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Thumb-nail Legacies

Legacies so small that they could be written on one's thumb-nail.

`Tis said, some men may make their wills
On their thumb-nails, for aught they can bestow.

Peter Pindar: Lord B. and his Motions.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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