government
Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be purchased
therewith and all the Interest and dividends thereof shall
sink into the Residuum of my Estate and Effects and be
had taken and considered as part thereof I do hereby give
and bequeath unto Elizabeth Pipe the Mother of Thomas and
Elizabeth Walford late of Wheathey in the County of Essex the
sum of twenty pounds and unto Mary Tweed (the widow of
John Tweed late of Stoke by Clare in the County of Suffolk
deceased) the sum of One Hundred pounds I do hereby
give and bequeath unto Ann Tweed one of the sisters of
the said John Tween deceased the sum of One Thousand
pounds and I also give and bequeath unto the said Ann
Tweed the further sum of five Hundred pounds In Trust
to distribute the same unto and amongst the Children of her
late sister Constance Bigg deceased at such times and in such
shares and proportions as she shall think proper I do hereby
give and bequeath unto William Lyon of Red Lyon Street
Holborn Surgeon the sum of One Hundred pounds I do 
hereby give and bequeath unto Jane the wife of the
said William Lyon the sum of One Hundred pounds to be
paid to her by my said Trustees and Executors to and
for her own sole and separate use and benefit and I
do declare that her Receipt alone notwithstanding her
Coverture shall be a sufficient discharge to my said Trustees
and Executors for the same I do hereby give and bequeath
unto George Whatley of Southampton Row Bloomsbury Esq
the sum of One Thousand pounds but in case he shall
not be living at the time of my decease Then I give
the said One Thousand pound to Catharine the wife of the
said George Whatley for her own use and benefit I do hereby
also give and bequeath unto the said Catharine the wife of
the said Geore Whatley whether she shall be sole or married
at the time of my decease the sum of five hundred pounds
to be paid to her for her own sole and separate use and
benefit and I do declare that her Receipt alone notwithstandg
her coverture shall be a sufficient discharge to my said Trustees
and Executors for the same I do hereby give and bequeath 
unto the before named William Cooper of Winchester Street
London the sum of Two Thousand pounds and unto the
beforenamed John Free of Devonshire Square the sum of One
Thousand pounds I do hereby give and bequeath unto
Nathaniel Free Brother of the said John Free the sum of One
Thousand pounds I do hereby give and bequeath unto Nathaniel
Newberry of Taplow in the County of Burks the sum of One
Hundred pounds I do hereby give and bequeath unto Charles
and Dorothy Wade of New North Street Red Lyon Square or
to the Survivor of them the sum of Two Thousand pounds I
do hereby also give and bequeath unto the said Dorothy the
wife of the said Charles Wade whether she shall be sole or


or married at the time of my decease the sum of five 
hundred pounds to be paid to her for her own sole and separate
use and benefit and I do declare that her Receipt alone 
notwithstanding her coverture shall be a sufficient discharge
to my said Trustees and Executors for the same ^ I do                  ^ I do hereby give and bequeath
hereby give and bequeath unto Samuel Smoothey of Baythorne		 unto Captain Robert Burdett of
Hall in the County of Essex the sum of five hundred pounds		 Burley in the County of Berks the
as a Recompence for the trouble and care which he has taken		 sum of One Thousand pounds
in my affairs I hereby give and bequeath unto William
Devon of New Court in the Temple London Gentleman the
sum of Ont Hundred poundsand it is my will and desire
and I do hereby order and direct That the Monies which
shall arise by the sale of all my said freehold and copyhold
Estates (except the said Estate called Tylers) in case the same
Estates shall be sold and disposed of within twelve Months
next after my decease which I most earnestly intrust my
said Trustees to do if they possibly can or the Monies to
arise by such parts thereof as shall be sold within that
time sall be first aplied in and towards payment and
satisfaction of the several pecuniary Legacies or sum and
sums of Money hereinbefore by me given and bequeathed
so far as the same will go and extend before any part
of my Monies in the public stocks or funds or on Government
or other Securities or any part of my personal Estate is
applied for that purpose But in case my said Estates nor
any part thereof shall be sold within twelve Months next
after my decease Then I direct that my Monies in the
public stocks or funds or on Government or other Securities
and ????? my personal Estate Effects shall be applied in
payment and discharge of the said Legacies I do hereby
desire order and direct that my said Executors do within three
Months next after my decease transfer into their Names or
into the Name or Names of such other person or persons
as they shall think proper the sum of Then Thousand two
hundred pounds part of my Bank Annuities reduced to three
per cent (now standing in my name in the Books of the
Gobernor and Company of the Bank of England) Upon Trust
for the following uses Intents and purposes that is to say
upon Trust that my said Executors do and shall from time
to time pay and apply the whole of the Interest or
dividends which shall arise upon or from three Thousand for
hundred pounds (part of the said ten Thousand two hundred
pounds) as and when such Interest or dividends shall become
due and payable unto the beforenamed Mary Tweed the widow
of the before named John Tweed deceased for and during the
term of her natural Life which Interest or dividends I do
hereby give and bequeath unto her (over and above the Lecacy
or sum of One Hundred pounds hereinbefore bequeathed to
her) and do direct that the same shall from time to time
be paid to her to and for her own sole and separate
use and benefit independant and free from the debts power
controul or intermeddling of any husband which she may


