The changeability of human fates and the unexpected accidents which can set bounds to our lives cause me now, in good health and of my own will, after careful thought and not forced or persuaded by anyone else, to make a disposition and determination with respect to my future legacy in the event that I should be summoned from this life.
1. With respect to my body I order that it should be laid to rest in a Christian and decent manner but without any special ostentation or expense.
As my heirs I determine and name my beloved children 1. Johann Carl 2. Adolph 3. Heinrich 4. Moritz 5. Julius 6. Wilhelmine 7. Charlotte 8. Ludwig
and if after this time any others should still be born to me, all to receive equal portions of my total property.
My beloved wife Hanna Christine, nee Arndt, to whom I feel obliged to demonstrate my tender thanks for her love and loyalty, I pre bequeath out of my own full property her own dowry and any of her things which she will be able to provide evidence for on the basis of family inheritance agreements or other proofs signed by me and in her possession.
With respect to my estate, as soon as possible following my death an inventory should be taken, with the restriction that until the end of the contract years of Silvitz, Dalkvitz und Dolgemost, or otherwise as long as my family still holds the lease on these properties, no partition and division should take place but instead they should be administered jointly on behalf of all my heirs and my wife.
This administration of my estate should remain under the leadership and direction of my beloved wife Hanna Christine nee Arndt until a termination of the leases of Silvitz, Dalkvitz and Dolgemost is made possible either by the expiry of the contracts or by an agreement which she finds necessary and advantageous, and since I am convinced both of her conscientious love towards me and her children and of her capacity to carry out this administration, I also give to her the guardianship for my surviving minor children with the proviso that she should call upon the advice and support of my beloved brother Herr Carl Friedrichs of Stubben as a supplementary guardian. Both of them should obtain an appropriate judicial confirmation of their guardianship but should not be bound to a public rendering of accounts. Still they should settle and record the accounts of the administration once a year.
If in fact one of my heirs is entitled to insist on a settlement before the end of the leases on Silvitz, Dalkvitz and Dolgemost, then the appointed administration of the estate may assist and settle with the one or the other heir as appropriate, though not to the prejudice of the common prosperity of the enterprise
If this description of my last wishes is not regarded and upheld as a proper Testament, then I wish that it be accepted as a codicil, a legal trust, a disposition of the parent to his children, or however else it can be regarded and upheld.
Personally signed and sealed by me and executed with the additional signatures of witnesses in Silvitz on the 1st of December 1811.
I also ordain that in case my wife should enter into a second marriage, the commonality among my heirs, as specified in #4., should be continued until the end of the leases but thereafter her administration and guardianship should come to end.
Johann Bernhard Engelbrecht als invited witness (seal)
Christian Heinrich Pense also invited witness (seal)
Christian Dieckmann also invited witness (seal)
Johann Wilhelm Arndt as invited witness (seal)
Adolph Heinderich Friedrichs (seal)
Johann Christopher Dalmer as invited witness (seal)
Carl Christoph Friedrichs as invited witness (seal)
Johann Friedrich Behm as invited witness (seal)
In Silvitz on 1 December 1811 the leaseholder Herr Adolph Heinrich Friedrichs, before me as undersigned and specially summoned notary and in the presence of the seven also specially invited witnesses, presented the above document as his last will, signed and sealed it with his own hand, and invited the required witnesses to complete the will by signing and sealing it, whereupon the witnesses did provide their signatures in their own hands and affixed their seals, whereby all used their own signets, except for the witnesses Christian Diekmann and Johann Friedrich Behm who used my private seal, and finally again acknowledged their hands and seals. I hereby confirm as requested, and with the corroboration of the undersigned witnesses to this instrument, that all this has been done in a legal manner in one continuous and uninterrupted session.
Johann Berhard Engelbrecht as witness to this instrument (seal) Carl Christoph Friedrichs (seal) In faith (seal) [name L.S.F. Arndt Notary]