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Isabella Stewart Gardner's Will

Isabella Stewart Gardner's Will

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Isabella Stewart Gardner's will, containing written stipulations regarding her Boston museum (then called Fenway Court) and its collection.
Isabella Stewart Gardner's will, containing written stipulations regarding her Boston museum (then called Fenway Court) and its collection.

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WILL AND CODICIL OF
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 
PROBATED
JULY
23, 1924In the Probate Court of Suffolk County
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
 
 
WILL AND CODICIL OFISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 
I, Isabella Stewart Gardner, widow of John Lowell Gardner,of Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do make and publish this my last will, hereby revoking all wills by meheretofore made.
 First:
 
I direct my executors to pay the following legacies:1. To the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, for theBrown Musical Library in the Boston Public Library, for amemorial to B. J. Lang, five thousand dollars ($5,000).2. To my Goddaughter, Sybil Appleton, daughter of R. M.Appleton, five thousand dollars ($5,000).3. To Maud Howe Elliott, wife of John Elliott, tenthousand dollars ($10,000).4. To Alison Haughton, ten thousand dollars ($10,000).5. To Mary Winslow, wife of Dr. Frederick Winslow of 275 Clarendon Street, Boston, and of Nahant, ten thousanddollars ($10,000).6. To my Goddaughter, Katherine Foote, daughter of Arthur Foote, ten thousand dollars ($10,000).7. To my Godchildren, the three children of Professor Arthur Pope, of Harvard College, five thousand dollars($5,000) each.8. To my Goddaughter, Lois Smith, daughter of JosephLindon Smith, twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).9. To Dodge MacKnight, of East Sandwich, Massa-chusetts, five thousand dollars ($5,000).10. To the Church of the Advent in Boston, five thou-sand dollars ($5,000).11. To the Town of Brookline, for the Brookline PublicLibrary, five thousand dollars ($5,000).12. To Pablo Casals, I give my violincello now in his possession.
Second:
 
I give to my Executors or Executor, ten thousand dollars
($10,000 )
in trust to distribute the same among such of the personsemployed by me, or formerly employed by me, and in such sums, asmy
 
Executors, or Executor may deem best.
LegaciesEmployees
 
Third:
1. To Harold J. Coolidge, Grafton D. Cushing, William C.Endicott, Francis L. Higginson, Jr., and Arthur F. Johnson,all of Boston, and to said Arthur Pope, and to Henry D.Sleeper of Gloucester, and the survivors and survivor of them, and the heirs of the survivor, I devise all the landwhich I own in Boston, and especially the land comprisingmy estate known as Fenway Court, and my land adjacentthereto, situated on the Fenway, the Tremont entrance to theFenway Park, and Worthington Street, which tract includesthe lots conveyed to me by deeds of Augustus P. Loring,dated January 31, 1899, and June 13, 1899, recorded withSuffolk Deeds, Lib.
2620,
Fol. 107 and 109; deed of MosesWilliams et al., Trustees dated February 26, 1900, recordedwith Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 2667, Fol. 306; deed of Henry M.White, dated January 1, 1901, recorded with Suffolk Deeds,Lib. 2728, Fol. 25; deed of Moses Williams, et al., Trustees,dated June 16, 1906, recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 3136,Fol. 170; deed of Paul and Rachel S. Thorndike,acknowledged March 22, 1907, and recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib.
3197,
Fol. 493; deed of Charles Paine, dated November 20, 1911, and recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib.3589, Fol. 232, and deed of Moses Williams et al., Trustees,dated January 8, 1913, and recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib.3700, Fol. 631, with the buildings thereon, and I also bequeathto the said Coolidge, Cushing, Endicott, Higginson, Johnson,Pope, and Sleeper, and the survivors and survivor of them, andthe representatives of the survivor, all my interest in the pictures, statuary, works of art, bric-a-brac, furniture, booksand papers, contained at my death in all the stories of the main building of said Fenway Court other than the fourth story andthe attic, and also in or upon the grounds adjoining said building, and all such articles as are above mentionedwherever situated intended or destined to be contained inthose stories other than the fourth story and the attic, includingall the property in which I own the beneficial interest throughmy ownership of all the shares of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, all the aforesaid real and personal property to be held by said Coolidge,Cushing, Endicott, Higginson, Johnson, Pope and Sleeper, intrust as a Museum for the education and enjoyment of the public forever, but no works of art shall be placed therein foexhibition other than such as I, or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, own or havecontracted for at my death. And I direct that, if anyquestion arises as to what is intended or destined for saidstories other than the fourth story and the attic, the judgment of my Executors or Executor shall be final.2. Whereas in the foregoing paragraph I have bequeathed allmy interest in certain personal property, and whereas the legaltitle to it or to a portion of it is in the Isabella StewartGardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, and whereas it ismy intention that all the property of the Isabella StewartGardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, shall be andremain in the Museum established under this will, now,therefore, I give and bequeath all my shares in the IsabellaStewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, tosaid Coolidge, Cushing, Endicott, Higginson, Johnson, Popeand Sleeper, to be held in trust for the purposes of theMuseum established under this will, I hereby directing theTrustees so to hold and manage said shares that all the propertyof the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway,Incorporated, shall be and remain forever in the Museumestablished under this will subject to all the provisions of this willrelating to the Museum so established. And I authorize the saidTrustees, as the holders of all the shares of the IsabellaStewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway, Incorporated, to procure its dissolution, and the transfer and delivery of all its property to them as Trustees to be held in trust for the purposesof the Museum established under this will in accordance with allthe provisions of this will relating to said Museum.3. I also give to the said Coolidge, Cushing, Endicott,Higginson, Johnson, Pope and Sleeper, and the survivorsand survivor of them, and the representatives of the survivor, the sumOf one million
two) hundred
thousand dollars($ 1, 200, 000) in trust to apply the income ()I' it to maintain
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