Sir William Jones’s Notes on Marriage Settlement of John Paradise and Lucy Ludwell Paradise
|1. to the husband for life, without impeachment of waste, and with power of leasing for 21. years reserving the best rent.|
|2. remr to the wife for life, witht Etc. & with the like power|
|3. remr to trustees to preserve contingent remrs.|
|4. remr to such child or children of the marriage (in tail or for a less estate) as the husband & wife or the survivor shall appoint.|
|5. remr (in default of an appointment) to the children of the marriage in tail, as tenants in common.|
|6. Remr (in default of issue) to such person as the wife alone shall appoint.|
|7. remr (in default of such appointment) to the survivor in fee.|
The above is a copy of Sr Wm Jones’s state of the limitns of the real estate in the marriage contract of mr & mrs Paradise.
Tr (DLC: TJ Papers, 53:9038); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; on verso of MS of preceding enclosure.
Sir William Jones (1746–94), judge and linguist, was born in London and studied Arabic and Persian at University College, Oxford, where he earned a B.A. in 1768. He entered the Middle Temple to study law in 1770 and was called to the bar in 1774. Jones practiced law in Wales from 1775 until his appointment in 1783 to the Bengal supreme court. He published a variety of works on law and linguistics and numerous translations, including digests of Hindu and Muslim law. Jones died near Calcutta (ODNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, 60 vols. description ends ).
Jones presumably made his notes some time before his 1783 departure for India.