WILL OF WILLIAM PRICE
April XX. 1771.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.
I William Price of Boston in the County of Suffolk & province of Massachusetts Bay in New England Merchant, through the Goodness of Almighty God, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, and being mindful of the incertainty of human life and of my advanced age, do make and ordain this writing to be my last Will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say.—
IMPRIMIS, I most humbly commit my immortal Soul into the hands of my great Creator, which I most earnestly beseech him to receive, not relying on any merits of my own, for I sincerely and with humble sorrow confess my many and great Transgressions against his divine Laws, but only tho’ the Atonement and satisfaction made for lost mankind by his ever blessed son Jesus Christ, and through whose Merits and Mediation alone, I ask humbly for the pardon of all my Sins, hoping for a joyful Resurrection at the next personal appearance of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the only Son of God. As to my body I order it to be decently interred by my Executrix herein after named within my Tomb under Trinity Church which I built for the interment of myself, my dear wife and two nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese, and my will is that no other bodys at any time be buried in said Tomb, and I order that my Executrix herein after named cause my body to be carried into Trinity Church and the burial service according to the Church of England to be performed, and desire the favor of the Revd. Doctor Henry Caner if living, and able, and in case he is not living or able then the Revd. Mr. Walter to preach a sermon in said Trinity Church at my funeral from this Text vizt: Deuteronomy 32 Chap, verses 39 & 40.—for which good service of preaching said Sermon I give to him that shall perform the same Two pounds sterling to be paid by my said Executrix wholly out of my personal Estate within three days at least after the same is preached. This Sermon I propose particularly for the good and Instruction of all such of my friends & acquaintance as shall attend my funeral and with a general view and desire that all present may thereby receive a benefit by being solemnly reminded how absolutely certain and unavoidable Death is, and not with a view of any thing being said of me, which I desire may be avoided, for I am a Sinful man O Lord.—
I order all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid by my Executrix out of my personal estate only, as soon as may be after my decease.
ITEM, I Give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Sarah Price during her life my mansion house in which I now dwell, together with the land and Appurces thereunto belonging, she keeping the same in good repair and paying the taxes that shall be assessed on said house, I also give unto my said wife all and every part of my personal estate in whatsoever it may consist, This Bequest is upon this condition that she allows my nieces Sarah Creese and Margaret Creese to live with her in my said house & support them free from any Charge or expence to them or either of them for their maintenance in the same manner as they have heretofore lived with me, untill such time as they shall remain unmarried, my said wife also paying out of my personal Estate such Legacies and complying with such directions as are herein after mentioned, and whatever of my personal estate I hereby give to my said wife that shall remain in her hands at the time of her decease I desire my said wife would give the same to my said nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese, to be equally divided between them, and in case either of them should dye before my said wife, I desire she would give the whole to the survivor of them.—
ITEM, I Give unto my niece Ann Pelham wife of Mr. Peter Pelham the sum of Fifty pounds sterling if she should be living at my decease, to be paid her out of my personal estate within one year after the decease of my said wife, I also discharge her from any demand I have upon her upon account of her board, Cloaths, or anything else I may have supplyed her with and direct my Executrix to give her a full release of the same when it shall be demanded.—
ITEM, I Give unto my niece and God daughter Sarah Creese the sum of Forty pounds sterling to be paid her out of my personal Estate after my said wife’s decease, over and above what I otherways herein give to her.
ITEM, I Give unto my said nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese all the apparel, Linnen, and every other thing I have supplyed them with, and their whole board and maintenance from the time they first came to live with me, untill this time and from hence untill the time of my decease and order that no demand be ever made upon them for the same.
