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"NEXT-OF-KIN." Mr. Edward Preston, 1, Great College-street, Westminster, in a letter to The Times, remarks that Advertisements for missing friends or next-of-kin' are sometimes of a very ex- traordinary charaeter, having for many people more than a transitory value," and he gives a summary of those which have appeared in the columns of T/te Times during the past year The number of such notices (omitting repeats) was, in round numbers, 700; the number of persons named therein some 3,000. The Treasury Solicitor adver- tised for the next-of-kin of 26 persona who seem to have disappeared from this busy world of ours sans rela- tions the amount of money reverting to the Crown by reason of these intestacies is seldom stated, but in one notable case (Mrs. Helen Blake's) the sum was no less than 2140,000. Large rewards were offered for bap- tismal, marriage, or burial certificates; a gentleman in distressed circumstances seeks the representatives of a firm who carried on business in Calcutta in 1816; the next-of-kin are sought of several persons who have left our shores and settled in the Colonies, the United States, or India; the representatives of de- ceased shareholders are inquired for respecting un- claimed dividends; numerous notices were issued by the Bank of England with reference to a re-transfer of unclaimed stock or dividends from the Commis- sioners for the Reduction of the National Debt a reward ofi 2250 is offered for a (due to a marriage settlement by the relatives of a testator who, on his death-bed, could only utter the words" Lincoln's- inn-fields.' Chancery suits are still of long standing -Hjhe representatives of a baronet who died in 1724,. and the descendants of a couple who were married in 1708, are only now inquired for. A person who went to sea in 1854, and has not since been heard of, is entitled to certain residuary estate; and another who went to sea in 1859 is wanted for something greatly to his advantage; the descendants of one family are wanted to claim 212,000 those of another who, in 1798 were living in Bloomsbury, are anxiously sought; tidings of a person reported to have been drowned in 1830 on the Merriman River will be liberally paid for; the next-of-kin of the secretary of the late Lord Exmouth are unknown; and the heirs of a person who emigrated to America as long ago as are wanted to claim the enviable fortune of 2,000,000 dols. A father affectionately inquires for his daughter who ran away from homeâ' She will learn with regret,' so runs the sad notice, that her mother died recently;' a son who left his home in 1850 is in- formed that something very greatly to his advantage awaits him (this advertisement was repeated at least 20 times); claimants for lands in Canada, and the relatives of two brothers who were drowned at Montreal are also sought; inquiry is made as to the investments or property of one person, and an ex- pectant legatee is willing to pay handsomely for a clue to some funds supposed to have been deposited in a bank a labourer is entitled to a legacy; and divers charitable institutions (including the Irmporary Home 'II for Lost or Starving Dogs) are invited to claim a share of a benevolent testator's residuary estate. The rela- tives of a captain, who died suddenly, are requested to communicate with the clergyman of the parish £ 1,000 Consols are going begging in one case, and £ 7,000 in another; the locale of a sunt of £ 200 is unknown to disappointed -relatives: the next-of-kin of the author of 'Sam 8lièk) will hear of aome- thing peculiarly interesting to them on applying to ââ several domestic servants are entitled to lega- cies a sister will hear of something to her advantage if she will make herself known to her brother: a gunner, who deserted Her Majesty's service in 1862, or, if dead, his next-of-kin, are interested in an Irish probate case the heir-at-law of several persons of :iJ1- sound mind are inquired for under the Lunacy Regula- tion Act. A lady, who seems to have enjoyed the luxury of being married four times, is entitled to a legacy left by her sister the heirs of a Spanish lady, an aged spinster of 82, are inquired for by a Spanish Courtâ" all those who may think they have a right to the inheritance are invited to apply. The representa- tives of another lady who died in 1809, aged 94, are inquired for by order of the High Court of Justice. The unknown nephews and nieces are wanted of a gentleman, who died at Lisbon; a person, last heard of in Queensland, is entitled to the residuary estate of his brother; two sons are wanted to claim an estate left them by their father; and the father of a child left under the guardianship of a nurse, is Ãl- formed that his daughter died suddenly, to the great grief of the nurse. A person who left Wales in 1857 is entitled to one-third of two farms a surplus awaits division among the owners of slaughter-houses, shambles, &c., in the neighbourhood of old Newgate Market. Unexpected assets of very large amount await the representatives of the creditors of a gentle- man who died in 1740, and the next-of-kin of persons who held shares in the West New Jersey Society in 1692-3 are entitled to funds. Any lady having a ser- vant with the initials B. B. in her employ will confer a great blessing by sending the news to her sister a student is implored to communicate with his parents; to J. B. the joyful intelligence is conveyed that he has been adjudged bankrupt and may return home without fear of molestation. Mr. Preston concludes his letter by appropriately re- marking that he hopes a perusal of the foregoing jot- tings will prove the interesting nature of Next-of-Kin advertisements, and that a novelist need never need be at a loss for a subject if he daily "cons" the agony columns of The Times.

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