© Transcription Copyright Linda Steward, August 2005.
THE Condition of this Obligation is such, THAT if the above bounden Patience Dawson Widow Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Adam Dawson late of Holkham aforesaid Intestate Deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have, or shall come to the Hands, Possession, or Knowledge, of her the said Patience Dawson or into the Hands and Possession of any Person or Persons, for her and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Registry of the said Archdeaconry at or before the last Day of December next ensuing, and the same Goods, Chattel, and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, at the Time of his Death, which at any Time after shall come into the Hands or Possession of the said Patience Dawson or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for do well and truly administer according to Law. And further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just Accompt of her said Administration, at or before the last Day of September 1770 and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administratorís Accompt (the same being first examined and allowed of 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 a late Act of Parliament made in the two-and-twentieth and three-and-twentieth Years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the second, intituled, AN ACT FOR THE BETTER SETTLING OF INTESTATES ESTATES, shall limit and appoint.
And if 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 have it allowed and approved accordingly; if the said Patience Dawson above-bounden, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made) in the said Court, then this Obligation to be void or else to remain in full Force and Vertue.
SEALED AND DELIVERED (BEING FIRST DULY STAMPED) IN THE PRESENCE OF
Mark of X Patience Dawson
Patience Dawson of Holkham in the County of Norfolk mentioned in the Administration Bond hereunto annexed, maketh Oath and saith, That she verily believes Adam Dawson her late Husband late of Holkham aforesaid Deceased, died without any Will by him made; That she will well and truly administer all the Goods, Rights, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, which at or since his Death have or shall come to the Hands or Possession of this Deponent, by paying the Debts of the said Deceased, as far as such Goods, Rights, Chattels, and Credits will extend, and as by Law she is bound: That she will make and exhibit a true, full, plain, and perfect Inventory, of all and singular the said Goods, Rights, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, and render a true and just Account thereof, when she shall be thereunto lawfully called.
SWORN AT Holkham Mark of Patience X Dawson
THE 22d DAY OF eptember 1769
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