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AR DDAM WAIN, A RAGLUNIAETII.

COURT OF CHANCERY, DEC. 12.

i^LONY, BANKRUPTCY, EMBEZZLE-MiAND…

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MiAND OUTLAWRY. EX-PARTE BRIDGES IN THE MATTER OF T. "Lw IS. The whole day was occupied in the discus- sion of this new and unparalleled case. I t -.vas brought on upon the petitions of the Solicitor of the as a. ere/lltor for a sum of 2onl, only, and of some oilier creditor, hy the instigation of the bankrupt, with a view to supersede the commission, on the ground that the bankrupt, MI". T. Lewis, late of Gray's Inn, solicitor, was not a trader as a money- scrivfiier, as described in the commission of bankruptcy, sued out. against him m August last, according to a late decision of the Lord Chancelior, upon this very case, when first b>-<>U'' i)t before him, and some other decisions, to the effect of ruling that an attorney, as such, hy receiving; money from one client and |uuir««- it away, was not a dealer and chap- lnau, getting his living hy money sctveinng. Mr. Lewis, soon after the Commission in Au- gust last, absconded from London to Frnce. with the property of his employers to the ex- tent of 200,0001, less by a sum of 200/. only, without submitting to his commission, taking with him all his accotnpl books and vouchers, by which, in addition to the crime ot embez- zlement, he became a felon aud au outlaw by the Bankrupt Laws. Among the widows and orphans whom he had thus defrauded, it was stated was a Mrs. Mortham, an old lady of 75 years, the whole of whose property, amounting to 37,0001. he had possessed himself, and hadeven threatened with arrest for costs of suit, to the amount of ,1,0001. and other demands alleged to be due to liiiii. Sir Arthur Piggott gave a horrible picture of the Bankrupt's conduct, and contended, from the evidence, that Mr. Bridges, his attor- ney, was only a colourable creditor, and not entitled to any relief. The Lord Chancellor commented in strong terms of indignation upon this case, which he believed was without parallel in that Court. Every practice resorted to in this matter was untenable underlie bankrupt laws; without adverting, however, in any manner to the conduct of Mr. Lewis or his attorney, who, perhaps thought he was acting right, while all in the wrong, as his Lordship might he on the present painful occasion, he considered the proofs against Mr. Bridges were conclusive, to shew that he was acting as the Bankrupt, now precluded from being at all heard in this Court. The system could not impose on any one of common sense, and compliance with the prayer of either of the petitions, would, in the present dreadful inciease of Bankrupt cies, be productive of endless evils. Both Petitions were dismissed with costs.

CR1M.CON.

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ON A LATE AMOUR.

BONAPARTE.

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