ITEM, I order that my pew in Kings Chappel so called be delivered up to the wardens of said Church they paying to my Executrix Sixteen pounds lawful money for the same.—
ITEM, I Give my pew in Trinity Church so called in Boston No. 60. to my said wife during her natural life she paying the contribution of the same, and after her decease I give said pew unto my said nieces Margaret and Sarah Creese jointly, during their lives, and upon their decease I give the same to the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten and on failure of such heirs, I give said pew to the wardens of said Church for the time being for the use and benefit of said Church, said wardens to allow such persons not exceeding six in number to sit therein as shall pay the contribution of said pew, and I would have the preference given to Gentlemen that are strangers, and I further order and direct my said nieces and their heirs that they pay the assessment laid on said Pew for so long time as they shall continue to sit in the same, and if they shall fail so doing I order that said pew shall go to said Church as is abovementioned.—
ITEM, I Give and bequeath to my said wife Sarah Price during her life, my mansion house in which I now dwell together with the land and Appurtenances thereunto belonging, and I hereby earnestly and solemnly request my said wife to keep the said house & premises in good repair during her life, and after her decease I give unto my said niecs Sarah and Margaret Creese full liberty and right to live in or improve said house and premisses for the space of three years commencing on the death of my said wife without paying any rent or consideration therefor, saving that during said three years they shall keep the same premisses in very good repair, and pay such Taxes as shall be levied thereon. And at and upon the expiration of said three years I hereby give unto my said nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese full right and liberty to live in occupy or improve said dwelling house land and premisses for and during the term of their natural lives in an equal manner and the life of the survivor of them, taking to themselves the issues incomes and profits thereof, but holding the same upon this express condition that they or the survivor of them keep the said premisses in very good repair at their own expence which I earnestly and solemnly request them to do And also that they or the survivor of them shall on the first day of January next after said three years are expired pay to the Wardens of Kings Chappel so called in Boston the sum of Twenty pounds sterling money and so yearly and every year during such time as they or either of them shall hold the same agreeable to this bequest, taking proper receipts therefor on payment of the same.—
ITEM, After the decease of my said wife Sarah Price and my nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese I give and bequeath to the Rector and Church Wardens of Kings Chappel so called in Boston aforesaid and to their Successors in said office in Trust forever my said brick house with the lands buildings Appurtenances and privileges thereunto belonging as the same is now inclosed and occupied by me, for the uses intents and purposes following vizt. That there shall be paid yearly out of the rents and profits of my said house and land and premisses after the death of my said wife and nieces the sum of forty shillings sterling to the last mentioned Church forever by the Wardens of said Church for the time being which said annual payments of forty shillings sterling shall be kept entire as a fund for said Church and be placed out at Interest upon good security, and the Interest only appropriated to the use of said Church forever as the Wardens and Vestry of said Church for the time being shall from time to time Vote and direct and in no other way or manner. And the Church Wardens of the same Church for the time being out of the rents of said house and appurces shall pay Sixteen pounds sterling annually for the support of a course of Sermons to be preached annually in said Kings Chappel in Lent in manner as is herein after directed and upon the subjects herein after named and that the Church Wardens of the same Church for the time being pay forty shillings sterling annually out of the rents and profits of my said house & Appurces for the use of the poor in manner also as is herein after mentioned. That the Rector and Church Wardens of said Church for the time being shall place the remainder of the money annually arising from the rents and profits of my said house and appurces at Interest upon good security to be called in as there may be occasion for repairing enlarging or rebuilding my said house or any part of the premisses, and also for keeping my Tomb which is under Trinity Church aforesaid in good and decent repair.—
ITEM, My Will is, and I hereby order and direct that the Sermons herein before-mentioned be eight annually and preached by the Rector of said Kings Chappel for the time being and his assistant, together with the ministers of Christ Church and the minister of Trinity Church in Boston aforesaid for the time being in Lent in said Kings Chappel beginning on the first ash Wednesday after the aforesaid three years are expired that my nieces hold said house and ending on good friday, & I desire and direct that the first sermon be preached by the Rector of said Kings Chappel his assistant reading prayers, the second sermon by said assistant minister of Christs Church reading prayers, the third sermon by said minister of Christs Church, the minister of Trinity Church reading prayers, the fourth sermon by said minister of Trinity Church, the Rector of Kings Chappel reading prayers, the fifth sermon by said Rector of Kings Chappel, his assistant reading prayers, the sixth sermon by said assistant the minister of Christs church reading prayers the seventh sermon by the said minister of Christs Church, the minister of Trinity Church reading prayers the eighth sermon by the minister of Trinity Church the Rector of Kings Chappel reading prayers, which last sermon will end on good friday, the first sermon of the second year I would have the assistant of Kings Chappel, to preach on the same subject the Rector did the preceding year and the other ministers in such a manner as that they may each of them preach on the eight different subjects within four years, this I would have remain unalterable and perpetual and I hereby direct that the said eight annual sermons be preached on the following subjects Vizt.
- 1st. Sermon on Ash Wednesday (the service to begin about three o’Clock in the afternoon) upon the duty, usefulness, and propriety of fasting & abstinence or upon Repentanc or Faith, or Hope, or Charity, or Christian Morality.
