Ealdgate Ward. St. Andrew Undershaft. 68

Ealdgate Ward. St. Andrew Undershaft.

IN the Name of God, Amen, the 16th Day of July An. Dom. 1617, & in the Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, James, &c. I Sir William Craven, Knt. and Alderman of London, being whole in Body and of good and perfect Memory, (Thanks be given to Almighty God for the same) weighing with my self the incertainty and instability of this mortal Life, and that every Man born in this mortal World is subject to Death, and yet uncertain of the time, place, manner and means, when, where, and how the same shall happen unto him: Purposing for the Honour of God, and quiet of my Mind, to set down such Order and Stay for the disposing of such worldly Riches as it hath pleased Almighty God of his bountiful Goodness to give unto me, be it either in Goods, Chattels, Debts or ready Money; So as the same may be quietly enjoyed by those to whom I shall bequeath it; Do make, ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth: That is to say,

His last Will.

J. Hare Arm. Richm. Her.

First, And before all things I commend my Soul into the Hands of God, my Creator, trusting most assuredly to be saved by the only Death, Passion and Merits of Jesus Christ: Beseeching the most Blessed and Glorious Trinty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, three Persons and one God, to have Mercy upon me, and to pardon and forgive me all my Sins; so that after this transitory Life ended, I may arise with the Elect, and be made partaker of the Glory of God in the Kingdom of Heaven, and Life everlasting. Which I most humbly beseech Almighty God to grant unto me for his Mercies sake. Amen.

And I Will, that my Body be decently buried in the Parish Church of St. Andrew's Undershaft; so near the place where my well beloved Friend, Mr. William Parker lyeth buried, as conveniently may be.

Item, I will that all such debts as I am justly owing to any Person or Persons whatsoever, at the time of my Decease, shall be by my Executors well and truly payed and discharged, &c.

Item, I give and bequeath to my Son William Craven, my Chain of Gold, and my Seal Ring.

Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Elizabeth (over and beside one equal Part of my whole Estate, being her due by the Custom of London) the Lease of my House in the Parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, and the Remainder of Years unexpired in the same, during her natural Life; she paying every half Year the Rent due to the Landlord, and keeping the House in repair. And after her decease, the said Lease to remain to my Son William. And I also give to my said Wife all my Plate, Silver Vessels, Jewels, Brass, Pewter, Linen, Bedding, Hangings, Carpets, Chests, Presses, Tables, Chairs, Cushions, Stools, and other my Houshold Stuff whatsoever, as a Token and Remembrance of my Good Will.

Item, One other third Part of my Estate, I give and bequeath amongst my Children equally to be divided amongst them. And if any of them do depart this Life in their Minority, my Will and Mind is, that the Portions of them so deceasing shall be equally divided amongst the other that shall be living.

Item, I give and bequeath to an hundred poor Men, every one of them a black Gown, to accompany me to my Burial, and 12d. a piece to pay for their Dinners.

Item, I give and bequeath to St. John Evangelist in Watling Street, where I was first Ap- prentice, the Sum of 100l. of lawful Money, &c. for a Stock, for the Reparations of the said Church: And to be employed at the Discretions of the Parson and Church Wardens of the said Parish for the time being.

Item, I give and bequeath to the Poor inhabiting within the Town of Tiverton in Devonshire, the Sum of 50l. to be divided amongst them, at the Discretion of the Maior and Aldermen there for the time being.

Item, I clearly forgive Mr. Nicholas Felton, D.D. all the Money that he oweth me.

Item, I give and bequeath to Mr. Richard Mason, Parson of St. Andrew's Undershaft, the Sum of 10l. and a black Gown, if he be at my Burial, and Parson of the said Parish.

Item, For the avoiding of Tumults, which be usually occasioned at Burials, I will that nothing be given to idle Persons in the Street, on the Day of my Funeral. But instead thereof, I give and bequeath the Sum of 100l. to such Parishes in London, as my Executors and Overseers shall appoint: Willing the same may be distributed on the Day of my Burial amongst such poor People within each Parish as it shall be appointed unto. As the Parson, Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor shall think to stand most in need.

And I give to the Parishes of St. Giles and St. Sepulchre's near London, and to St. Saviour's, St. Olave's, St. Thomas, and St. George's Parishes in Southwark, to each of them 10l. a piece to be distributed amongst the Poor of the said Parishes on the Day of my Burial, at the Discretion of the Parson, Church Wardens, &c. in each Place.

Itam, I give and bequeath to the poor Prisoners in Newgate, Ludgate, and the two Compters, the Sum of 40l. to wit, 10l. to each House: To be payed by 5l. at a Payment, viz. at Chrsitmas and Easter; or at which of them shall first happen after my decease.

Item, I give and bequeath to the poor Children in Christ's Hospital in London, the Sum of a 100l. to be payed to the Treasurer of the same Hospital within six Months after my decease.

Item, I give and bequeath towards the Relief and Curing of sick, sore, anmd diseased Persons in St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, the Sum of an 100l. &c.

Item, I give and bequeath to the Hospital of Bridewell, for and towards the setting of sturdy Beggars, idle and vagrant Persons on Work, the Sum of an 100l.

Item, I give and bequeath towards the Relief of sick, sore and diseased Persons in St. Thomas's Hospital in Southwark, the Sum of an 100l.

Item, I give and bequeath to the Treasurer of Christ's Hospital one 100 Nobles, for to provide a Dinner for such Governours of the four Hospital, as shall accompany me to my Burial.

Item, I give and bequeath to the Master and Wardens of the Company of Merchant Taylors in London, the Sum of one 100 Nobles, to provide a Dinner for the said Company on the Day of my Funeral.

Item, I give and bequeath for a Dinner to be provided for the Parishioners of St. Antholines on the Day of my Burial 100 Nobles.

Item, I will that a Dinner be povided for my Neighbours and Friends at my House in Leadenhall Street, on the Day of my Funeral.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving Brother, Anthony Craven of Darly in Yorkshire, and to his Son William Craven 1500l. of lawful, &c. equally betwixt them, to be bestowed in Lands and Tenements for them and their Heirs for ever, so soon after my decease as conveniently may be,

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