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First Folios in the News
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0666  Thursday, 20 November 2008

[1]  From:     Mairi Macdonald <
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      Date:     Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 14:27:31 -0000
      Subt:     RE: SHK 19.0655 First Folios in the News

[2]  From:     Peter Holland <
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      Date:     Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 17:26:48 -0500
      Subt:     Re: SHK 19.0655 First Folios in the News


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From:        Mairi Macdonald <
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Date:        Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 14:27:31 -0000
Subject: 19.0655 First Folios in the News
Comment:     RE: SHK 19.0655 First Folios in the News

The original will in The National Archives shows quite clearly that the month 
has been changed from January to March, although it has never been 
satisfactorily decided whether or not the date (25th) is the January or March 
date.  The presumption is that the will was re-drafted in March but that the 
scribe initially forgot to change the superscription.

As far as the involvement of Francis Collins is concerned, there are several 
issues which suggest that this is a more than a probability:

The style and tone of the will is remarkably similar to others he is known to 
have been responsible for (William Combe, 1610 and John Combe, 1613) as is the 
fact that the document was never engrossed, again a feature of the Combe wills, 
whether or not drafted in periculo mortis.

On April 8th 1616 Collins was appointed Town Clerk for Stratford, on condition 
that he lived in the town, and from then until his death in 1618, the Council 
minutes are written in a hand remarkably similar to that of the will, but again, 
whether by Collins himself or a clerk, is undetermined.  There is a resemblance 
to the draft assignment of the Stratford tithes in 1605, and it is most 
strikingly similar in a list added to previous minutes in 1617.  The insertions 
in the will may be in different hand, so perhaps what we have is the main text 
by a clerk with alterations by Collins, or vice versa.

Mairi Macdonald
Head of Local Collections
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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From:        Peter Holland <
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Date:        Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 17:26:48 -0500
Subject: 19.0655 First Folios in the News
Comment:     Re: SHK 19.0655 First Folios in the News

Please see, for example, S. Schoenbaum, *William Shakespeare: A Documentary 
Life* (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1975), p. 242.


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