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Written by bridget D
(3/14/2013 2:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, first born in Austen's time, penned by manal
The eldest SON was important as he was the heir to the family's estate/fortune adn as such was often rather spoiled. Under the system of primogeniture, younger sons would not inherit as much as the oldest son. THey would get an allowance or a smaller portion of wealth or woudl have to make their way in a profession.
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