Gustavus Vassa Provides for His Family


The will of Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) is revealing. Made on 28 May 1796 and proved on 8 April 1797, it shows a man who has established himself in Britain and played an active part in contemporary life. He owns property, which he bequeaths to his family; mentions the printed books that belong to him; and makes provision for his children's education, although one of his two daughters (Anna Maria) did not live to inherit her legacy.

PROB 10/3372 (8 April 1797)

 

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