The famous rhyming will

In 1830 Mr. Wheatstone, a solicitor of Chancery Lane died and left the following will, which was admitted to probate:

As to all my worldly goods now or to be in store,
I give to my beloved wife and her's, for evermore;
I give all freely! — I no limit fix!
This is my Will, and she's Executrix.

As far as I can tell, this is the first time anyone ever used this rhyming will, but it definitely wasn't the last. It caught on, and many other people subsequently used the exact same poem as their final will (slightly updating the language to make it more modern). It continued to be used at least up until the 1950s. I'm not sure if anyone has used it since then.

The London Observer - Apr 18, 1830

The New Bloomfield, Pa Times - Sep 27, 1870

Altoona Tribune - Nov 16, 1912

Battle Creek Enquirer - Mar 3, 1928

The Greenwood Index-Journal - Oct 16, 1950

The Louisville Courier-Journal - Aug 6, 1954

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 18, 2017
     Category: Death

Who thought that legalese could be short and to the point?
Posted by KDP on 02/20/17 at 09:24 AM
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