Sandford's Chancery Reports

Sandford's Chancery Reports

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...understand in some measure what conversation was addressed to him, and was able to answer partly by signs and partly by speech. But no favorable effect was at any time produced on his bodily health or strength, and he remained entirely palsied and helpless in limbs and body. His mental faculties began to droop and decay after the one or two weeks before stated, and he speedily became inadequate to comprehend or understand conversation addressed to him, and totally unequal to the transaction or comprehension of any business whatever. That such faculties were in a better state during the fortnight-or thereabouts immediately succeeding the death of his wife, than at any other period from May 3, 1823, until his death; and during that short time only, was he able to execute a valid will, ifindeed he were capable during that time, which though the complainants believe, they are not satisfied of and do not assert. That before the death of his wife, her sister Diana Rapelye, took up her abode in his house, and upon the death of his wife, with her niece Helen D. Hawksworth, who also resided there, took the whole charge and superintendence of his person, to the exclusion of his relatives, and against their wishes; especially so as to Mrs. Eleanor Clarke, who resided near by, and desired to take such charge and superintendence herself. That immediately after Mrs. Fisher's death, Diana and Mrs. Hawksworth attempted to procure him to make a will, and within the fortnight before mentioned, procured his consent to have one d1'awn and executed. That thereupon Mr. Doughty, a lawyer, went to Mr. Fisher's house and procured his instructions; which were intelligible, given without the suggestion of any one, and with an understanding and...
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770722
  • 9781236770721