Sep 21, 2011

Last will and Testament by Charles Lounsbury

This is something I read in the book 'The Treasure Chest' - a library find; loved it much that I wanted to share...

I, Charles Lounsbury, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make and publish this, my last will and testament in order, as justly as may be, to distribute my interests in the world among succeeding men.

That part of my interest, which is known in law and recognized in the sheep-bound volumes as my property, being inconsiderable and none account, I make no disposition in this, my will. My right to live, being but a life estate, is not at my disposal, but these things excepted, all else in the world I now proceed to devise and bequeath.

ITEM: I give to good fathers and mothers and trust to their children all good little words of praise and encouragement and all quaint pet names and endearments. And I charge said parents to use them judiciously or generously as the deeds of their children shall require.

ITEM: I leave to children inclusively, but only for the duration of their childhood, all and every flower of the fields and the blossoms of the woods. And I devise to children the banks of the brooks and the golden sands beneath the water thereof and the odors of the willows that dip therein and the white clouds that float on high above the giant trees. And I leave the children the long, long days to be merry in a thousand ways, and the night, and the trail of the Milky Way to wonder at; but subject, nevertheless, to the rights hereinafter given to lovers.

ITEM: To lovers I devise their imaginary world filled with the stars of the skies and the red roses by the walks, the bloom of the hawthorne and the sweet strains of music and ought else that they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and the beauty of their love.

ITEM: I bequeath the power to have lasting friendships, the capacity for courage, and undaunted faith.

ITEM: To our loved ones with snowy crowns, I leave memory, the peace and happiness of old age, and the love and gratitude of their children before they fall asleep.
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P.S: On doing some further research I understand this was a fictional will drafted by Williston Fish, an attorney in Chicago. In the year 1897, he hit upon the idea of a perfect will and upon a wealthy, nonexistent client named Charles Lounsbury.

The will that Williston Fish had written found its way into print for the 1st time the year after it was created. It appeared in Harper's Weekly on September 3, 1898. It was picked up and reprinted widely. But in recent years, it has been forgotten.

15 comments:

R. Ramesh said...

hey "nanri" ya..thanks:)

KParthasarathi said...

What a wonderful will.He has left behind the riches that is uncommon and the possessions that one can have to make his/her life sublime.Of what use is mere wealth if one is denied of the things he has left behind?
Thank you for sharing this that leaves one at once grateful and enriched

adithyasaravana said...

what to say..be humane, and be thankful..is what that summarizes.

kavita said...

Wonderful share ,a must read by all .

anilkurup said...

A Will that is so beautiful in its draft. Reminds me of a different world , and the song of Louis Armstrong.

Rachna said...

Lovely draft! Wish we could bequeath these qualities through a will.

Juxtaposition said...

Thank you for sharing this. Yes, its a must read. :)

Bikramjit said...

Maybe i need to change my will tooo ..

beautiful read Thanks for sharing ..


Bikram's

A said...

Very good

deeps said...

Didn’t know will could be written in this fashion :P
Thanks for sharing
:))

baili said...

that is so close to soul ,thank you for lovely sharing,dear,

cannot express my joy to find your kind words on my place,really thanks a lot for love,hugs and kisses,
have a blessed life

Stranger said...

Interesting ... Thanks for sharing

....Petty Witter said...

To our loved ones with snowy crowns, I leave memory, the peace and happiness of old age, and the love and gratitude of their children before they fall asleep - what a lovely thing to leave.

Thommy said...

Enjoyed my first visist

Anonymous said...

what's your opinion on making a will online with a company that offers cheap will making service? I found this site where i can create it for just £20 pounds? they say the template is writen by a solicitor ...heres the site: Will writing let me know. thanks and nice article.

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