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A Splendid Legacy.

.1, ■;;•;■, r"» '• . ■■■' <;.' •: The report that the Pope has been left £680,000 by a gentleman who had once been a Jew is not yet confirmed ; but if' it is so, it is probably the largest windfall that has ever beenknown, -Perhaps the nearest approach to'it in- England was the legacy bequeathed, at the beginning of the cejitury, to Lady Frances Bruderiell. The rector of St Martin's was sent to pray with a dying man, one Mr Wright, living in St James's street, Pimlico. A few days afterwards a solicitor called on the rector, and told him the deceased had left him £1000, £2000 to Mr Abbot (the Speaker of the House of Commons), and all the rest of his property to Lady Frances Bruden«U, daughter of the Earl of Aylesbury. What is as curious as the rest of the story, the solicitor then seems to have washed his hands of the matter, and the rector goes to her ladyship to tell her her , good fortune. The house steward at Lord Aylesbury's tells him that there is now no such person as Lady Frances Brudenell, as she married Sir Henry Willoughby long ago, and of course assumed his name. The lady herself declared that there must be some mistake, as she knew no Mr Wright, nor to her knowledge had ever seenl one. To this the rector rejoins- that as the.proparty is worth £60,000 a year, she had better go and see him now, as the coffin was not yet closed up. She did so, and then instantly- recognised him as having been a great annoyance to her. in her youth at the Opera-house, where.he had a box next to hers ; so importunate had been his looks indeed (though he had never spoken to her) that her family had to change their box, Under the circumstances, however,- she Wnis to ha^e |or ; ' given him ; for she' took the money and " put all her household into mourning put pf respect."

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A Splendid Legacy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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A Splendid Legacy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890