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Daniel Smith and Susanna Hart were married April 16, 1688. Shakspeare Hart was married to Anne Prew, April 10, 1694. William Shakspeare, son of Shakspeare Hart, was baptized Sept. 14, 1695.

Hester, wife of George Hart, was buried April 29, 1696.
Anne, daughter of Shakspeare and Anne Hart, was baptized Aug.

9, 1700.

George, son of George and Mary Hart, was baptized Nov. 29, 1700.

George Hart* was buried May 3, 1702.

Hester, daughter of George Hart, was baptized Feb. 10, 1702. [1702-3.]

Catharine, daughter of Shakspeare and Anne Hart, was baptized
July 19, 1703.

Mary, daughter of George Hart, was baptized Oct. 7, 1705.
Mary, wife of George Hart, was buried Oct. 7, 1705.
George Hart was married to Sarah Mountford, Feb. 20, 1728.


Thomas, son of George Hart, Jun. was baptized May 9, 1729. Sarah, daughter of George Hart, was baptized Sept. 29, 1733. Anne, daughter of Shakspeare Hart, was buried March 29, 1738. Anne, daughter of George Hart, was baptized Sept. 29, 1740. William Shakspeare, son of William Shakspeare Hart, was baptized Jan. 8, 1743. [1743-4.]

William Shakspeare, son of William Shakspeare Hart, was buried March 8, 1744. [1744-5.]

William, son of George Hart, was buried April 28, 1745.
George Harts was buried Aug. 29, 1745.

Thomas, son of William Shakspeare Hart, was buried March 12, 1746. [1746-7.]

Shakspeare Hart,|| was buried July 7, 1747.

Catharine, daughter of William Shakspeare Hart, was baptized

May 10, 1748.

William Shakspeare Hart¶ was buried Feb. 28, 1749. [1749-50.] The widow Hart*S was buried July 10, 1753.

Probably the wife of Thomas Hart, who must have been married in or before the year 1633. The marriage ceremony was not performed at Stratford, there being no entry of it in the register. Malone.

*He was born in 1636.


This Thomas Hart, who is the fifth in descent from Joan Hart, our poet's sister, is now (1788) living at Stratford, in the house in which Shakspeare was born. Malone.

§ He was born in 1676, and was great grandson to Joan Hart. Malone.

He was born in 1666, and was also great grandson to Joan Hart. Malone.

He was born in 1695.


* This absurd mode of entry seems to have been adopted for

John, son of Thomas Hart, was baptized Aug. 18, 1755.
Anne, daughter of Shakspeare and Anne Hart, was buried Feb.

5, 1760.

Frances, daughter of Thomas Hart, was baptized Aug. 8, 1760. Thomas, son of Thomas Hart, was baptized Aug. 10, 1764. Anne, daughter of Thomas Hart, was baptized Jan. 16, 1767. Sarah, daughter of George Hart, was buried Sept. 10, 1768. Frances, daughter of Thomas Hart, was buried Oct. 31, 1774. George Hart* was buried July 8, 1778.


The following instrument↑ is copied from the original in the College of Heralds: It is marked G. 13, p. 349.

TO all and singuler noble and gentlemen of all estats and degrees, bearing arms, to whom these presents shall come, William Dethick, Garter, Principall King of Arms of England, and William Camden, alias Clarencieulx, King of Arms for the south, east, and west parts of this realme, sendethe greeting. Know ye, that in all nations and kingdoms the record and remembraunce of the valeant facts and vertuous dispositions of worthie men have been made knowne and divulged by certeyne shields of arms and tokens of chevalrie; the grant and testimonie whereof apperteyneth unto us, by vertu of our offices from the Quenes most Exc. Majestie, and her Highenes most noble and victorious progenitors: wherefore being solicited, and by credible report informed, that John Shakspeare, now of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the counte of Warwick, gent. whose parent, great grandfather, and late antecessor, for his faithefull and ap

the purpose of concealment rather than information; for by the omission of the christian name, it is impossible to ascertain from the register who was meant. The person here described was, I believe, Anne, the widow of Shakspeare Hart, who died in 1747. Malone.

