A copy or draft in pencil of a satirical last will and testament by a Lancaster County man B. Frank Saylor (1838-1920) in the endpapers of a copy of Little Mabel’s Friends . . . by a Lady. (New York: Porter and Coates, 1862.). Humor, B. Frank Saylor.

A copy or draft in pencil of a satirical last will and testament by a Lancaster County man B. Frank Saylor (1838-1920) in the endpapers of a copy of Little Mabel’s Friends . . . by a Lady. (New York: Porter and Coates, 1862.)

Washington [Penn.]: Feb. 8, 1885. 12mo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, 145, [1], 6 pages. Frontis. The will covers three pages in heavy pencil in a clear hand. Foxed, cloth somewhat worn, two conjugate leaves of text sprung; in good condition. Item #17869

Saylor notes his “farm containing some hundred acres, located in the Borough Washington Lancaster County Pennsylvania And fifteen thousand dollars in money Providing said Callie Markley agrees at her death to leave five thousand dollars for the erection of a Monument in Washington Boro to the memory of Jacob Ortman Now residing on Thunder hill about one mile north of Washington Borough and three thousand dollars for the erection of a darkey church in Washington boro and six hundred dollars annually to be paid a colored minister to preach the gosple [sic] to the hypocrites of Washington Borough. Also my good horse Cracker providing Callie Markley agrees to give him a Bushel of corn at each meal Untill his days on earth are numbered and give him a respectable burial and erect an iron fence around his grave that nothing may disturb his peace.” That a pious Sunday School children’s book would be turned to such risible ends of course has its own charms. Pencil scribbling to the front paste-down; some jotting on the rear paste-down.

Price: $125.00

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