happen to have and I do declare that her Receipt and Receipts
alone whether she be sole or married shale be sufficient
discharge to my said Executors for the same and upon this
further Trust that my said Executors do and shall from time to
time pay and apply the whole of the Interest or dividends
which shall arise upon or from three Thousand four hundred
pounds (other part of the said Ten Thousand two hundred
pounds) as and when such Interest or dividends shall become
due or payable unto the before named Jane Lyon the wife
of the before named William Lyon for and during the term of her
natural Life which Interest or dividends I do hereby give and
bequeath unto her (over and above the Legacy or Sum of
One Hundred pounds hereinbefore bequeathed to her) and do direct
that the same shall from time to time be paid to her to and
for her own sole and seperate use and benefit independant
and free from the debts power controul or Intermeddling of
her present or any future Husband which she may happen 
to have and i do declare that her Receipt and Receipts
alone notwithstanding her Coverture shall be sufficient discharge
to my said Executors for the same and upon this further
Trust that my said Executors do and shall from time to time
pay and apply the whole of the Interest or dividends which
shall arise upon or from Three Thousand four hundred
pounds Residue of the said Ten Thousand two hundred pounds
as and when such Interest or dividends shall become due
or payable unto my servant Elizabeth Barnes (provided
she shall be living with me at the time of my decease
but not otherwise) for and during the term of her natural
Life and to and for her own sole and seperate use and
benefit independant and free from the debts power controul
or Intermeddling of any Husband she may happen to 
have and I do declare that her Receipt and Receipts
alone whether she be sole or married shall be sufficient
discharges to my said Executors for the same and I do
hereby declare that the first payment of the said Interest
or dividends of the said Ten Thousand two Hundred pounds
shall begin and commence upon the first dividend day which
shall happen next after the said ten Thousand two hundred
pounds shall be so transferred into the Names of my
said Executors as aforesaid and my Mind and will further
is and I do hereby order and direct that when and as
the said Mary Tweed Jane Lyon and Elizabeth Barns shall
respectively happen to dye then so????? and such parts of
the principal or capital of the said Ten Thousand two
Hundred pounds from which they or either of them are
intitled to the Interest or dividends thereof under and
by virtue of this my will in manner aforesaid shall from
time tot ime immediately upon such deaths happening sink
into the Residuum of my Estate and Effects and that when the said
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
						  Mary


Mary Tweed Jane Lyon and Elizabeth Barns shall be all
dead the Remainder of the said Ten Thousand two hundred
pounds shall then also sink into such Residuum and be had
taken and considered as part thereof and in case the said
Elizabeth Barnes shall not be living with me at the time of
my decease so as to become intitled to the Interest and
dividends of the three Thousand four hundred pounds Bank
Annuities hereinbefore directed to be paid to her for her Life
Then I direct that immediately upon my decease the said 
three Thousand four hundred pounds shall sink into the
Residuum of my Estate and Effects and be had taken and
considered as part thereof and my Mind and Will further
is that in case my said freehold and copyhold Estates
hereinbefore directed to be sold or any part thereof shall
not be sold and disposed of within twelve months next after
my decease so that the Monies to arise therefrom cannot
be applied in payment and satisfaction of the several pecuniary
Legacies hereinbefore by me given and bequeathed so far as
such Monies will go or extend and if my said Estates
or such parts thereof as shall remain unsold at the
Expiration of the said twelve months next after my decease
shall be sold and disposed of before the several pecuniary
Legacies hereinafter by me given and bequeathed (except the
several Charitable Legacies hereinafter mentioned) become
payable Then I do order and direct that the x x x mondies
which shall so arise by the sale of my said Estates shall
be first applied in and towards payment and satisfaction
of the said several pecuniary Legacies hereinafter given
and bequeathed (except the said several Charitable Legacies)
But in case my said Estates shall not be sold and disposed
of before the said several pecuniary Legacies become payable
Then I direct that the same Legacies shall be paid and
satisfied out of my monies in the public stocks or funds
and on Government or other Securities and other my personal
Estate and Effects at the respective times such Legacies shall
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x become payable It being my Intention and 
desire that the payment of none of such Legacies shall
be retarded delayed or postponed after the respective times
the same shall become payable by reason or on account
of my said freehold and copyhold Estates or any parts 
thereof not being sold and disposed of I do hereby give and
bequeath unto Thomas Walford (now a Minor) the son of
Thomas and Elizabeth Walford late of Wheatly in the County 
of Essex the sum of ten Thousand pounds to be placed out
at Interest on Government Securities or parliamentary funds
by and in the Names of my said Executors within twelve
months next after my decease and I do direct that the Interest
and dividends thereof shall accumulate for the benefit of the


