An Account of the Sale, of the Effects of my Father, Mr. John Shapcote; Deceased
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I Peter John Shapcote of the parish of Stepany
of the city of London, Gentleman am held and firmly bound to David Collins Esquire
Judge Advocate of the Civil Court of Judicature on the Eastern Coast in New South
Wales in the sum of Eighty Pounds Sterling to be paid to said David Collins Esquire,
Judge Advocate, or to His certain Attorney. His Executors Administrators, or Assigns
for the true payment whereof I bind myself my Heirs, Executors and Administrators
firmly by these presents, Sealed with my Seal Dated this Twentieth Day of LORD GEORGE
the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland Kind Defender
of the faith etc. And in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety.
CONDITION of this Obligation is such That if the within Bounden Peter John Shapcote
Administrator of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of John Shapcote
Deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular
Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the
Signds Pofsefsion or Knowledge of Him the said Peter John Shapcote or into the Hands
and pofsefsion of any other person or persons for Him, and the same so made do exhibit
or cause to be Exhibited into the Registry of the Civil Court of Judication at or
before the Twenty-fourth day of this instant July AND the same Goods, Chattles and
Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased, at the
time of His Death, which at any time after shall come to the hands of Pofsefsion
of the said Peter John Shapcote or into the Hands and Pofsefsion of any other person
or persons for Him, do well and Truly Administer according to Law, AND further do
make or Cause to be made, a True and Just Account of his said Administration, on
or before the Twenty-fourth of July, AND all the rest and residue of the said Goods,
Chattles and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator’s
Account, the same being first Examined and allowed by the Judge or Judges for the
Time being of the said Court, shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively,
as the said Judge or Judges by His or their Decree or Sentence pursuant to the True
Intent and meaning of this Act shall limit and Appoint, AND it shall hereafter appear
that any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor
or Executors therein named do Exhibit the same into the said Court, making Request
to ...allowed and approved Accordingly, if the said Peter John Shapcote within bounden,
being thereunto required, to Render and Deliver the said Letter of Administration,
approbation of such Testament being First had and made, in the said Court, Then this
obligation to be staid and of none Effect, or Else to remain in full force and .
Sureties to the above. John White P.M. Shapcote John Palmer
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of David Collins, Judge-Advocate. Richard Johnson (N.B.) There is not
any Stamped Paper in the Colony.
Paid to Capt. Donald Trach of the Neptune on my Fathers
account ... ... ... £13.2.9
P.J. SHAPCOTE -
Sworn to be a true Account, before me,
at Sydney, New South Wales, this Twenty-sixth Day of July in the year of our Lord
One thousand seven hundred and ninety.
David Collins Judge-Advocate
So Peter John Shapcote (son of John Shapcote) had sailed as a crew member aboard
the “Justinian”, which had arrived in PortJackson a week before the arrival of The
Second Convict Fleet.
He soon learned that his father had died a fortnight after leaving
the Cape of Good Hope.
Peter John Shapcote claimed Administration of the Effects of
his late father, who had died intestate. Letters of Administration were duly granted,
and he brought before the Court an “Assurance of his said Administration”. He presented
the lengthy list of his late father’s personal effects with their value.
Shapcote is described, in this document. as a “Gentleman of the Parish of Stepany”
(Stepney) of the City of London.
In London, on 6th July 1791, John Shapcote’s estate
was Administered to his widow, Sarah Shapcote.