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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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‘An Old Woman is a Very Insignificant Thing’ 1742–1744

‘An Old Woman is a Very Insignificant Thing’ 1742–1744

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A Passion for Government


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Isabella, Duchess of Manchester, did not realize right away that accepting her grandmother's help would mean that she would have to seek her grandmother's approval in terms of her behaviour, opinions, contacts, and other such matters. Because Sarah asserted that she did not like those whom frequently visited Isabella's home, Isabella and her mother never saw each other again after engaging in a heated argument about ill humours. This, however, lead to the Duchess of Montagu reconsidering the need to reconcile with her mother. The rift between mother and daughter was healed after the two had met in the Marlborough House. This chapter also explains how Sarah still actively participated in hearings regarding the Chancery suit against the Blenheim creditors.

Keywords:   Isabella, Duchess of Manchester, Duchess of Montagu, Mary, Chancery suit, Blenheim creditors

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