Famous Last Will and Testament Henry Earl of Stafford

About the last will and testament of famous English courtier Henry Earl of Stafford.


HENRY EARL OF STAFFORD, English courtier, died 1719

Last Will: After loyally following King James II into exile, Stafford married the daughter of the Duc de Grammont. He remembered their wedded bliss in his will; "To the worst of women, Claude Charlotte de Grammont, unfortunately my wife, guilty as she is of all crimes, I leave five-and-forty brass halfpence, which will buy a pullet for her supper. A better gift than her father can make her; for I have known when, having not the money, neither had he the credit for such a purchase, he being the worst of men, and his wife the worst of women. . . . Had I known their characters I had never married their daughter, and made myself unhappy."

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