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Written by Thérèse
(3/16/2013 6:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, John Knightley, penned by bridget D
I really don't think Isabella had thirty thousand pounds at her marriage; much more probably five or ten thousand pounds, the left of the thirty, being "expectations". This money may certainly have helped him a lot to settle, but not been enough to live on such a foot in London, where professionnally, he was still "rising" — as you quote. That means, by the standards of the times, that he was still earning probably less than five hundred pounds per year, a successfull lawyer earning about four hundreds by then, although some were much, much richer — and such a capable man as him, being able to go very far and, yes, being appointed as a judge. But not yet.
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