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In the Name of God Amen I the underwritten Isaac Pyke of Greenwich in the County of Kent Esqr late Governor of St Hellena ?? duly considering my own Mortality and the many Casualties to which I as well as all other men am subject being desirous to settle my small affairs in in the best manner I can have therefore made and hereby I doe make these papers to be and contain my last will and Testament It is likely that there may be found among my papers some other will by me formerly made but I do hereby revoke and now disallow all manner of Wills or Testaments by me formerly made or pretended to be made and I appoint these papers only to stand good as my last will First as to my Sons I trust in the Manifold mercies of God through Christ that I shall have a pardon for my Sins as to my Religion it is the protestant according to the Established Orders of the Church of England my body I leave to be decently and Frugally Interred according to the discretion of my Executors but in as private a manner as possibly they can And on no account whatsoever to Exceed the buriall of my Mother but would have the Expence be as much less as they will I desire Mr Richard Mead of Greenwich if he be then living may be employed in it and have a Ring besides his payment but I would have none of the undertakers padgeantry nor no Coaches with more then two horses each and the Hearse if they should have one with no more then 2 Horses nor none of those Foppish Lights called Branche Lights and therefore desire to be buried by day light and as it is likely according to Custome there be some friends to Support the pall I desire they may be Chosen most out of the Lay Gentlemen of Greenwich who use frequently the Club that the professor Dr Morton Councillor Blondel and myself belonged to and I think Mr White Mr Isaacs and Mr Hally Dr Newington Mr Strong Mr Joseph Moor and Mr make up the most part if not all of them at the time let Mr Justice Clerke be Invited as a Supporter of the Pall and those of the Club who do not hold up the Pall to have the same with those who do and a Small Treat ad the Tavern on the first Saturday Night after my Buriall of half a Crown a Man I put not this in on any Superstitious nor no prophane account all the Gentlemen named above are of better principals and tho this thing may looke to some a little Romantick I have no other meaning than to wish those Gentlemen to be Innocently Chearfull as usuall thos I am no longer to partake with them I would have no more persons or Clergymen at the burial then needs must the parson of the parish for the time being will be there in his Duty if my Brother John Pery be then in Town I suppose he'l be there to I desire to lye in the same Grave which my Mother was buried in without any other Inscription then Mr Isaac Pyke and the date of the year I dye in As to the small Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof in the following manner to each Servant who shall be living with me at the time of my decease one years wages more then is due to them but no ring. To each of the Members that now are of a religious Society in London to whom The society that I I formerly belonged Mr Warham Mr Lane Mr Skeate Mr Stewart mean used to meet Mr Pridie did belong to the same I referr the names of those who on St La??pountneys now belong thereto to their own List as it was set down when Hill they last before my death Elected their Steward and to all those in that list five pounds sterling each and one Gold ring each To Mr William Gardner Distiller Twenty pounds in money for Mourning and 1 ring. To Mr John Shepherd Tea Merchant Fifteen pounds for the same and One ring To Mr Justice Clerk of Greenwich of Unicorns Horn and the King of Bantame Speear Staff To Dr Halley the Professor my Model of the present Christian Temple at Jerusalem and Pangarany Monqua Raja Creese with head To Mrs Wait and to Mrs Frances Bradford and to Mr Hemings eight pounds in money each for mourning and a ring to each I have sometime since subscribed a written Deed in which I gave after my death one hundred pounds to the Honourable East India Company for the uses therein mentioned which I mention over again here to prevent any disputes about the payment And I also bequeath to each of the Directors of the said Honourable Company and their secretary and to Sr Gilbert Heathcott one Gold ring of One Guinea value And to Alderman Levett the same And to Mr Ellerker of the Temple I give Ten pounds for mourning To Mr Peacock and his wife Mr Peacock who was Executor and Mr Brownsmith and his son and to Capt Richd Rawlins with me to Sr Frances Forbes I each one gold ring. To my sister Mary Bradford and Neice mention it on this manner Anna her daughter who is unmarried each 10 pounds for because I am acquainted wth mourning As to my Household Goods plate and Linnen I give some others of that name One moiety or half part thereof unto my Sister Mary Bradford and the value of the other halfe part to be placed to account of my Estate yet so Nevertheless that she shall have the use of the whole so long as she remains a widow All the rest and remainder of my Estate to be valued and to prevent disputes the whole sum of the value of my said Estate whether real or personal to be Divided into 8 parts whereof I give the use of the whole to my sister Mary Bradford for her better support and Maintenance during the whole Term she shall remain a widow without Impeachment of wast so as the said Estate be Divided on her Marriage two Eighth parts to her selfe two other eighth parts to her daughter my Neice Anna and the remaineing 4 of those 8 parts to my Neice Bufarr and the Children Born of her body but in Case my Sister remains a widow and her daughter Anna should Mary with her approbation that then her said Daughter shall have one Eight part fo her fortune but no more during her Mothers life untill her said Mother shall Marry and then the other Eight part which will make up a Quarter share I leave the Estimateing and valuation of the said Estate to be made by my Sister and my Nephew John Bufarr and also to be divided by them but in such manner that if any part shall be thought to be too highly valued that then such part shall when the time of possession Comes goe to Mrs Bufarr and her Children because they will then have 4 of the 8th parts thus I have as equally as I think is reasonable devided my Estate for my Sister during her life in Case she shall remain a widow to possess the whole for her support without being accountable to any for the Incomes or profits thereof hat she at her death may be able to tive good Legacies to such of her Children as shall please her best for such is my designe and Intent herein however it may happen to be exprest I leave also to John Bufarr and his Wife my Nephew and Neice and to their Children 40L for Mourning and I appoint my said Sister Mary Bradford before named and the said John Bufarr to be Executors to this my last Will and Testament which I have written all with my own hand in 4 folio sides of three sheets of paper and in Testimony hereof I have signed each sheet on the Top or Margin and subscribed and sealed the whole at the End this fifth day of January 1729/30 Isa: Pyke This writing was by Mr Isa Pyke published and declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who also did sign the same in his presence Frances Bradford Francis Meyer Titus Ovsdreyd Anna Maria Ratcliffe Memorandum That tho I think this Will being written all with my own hand there is no great necessity of Witnesses yet I have Caused it to be signed by 4 Witnesses who tho they have Legacies I desire that my not Invalid their Testimony This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull William Straham Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the Tenth day of April in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred thirty nine by the Oath of John Buffar one of the Executors named in the said Will To whom Administration was Granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer (Reserving Power to make the like grant to Mary Bradford the other Executor also named in the said Will when she shall apply for the same This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the Thirtieth day of Aprill in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred thirty nine by the Oath of Mary Bradford widow the other Executor named in the said Will To whom administration was Granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to Administer
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