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[p. 56] were directed to receive the same and to improve it in the most ‘prudent manner they can.’ Later however, in June, 1778, after the filing a certificate signed by the major part of the Selectmen of Medford (Stephen Hall tertius, Ebenezer Hall & Benjamin Hall), Simon Tufts was formally appointed agent of the estate by the Judge of Probate, he giving a bond for £ 1,000 for the faithful performance of his trust. In this bond it is stated that Isaac Royall has fled to our enemies for protection. The real estate, including the farm at Foxborough, was valued at £ 47,098, and the personal estate at £ 3,603-7-4; the rents of the real estate at the time of the inventory were valued at £ 434-4-8. The estate was rented or leased to different persons, and after the payment of necessary expenses, the balance of the receipts was turned over to the State Treasurer. One account allowed September 5, 1781, states that £ 35,082-5 was received by the sale of furniture, the chariot, etc., of which £ 28,351-17-4 was turned over to Treasurer Gardner. In a list of absentees on file in the Probate Office with the amounts handed over to the Treasurer from the rents of their estates while in the hands of agents, Isaac Royall's agent is credited with paying into the State Treasury £ 758-3-7 1/2, in hard money, or rather the heading reads ‘paid or ordered to be paid to the State Treasurer.’ A commission in insolvency was issued April 5, 1781, to Thomas Brooks, Aaron Hall and Moses Billings of Medford. Their report was filed, but ‘the creditors refuse to have their claims liquidated on account of fluctuations in the currency.’

Isaac Royall died of small pox in London, England, in 1781, and his will written on parchment was probated there so far as relates to the estate in Antigua, Sir William Pepperell being appointed executor. He had expressed a wish that his will should also be recorded in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, so it may be found in the records of the Probate Office in Boston. After leaving small legacies to different relatives, handsome

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