- The 2nd. Sermon on the second Wednesday in lent at eleven o’Clock before noon the sermon to be against Atheism or Infidelity, or in defence of the Divinity or miracles of our blessed Savior.
- The 3rd. Sermon on the third Wednesday in lent at eleven o’Clock in the forenoon the subject, the Catholick Church, or the Excellency of the Christian Religion.—
- The 4th. Sermon on the fourth Wednesday in lent at eleven o’Clock in the forenoon the sermon to be a Vindication of the Church of England as to Government Doctrine or Discipline, or a discourse against Hesrey or Schism, Enthusiasm or Hypocrisy or the Duty of Obedience to Kings and lawful authority from all persons professing Christianity.—
- The 5th. Sermon on the fifth Wednesday in Lent at Eleven o’Clock in the forenoon against Error and superstition, particularly those of the Church of Rome.—
- The 6th. Sermon on the sixth Wednesday in Lent at eleven o’Clock in the forenoon, on Detraction or Restitution, or on Contentment & Resignation or on preparation for death.—
- The 7th. Sermon on the seventh Wednesday in Lent at eleven oclock in the forenoon on Baptism or Confession or absolution or on the Duty of publick Worship.—
- The 8th. Sermon on Good friday at three O’Clock in the afternoon on the passion and Death of Christ, or of the Nature Necessity & advantages of the Holy Communion.—
And towards the support and encouragement of the aforesaid Ministers to undertake the Duty of preaching as aforementioned, It is my will and I hereby Order and direct the Wardens for the time being of said Kings Chappel Church to pay to the preacher appointed for any particular day if he performs said Duty of preaching as aforesaid as soon as sermon is ended, the sum of forty shillings sterling, and after the same rate and in like manner for each of the said eight sermons, amounting to sixteen pounds annually, as is before mentioned. But if any of the ministers herein before appointed to preach as aforesaid shall refuse to take his or their turn, or be disabled thro’ sickness then the Rector of said Kings Chappel shall discharge the duty of any such minister so refusing or prevented by sickness or with the advice of the wardens for the time being of said Chappel appoint some other minister of the Church of England to perform it, and in all cases whoever shall discharge said duty of preaching as aforesaid shall be entitled to the Reward and the Rector and Wardens for the time being of said Chappel shall upon every Tuesday in Easter Week give notice in writing to such minister who shall be appointed to preach the said Lent sermons in that year upon what day, in what Church and upon what subject each minister is to discourse.—
It is my desire that on every of the eight days upon which a Sermon shall be so preached as aforesaid, there shall be a Contribution after sermon for the poor of each of the three churches herein beforementioned, collected at the Church doors or otherwise. And I hereby order and direct the Church Wardens for the time being of Kings Chappel aforesaid at every such contribution to pay five shillings sterling out of the rents or income of my said house towards the said Contribution, in all forty shillings sterling annually, and on every good friday after sermon in the afternoon the Rector or Minister with the Wardens of said Kings Chappel for the time being shall divide the said forty shillings, and what else shall be collected for the poor aforesaid upon the several days before mentioned, one third part to themselves for the use of the poor of said Chappel, one third part to the minister and wardens for the time being of Christs Church for the use of the poor of the same Church, and the remaining third to the minister and Wardens for the time being of Trinity Church for the use of the poor of said Church, and I direct that said wardens of each church then attend to receive the same.—
I further hereby appoint and direct that these several clauses of my will be entered upon the Church books of Kings Chappel aforesaid and of Christs Church and of Trinity Church, and after my decease be read at every annual meeting of the minister Wardens and proprietors of said Kings Chappel on Easter monday before they proceed to the choice of new wardens and that the said minister and wardens for the time being shall then produce to the Vestry and proprietors who shall be there present, a fair account of the distribution of the said sixteen pounds, and the said forty shillings agreeable to my will as aforesaid, having no other View in all this, but The Glory of Almighty God.
