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Shakespeare's will was drawn up for him by Francis Collins in January 1616, and was revised on 25 March. The principal bequest was of New Place, the Henley Street property, the property in Old Stratford, the Blackfriars Gatehouse, and all his other property to his daughter Susanna. References to his other daughter, Judith, suggest lack of confidence in her husband, Thomas Quiney, whom she married on 2 February. She receives £150, the interest on a further £150 if she is still alive and married three years later, and a silver-gilt bowl. Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall, received the rest of his plate. To his sister, Joan Hart, Shakespeare left the house in Henley Street at an annual rent of 12d., and his clothes. Other bequests are £5 to her three sons, £5 to Thomas Russell, £13 6s. 8d. to Francis Collins, 26s. 8d. each to Hamnet Sadler, Anthony Nash and John Nash, neighbours of Shakespeare, to buy mourning rings; the same to John Heminges, Richard Burbage, and Henry Condell for the same purpose; his sword to Thomas Russell; £1 to his godson, William Walker; £10 to the poor of Stratford-upon-Avon; and his second-best bed to his wife (see HATHAWAY, ANNE). The will bears three of Shakespeare's six authenticated signatures.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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