* He was born in 1700.


In the Herald's office are the first draughts of John Shakspeare's grant or confirmation of arms, by William Dethick, Garter, Principal King at Arms, 1596. See Vincent's Press, Vol. 157, No. 23, and 24. Steevens.

In a manuscript in the College of Heralds, marked W. 2, p. 276, is the following note: "As for the speare in bend, it is a patible difference, and the person to whom it was granted hath borne magistracy, and was justice of peace at Stratford-uponAvon. He married the daughter and heire of Arderne, and was able to maintain that estate." Malone.


proved service to the late most prudent prince, king Henry VII, of famous memorie, was advaunced and rewarded with lands and tenements, geven to him in those parts of Warwickshere, where they have continewed by some descents in good reputacion and credit; and for that the said John Shakspeare having maryed the daughter and one of the heyrs of Robert Arden of Wellingcote, in the said countie, and also produced this his auncient cote of arms, heretofore assigned to him whilest he was her Majesties officer and baylefe of that towne;* In consideration of the premisses, and for the encouragement of his posteritie, unto whom suche blazon of arms and achevements of inheritance from theyre said mother, by the auncyent custome and lawes of arms, maye lawfully descend; We the said Garter and Clarencieulx have assigned, graunted, and by these presents exemplefied unto the said John Shakspeare, and to his posteritie, that shield and cote of arms, viz. In a field of gould upon a bend sables a speare of the first, the poynt upward, hedded argent; and for his crest of cognisance, A falcon with his wyngs displayed, standing on a wrethe of his coullers, supporting a speare armed hedded or steeled sylver, fyxed uppon a helmet with mantell and tassells, as more playnely maye appeare depected on this margent; and we have likewise uppon on other escutcheon impaled the same with the auncyent arms of the said Ardent of Wellingcote; signifieng thereby, that it maye and shaibe lawful for the said John Shakspeare gent. to beare and use the same shield of arms, single or impaled, as aforesaid, during his natural lyffe ; nd that it shalbe lawfull for his children, yssue, and posteryte, (lawfully begotten) to beare, use, and quarter, and show forth the same, with theyre dewe differences, in all lawfull warlyke facts and civile use or exercises, according to the laws of arms, and custome that to gentlemen belongeth, without let or inter

his auncient cote of arms, heretofore assigned to him whilest he was her Majesties officer and baylefe of that towne;] This grant of arms was made by Cook, Clarencieux, in 1569, but is not now extant in the Herald's office. Malone.

t and we have likewise—impaled the same with the auncyent arms of the said Arden-] It is said by Mr. Jacob, the modern editor of Arden of Feversham (first published in 1592 and republished in 1631 and 1770) that Shakspeare descended by the fe male line from the gentleman whose unfortunate end is the subject of this tragedy. But the assertion appears to want support, the true name of the person who was murdered at Feversham being Ardern and not Arden. Ardern might be called Arden in the play for the sake of better sound, or might be corrupted in the Chronicle of Holinshed: yet it is unlikely that the true spelling should be overlooked among the Heralds, whose interest it is to recommend by ostentatious accuracy the trifles in which they deal. Steevens.

Ardern was the original name, but in Shakspeare's time it had been softened to Arden. See note, p. 38. Malone.

ruption of any person or persons, for use or bearing the same. In wyttnesse and testemonye whereof we have subscrebed our names, and fastened the seals of our offices, geven at the office of arms, London, the in the xlii yere of the reigne of our most gratious sovraigne lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God, quene of Ingland, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. 1599.

day of



A. D. 16 12-13.

THE following is a transcript of a deed executed by our auauthor three years before his death. The original deed, which was found in the year 1768, among the title-deeds of the Rev. Mr. Fetherstonhaugh, of Oxted, in the county of Surry, is now in the possession of Mrs. Garrick, by whom it was obligingly transmitted to me through the hands of the Hon. Mr. Horace Walpole. Much has lately been said in various publications relative to the proper mode of spelling Shakspeare's name. It is hoped we shall hear no more idle babble upon this subject. He spelt his name himself as I have just now written it, without the middle e. Let this therefore for ever decide the question.