said Thomas Walford and that my said Executors do and shall
transfer and pay unto the said Thomas Walford when he shall
arrive at the age of twenty one years One equal Moiety
or half part of all such Government Securitys or parliamentary
funds which shall be so purchased with the said ten Thousand
pounds and that they do at the same time and not before
pay and apply one equal Moiety or half part of all the
said Interest or dividends which shall then have accumulated
or be due thereon unto the said Thomas Walford to and for
his own use and benefit and I do further direct my said
Executors when and as soon as the said Thomas Walford shall
attain the age of twenty five years and not before to transfer
and pay to him the other Moiety or half part of all such
Government Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be so
purchased with the said ten thousand pounds and that they
do at the same time and not before pay and apply all the
Interest and dividends which shall then have accumulated
or be due on the said last mentioned Moiety unto the
said Thomas Walford to and for his own use and benefit
But in case the said Thomas Walford shall dye before
he attains the said age of twenty one years Then I direct
that the said then Thousand pounds and all the Government
securitys or parliamentary funds which shall ^ then have      ^ ??? be purchased therewith and all the Interest and dividends which shall
accumulated and be due thereon shall sink into the Residuum
of my said Estate and Effects and be had taken and considered
as part thereof and in case the said Thomas Walford shall
happen to dye after he attains the said age of twenty one
years and before he attains the age of twenty five years
Then I direct that one full Moiety or equal half part of
the said ten Thousand pounds and of all the Government
Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be purchased
therewith and of all the Interest and dividends which shall
then have accumulated and be due thereon (which said
Moiety the said Thomas Walford will become intitled unto
upon his attaining the age of twenty five years and not
before) shall sink into the Residuum of my said Estate and
Effects and be had taken and considered as part thereof
I hereby give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the wife of
Allen Taylor of Saffron Walden in the county of Essex
Malster (Sister to the said Thomas Walford the son) The
sum of One Hundred pounds to be paid to her to and for
her own use and benefit and I do direct that her
Receipt alone notwithstanding her Coverture shall be a
sufficient discharge to my said Executors for hthe same I
give and bequeath unto John Tweed (oldest son of the
before named John Tweed late of Stoke by Clare in the         
County of Essex deceased and next kin to my late uncle                  [above "Essex" is written "Suffolk"]
John Pykes real Estate which I now Enjoy) the sum of
three thousand pounds to be placed out at Interest on
Government Securities or parliamentary funds by and in the
Names of my said Executors within twelves months next after
my decease and I do direct that the Interest and dividends


thereof shall accumulate for the benefit of the said John
Tweed and that my said Executors do and shall transfer
and pay unto the said John Tweed when he shall arrive
at his age of twenty one years all such Government
Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be so purchased
with the said three thousand pounds together with all the
Interest or dividends which shal then have accumulated or
be due thereon But in case the said John Tweed shall
happen to dye before he attains the said age of twenty one
years Then I direct that the said three Thousand pounds and
all the Government Securitys or parliamentary funds which
shall then be purchased therewith and all the Interest and
dividends which shall then have accumulated or be due
thereon shall sink into the Residuum of my said Estate
and Effects and be had taken and considered as part thereof
I give and bequeath unto Thomas Tweed another of the 
sons of the said John Tweed deceased the sum of five
Thousand pounds and unto Joseph Tweed the youngest
son of the said John Tweed deceased the sum of five
thousand pounds and unto Elizabeth Tweed the daughter of
the said John Tweed deceased the sum of five thousand
pounds and I do direct my said Executors within twelve
months next after my decease to lay out and invest the
said three last mentioned Legacies making together fifteen
thousand pounds in the purchase of Government Securities
or parliamentary funds in their own Names and that they pay
and apply the Interest and dividends thereof from time to
time to and for the Maintenance and Education of the said
Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth Tweed until they shall
respectively attain the age of twenty one years and that
when and so soon as they the said Thomas Joseph and
Elizabeth Tweed shall respectively attain the age of twenty
one years Then I direct my said Executors to transfer
and pay to each of them respectively as and when they
shall so attain such age One full third part or share of
one full and equal Moiety or half part of all such
Government Securities or parliamentary funds which shall be
so purchased with the said fifteen Thousand pounds and also
one full third part or share of One full and equal Moiety
or half part of all such Interest or dividends which shall
have accrued due thereon and not then been applied in the
Maintenance and Education of the said Thomas Joseph and
Elizabeth Tweed ^ shall respectively attain the age of twenty     ^ and that when and so soon as they
five years then I direct my said Executors to transfer and	    the said Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth Tweed
pay to each of them respectively as and when they shall 
so attain such age of twenty five years One full third part
or share of the other full and equal Moiety or half
part of all such Government Securities or parliamentary
funds which shall be so purchased withthe said fifteen
Thousand pounds and also one full third part or share
of all such Interest or dividends which shall have
accumulated or accrued due or be then payable thereon and


and not been applied for the purposes aforesaid and in case
any or either of them the said Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth
Tweed shall happen to die under the said age of twenty
one years Then I direct that the part or share x or parts
or shares of the said Government Securities or parliamentary
funds and of the Interest or dividends aforesaid which he
she or they so dying would have become intitled to upon
attaining the said age of twenty one years shall go and
be transferred and paid to and amongst the Survivors or
Survivor of them as and when such Survivor or Survivors
shall attain such age of twenty one years and in case any
or either of them the said Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth Tweed
shall happen to dye after he she or they shall attain
the age of twenty one years and before he shey or they
so dying shall attain the age of twenty five years Then I
direct that the part or share or parts or shares of the
said Government Securities or parliamentary funds and of the
Interest or dividends thereof which he she or they so
living to attain the age of twenty one years and dying
before attaining the said age f twenty five years would
have become intitled to upon attaining the said age of
twenty five years shall go and be transferred and paid to
and amongst the Survivors or Survivor of them the said
Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth Tweed as and when such Survivors
or Survivor shall attain such age of twenty five years But
in case the said Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth Tweed shall
all dye before they or either of them shall attain the
said age of twenty five years Then I do order and direct
that the said several sums of five Thousand pounds five
Thousand pounds and five Thousand pounds making together
fifteen thousand pounds and all the Government Securitys
or parliamentary funds which shall be purchased therewith
and all the Interest and dividends thereof which shall be
unapplied for the purposes aforesaid shall sink into the
Residuum of my said Estate and Effects and be had taken
and considered as part thereof I do hereby also give and
bequeath unto the said John Tweed the son if he Survivs
me but if d?? in my lifetime Then I give and
bequeath unto such other person or persons who shall
be first intitled to take possession immediately upon my
decease of my late uncle John Pykes real Estate and
which I now enjoy for my Life All the furniture pictures
Household Goods Household Linnen Plate China Ware Stores 
and Liquors of what nature or kind soever which I may
have at or in the dwelling House called Baythorne House
near Baythorne End in Essex belonging to me at the time
of my decease And also all my Printed Books in Town
and Country And it is my will and desire and I do
hereby order and direct that no part of the said
furniture pictures Household Goods Household Linnen Plate
China Ware or Books be sold or otherwise disposed of
But that the same and every part thereof shall remain
						   and


