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Edmund Curll, Bookseller$

Paul Baines and Pat Rogers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278985.001.0001

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(p.320) Appendix 1 Curll's Will

(p.320) Appendix 1 Curll's Will

Edmund Curll, Bookseller
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Rose Street Covent Garden 10th March 1733/4

Whenever called upon by nature I freely resign my Spirit to the Supreme being. As to my Worldly Goods of all kinds whereof I stand possessed I hereby Constitute my most dear and Affectionate (Second) Wife Elizabeth my sole and whole Executrix of [deleted: both and my Son Henry sole and joint Executrix and Executor of] this my last Will and Testament being well assured that may dear Wife (if she Survive me) will be the best Friend in this World to my Son and his Family & desire to be Interred in a decent manner wheresoever they shall think fitt to all herein contained written with my own hand & Subscribe my Name The above alteration made this 27th day of July 1737 E Curll

Edmund Curll

A Continuation of my within mentioned Will to my Wife

  • I have no Relatives; my Son is dead,
  • He left no Issue, and his Wife's re-wed;
  • Therefore no Legacys at all I leave
  • But all I’ve got to my dear Wife bequeathe.

Written and Signed by me this 14th day of July/1742 Entg. my 60th Year Edmund Curll

Christopher Norris of the Parish of Saint Gregory London Bookbinder and William Norris of the Parish of Saint Faith London Bookbinder severally make Oath That they these deponents severally knew and were acquainted with Edmund Curll late of the Parish of Saint Paul Covent Garden in the County of Middlesex Bookseller deceased and with his manner and Character of Handwriting and Subscription for several years before and to the time of his death happening (as these deponents have been informed and believe) about Six Month last past and these deponents now carefully viewing the Paper & Writing hereunto annexed (purporting to be his Will) dated 10th March 1733/4 and Subscribed Edmund Curll, and also a Continuation to the said Will dated 14th July 1742 and Subscribed Edmund Curll they these deponents severally make Oath That they do in their Consciences verily believe that the said Will and Continuation thereof were and are (as these deponents verily believe) totally wrote and subscribed by and with the proper hand of the said Edmund Curll deceased Christopher Norris William Norris 22d June 1748 The said Christopher Norris and William Norris were Sworn to the Truth of the Premisses before me Robert Chapman Surrogate Present me Wm. Legard Notary Publick.

This Will was proved at London before the Worshipful Robert Chapman doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth also doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the Twenty first day of July in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred (p.321) and forty eight by the oath of Elizabeth Curll Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix in the said Will named to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods [?Chattels] and Credits of the said deceased being first Sworn duly to administer Exd

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