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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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‘Warm in Opposition’ 1733–1735

‘Warm in Opposition’ 1733–1735

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Although there may have already been claims that the Marlborough family was on its way into healing its divisions, Sarah was nonetheless determined to leave no holes for others to challenge John Spencer as the major claimant to the Marlborough property. However, problems came up since Sunderland attributed much debt to his paternal inheritance and he also asserted that his wife was to receive a relatively large settlement. This could not be transferred unless a new jointure in the Marlborough estate was issued. Sarah was, however, avoided by those whom she sought help from, and she had to come up with another way to attain her goal. This chapter includes a discussion regarding the political significance of how John Spencer and Georgiana Carteret were arranged for marriage.

Keywords:   John Spencer, Georgiana Carteret, paternal inheritance, debt, jointure, marriage

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