and continue in the said House called Baythorne House
so long as the same shall be good and useful to and
for the Advantage and benefit of the succeeding heirs to
the said Estate And I do hereby direct that an Inventory
of Schedule thereof be made within three Months next after
my decease and kept and preserved by my said Executors
I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the wife of Isaac
Piper of Essex Farm in the parish of Redgewell in the
County of Essex (of of the daughters of Elizabeth Willows
deceased) the sum of Three hundred pounds to be paid to her
for her own use and benefit and I do declare that her
Receipt alone whether she shall be sole or married shall
be a sufficient discharge to my said Executors for the same
I give and bequeath unto Margaret Willows and
Constantia Willows two other of the daughters of the said
Elizabeth Willows deceased and sisters of the said Elizabeth
Piper the sum of Six Hundred pounds to be equally divided
between them share and share alike at their respective ages
of twenty one years with benefit of Survivorship in case
either of them shall dye before they attain that age But
in case they shall both dye under that age Then I
direct that the said Six Hundred pounds shall sink into the
Residuum of my said Estate and Effects and be had taken
and considered as part thereof I do hereby give and bequeath
unto the before named Elizabeth Barnes (provided she shall
be living with me at the time of my decease but not
otherwise) over and besides the Interest or dividends of
three thousand and found hundred pounds Bank annuities
hereinbefore bequeathed to her for her Life the sum of three
hundred pounds and all my Linnen in my House at
Baythorne (except the Household Linned there) and all my
Household Furniture Plate Gold Rings Gold and Silver Watches
Linnen China Ware and Stock of Liquors of all sorts in my
dwelling House in Lambs Conduit Street near Red Lyon Square
provided that no part thereof shall be exposed to public sale
in my said dwelling House and I do hereby give full
Liberty for the said Elizabeth Barnes and do desire and
direct my said Executors to permit her to live in my said
dwelling House in Lambs Conduit Street three Months next
after my decease without paying any Rent or other
Consideration for the same I give and bequeath unto all
and every the servants who shall be living with me at
the time of my death the sum of fifty pounds each over
and above the wages which may then be due to them
respectively and I do direct that the Coachman who shall
be employed to drive my carriage and be in that Service
at the time of my decease shall be included in this bequest
and intitled to the said Legacy of fifty pounds and that
the said Elizabeth Barnes shall also be included in this
bequest and be intitled to the said Legacy of fifty pounds
over and above what I have hereinbefore given and
bequeathed to her And I do direct my said Executors to pay


the said Legacies to my said Servants within three Months
next after my decease I give to Joseph Wilson my
Coachman if shall be employed to drive my Carriage
and be in that Capacity at the time of my decease But
if he shall not Then I give unto such other person who
shall be my Coachman at the time of my death and shall
have been employed in that Service three Months next before
my death my Chariot and Harness or such orther Carriage
and Carriages as I may have at my decease with the
Harness and all other things appertaining thereto for his
own use and benefit I do desire and direct my Executors
to give and divide all my wearing apparel (Linnen excepted)
unto and amongst my Servants who shall be living with
me at my decease in such parts shares and proportions
as my said Executors shall in their discretion think fit
unless I shall otherwise direct by any writing under my
hand hereafter to be made I do hereby give and bequeath
unto each of my said Executors hereafter named (over and
above what I have hereinbefore given and bequeathed to
them respectively) the sum of Five Hundred Pounds as a
Recompence and Satisfaction for the trouble which they may
have in the Execution of this my will I do hereby give
and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Layston
aforesaid the sum of Five pounds to be distributed amongst
them in Bread the day after my Funeral by the Church
Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the sad Parish
I also give the sum of One Hundred Pounds to be
distribted by the Minister or Vicar and the Churchwardends
and Overseers of the Poor for the time being of the said
Parish of Layston and by the Master of the Free School
of Buntingford aforesaid in such manner in such proportions
and at such times as they or the major part part of
them shall think fit to and amongst the most indigent
Families in the said Parish of Layston and in the
Parishes of Great and Little Hormead within twelve Months
next after the said One Hundred Pounds shall be received
by them of my said Executors and I do direct that the
whole or so??ch of the said Sum of One Hundred Pounds
as shall remain undistributed at the End of the said twelve
Months shall be repaid to my Executors and sink into the
Residuum of my Estate and that they give an account
to and satisfy my said Executors in what manner they
shall have applied the said Legacy of One Hundred pounds
or any part thereof I also give and bequeath unto the
before named Samuel Smoothey of Baythorne Hall and to
the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor fot he time
being of the Parish of Birdbrook in the County of Essex
the Sum of One Hundred pounds to be by them distributed
amongst the most poor and indigent families of the said
parishes of Birdbrook and parishes adjacent in such manner
in such proportions and at such times as the said
Samuel Smoothey and the said Churchwardens and Overseers 
                                                  shall


