491 William Palmer on Doddridge Legacy

    From Fremington near Barnstable in the County of Devon

    March 13 1749/50


    Having in my custody Papers, which the Late Mr. Cutcliffe Attorney at Law had, relating to the Ten pounds annuity given for ever out of the Rectory of Fremington to the College in New England by the Will of Mr. John Dodderidge deceased, I take this opportunity By the Bearer Mr. Screech to acquaint you that if you are determined to recover the arrears of the said annuity, you may when it suits your conveniencey, send me a proper Authority under your Hands to ask and demand the same of the present claimers or possessors of the said Rectory, with an order on some merchant of Bristol or Bideford that Trade at Boston to defray the costs or charges that may attend the Recovery of the same to the use of the College to which it was given and bequeathed by the Testator John Dodderidge towards the Maintenance of Scholars there, to wit, the yearly summe of Ten pounds to be forever issuing and going out of the said Rectory of Fremington in the County of Devon as appears by the express words of the Will.

    I am Sirs, tho’ unknown

    Your Humble Servant

    William Palmer

    [Addressed:] To the Reverend President, The Fellows and Scholars of Harvard College near Boston in New England these present.

    College Papers, 1. 87 (No. 180). President Holyoke’s answer is No. 493.