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Written by Leif G-n
(2/26/2003 11:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward's adoption ..and possible legalities., penned by Caroline
I had the same thought Caroline. Was there something strange about it? Were they in a hurry to have a heir, or does it just appear so because we don't know the details. They can not possibly have known of their inability to have a child, could they? (The medical science had not yet reached the stage where they could predict infertility. They had microscopes, but they didn't understand what they saw in them).
It seems that the important thing was to keep the Family name living. And if a couple was childless, they just tried to find someone suitable to inherit. Preferably a relation but not necessary. But he needed to change his name.
There is this thing about the legality of the entail. Something that concerned the Austen family for several years.
The Knights might have been aware of this problem. But I can't see how it would be connected to the adoption. Since the entail had already been cut off by Th.Knight I.
I like to end by quoting from J.A. A family Record:
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