shall think best to answer the Intention of this my will I
do also give and bequeath unto the Feofees or Trustees
of the Charity School of and belonging to the parish of
Saint George the Martyr aforesaid the sum of One Hundred
Pounds to be paid to them by my Executors for the use
and benefit of the said Charity School I also give and
bequeath unto the Feofees or Trustees of the Charity
School of and belonging to the Parish of Saint James
Clerkenwell in the County of Middlesex the sum of One
Hundred Pounds to be paid to them by my said Executors
for the use and benefit of the said last mentioned Charity
School I also give and bequeath unto the Governors 
Guardians and Trustees of the Hospital for the Maintenance
and Education of exposed and deserted young Children
commonly called the Foundling Hospital the Sum of One
Thousand Pounds to be paid them by my Executors for the
use and benefit of the said Hospital I also give and
bequeath the sum of One Thousand Pounds to the Treasurer
or Treasurers for the time being of the Hospitals called
by the Name of the Hospitals for the Small Pox and
Inoculation to be applied towards carrying on the Charitable
designs oft he said Hospitals I also give and bequeath
unto the Treasurer or Treasurer for the time being of
a Society who now call themselves the Governors of the Middlesex
Hospital for the Reception of sick and lame Patients and lying
in married women the Sum of One thousand Pounds to be
paid them by my Executors for the use and benefit of the
said Hospital and to be aplied for and towards carrying on
the Charitable designs of the said Society I also give and
bequeath unto the Governors of the London Hospital the
Sum of One Thousand Pounds to be applied towards carrying
on the charitable designs of the said Corporation I also give
and bequeath unto the Governors Guardians and Trustees of
Christs Hospital in London the Sum of One Thousand Pounds
to be paid to them by my Executors for the use and
benefit of the said Hospital I also give and bequeath unto
the Governors Guardians and Trustees of Saint
Bartholomew's Hospital in London the sum of One
thousand Pounds to be paid to them by my Executors for
the use and benefit of the said Hospital I also give and
bequeath unto the Governors Guardians and Trustees of St
Thomas's Hospital in Southwark the Sum of One thousand
Pounds to be paid them by my said Executors for the use
and benefit of the said Hospital I also give and bequeath
to the Governors Guardians and Trustees of Bethlehem
Hospital situate in Moorfields London the Sum of One
Thousand Pounds to be paid them by my Executors for the
use and benefit of the said Hospital I also give and
bequeath unto the Governors Guardians and Trustees of
the British lying in Hospital for married women situate in
Brownlow Street Long Acre London the Sum of One thousand
Pounds to be paid them by my Exectutors which I desire may


be applied towards carrying on the designs of the said
Society I also give and bequeath unto the Treasurer or
Treasurers of a Society who now call themselves the
Governors of the General Lying-in Hospital the Corner of
Quebeck Street Oxford Road the Sum of One thousand
Pounds to be paid them by my Executors and applied towards
carrying on the charitable designs of the said Society I
also give and bequeath unto the Treasurer or Treasurers 
for the time being of a Society who now call themselves the
Governors of Saint George's Hospital near Hyde Park
Corner the Sum of One thousand Pounds to be paid them by
my Executors and applied towards carrying on the charitable
designs of the said Society I also give and bequeath unto
the Treasurer or Treasurers for the time being of a Society
who now call themselves the Trustees of the Westminster Hospital
or public Infirmary in James Street Westminster the sum of One
thousand pounds to be paid them by my Executors and
applied towards carrying on the Charitable designs of the
said Society I also give and bequeath unto the Governors 
Guardians and Trustees of the York Hospital near Hyde
Park Corner the sum of One Thousand Pounds to be paid
them by my Executors for the use and benefit of the said
Hospital I also give and bequeath unto the Governors 
Guardians and Trustees of the Society for propagating
Protestant Schools in Ireland the Sum of One Thousand
Pounds to be paid them by my Executors for the use and
benefit and to carry on the pious designs of the said
Society I also give and bequeath unto the Governors
Guardians and Trustees of Morden Colleage situate on
Blackheath in the County of Kent the Sum of One thousand
Pounds to be paid them by my Executors and applied in
such manner as the Trustees of the said College shall think
most advantageous to the said Charity I also give and
bequeath to the Governors Guardians and Trustees of the
Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other
deserted young Girls of the Poor situate near Westminster
Bridge in the County of Surry the sum of One thousand
pounds to be paid them by my said Executors for the use
and benefit of the said Charity I also give and bequeath
unto the Governors Guardians and Trustees of the Magdalen
House for the Receoption of Penitent Prostitutes the sum of
One Thousand Pounds to be paid them by my said Executors
for the use and benefit of the said Charity I also give
and bequeath unto the Society for Propagating Christian
Knowledge the Sum of One Thousand Pounds to be paid to
them by my Executors to be applied for and towards
carrying on the pious and Laudable designs of the said
Society I also give and bequeath unto the Society for
propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts the Sum of One
thousand pounds to be paid them by my Executors and to
be applied for and towards carrying on the pious and laudable
designs of the said Charity And I do hereby will and direct



