"Have You Made Your Will?" A Retired Solicitor. Testamentary Counsels, And Hints to Christians on the Right Distribution of Their Property by Will. Carefully Revised by a Member of the American Bar. Troy, NY: W. And H. Merriam, 1845. xii, 13-108 pp. 12mo. (6-1/4" x 4"). Contemporary cloth, blind panels to boards, gilt title to front board reading "Have You Made Your Will?". A few small spots to boards, some wear to spine ends and corners, front board and endleaves separating but secure. Light toning, occasional light foxing, pp. 77-80 detached, crack in text block between pp. 84-85. $350. * Only American edition of a book published under the same pseudonym and title in London in 1835. This book is a guide to American testamentary law for Christians based on a series of cautionary (and often amusing) anecdotes. Notably, it highlights the provisions which Christians ought to make to widows, children, faithful servants, and poor relatives, friends, and ministers. An appendix breaks down the finances of issues like life insurance and annuity. An interesting and charming look at the nineteenth-century Christian's interaction with the bureaucracy of death. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 10 copies of the American edition, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, Yale). Not in Cohen.
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