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January 28, 2012


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Tanya Marsh

Al, have you had a chance to read Martina Will de Chaparro's "Death and Dying in New Mexico"? She discusses, among other things, the Spanish Catholic perspective on wills, which is very different than the English Protestant view. She specifically focused on a collection of 469 wills in New Mexico written between 1704 and 1899. Women wrote approximately one-third of the wills. It is a fascinating book.

Alfred Brophy

Haven't seen it yet, but based on your recommendation, I'll look it up. Sounds fabulous; the percentage of wills written by women sounds about right for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century for the US -- not sure about how that compares to early eighteenth century British North America.

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