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This patent was at the time when the prenuptual agreement was signed by the Littletons and Douglases. As was mentioned earlier Dame Elizabeth Dale was the aunt of Anne Southy who married, first, Charles Harmar and second, Colonel Nathaniel Littleton. Dame Dale raised no objections to this encroachment upon Dale's Gift.

In August 1641 Richard Hanby of Westminster in Middlesex County, England, and William Shrimpton of White Church in Southampton County, England (executors of Dame Dale's estate) gave a power of attorney to Samuel Chandler of London, Merchant, "who is, now, bound for Virginia, to receive from William Burdett or any others the assets of Dame Dale's estate. The previous year, 1640, William Burdett was granted a patent for 1050 acres. This was four years before Lt. Colonel Edward Douglas was granted his patent for the same land . Samuel Chandler arrived in Virginia in the nick of time to discourage Burdett from seating himself on t wife ofhe patent. 

This is the time for me to present the will of Elizabeth Dale, widow, 4 July 1640/29 March 1641, late the wife and sole executrix of Thomas Dale, knight, dec'd. My debts to be paid out of my estate in the hands of the East India Company and out of my estate in Virginia. To my niece Mrs. Dorothy Throgmorton 500 acres in Virginia. To Edward Hanbie, son of Richard Hanbie, all my land in Charles Hunderd in Virginia. To Richard Hanbie, son of Richard, all my land in Sherlie Hundred in Virginia. To my old servant, Hanna Pickering, 100 pounds. Remaining estate in England, England, or elsewhere, to be divided into two parts, one part for the children of William Throgmorton, Knight, , and Barronette, dec'd., and William Samborne. And the other part to my friends Mr. Richard Hanby and Mr. William Shrimpton, they to serve as my executors. To my Nephew Lord Vicount Scudamore a ring of ten pounds. Witt: Bayah Throgmorton, Thomas Fanconbergh, Lawrence Sweeteman, George Plucknett, scrivener-page 36

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