[FASTOLF, SIR JOHN-Sir John Falstaff]. A contemporary copy of his Will of Nov. 3, 1459. 1 p., on vellum (49 by 22 inches). Fastolf died November 5, 1459. (Roger W. Barrett)
A LONG WILL WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, AND WITHOUT ANY ALTERATIONS OR ERASURES', IN WHICH HE REVOKED ALL. OTHER WILLS AND APPOINTS JOHN PASTON AND SIR THOMAS HOWES EXECUTORS.
In the "Dictionary of National Biography" the writer of the article on Sir John Fastolf states: "Three copies of a will are extant, dated 3 Nov., two days before Fastolf's death. The first of these documents is much interpolated. Whole paragraphs are scratched out and others inserted. The second draft is briefer. The third alone in Latin is merely a codicil, and deals chiefly with the duty of executors ... The authenticity of Fastolf's extant wills was much disputed. In his closing days Paston was greatly in Fastolf's confidence. On 3 Nov. Fastolf was certainly speechless, and could not have dictated his will. There can be no reasonable doubt, therefore, that the extant documents were written out by Paston, and if of any value are all practically nuncumpative ... " This WILL is listed in Seymour de Ricci's "Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada," 1935, p. 680, with the note: "Stated to be from Sir John Fenn's coll.; William Constable coll.;· Burton Constable sale (London, 24 June 1889, n. 286) to Waller. Fastolf's inventory belonged in 1744 to Francis Blomefield (Archaeologia XXI, 1827m pp. 23-280), then passed to T. Martin, Ives, Gough and Thorpe (Cat. 1835, n. 255) ; with it were two transcripts of the will."
From unknown auction catalog, written before 1956.