Overseers,--“I have taken as fair a copy of it as my poor state of health and hands would admit of; and the same is, with the utmost respect, presented to you for your acceptance, by your, once, for many years, brother; but now hearty well wisher and most humble servant, Fra: Foxcroft
This touch of his style may lead some readers to desire to see the plreamble of his Will, which he signed Oct. 29, 1765, two years and a half before his death:--“I, Francis Foxcroft
, of Cambridge
in the County of Middlesex
, within the Province of Massachusetts Bay
in New England
, being mindful of my Mortallity and sensible of the frailty and weakness of my Body, however, Thanks be to God for it, of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain what follows to be my last Will and Testament.
I heartily wish well to all Mankind; and for that end that Christianity in the purity and perfection of it may be advanced and flourish among them; that the Potentates of the earth may exhibit the brightest examples of piety to their people and glory in nothing more than being the obedient subjects of the Majesty of Heaven, and in the applause of their people for the happy fruits and effects of their care and good government and that our Sovereign and all under his Dominion may be mutual Blessings to each other.
I desire the Blessing of God for all my friends, his Pardon for my Enemies, and an ample Reward for all my Benefactors.
I desire thankfully to acknowledge all God's favors, heartily to repent of all my Sins and implore His tender Mercy in the forgiveness of them for Christ
's sake; and humbly intreat that by the continued Influences of the Divine Spirit
I may be wrought up to a fitness for the Society of Heaven and finally Translated to it ”