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Written by Nikki N
(7/7/2013 6:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Interesting..., penned by Diba
It says that Sir Walter who was in debt could only give Anne "a small part of the SHARE of ten thousand pounds which must be hers hereafter", not "a small part of the ten thousand pounds that must be hers hereafter".
So I don't think Anne will get so much as 10,000 pounds, I believe Anne will get a share of 10,000 pounds -- which could be either 5,000 pounds (the 10,000 pounds to be shared between her and Eliz) if Mary had already been given her share when she married Charles since that was before Sir Walter got into debt. Or it could mean as little as 3,333 pounds if Mary had not been given her share and the 10,000 had to be shared by the three sisters.
Also it says that Anne and Frederick had only "one independent fortune between them" i.e. Frederick's 25,000 pounds. If Anne was going to have 10,000 pounds, it would mean they both had a fortune, 10,000 pounds was a small fortune and not so much less than 25,000 pounds. It also mentioned the "disproportion in their fortune" -- there would have been no disproportion if Anne was going to have 10,000 pounds. 10,000 pounds was a very good dowry for a man in Fred's position, especially as Anne was also well-born, the daughter of a baronet. But Fred was now deemed worth by society to address the daughter of a baronet because he had a fortune and she had not.
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