This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851. Excerpt: ... I cannot, from the nature of the case, be expected to produce conclusive proof of the sums paid to, or for, the several heirs. The evidence is not in my keeping, nor accessible to me. But, I do not believe, that any one of the heirs will be found to deny the fact now suggested. More or less of evidence, touching some of them,has been, and will be, shown; and I demand of Mr. Lowell, if he wishes "to elicit the truth," L. p. 3. that the receipts and other evidence in his possession, so far as they may go, of all payments to, or for, and of all settlements with, the several heirs, be produced, and we shall then be better enabled to see who is right, and who wrong, on this point. The truth, I believe to be, that Mr. J. Wright Boott, adopted, practically, in the distribution of his father's estate, the principle of "first come, first served." He, unquestionably, designed, and intended, to pay to all, what all were equally entitled to receive. They, who called for money, while means of payment were at easy command, were permitted to take up sums, which, probably, amounted to their full shares, perhaps more. Mr. Wells, at any rate, in the letter abovementioned as cited by Mr. Lowell, says, "He, Mr. J. Wright Boott, has, probably, given to all, much more than they were entitled to receive from their father's estate." L. p. 56. If for "all" we should read "some," I might, perhaps, be disposed to adopt Mr. Wells's opinion, so qualified. What foundation there may have been for it, in his own case, he, at any rate, best knows. I think it will, at least, appear, that he received his full share, after deducting the charges, made against him by the testator, for advances in his lifetime, in addition to a large sum, which was forgiven. DrFrancis Boott, it was always unde...
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