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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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Dividing the Family 1730–1733

Dividing the Family 1730–1733

(p.278) 19 Dividing the Family 1730–1733
A Passion for Government


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One of Sarah's informants, which was suspected to be Lady Bateman — Sarah's Spencer grandchild — wished for her to face her death since she and Sarah's other grandchildren longed to attain independence. Sarah always used disinheritance as a threat for any attempts of opposition or rebellion towards her orders. Sarah was very particular with making wills that she wanted her will to be composed on paper instead of on parchment. Because Sarah did not want to lose control of her family even after her death, Lady Bateman posed a challenge through becoming Charles's ‘premier Minister’ once he became in charge of the land. This chapter illustrates the obstacles experienced by Sarah's family.

Keywords:   family, Lady Bateman, disinheritance, will, premier Minister

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