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HINTS UPON GARDENING.

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ILYNCH LAW IN LONDON.

WILLS AND BEQUESTS.

SINGULAR WILLS.I

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SINGULAR WILLS. A hundred odd fancies and conceits, illustrative of the foreign dictum, that England is the home of ec- 01 centricity," are constantly appearing in English wills. Here is the will of Monica. Swiney, widow, who was of so Ovidian a turn of mind that even her will ran into rhyme:- For this I never will repent, 'Tis my last will and testament. If much or little, nay, my all, I give my brother, Matthew Gall. And this will hinder any pother By sister Stritch or Mic our brother. Yet stop. Should Matt die before Mic, And that may happen, for death's quiek, I then bequeath my worldly store To brother Mic for evermore. And should I outlive my brothers, It's fit that then I think of others. Matthew has sons and daughters two, 'Tis all their own, were it Peru. Pray, Mr. Forest, don't sit still, But witness this as my last will. (Signed) MONICA SWINEY. John Hedges, whose will was proved July 13, 1847, also indulged in a psetical vein, as follows:- This 5th of May, being airy and gay, To hipp not inclined, but of vigorous mind, And my body in health, I'll dispose of my wealth, And of all I'm to leave on this side of the grave To some one or other, I think to my brother. But because I foresaw that my brethren-in-law, If I did not take care would come in for a share, Which I noways intended till their manners are mended (And of that there's no sign), I do therefore enjoin, And do strictly command, as witness my hand, That nought I have got be brought into hotchpot; But I give and devise, as much as in me lies, To the son of my mother, my own dear brother, To have and to hold all my silver and gold, As affectionate pledges of his brother, John Hedges. A curious circumstance occurred to the late Sir Charles James Napier. He was reported by Sir J. Hope as amongst the slain at Corunna, and, in course of time, Mr. Richard Napier applied for probate of his brother's will, which was granted in February, 1809. On Sir Charles appearing personally in court some time after, his will was given out to him. Lord St. Leonards mentions two curious cases in regard to the execution of wills: in one, where a lady went to her attorney's office to execute her will, but executed it in her carriage in the presence of the witnesses, who then returned into the office to attest it. The validity of the will was established beoause the carriage was accidentally put back to the window of the office, through which, it was sworn by a person in the carriage, the lady might see what passed; that is, the witnesses signing the attestation. In another instance of this nature there was an un- seemly contest between the Court of Chancery and the jury who had to try the validity of a will of a noble duke, which depended upon the question whether the testator could see the witnesses who signed in an adjoining room. Two juries found in favour of the will, and yet the court directed a third trial. Her Majesty's Court of Probate," in Blackwood.

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