Will of Annie Gamwell, January 10, 1940

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Last Will and Testament of Annie Gamwell  (1940) 
by Annie Gamwell

This is the will of H. P. Lovecraft's aunt, through whom all rights to the Lovecraft estate passed.

I, ANNIE E. P. GAMWELL, of the City and County of Providence, State of Rhode Island, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish, and declare this as and for my last will and testament, in manner following, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made:

FIRST: I direct my executrix hereinafter named to pay all my just debts, including my funeral expenses, inheritance, transfer and other taxes, and the expenses of the administration of my estate as soon as may be after my decease.

SECOND: I give and bequeath to August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, both of Sauk City, Wisconsin, in equal shares, all royalties that I may receive from the book entitled, "The Outsider and Others," by H. P. Lovecraft, said book being published by Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1939.

THIRD: All the rest, residue and remainder of my property and estate, real, personal and mixed, of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I may be entitled at the time of my decease, including any real estate which I may hereafter acquire, I give and bequeath to my Cousin, Mrs. Roy A. Morrish, of Providence, Rhode Island, and Miss Edna W. Lewis, of Brookline, Massachusetts, to be divided equally between them, their heirs and assigns forever.

FOURTH: I hereby nominate and appoint said Edna W. Lewis, executrix of this my last will and testament and request and direct that she be not required to file an inventory or furnish a bond in her said capacity, and I authorize and empower my executrix, if and whenever in the settlement of my estate she deems it advisable, at her discretion, to sell the whole or any part of my real and personal property at public or private sale, and to execute and deliver all deeds, instruments of transfer, and other writings necessary to pass a proper title thereto.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 10th day of January, A.D. 1940.

Annie E. P. Gamwell

Signed, Published and Declared by the said Annie E. P. Gamwell as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have, at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other hereunto set our names as witnesses.

Clara E. Waterman Providence, R.I.

Helen M. Morrish Providence, R.I.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) between 1928 and 1977 (inclusive) without a copyright notice.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1941, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 81 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.