through the Merits of my Prevalent Intercessor.
I gratefully return back my Body to my Mother Earth, therein to be decently buried, but free from any pageantry or show, nothing doubting of its Resurrection at the last day, and would devoutly resign my Spirit to God who gave it. As for that worldly estate which God has been pleased to bestow upon me (whereof that I have made no better improvement, I humbly beg pardon both for myself and for such as have been employed by me). I do hereby declare my mind and intent to be,” etc.
After this preamble he provided for his wife and children and added, “Inasmuch as I am extremely desirous, if it be the will of God, that the estate I am in possession of should be continued in the posterity of that ancient and honored gentleman Thomas Danforth, Esquire
, my grandfather and an excellent Patriot of this Country (of whom that there is so little said by those who have writ the history of it I am heartily sorry), from whom the bulk of it descended, I now do will and ordain that, in case either of my said sons should be inclined or necessitated to dispose of the whole or any part of what estate is so granted and set off to him, he shall tender the same to his brother or some of my family for refusal.”
Perhaps if the worthy man could look now upon the happy homes and useful institutions which lie upon his estate, he might say with Plautus
, “I know that many good things have happened to many when least expected,” and with Virgil, “Time and the varying movements of changing years have bettered many things” --
Multa Dies variusque labor mutabilis aevi
Retulit in melius.