SOMETIME during the next week Lilburne decided to kill himself. He prevailed upon Isham, and they formed a suicide pact. Thursday, the ninth, was a gloomy day with the temperature in the mid-fifties. Earthquake vibrations were barely perceptible. On this day Lilburne wrote his will, one of the most unusual documents ever admitted to public record.
In the name of God Amen. This my last Will & c
1st. It's my desire that all my just debts be paid & then my property
both real & personal be equally divided between my children Jane
W. Lewis, Lucy J. Lewis, Lilburne L. Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Robert
Lewis & James R. Lewis, reserving to my beloved but cruel wife
Letitia G. Lewis her lawful part of said property during her natural
2d. It's my desire that my beloved Father Chas L. Lewis be
possessed of the riding Horse which I purchaised of Hurley, my
Rifle & Shott bag during his natural life also my walking cane &
that my beloved Sisters Martha C. Lewis, Lucy B. Lewis & Nancy
M. Lewis may be comforted from the perquisites of s'd Estate by
my Executors as prudence may require, or in other words, so as to
do my children & themselves entire justice.
3d. I do hereby constitute my beloved Father Chas L. Lewis, the
Revd. Wm. Woods near Salem, SamlC. Harkins, James McCawley,
& Richd Furgison my Executors, whom I must remind that Henry
F. Delaney has received a fee from me for the prosecution in a
Trespass against James Rutter Senr, James Rutter, Junr. James
Young & Tho. Terry. Given under my hand this (& revoking all 8c
every other will heretofore made) ninth day of Apl. Eighteen
hundred and twelve.
N. B. My dog Nero I do hereby bequethe to my beloved Father.
Lilburne wrote this will on one side of two sheets of paper, each approximately eight by thirteen inches in size (see Figure 4). When finished he folded the sheets once in the center, and then again in the same direction, reducing the size of the packet