Famous Last Will and Testament Henry Earl of Stafford

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

WHERE THERE'S A WILL

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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