To all to whom theise presents shall come. Whearas I, Elizabeth Barnard, wife of John Barnard, esquier, have power to limitt, appoynte, and dispose of all that messuage with the appurtenances in Stratford-upon-Avon, within the / p.318 /
county of Warwicke, comonly called the New Place, and of all that foure yard land and a halfe, arrable, meadow, and pasture, in Stratford, Welcombe, and Bishopton, which weare sometimes the inheritance of William Shackspeare, gent. my grandfather, by any wrighting, either purporting my last will, or otherwise, sealed and subscribed in the presence of credible witnesses, to any person or persons, and for any estate or estates, to take effecte in possession, after the death of the said John Barnard, and mee, the said Elizabeth, in case I die without heires of my bodie, as by one indenture, mad at or aboute the 20th day of October 1652, and a ffine therupon acknowledged, may more fully appeare. Now know yee, that I, the said Elizabeth, accordinge to the said power, doe by this wrighting, sealed and subscribed in the presence of credible witnesses, limitt, give, and dispose the said messuage, fower yard land and a halfe, after the decease of the said John Barnard, and mee, the said Elizabeth, without heires of my bodie, ffor and unto Henry Smith, of Stratford aforesaid, gent. and Job Dighton, of the Middle Temple, London, esquier, and their heires, To have and to hold the said messuage, and ffoure yard land and a halfe, unto the said Henry Smith and Job Dighton, their heires and assignes for ever. Neverthelesse upon trust and confidence, that the said Henry Smith and Job Dighton, and the survivor of them, and the heires of the survivor of them, shall bargayne and sell the said messuage, ffower yard land and a halfe, to any person or persons, for the best value they can gett : and the moneys therby to be raysed shall imploy, dispose, and distribute of, to such person or persons, and in such manner, and by such some or somes, as I, the said Elizabeth, shall by any wrighting, or noate under my hand, truly testified, declare and nominate. In witnesse whereof, I, the said Elizabeth, have the eaytteneth day of Aprill, 1653, subscribed my name, and sett to my seale.
Seled and subscribed in the presence of|
Elizobeth E. Writon,