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And we have already observed that the upper classes were more likely than middle and lower class persons to leave legacies to their employees.
For instance, restators continued to favor certain groups of people, but increasingly gave legacies instead of inheritances to them or vice versa.
Concerning legacies, the correlations between gifts for spouses and other recipients are not significant at all.
The results suggest that legacies were made consistently either to all extra-familial groups alike or to none of them.
Thus charitable legacies did not form a group entirely separate from other recipients outside of testators' families, but rather profited from the same kind of altruistic behavior that worked in a favorable way for other recipients as well.
This is not to say that charitable legacies lacked any religious background.
In addition, farmers are less likely than other professional groups to leave legacies to their children.
Free professionals followed aristocrats in leaving legacies both to friends and to servants, although they did not match the nobility's activities entirely.