my said Executors hereinafter named to raise all and every
the said Charitable Legacies hereinbefore by me given and
bequeathed out of my Monies in the public stocks or funds or
on Government or other Securities or out of such other
parts of my personal Estate as they shall think proper
and that they pay all and every the said several Charitable
Legacies within twelve Months next afer my decease And I
do direct that no part of the Monies to arise by the sale
of my freehold and copyhold Estates hereinbefore directed to
be sold shall be applied for or towards the payment of
the said Charitable Legacies or any of them And all the
rest residue and Remainder of my Monies in the public
stocks or funds and on Government or other Securites
whatsoever and of all other my Estates and Effects of
what nature or kindsoever which I shall dye possessed of
interested in or intitled unto x x x x x x x and all and
singular the Bank Annuities and Government Securities or
parliamentary funds and all other sum and sums of Money
whatsoever hereinbefore by me ordered willed disposed or
directed to sink into the Residuum of my Estate and Effects
and to be had taken and considered as part thereof when
the same shall so sink into tnad become a part of such
Residuum (after payment of my just debts funeral Expenses
and the Charges of proving this my wil) I do order and
direct my said trustees and Executors divide into four
equal part and I do hereby give and bequeath one full
equal fourth part thereof to the Governors Guardians and
Trustees of the before mentioned Hospital for the Maintenance
and Education of exposed and deserted young children commonly
called the Foundling Hospital to be paid to them by my said
Executors for the use and benefit of the said Hospital One
other full equal fourth part thereof I hereby give and
bequeath unto the Treasurer or Treasurers for the time
being of the before mentioned Hospitals called by the
Name of the Hospitals for the Small Pox and Inoculation to be paid to
them by my said Executors and to be applied towards
carrying on the Charitable designs of the said Hospitals One
other full equal fourth part thereof I do hereby give and
bequeath unto the Treasurer or Treasurers for the time 
being of the before mentioned Society who now call themselves
the Governors of the Middlesex Hospital for the reception 
of sick and Lame Patients and Lying in married women to
be paid them by my Executors for the use and benefit of
the said Hospital and to be applied for and towards
carrying on the Charitable designs of the said Society And
the remaining full equal fourth part thereof I do hereby
give and bequeath unto the Treasures of St George's Hospital
near Hyde Park Corner to be paid them by my Executors
and to be applied towards carrying on the charitable
designs of the said Hospital And it is my will and desire
And I do hereby Order and direct my said Executors
to make such division of the said Residue of my said


Estate and Effects and to pay and apply the same in the
proportion aforesaid from time to time as the same or
any part thereof shall come to their Hands or by any of the
means aforesaid sink into or become part of such Residuum
of my said Estate and Effects and it is my desire that none
of the Governors Guardians or Trustees or Treasurers of any
of the before mentioned Hospitals Societies or Houses of
Charity shall have any power to examine into my Affairs
but shall take receive the said Residuum of my said
Estates at such times as my said Executors shall be able to
pay it to them and it is my Mind and Will that in case
any of the Legatee or Legatees hereinbefore named or any
of the Governors Guardians Trustees or Treasurers aforesaid
or other person or persons Society or Societys intitled to
any Interest Benefit or Advantage whatsoever under or
by Virtue of this my will shall refuse to acquiesce consent
or agree to the several Gifts and bequests hereinbefore
mentioned or to any other matter or thing whatsoever by
me herein directed or shall refuse to give and execute
proper discharge or discharges Release or Releases to my
said Executors or to join with them in any Act or Acts
which shall be thought necessary to be done by them or
either of them for the better Execution of this my will or
any clause article matter or things therein contained or who
shall contest the whole or any part of this my will Then
such Legatee or Legatees Governors Guardians Trustees or
Treasurers person or persons and Society or Societys shall
not be intitled to or have take or receive any interest
benefit or advantage whatsoever under or by Virtue of
this my will and every Legacy Annuity Guift or bequest
hereinbefore given and bequeathed to him her or them is
hereby declared to be null and void to all Intents and
purposes as fully and effectually as if such person or persons
had actually died in my lifetime or such Gift or bequest had
never been made And it is my further will and desire and
I do hereby order and direct that in case my said Estates
and Effects and Monies in the public stocks or funds and
on Government or other Securitys shall not by reason
of the Low Price of such public funds or by any other
cause or means whatsoever produce sufficient sums of Money
after payment of my just debts funeral Expenses and
the Charges of proving this my will to answer satisfy
and pay all and singular the Legacies and Sum and Sums
of Money hereinbefore by me given and bequeathed Then I
do direct my said Trustees and Executors in the first place
to secure the said Sum of Ten Thousand two hundred
pounds part of my Bank Annuities reduced to and for
the several purposes hereinbefore mentioned concerning the
same and in the next place to pay the several Legacies
hereinbefore by me given to the several persons herein before
named and then to divide the Residue of my said Monies
in the public stocks or funds and on Government or other
                                                Securities



