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Will of William Rutter, Vintner of the Cross Keys tavern, Covent Garden. 1701.

In the name of God Amen

I William Rutter, vintner and citizen of London, now residing at the Cross Keys Tavern, Covent Garden, being weak of body but of sound mind and memory the Almighty God be praised for the same, do make this my last Will and Testament. 

First, I bequeath my soul to God hoping and steadfastly believing through the merits and passion of our saviour Jesus Christ to find life everlasting, my body to be buried in such manner as my executrix hereinafter named shall think fit in the parish yard of St Paul Covent Garden. 

And as to that worldly substance God has been pleased to bestow on me I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Katherine Rutter whom I make sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. 

And I do hereby appoint my said wife and executrix to pay off and discharge all and every the debts whatsoever which I owe either by specialty contract or otherwise and after discharging such debts all and every my personal estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my said wife and executrix. 

And I do hereby also appoint my said wife to give unto my three Drawers George Wright, Richard Sayer and Samuel Huson a Guinea apiece to buy them mourning rings. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal and published the same as my last Will and Testament this 25th day of November in the year of our Lord God 1701 

William Rutter 

Signed sealed and published in the presence of us 

Joseph Evans 

With Caleb Henry Avery 

William Rafter

Proved in London 10 February 1701

Last updated 21 October 2013