Famous Last Will and Testament American Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the last will and testament of famous American author Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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RALPH WALDO EMERSON, U.S. author, died 1882

Last Will: The transcendentalist philosopher took earthly pains to ensure equal division of property among his three children. He charged his son Edward to hold the Emerson homestead at Concord, Mass., in trust "to take care that my wife has the full use and enjoyment thereof during her life, and he shall also provide wood for her use at the house from the Concord woodlots and pasturage on the Concord farm for the cows." His unmarried daughter, Ellen, was then to inherit all occupation rights. Emerson appointed a literary executor and also bequeathed a watch, his canes, and other personal items to grandchildren.

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