I Recommend to the Rector of said Kings Chappel and Wardens for the time being that they make the best improvement of my said house & appurs. they can when it shall come into their hands, by letting the same by written lease always being careful that the Lessee is bound by Covenant to pay the rent half yearly, to pay all taxes of said house and to keep and leave the said house & Appurces in good repair. And if at any time there shall be a greater sum arising from the rents & profits of my said house and Appurces than shall be sufficient to discharge the said Twenty pounds annually herein before given, and to keep said House and Appurces in repair, and if need be to rebuild the same, and also to keep my Tomb in repair as aforesaid, then and in that case, I order such surplusage to be put out at Interest by the minister and wardens for the time being of said Kings Chappel.—
I Will and hereby direct that all the business which relates to my Estate herein given in Trust to the use of said Kings Chappel shall be done by a Vote of the Vestry of said Church, & no vote shall be of any force, unless there be present the Minister if in health & in Town, the Wardens and at least one half of the Gentlemen of the Vestry, such meetings to be called by the Wardens for the time being of said Chappel, giving due notice thereof in writing or by printed Summons. I hope and request that all proprietors of pews in said Chappel, will give their attendance on all Easter Mondays to choose Wardens, and such Vestry men as will give their attendance at all Vestry meetings when summoned thereto, and such as will not think it an hard task to give their best advice & a small part of their time to serve said Church and Congregation.—
In case the Minister, Wardens, Vestry men, & proprietors of pews for the time being of said Kings Chappel will not accept of this my Donation which I intend for the benefit of said Church then I hereby Give and bequeath All herein before given to and for the benefit of said Kings Chappel to the minister and Church Wardens of Trinity Church aforesaid, in trust in the same manner and under the same proviso’s limitations and conditions that it is herein before given to the minister and Church Wardens of said Kings Chappel. But if the Minister and Church wardens of said Kings Chappel will accept of this my donation they shall under their hands Certify to the Minister and Wardens of Trinity Church aforesaid for the time being such their acceptance in the manner following Vizt. “We do accept the Donations of William Price agreeable to his last Will and Testament, and will as far as possible strictly fulfill the said Will in every part thereof.” And I hereby solemnly and earnestly request the Ministers and Wardens of said Kings Chappel at all times hereafter strictly to comply with and fulfill this my last Will and Testament in all parts thereof which relate to said Kings Chappel and by no means either neglect so doing or presume to Evade it. And I hereby appoint all the Gentlemen of the Vestry of said Church, for the time being, my Trustees forever, to inspect and if need be to call the Minister and Wardens for the time being of said Kings Chappel to account for all or any of the income of my said Estate, and to see the same is punctually employed for the uses and purposes herein before mentioned and in no other manner. And I desire and order that there shall be a Vestry meeting on every first Wednesday in July and on every first Wednesday in January forever in said Kings Chappel at eleven o’Clock after prayers, and oftener if needful for that purpose.—
AND LASTLY, I the said William Price do hereby revoke & make Void all former Wills and Testaments heretofore made by me, And I hereby appoint and Constitute my said Wife Sarah Price Executrix of this my last Will and Testament during her life, and at and upon her decease, I do appoint and Constitute my said nieces Sarah Creese and Margaret Creese Executrixes of this my Will, And all the Rest, & Residue of my Estate, Real and personal not herein particularly divised I give to my said dear and loving wife Sarah Price. IN WITNESS whereof I the said William Price have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the thirtieth day of November in the year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven hundred and seventy.
WILLIAM PRICE (Seal.)
Signed sealed, published & declared by the said William
Price to be his last Will & Testament, in presence of us.
I William Price aforenamed being of sound disposing mind and memory, for good considerations and reasons me thereunto moving do think proper to make the following alterations in my aforewritten Will, that is to say I do hereby disannul and make void the bequest of fifty pounds sterling made to my niece Ann Pelham and also the bequest of fifty pounds sterling to my niece Ann Creese, and also at & upon the decease of my wife Sarah Price I give and bequeath unto my nieces Sarah and Margaret Creese in my said Will named, my brick dwelling house land and premisses wherein I now live, To hold the same for their own use and benefit in equal parts for and during the term of their natural lives and the life of the survivor of them, they paying the taxes and keeping the same in good repair as is in my said Will mentioned, and my mind and will is that they shall not pay any thing more during their lives or the life of the survivor of them, anything in my said Will to the contrary notwithstanding, and at and upon the decease of my said neices Sarah and Margaret Creese I then give and bequeath the said brick dwelling house land and premisses to and for the several uses intents and purposes in my said Will particularly mentioned and further whatsoever of my personal estate that I have given to my said wife that shall remain at her decease, I give and bequeath unto my said neices Sarah and Margaret Creese equally, and all other parts of my said Will I do hereby ratify and Confirm. And this writing I declare to be as a codicil to, and part of my said Will any thing therein to the contrary. IN WITNESS whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of April Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and seventy one, in the eleventh year of his Majestys Reign.
WILLIAM PRICE (Seal.)
Signed sealed published & declared by the said William
Price as and for a coidicil to his last Will & Testament, in presence of us.