To accept would be to bar her dower, while to refuse, would be to entitle her to demand it only after the payment of her husband’s debts, and thus forever to exclude her from it, thereby making the tree planted by him but barren in his lifetime, to yield abundantly its bitter fruits after his decease!

Sisk v. Smith, 6 Ill. 503 (Illinois, Dec. 1, 1844)

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