Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on January 24, 1998 at 19:50:35:
In response to Settlements, written by Pearl on January 24, 1998 at 18:38:24
] ] The main purposes of a settlement were to ensure that the wife's money would not be dissipated, but would revert to her or to her children on the death of the husband (without such legal guarantees, the husband would be free to do whatever he wanted with the wife's money).
(I have some info towards the end of the second topics file...)
] I wonder if the novels I have been reading for years were not researched as meticulously as you have done. I had the distinct impression that the bride's fortune became the possession of the groom unless her family had the forsite to 'tie it up' so that the husband (usually known to be a wastrel) could not dissipate it.
But that's actually the exactly same thing as what I had said above...
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