In the Name of God Amen. Charles GANDER Mariner belonging to his Majesty's ship La PRUDENTE [ ? ] Wm. WALDEGRAVE Commander being in bodily health and of sound & disposing mind and memory and reconsidering of the perils and dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life as for avoiding controversies after my decease make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say first I commend my Soul to God that gave and my Body I commit to the Earth as ever it shall please God to order and as for and surviving all my worldly Estate I give and bequeath and dispose that of as follows that is to say All my Wages Sum & Sums of Money [......... ds] [?Tenements] Goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be anyways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same unto my Brother John GANDER of the parish of St.Anne Westminster and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brother Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills Testaments and deeds of Gifts by me at any time heretofore made and I so ordain and ratify these presents to stand and to be for and as my only last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof to this my said Will I have set my Hand and Seal the third day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty and in the twentieth year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the third over Great Britain.
Signed Sealed Published and declared in the presence of us
Wm WALDEGRAVE Capt
Joseph RICHARDS Boatsn.
This Will was proved at London on the sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven before the Worshipful John SEWELL Doctor of Laws surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne KNIGHT Doctor of Laws [......... ] and Commissary of the Perogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of John GANDER the Brother of the deceased & sole Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all & singular the Goods Chattels and [..........] of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.