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|There was no formal adoption
Written by JulieW
(4/14/2008 10:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane and the Campbells, penned by Anne-Marie
What could happen,and did happen in the case of JA's brother, Edward Austen Knight, was that a couple other than the child's family could bring them up then leave them property in a will on condition that the child then took their name.Thus the child was provided for and the family name perpetuated.
As Mr and Mrs Campbell were not in a position to leave Jane anything ( no money) there was no need for them to insist she changed her name: by giving her an education and thereby the means of being a governess/companion and sporting herself they did her a very great service.
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