HC Deb 08 June 1904 vol 135 cc1049-50
MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that a Mrs. Helen Blake (widow of General Robert Dudley Blake) died intestate at South Kensington, London, in 1876, leaving personal and other property to the amount of £140,000, which was taken possession of by the Grown failing direct issue, he can state whether the deceased has left any documents to show her parentage or birthplace; and, if so, where can such documents be seen, or any other documents that would indicate her intention as to the disposal of her property bad she made a will.

(Answered by Mr. Victor Cavendish.) A document was found amongst the papers of the deceased which purported to give the name of her father, but the person named cannot be identified. There is nothing to show her place of birth. It is not the practice to produce documents of the character alluded to in the last part of the Question. No legal claim could be based upon them.