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Written by Barbara
(9/16/2006 1:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, CH 1 says ...., penned by Reeba
It may be that the old uncle was left the estate from his own father (probably), on the condition that it would be left to his grandson (Henry Dashwood). So it could be that Henry Dashwood was the 'legal inheritor' of Norland due to something like that.
Or maybe the eldest male in the family of an estate that had been handed down in a family for many generations was considered the 'legal inheritor' in the case where there was no will? Even now, I think, a person who died with no will would have people (like his children) who would be legal inheritors of the estate, even though the person could decide to do something else with it.
It could also be that the old uncle, while being required by someone else's will to leave Norland to his nephew, had some leeway in deciding exactly how and under what terms it would be left.
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