Securities and the Residue of all other my Estate and
Effects whatsoever unto and amongst the several Hospitals
Charities Charitable Corportaions and Societys aforesaid in
proportion to the several Legacies or sums of Money
hereinbefore bequeathed to them respectively It being my
intent and meaning that in case of such deficiency the said
several Charitable Legacies hereinbefore given and bequeathed
and no other shall bear the loss occasioned by such deficiency
and I do hereby order and direct and give full power to
my said Executors hereinafter named to keep and detain in
their own hands and possession from time to time until this
my will shall be fully executed such sum or sums of
Money or Securities for Money as shall or may be 
sufficient for the payment of the several Legacies bequests
donations and sum and sums of Money hereinbefore by me
given and bequeathed or directed to be paid as aforesaid and
also so much Money as shall be sufficient to defray and
satisfy all Costs Charges and Expenses whatsoever which they
or either of them shall or may sustain or be put into in
or about the Execution of all or any part or parts of this
my will and I do hereby order and direct my said
Executors to Burn or otherwise destroy all my Books of
Accounts Letters and Papers whatsoever which shall come to
their or either of their hands and which are not necessary
to be kept by them for their justification and defence in
the executing my will and I do hereby nominate constitute
and appoint the said William Cooper John Free and Charles
Wade joint Executors of this my will and it is my desire
that in case either of them shall dye before this my will
is fully executed then and in such case I do appoint the
said nathaniel Free hereinbefore named to succeed and be
joint Executor with the Survivors or Survivor of them and
in that case I hereby give him the said Nathaniel Free
five Hundred pounds as a Recompence for his trouble
therein over and above the Legacy of One Thousand pounds
hereinbefore bequeathed to him and if any other Trustee shall
dye before my will is fully exiecuted then I do give full 
power and authority to the Survivor or Surviving Trustee
or Trustees to appoint one or more person or persons to
Act as Trustee or Trustees of this my will either jointly 
with him or them in their lifetime orafter his or their
decease with an adequate recompense for their trouble
therein and Lastly I do hereby revoke and make void
all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore
made and do declare this only to be my last will and
Testament In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Pyke the
Testator have to this will written on thirteen sheets
of paper set my hand and seal to each sheet this
sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One
Thousand seven hundred and seventy two.  Thos Pyke
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas
Pyke the Testator as and for his last will and Testament


in te presence of us who in his presence and at his request
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our
names as Witnesses thereto.  Richd Jones Stationer in the
Temple _ Jas L'Argean Devereux Court Temple Barr _ John
Lloyd Clerk to Mr Devon of New Court Temple


Whereas I the underwritten Thomas Pyke by
my last will and Testament dated on or about the 16th
day of May 1772 did desire my Executors therein named 
to distribute my wearing apparel amongst my servants at
their discretion unless by any writing under my hand
should be otherwise directed Now my will and desire is
that Elizabeth Barnes may have all my velvet cloaths
and every other sort of wearing apparel (Linnen only
excepted already given to the said Elizabeth Barnes) I
desire may be given to Samuel Jones if he continues with
me at the time of my decease but not otherwise
Moreover in my said will I bequeathed fifty pounds to each
of my servants who live with me at the time of my
decease I do now make this additional Bequest that is
To Samuel Jones I give fifty pounds more the whole
One Hundred pounds to be paid him when he attains the
age of twenty one years To Elizabeth Cohen Housemaid I
give fifty pounds more and to Elizabeth Wainsright Cook
I give Thirty pounds more and to Joseph Willson
Coachman I give Thirty pounds more all these to be paid
them over and above the fifty pounds each already
Bequeathed subject to the same condition of living with
me at the time of my decease those who do not to
receive no Benefit herefrom and this I declare to be
a Codicil and deemed part of my said last will and
Testament as witness my hand in London this sixth day
of November One Thousand seen hundred seventy two.


Whereas I Thomas Pyke of Lambs Conduit
Street in the parish of Saint George the Martyr did
make my last will and Testament dated on or about the
sixteenth day of may 1772 Wherein I appointed William
Cooper of Winchester Street John Free of Devonshire Square
and Charles Wade of New North Street Executors thereunto
Now I do hereby direct appoint and constitute Nathaniel
Free Brother and living with the said John Free to be
joined with them and act as one of the Executors of
my said last will and Testament and I do hereby give
unto the said Nathaniel Free Five Hundred Pounds over
and above the legacy bequeathed him by my said Will
as a recompence for the trouble he may have in my
affairs and I do hereby direct my said Executors William
Cooper John and Nathaniel Free and Charles Wade within
						three


three Months next after my decease to transfer into their
Names or into the Names of the Survivor of them then
Thousand two hundred pounds part of my Bank Annuities
reduced over and above the like sum by my said Will ordered
to be transferred to my Executors ) for the following uses
Truts and purposes that is to say I give and bequeath
unto Catherine Whatley wife of George Whatley now living in Southampton Row
Bloomsbury besides what I have by my said will already
bequeathed her the full Interest or dividends arising from
Three Thousand four hundred pounds part of the said
£10200 Bank Annuities reduced for her own sole and
separate use during the term of her Life free from the
power controul or any ways intermeddling of her present
or any future Husband she may hereafter have to be
paid to her by my Executors or any other they may
appoint within ten days next after their receiving the
same at the Bank and her Receipt alone notwithstanding
her Coverture shall be sufficient discharge for the same
I also give and bequeath unto Charles and Dorothy Wade
now living in New North Street or to the Survivor of
them during his or her Life over and above the Bequest
already made to them by my said will the full Interest
or dividends arising from three Thousand four hundred
pounds other part of the said £10200 Bank Annuities
reduced to be paid as directed to Catherine Whatley I
also give and bequeath unto my servant Elizabeth Barnes
if she lives with me at the time of my decease but not
otherwise over and above the Legacies in my said Will
bequeathed to her the full Interest or dividends arising
from x x x three thousand four hundred pounds the remaining
Annuities reduced to be paid to her by my Executors
within ten days after the same becomes payable at the
Bank for and during the term of her Life and when it
shall so happen that Catherine Whatley shall dye or Charles
and Dorothy Wade be both dead or Elizabeth Barnes shall
die Then the part of the Bank Annuities reduced so
transferred for payment of said Annuitants shall immediately
sink into the Residuum of my Estate and be disposed of
as such Residuum is by my said Will directed and this
I do declare to be a Codicil and deemed and taken
as part of my said last will and Testament In Witness whereof
I hereunto set my hand this third day of April One
Thousand seven hundred seventy three 1773.  Thos Pyke


