The Inscription on the Tablet in the Cloisters of Westminister Abbey

“Here rest in hope of a blessed resurrection, Charles Godolphin Esq brother to the Right Hon. Sidney Earl of Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain, who died July loth 1720 aged 69 ; and Mrs. Godolphin his wife, who died July 29th 1726 aged 63; whose excellent qualities and endowments can never be forgotten, particularly the public spirited zeal with which he served his country in Parliament, and the indefatigable application, great skill and wise integrity with which he discharged the trust of a Commissioner of the Customs for many years. Nor was she less eminent for ingenuity, wit, sincere love of her friends, and constancy in religious worship. But as charity and benevolence were the distinguishing parts of their characters, so were they most conspicuously displayed by the last act of their lives; a pious and charitable institution by him designed and ordered, and by her completed, to the glory of God, and for a bright example to mankind. The endowment thereof is a rent-charge of £180 a year issuing out of lands in Somersetshire, and of which £160 a year are to be for ever applied, from the 24th of June 1726, to the educating eight young orphan gcntlewomen who are so born, and whose parents are of the Church of England whose fortunes do not exceed £300, and whose parents or friends will undertake to provide them with decent apparell and after the death of the said Mrs Godolphin and William Godolphin Esq her nephew, such as have neither Father or Mother, which same young gentlewomen are not to be admitted before they are eight years old nor to be continued after the age of nineteen, and are to be brought up at the City of New Sarum or some other town in the County of Wilts under yc care of some prudent Governess or Schoole Mistress a Communicant of ye Church of England, and the overplus after an allowance of £6 a year for collecting the said Rent-charge is to be applied to ye binding out one or more poor Children apprentices whose parents are of the Church of England.”

In perpetual Memory whereof Mrs Frances Hall Executrix to Mrs Godolphin has according to her will and by her Order caused this, inscription to be engraved on her Monument 1727.


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