This volume contains the will of James Hart with two codicils as well as an account of the expenditure of George Hart, following his father's death. It also includes a letter to Thomas, Rebecca, Ann, Sarah and Elizabeth Hart following their brother, George's, death, relating to the subsequent division of the assets left to him by their father.
It is a bound volume containing handwritten legal documents relating to James Hart and endorsed by Thomas Smith. The volume contains a will, dated 1796, and two codicils amending the original document dated 1796 and 1800. These documents detail how Hart would like his land, property, furniture, money and slaves to be distributed between his friends and family when he dies. Hart specifies how he would like his children and their mothers, both free black women, to be accommodated on his estates with particular conditions. A four page account of the expenditure of Hart's son, George, which spans the years 1801-1815, follows the will. Hart had left money for the support and education of George Hart until his 21st birthday. After the account, is a copy of a letter dated 1816 sent to George's siblings in Jamaica when George died, detailing how the money left to him by their father would be divided amongst them.