			3 Dec 1773
On which day appeared personally William
Devon of the Middle Temple London Gentleman and by
virtue of his Corporal Oath deposed that he knew and
was well acquainted with Thomas Pyke late of the parish


of Saint George the Martyr in the County of Middlesex Esquire
deceased and hath several times seen him write and write
and subscribe his Name whereby he became to know and be
well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting
and Subscription and having now carefully viewed and perused
the paper writings hereunto annexed purporting to be two Codicils
to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased the first
Codicil beginning thus "Whereas I the underwritten Thomas
"Pyke by my last will and Testament" ending thus "As
"witness my hand in London this sixth day of Novemember
"One thousand seven hundred seventy two" and thus
subscribed "Thos Pyke" and the second Codicil beginning thus
"Whereas I Thomas Pyke of Lambs Conduit Street in the 
"parish of St George the Martyr" ending thus "In witness
"whereof I hereunto set my hand this third day of April
"One thousand seven hundred seventy three 1773" and thus
subscribed "Thos Pyke" doth say that he verily and in his
Conscience believes that the said two Codicils beginning ending
and subscribed as aforesaid and the whole series and contents
thereof to be of the proper handwriting of him the said 
Thomas Pyke Esquire deceased.  Wm Devon same day the
said William Devon was sworn to the truth of this
affidavit Before me John Loveday Surrogate pres?? Rogr Altham
Notry Publ

			3 Dec 1773

On which Day appeared personally Joseph 
Wilson of the parish of Saint George the Martyr in the
County of Middlesex Servant and by Virtue of his
Corporal Oath deposed that he knew and was well acquainted
with Thomas Pyke (formerly Thomas Crouch) late of the
parish of Saint George the Martyr in the County of
Middlesex Esquire deceased and had several times seen him
write and write and subscribe his Name whereby he became
well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting
and Subscription and having how carefully viewed and perused
the paper writings hereunto annexed purporting to be two
Codicils to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased
the first Codicil beginning thus "Whereas I the underwritten
Thomas Pyke by my last Will & Testament" ending thus
"As witness my Hand in London this sixth day of Novemember
"One thousand seven hundred seventy two" and thus subscribed
"Thos Pyke" and the second Codicil beginning thus "Whereas
"I Thomas Pyke of Lambs Circuit Street in the parish of
"St George the Martyr" ending thus "In witness whereof I
"hereunto set my hand this third day of April One thousand
seven hundred seventy three 1773" and thus subscribed "Thos Pyke"
doth say that he verily and in his Conscience believes the
said two Codicils beginning ending and subscribed as aforesaid
and the whole series and contents thereof to be of the
						     proper


proper handwriting of him the said Thomas Pyke Esquire
deceased Joseph Wilson same day the said Joseph Wilson
was sworn to the truth of this affidavit Before me. Geo Harris
surrogate prest Robt Nathl Bogg Not. Pub.

			3 Dec 1773

On which Day appeared personally Peter
Allams of the parish of Saint Clement Danes in the County
of Middlesex Gentleman and by Virtue of his Corporal Oath
deposed that he wrote the Will and Testament of Thomas
Pyke formerly named Thomas Crouch late of the parish of
Saint George the Martyr in the County of Middlesex Esquire
deceased hereunto annexed bearing date the sixteen day of
May One thousand seven hundred and seventy two that he
copied the same from a Draught thereof and that thro' mistake
in copying the same as aforesaid he wrote the word 
"thousand" on an Erasure in the twelfth Line from the top
of the third Sheet of the said Will and he interline
the words "Sum of Five thousand pounds and unto Elizabeth
Tweed the Daughter of the said John Tweed deceased the"
between the fifth and sixth Lines from the top of the seventh
Sheet of the said Will and he wrote the words "and
bequeath unto the Treasurers of St Georges Hospital near
Hyde Park Corner" upon an Erasure in the thirty eighth Line
from the Top of the Eleventh Sheet and the word "Hospital" in
the thirty ninth Line from the Top of the said eleventh
Sheet of the said Will and he further saith that such
Alterations were made before the said Testator executed the
said Will and that he verily believes the same now is
in the same plight and condition it was in at the time of
such Execution. Peter Allam. same day the said Peter Allam
was sworn to the truth of this affidavit Before me Will
macham Surrogate Prest Rogr Altham Notry Publ


This Will was proved at London with two Codicils
the fourth day of December in the year of our Lord One
thousand seven hundred and seventy three before the
Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the
Right Worshipful George Hay Knight Doctor of Laws Master
Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
lawfully constituted by the Oaths of John Free and Charles
Wade Esquires two of the Executors named in the said Will
and Nathaniel Free Esquire the Executor named in the second
Codicil to whom Administration was granted of all and singular
the Goods Chattels and Credits of the x x x deceased having
been first sworn only to administer power reserved of making
the like Grant to William Cooper Esquire the other Executor
named in the said Will when he shall apply for the same.


This Will was proved at London with two Codicils
the twenty fourth day of December in the year of our
Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy three before
the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the
Right Worshipful Sir George Hay Knight Doctor of Laws Master
Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
lawfully constituted by the Oath of William Cooper Esquire the
other Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration
was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits
of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.



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