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Written by Carol J.
(9/5/2009 9:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Although, penned by Anselm
I have seen this same thing recently as I was doing family history research. In a will dated 1799, the woman writing the will made reference to two men as her "brothers". Both were obviously her brothers-in-law, married to two of her sisters.
It is entirely possible that Jane Austen used the term "children" to include John Dashwood, but there is no way to be sure.
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