He purchased the estate here mortgaged, from Henry Walker, for 1401. as appears from the enrolment of the deed of bargain and sale now in the Rolls-chapel, dated the preceding day, March 10, 1612-13. The deed here printed shows that he paid down eighty pounds of the purchase-money, and mortgaged the premises for the remainder. This deed and the purchase deed were probably both executed on the same day, (March 10) like our modern conveyance of lease and release. Malone.

THIS INDENTURE made the eleventh day of March, in the yeares of the reigne of our sovereigne Lorde James, by the grace of God, king of England, Scotland, Fraunce, and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. that is to say, of England, Fraunce, and Ireland the tenth, and of Scotland the six-and-fortieth; Between William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the Countie of Warwick, gentleman, William Johnson, Citizen and Vintener of London, John Jackson, and John Hemyng of London, gentlemen of thone partie, and Henry Walker, Citizen and Minstrell of London, of thother partie; Witnesseth, that the said William Shakespeare, William Johnson, John Jackson, and John Hemyng, have demised, graunted, and to ferme letten, and by theis presents do demise, graunt, and to ferme lett unto the said Henry Walker, all that dwelling house or tenement, with thappurtenaunts, situate and being within the precinct, circuit and compasse of the late Black ffryers, London, sometymes in the tenure of James

Gardyner, Esquire, and since that in the tenure of John Fortescue, gent. and now or late being in the tenure or occupation of one William Ireland, or of his assignee or assignes; abutting upon a streete leading downe to Puddle Wharfe, on the east part, right against the kings Majesties Wardrobe; part of which said tenement is erected over a greate gate leading to a capitall messuage, which sometyme was in the tenure of William Blackwell, Esquire, deceased, and since that in the tenure or occupation of the right honourable Henry now Earle of Northumberlande: And also all that plott of ground on the west side of the same tenement, which was lately inclosed with boords on two sides thereof, by Anne Baton, widow, so farre and in such sorte as the same was inclosed by the said Anne Baton, and not otherwise; and being on the third side inclosed with an old brick wall; which said plott of ground was sometyme parcell and taken out of a great voyde peece of ground lately used for a garden; and also the soyle whereupon the said tenement standeth; and also the said brick wall and boords which doe inclose the said plott of ground; with free entrie, accesse, ingresse, and regresse, in, by, and through, the said great gate and yarde there, unto the usual dore of the said tenement: And also all and singular cellors, sollers, romes, lights, easiaments, profitts, commodities, and appurtenaunts whatsoever to the said dwellinghouse or tenement belonging or in any wise apperteyning: TO HAVE and to HOLDE the said dwelling-house or tenement, cellers, sollers, romes, plott of ground, and all and singular other the premises above by theis presents mentioned to bee demised, and every part and parcell thereof, with thappurtenaunts, unto the said Henry Walker, his executors, administrators, and assignes, from the feast of thannunciacion of the blessed Virgin Marye next coming after the date hereof, unto thende and terme of One hundred yeares from thence next ensuing, and fullie to be compleat and ended, withoute impeachment of, or for, any manner of waste: YELDING and paying therefore yearlie during the said terme unto the said William Shakspeare, William Johnson, John Jackson, and John Hemyng, their heires and assignes, a pepper corne at the feast of Easter yearly, yf the same be lawfullie demaunded, and noe more. PROVIDED alwayes, that if the said William Shakespeare, his heires, executors, administrators or assignes, or any of them, doe well and trulie paie or cause to be paid to the said Henry Walker, his executors, administrators, or assignes, the sum of threescore pounds of lawfull money of England, in and upon the nyne and twentieth day of September next coming after the date hereof, at, or in, the nowe dwelling-house of the said Henry Walker, situate and being in the parish of Saint Martyn neer Ludgate, of London, at one entier payment without delaie; That then and from thenesforth this presente lease, demise and graunt, and all and every matter and thing herein conteyned (other then this provisor) shall cease, determine, and bee utterlie voyde, frustrate, and of none effect, as though the same had never beene

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