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Four Mile Run, in the vicinity of Alexandria, containing 1,200 acres, more or less, and my entire square, No. 21, in the city of Washington. ; .
Fifth. All the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, not disposed of in manner aforesaid, in whatsoever consisting, wheresoever lying, and wheresoever found, (a schedule of which, as far as is recollected, with a reasonable estimate of its value, is hereunto annexed) I desire may be sold by my executors, at such times, in such manner, and on such credits (if an equal, valid and satisfactory distribution of the specific property cannot be made without) as in their judgment shall be most conducive to the interest of the parties concerned, and the monies arising therefrom to be divided into 23 equal parts, and applied as follows, viz. To William Augustine Washington, Elizabeth Spotswood, Jane Thornton, and the heirs of Ann Ashton, son and daughters of my deceased brother Augustine Wasbington, I give and bequeath four parts, that is, one part to each of them : To Fielding Lewis, George Lewis, Robert Lewis, Howell Lewis, and Betty Carter, sons and daughter of my deceased sister Betty Lewis, I give and bequeath five other parts, one to each of them : To George Steptoe Washington, Lawrence A. Washington, Harriot Parks, and the heirs of Thornton Washington, sons and daughter of my deceased brother Samuel Washington, I give and bequeath the other four parts, one part to each of them : To Corbin Washington, and the heirs. of Jane Wasbington, son and daughter of my deceased brother John A. Washington, I give and bequeath two parts, one part to each of them: To Samuel Washington, Frances Ball, and Mildred Hammond, son and daughters of my brother Cha, Wasbington, I give and bequeath three parts, one part to each of them; and to Geo. F. Washington, Cba. Aug. Washington, and Maria Washington, sons and daughter of my deceased nephew; Geo. A. Washington, I give one other part, that is, to each a third of that part: To Eliz. Park Law, Mariba Park Peter, and Eleanor Park Lewis, I give and bequeath three other parts, that is, a part to each of them: And, to my nephews, Busbrod Wasbington and Law Lewis, and to my ward, the grandson of my wife, I give and bequeath one other partthat is, a
third thereof to each of them. And if it should so happen, that any of the persons whose names are here enumerated (unknown to me) should now be dead, or should die before me, that in either of these cases, the heirs of such deceased persons shall, notwithstanding, derive all the benefits of the bequest, in the same manner as if he or she was actually living at the time. And, by way of advice, I recommend to my executors not to be precipitate in disposing of the landed property (therein die rected to be sold) if from temporary causes the sale thereof should be dull ; experience having fully evinced, that the price of land, especially above the falls of the rivers and on the western waters, has been progressively rising and cannot be long checked in its increasing value. And I particularly recommend it to such of the legatees (under this clause of my will) as can make it convenient, to take each a share of my stock in the Potow mac company, in preference to the annount of what it might sell for—being thoroughly convinced myself, that no uses to which the money can be applied, will be so productive as the tolls arising from this navigation when in full operation (and this from the nature of things it must be ere long) and more especially if that of the Shenandoah is added thereto.
The family vault at Mount Vernon, requiring repairs, and being improperly situated besides, I desire that a new one of brick, and upon a larger scale, may be built at the foot of what is commonly called the Vineyard inclosure, on the ground which is marked out-in which my remains, with those of my deceased relations (now in the old vault) and such others of my family as may chuse to be entombed there, may be deposited. And it is my express desire, that my corps may be interred in a private manner, withoue parade or funeral oration.
Lastly. I constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Martha Washington, my nephews William Augustine Wasbington, Busbrod Wasbington, George Steptoe Wasbington, Samuel Wasbington, and Lawrence Lewis, and my ward George Washington Park Custis (when he shall have arrived at the age of 20 years) executrix and ëxecutors of this my WILL AND TESTAMENTin the construction of which, it will readily be perceived, that no professional character has been consulted, or has had any agency in the draught; and, that although it has occupied many of my leisure hours to digest, and to throw it into its present form, it may, notwithstanding, appear crude and incorrect--but having endeavored to be plain and explicit in all the devises, even at the expence of prolixity, perhaps of tautology, I hope and trust, that no disputes will arise concerning them ; but if, contrary to expectation, the case should be otherwise from the want of legal expression, or the usual technical terms, or because too much or too little has been said on any of the devises to be consonant with law, my will and direction expressly is, that all disputes (if unhappily any should arise) shall be decided by three impartial and intelligent men, known for their probity and good understanding—two to be chosen by the disputants, each having the choice of one, and the third by those two-which three men thus chosen shall, unfettered by law or legal constructions, declare the sense of the testator's intentions ; and such decision is, to all intents and purposes, to be as binding on the parties as if it had been given in the supreme court of the United States.
IN WITNESS of all and each of the things berein contained, I bave set my band and seal, this ninth day of July, in the gear one thousand seven bundred and ninety *, and of the independence of the United States tbe twenty-fourth.
* It appears the testator omitted the word nine.
SCHEDULE of property comprehended in the foregoing will, directed to
be sold, and some of it conditionally is sold—witb descriptise · and explanatory notes tberetoa .." ,
***** Acres. Price. .“ Dollars. Loudon co. Difficult Run, : - 300
6,6660 Loudon and Faquier, · Ashby's Bent, .:;2,481 10d. 24,8102, Chattins Run, in
885 8 7,080 ) Berkley, S. fork of Bouliskin,. . 1,600 :: Head of Evan's m. . In Wormley's line,
2,236 20 44,720c Frederick, bo't from Mercer,' . 571 20 11,420d Hampshire, on Potowmac river, above B.
240 15 3,600€ Gloucester, on North river, . .. 400 about 3,600f Nansemond, near Suffolk, one-third of in. :' .
1,119 acres, : ... ! ' 373 8. 2,9848 Great Dismat Swamp, my dividend : thereof,i...? ! :)
about 20,000) Ohio river, Round Bottom,
587 Little Kenhawa,
2,314 Sixteen miles lower down,
2,448 Opposite Big Bent,
Dollars. 9,744 10 · 97,440.
Near the north-west,
MARYLAND. Charles county, so..
.: 600 6d. Montgomery ditto, ..
NORTH-WEST TERRITORY. On Little Miami,
CITY OF WASHINGTON.
and with buildings,
the Eastern Branch, in square 667, containing together 34,438 square feet, at 12 cents, .
, ALEXANDRIA. Corner of Pitt and Prince streets, half an acre laid
out into buildings, three or four of which are let on ground rent at three dollars per foot,