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|Mr Collins was certainly a cousin
Written by JulieW
(1/25/2004 12:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Relationship of Collins, Sr to Mr Bennet, penned by kathleen (elder)
He might have been a first,second cousin or, indeed, even more distantly related than that.Cetainly cousin does not have to mean a first cousin ;-)
But he definately is some form of cousin to Mr Bennet according to the text.
To inherit , he must have descened in direct line from a male relation of Mr Bennets- his brother or, perhaps his brothers son,therby making him a scond cousin.
What he could not have done was to descend down the female line- for example, a sister of Mr Bennet,or an aunt.As the entail would not have allowed it,as it was limited to descent of males.The issue of females would not have counted- hence Mr Bennest girls could not inherit ;-)
The legal effect is the same, be it first or second or whatever cousin.The difference in name could be explained thus.
I name only possibilities- but they are legally correct in the 18th century context.Honset.
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