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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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(p.349) Epilogue
A Passion for Government


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When Sarah died, she was in possession of twenty-seven estates, all of which she acquired on her own, and this was equivalent to a large amount of capital value, and even an annual rent roll. She also kept a rather huge sum in the Bank of England, almost all of which was passed on to John Spencer upon her death. However, Spencer claimed to have no disposable money as bulk of this inheritance was used to cover legacy and debt payments. It is important to note that the debts that Marlborough left were so great that the extra income incurred did not have a significant impact on paying the debt. This final chapter states that the consolidation of Sarah's biography was not made until one of Sarah's descendants recognized and justified everything that Sarah had done for their family.

Keywords:   estates, capital value, debt payment, biography, family

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