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Written by Tess
(9/18/2012 11:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not about spoiling him, penned by Barbara
I think that the old gentleman was in fact sentimentally influenced by little Harry. His main motive probably was keeping the property in the male line, but he had options that allowed him to do that and provide for the girls at the same time. Why did he did not take advantage of them? It shows a certain negligence.
He could have left John/Harry the estate under a written condition that the girls would have a life interest in it. This would secure the estate undivided in the male line and still provided for the girls throughout life. If he thought a life interest was too much, he could have conditioned an annual provision for the girls until they got married. He could have left them better dowries to make it easier for them to get married.
In fairness, he probably expected their father would provide for them. Still, we are told so much of the company and care he received, that I really feel they deserved a will that was more thoughtful, allowed them to be more independent, and took the worst outcome into consideration.
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