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i al Stratford- of the glove trade in queen Elizabeth's time. 1) The 230 day | But, notwithstanding the flourishing state of liis family it that trade in Stratford, and a conjecture, that

Mr. Rowe John Shakspeare furnished his customers with rand certain leathern hose, aprons, belts, points, jerkins, ord, his an- pouches, wallets, satchels, and purses,” Mr. und fashion | Malone confesses, that from all this, the poel's

gentle- father derived but a scanly maintenance. as well as John Shakspeare had been, in 1568, an ofne is, that ficer or bailift (high-bailiff or mayor) of the plied to the body corporate of Stratford, and chief alderman period of his in 1571. At one time, it is said that he pos

evate Shak-sessed lands and tenements to the amount of 1 yet he is 5001., the reward of his grandfather's faithful ly years' la- and approved services to king Henry VIII.

support it. This might account for his being elected to the ccording to magistracy, had it not been asserted upon very in or before doubtful authority; but Mr. Malone is of opia was not ori- nion, that these “faithful and approved services

says Mr. must be meant of some of the ancestors of his 15 but three wife, one of the Ardens. 10 Stratford Whatever may have been his former wealth 1. Former it appears to bave been greatly reduced in the ve been a

latter part of his life, as it is found in the books Mr. Malone of the corporation, that in 1579 he was el

; and, to cused the trilling wechly tax of fourpence, le};* he has vied on all the aldermen; and thai in 1586 on the state another alderman was appointed in his room, in

consequence of his declining to attend on the John Shak-business of that office. ity of relying

His wife, to whom he was married in 1557, very ledious This long agi

was the youngest daughter and heiress of RoLife of Shak-bert Arden, of Wellingcote or Wilmecote, in on of Shak- the county of Warwicki, by Agnes Webb his 0. 1821. It

wise. Mary Arden's fortune, Mr. Malone has about the vitated. His

discovered, amounted to one hundred and ten tted by Mr. pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence! Il succeeding

Mr. Arden is styled a “gentleman of wos

ship, and the family of Arden is very ancient. 's trade was

Robert Arden of Bromich, Esq., is in the list imagination, ing agitated

of the Warwickshire sentry, returned by the commissioners in the twelfth year of hitig

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William ShakSPEARE was born at Stratford- of the glove trade in queen Elizabelh's time. upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, on the 23d day | But, notwithstanding the flourishing state of of April, 1564. Or the rank of his family it that trade in Stralford, and a conjecture, that is not easy to form an opinion. Mr. Rowe John Shakspeare furnished his customers with says, that according to the register and certain “ leathern bose, aprons, belts, points, jerkins, public writings relating to Stratford, his an- pouches, wallets, satchels, and purses,” Mr. cestors were “ of good figure and fashion” Malone confesses, that from all this, the poet's in that town, and are mentioned as “gentle- ralher derived but a scanly maintenance. men ;” but the result of the late as well as John Shakspeare had been, in 1568, an orearly inquiries made by Mr. Malone is, that ficer or bailiff (high-bailiff or mayor) of the the epithel gentleman was first applied to the body corporate of Stratford, and chief alderman poet, and even to him at a late period of his in 1571. At one time, it is said that he poslife. Mr. Malone's inclination to elevate Shak-sessed lands and tenements to the amount of speare's family cannot be doubted, yet he is 5001., the reward of his grandfather's faithful obliged to confess that, after thirty years' la- and approved services to king Henry VIII. bour, he could find no evidence to support it. This might account for his being elected to the

His father, John Shakspeare, according to magistracy, had it not been asserted upon very Mr. Malone's conjecture, was born in or before doubtful authority; but Mr. Malone is of opithe year 1530. John Shakspeare was not ori- nion, that these “faithful and approved services” ginally of Stratford, but, perhaps, says Mr. must be meant of some of the ancestors of his Malone, of Snitterfield, which is but three wise, one of the Ardens. miles from Stratford. He came to Stratford Whatever may have been his former wealih not very long after the year 1550. Former it appears to have been greatly reduced in the accounts have reported bim to have been a latter part of his life, as it is found in the books considerable dealer in wool, but Mr. Malone of the corporation, that in 1579 he was exbas discovered that he was a glover; and, to cused the trifling weekly tax of fourpence, leall importance to this discovery," he has vied on all the aldermen; and that in 1586 given us a historical dissertation upon the state another alderman was appointed in his room, in

consequence of his declining to attend on the na the subject of the trade of John Shak- business of that ofice. * speare, I am not under the necessity of relying on conjecture, being enabled, after a very tedious

His wife, to whom he was married in 1557, "and troublesome search, to shut up this long agi

was the youngest daughter and heiress of Ro"taled question for ever.” Malone's Life of Shak-bert Arden, of Wellingcote or Wilmecote, in speare, vol. ii. p. 70. of his new edition of Shak- the county of Warwick, by Agnes Webb his speare's Plays and Poems, 21 vols. 8vo. 1821. It wife. Mary Arden's fortune, Mr. Malone has does not appear where any queslion about the trade of John Shakspeare was ever agitated. His discovered, amounted to one hundred and ten being a dealer in wool was first asserted by Mr. pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence! Rowe, and silently acquiesced in by all succeeding Mr. Arden is styled a “gentleman of woreditors and commentators, Mr. Malone not ex- ship," and the family of Arden is very ancient. cepted, until he discovered that John's trade was that of a glover; and then, in his imagination, Robert Arden of Bromich, Esq., is in the list be had the honour of shutting up a long agitated of the Warwickshire gentry, returned by the question for ever.

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