On the stroke of one he was in the Department for Death Duties.
One historic owner can't afford to keep all the rooms dusted: the other can't afford the death duties.
The remodelling of the death duties thrust itself before every Chancellor each succeeding year.
In fact they levied in a rough way the high 'death duties' so much admired by Radicals with small expectations.
In 1894 he introduced and carried a memorable budget, which equalized the death duties on real and personal property.
The death duties will be heavy; but, otherwise there are no deductions, I believe, save one or two small legacies to the servants.
An increase of the scale of graduation of the death duties, so as to fall more heavily on large inheritances?
Of course the death duties will have to be paid, but your father always kept a considerable amount of money at call.
But of course there's an old place to keep up, and the death duties are very heavy.
Sir William Harcourt's "death duties" had aroused the indignation of rich men here, there, and everywhere.