Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

Obiect. By leauing the whole inheritance to the eldest, he may be made a Gentleman, and all the other beggars.

Answ. In this respect parents ought to be so much the more prouident for their other children, in training them vp to cal∣lings, or laying vp portions, or setling other estates vpon them beside the maine inheritance, or in taking order that comp∣ent portions be raised out of the inheritance of the eldest son, n case God take them away before they haue otherwise pro∣ided for their children.

Page  578 Out of this answer may a third reason be gathered, to shew that it is a behouefull law for the commonwealth that the heire should haue all the land. For this law maketh parents more carefull in training vp their younger sonnes to sundry callings which are profitable to a commonwealth. If euery childe should haue a part of his fathers lands, they would all so depend thereupon, as none of them would exercise them∣selues to such callings as are meanes of mens maintenance.