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No. 122.

122.-SIGNATURE OF SHAKESPEARE'S ELDER DAUGHTER, MRS. SUSANNA HALL, AND OF HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, MRS. ELIZABETH NASH. A DECLARATION OF USES RELATING TO NEW PLACE, ETC., 1647:—Inden. ture tripartite covenanting that, whereas Susan Hall (Shakespeare's eldest daughter] and Elizabeth Nash (Mrs. Hall's daughter and Shakespeare's granddaughter], both of Stratford-upon-Avon, widows, in Easter term preceding levied two fines of a messuage in Blackfriars, London, neere the Wardrope ;” a messuage in Stratford-upon-Avon called the New Place, a messuage in the same town, in Henley Street called the Maidenhead now or late in the tenure of John Rutter ; another messuage adjoining, now or late in the tenure of Thomas Hart, 43 yardlands in Stratford, Old Stratford, Bishopton and Welcombe, and all other lands, etc., in the same heretofore the inheritance of William Shakespere. gent., father of the said Susan Hall, to Richard Lane and William Smith, the intent of such two fines is that the said Richard Lane and Will. Smith shall suffer a recovery of the premises to be prosecuted by Will. Hathaway of Weston-upon-Avon, yeoman, and Tho. Hathaway, of Stratford, joiner, to enure to the use of the said Susan Hall for her life, with remainder to the use of the said Elizabeth Nash and the heirs of her body and in default to the use of her right heirs for ever.

Dated 2 June, 23 Chas. 1. (1647).
Signed by Susanna Hall (signet seal).

Elizabeth Nash (seal of Arms).

Richard Lane and Will. Smith (seals).
Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER.

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123.-Facsimile of Conveyance of the Blackfriars Estate from “Heury Walker Citizen and Minstrell of London" to "William Shakespeare of Stratfordupon-Avon in the Countie of Warwick gentleman." 10 March, 1612-13. See No. 118. From the original in the Guildhall Library, London.

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124.- SIGNATURE OF SHAKESPEARE'S GRANDDAUGHTER, MRS. ELIZA (BETH) BARNARD, FORMERLY MRS. ELIZABETH NASH.- A DISPOSITION OF NEW PLACE AND OTHER ESTATES OF SHAKESPEARE MADE BY HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, ELIZABETH BARNARD, IN 1653.- Deed-poll of Elizabeth, wife of John Barnard, Esq., assigning to Henry Smith, of Stratford, gent., and Job Dighton, of the Middle Teniple, London, esq., a messuage in Stratford called the New place, together with 47 yardlands, arable, meadow and pasture in Stratford, Welcombe and Bishopton “sometimes the inheritance of William Shackspeare, gent., my grandfather,” upon trust, after the death of the said John Barnard and herself without heirs of her body, to sell the same, the money to be raised thereby to be disposed as she shall appoint. Dated 18 April, 1653. Signed, Eliza Barnard, with seal of Arms, viz: Barnard impaling Shakespeare.

Witnesses- 5- Richard Lane, Mary Lane, Phil. Scarlett, Eliz. Writon.

Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER.

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ANCIENT VIEW OF CLOPTON.
From a Water-colour Drawing by Robert Bell Wheler, in 1801.
In the Wheler collection, Birthplace Library (vol. 904, No. 20).

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CLOPTON IN 1801. From a Water-colour Drawing by Robert Bell Wheler. In the Wheler collection, Birthplace Library (Vol. 904, No 21).

125. -A DOCUMENT ILLUSTRATING THE HISTORY OF THE GUNPOWDER PLOT 26 FEB., 1605-6.— Inquisition taken at Stratford-upon-Avon, 26 Feb. 3 Jas. 1. (1606), before William Wyette, gent., Mayor, by virtue of his office of Escheator, by oath of Tho. Barbor, gent., Abraham Sturley, gent., John Smyth, gent., Hen. Walker, gent., Will. Tetherton, gent., Will. Walforde, Phil. Greene, Ralph Lord, Will. Hardinge, John Willmore, Hugh Piggen, Edw. Wall, Rich. Collyns, Tho. Allen, and Tho. Parker, who testify that the said Will. Wyette, on 6 Nov. preceding, seized the goods and chattels following, the property of Ambrose Rookewoode, late attainted of High Treason, viz., a “white gelding (20sh.), one challice with a cover of silver and gilte (40sh), another challice and a cover of silver and gilte (26sh 8d.), a little silver bell (20sh), a silver and gilte crucifix (6sh 8d), another silver and gilte crucifix (35h 4d), another little silver and gilte crucifix vppon velvette (12d), a crosse of glasse (12d), a crosse of copper with the picture of Christ vppon it (2sh 6d) and an altar stone, two white surplesses (Iosh), one ould sheete (12d), one peece of lynnen (12d), one other peece of lynnen (12d), a vestemente of white stuff like Tishue with a pall and armelettes belonginge to the same and a peece of redd sarsenette to wrappe vpp the same (20sh), a Vestemente of crymson satten with a pall and armlettes belonging to the same and a peece of redd sarsenette to wrappe up the same (20sh), a handkercheffe wrought aboute with redd silke (ish 8d), a blacke vestemente of damaske with a pall and armelettes belonginge to the same (1osh), one hearse cloath of damaske lyned with buckram (3sh 4d), one hearse cloath of damaske lyned with cotton (3sh 4d),eighte small paper pictures (id), ffoure cases to keepe paper pictures 2sh), ffive Latine Bookes (12d), a Bracelette of tenn amber Beades and of one glasse beade (6d), a paire of prayinge beades of bone (2d), a little wooden crosse silvered (2d), a pakes (2sh), a little round silver box (2sh 6d, a watche (iosh), a case for a Booke (40), and a cushionette of crymson taffata (40)”; together with a “graye nagge (53sh 4d), and "glasse beades” (40) of Tho. Pearce, gent., arrested on suspicion of High Treason, and a pair of old leggings (ocreæ) of Ambrose Fuller, noted as “returned”.

Signed by “Wyllyam Wyeate, Eschetor”
Vellum.

The above goods were seized at Clopton, Stratford-uponAvon, where Ambrose Rookwood resided during the preparation of the Gunpowder Plot. Rookwood occupied Clopton, by advice of the chief conspirator, Robert Catesby, a native of Lapworth, Warwickshire, ard son-in-law of Sir Thomas Leigh, of Stoneleigh. The conspirators organised their plot at various places in the Midland Counties. Rookwood was tried for high treason and executed with Guy Fawkes in old Palace Yard, Westminster, 31 January, 1606.

Presented by MISS ANNE WHELER.

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