|In re Charles Mercer deceased
In the name of God Amen. I Charles Mercer resident in Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland being sound in mind and understanding knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament viz First I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping assuredly it may rise triumphantly at the last and awful day of Resurrection and Secondly I give and bequeath the whole of my worldly property to my wife Charlotte to be possessed by her at my decease to have and to hold the same without molestation of any person and to be disposed of at any period after and at my decease as she may think proper whether money goods chattels or all and every thing now and at my decease possessed by me, giving the whole to her, thus given under my hand at Brigus aforesaid this thirteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty four. Charles his X mark Mercer and Seal [LS] Signed in presence of us John Gushue. James N. Hains, Schoolmaster.
Certified correct D.M. Browning