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Written by BarbaraB
(1/29/2004 9:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Second sons and money, penned by JulieW
]But I agree, that when compared with the inheritacen of the eldest son, the younger son's portion may have seemed paltry;but then the operation of primogentiure ( the rule that the eldest son inherits the majority of his father's estate)was by its very nature arbitary.
Were parents stricly bound by law to pass their estates and the bulk of the money if they saw that the eldest was irresponsible and was likely to fritter away the family funds? Oh, I just now thought about S&S and how Robert was given his brother's inheritance so I guess not. Was this something that could be done easily or was this an unusual case? Love the information you give to these questions. :-)
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