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DISTRICT COURT OF BANKRUPTCY.  --  The affairs of the estate of EDWARD
JOHNSTON, ANTHONY ADAMSON, and JOHN HOPE, late of Whitehaven, bankers, and
of EDWARD JOHNSTON and THOMAS MANLEY, late of the same place,
sugar-merchants and refiners, came before the District Court of Bankruptcy,
in Newcastle, last week, preparatory to the final division of the assets
realised under the commissions, when the court expressed itself highly
gratified at the manner in which the proceedings have been conducted from
their commencement, the zeal, ability, and industry, displayed by the
gentlemen to whom the management of the affairs has been committed, and the
very large dividend [already nearly 18s. in the pound], they have realised
for the creditors, especially of the banking firm.

On the audit of the accounts of the joint and separate estates, held on
Tuesday week, Mr. Commissioner ELLISON took occasion to express to MR.
WILSON PERRY, of Whitehaven, the highly respected solicitor by whom the
proceedings have been professionally conducted, and to MR. GEORGE HARRISON,
of the same place, banker, the sole surviving assignee, his honour's marked
approbation of their conduct, and alluded, in terms that must have been very
gratifying to the feelings of those gentlemen, to the admirable manner in
which they had discharged their duty to the creditors, and conducted the
extensive and complicated affairs of these estates.

The commission against the bankers, issued so far back as the 24th December,
1825, being three days before the issuing of a like commission of bankruptcy
against MR. EDWARD JOHNSTON above-named, MR. EDWARD JOHNSTON the younger,
and MR. THOMAS MANLEY, who carried on in partnership also at Whitehaven, as
already mentioned, the business of sugar-merchants, and refiners, and whose
failure, in fact, caused the suspension of payment by the banking firm.

The last named commission was afterwards superseded as against MR. JOHNSTON,
the elder.  The bank was originally established at Whitehaven, in the year
1806, MR. JOHNSTON being an original partner.  The bankrupts passed their
examination on the 11th Feb., 1826, and shortly afterwards obtained their

In the August next following, the assignees of the banking firm, MR.
HARRISON, already mentioned, MR. THOMAS MILWARD, of Parton, Cumberland,
merchant, and MR. BRAITHWAITE, of Maryport, the two latter of whom did not
act after the first audit, had realized of the joint estate, £13,053  12s.
2d;   of MR. EDWARD JOHNSTON's estate, £19,736 2s. 3d.;   and of the
separate estates of MR. ADAMSON, £5,054 10s 7d.;  and, after paying their
separate creditors, who had then proved in full, a surplus of £16,981 6s.
7d. of MR. JOHNSTON's estate,   £4,391 3s. of MR. ADAMSON's estate, and £108
5s. of MR. HOPE's estate, were transferred, pursuant to the statute, to the
joint estate of the three partners;  and the debts proved amounting to
£71,263 5s. 6d., the sum of  £47,508 17s. was, in the same month, divided at
the rate of 13s 4d. in the pound.

In June, 1827, MR. HARRISON had realized a further sum of £19,796 14s 7d.,
and the debts then proved, amounting to £73,521 14s 6d.;  The sum of £18,354
7s 2d. was then divided, making a further dividend of 4s. 7d. in the pound.

It appears that, owing to peculiar circumstances of the estate, from that
time down to the time of the transfer to the District Court, no further
proceedings were taken, excepting that the assignees of the estate of
MESSRS. JOHNSTON and MANLEY, on the 29th February, 1828, obtained an order
from the present vice Chancellor of England, directing that the surplus of
the separate estate of MR. JOHNSON, the elder, be apportioned between the
two firms of JOHNSTON, ADAMSON, and HOPE, and JOHNSTON and MANLEY, in
proportion to the joint debts proved under the respective commissions, a
further surplus of such separate estate, amounting to nearly £17,000, being
then realized and divisable.  The debts proved against the firm of JOHNSTON
and MANLEY at that time amounted to nearly £26,000, and, accordingly, in
pursuance of the order, a sum of £13,486 3s. 3d., part of the surplus
separate estate, was appropriated to the joint creditors of the banking
firm, and the remainder, or £4,755 17s. to the joint creditors of JOHNSTON
and MANLEY, who had previously received dividends of 11s and 4s 3d. in the
pound, and amongst whom a further dividend of 1s 4-3/4d. was made

The residue of the sum carried over to the joint estate of the banking firm
was, on the appointment of MR. BAKER, as Official Assignee, paid into court,
and all the assets of both firms having now been collected, the sum on hand,
which on the audit was found to be on the estate of the banking firm £3,326
4s. 3d., on the separate estate of MR. JOHNSTON £1,052 15s 6d., will be
finally divided amongst the creditors of the two firms.

MR. MANLEY, who emigrated some years ago, is the only survivor of the
bankrupts.  The court has appointed the fifth of November to receive proofs
of debts not yet proved, in all the estates, and to make a final
apportionment and division.  It is not expected that debts to any
considerable amount remain to be proved.

Besides the final dividend of the late banking firm of JOHNSTON and CO., of
Whitehaven, a final dividend will shortly be made, by the Newcastle Court,
of the estate of HUTCHINSONS and PLACE, of Stockton, bankers, whose failure
took place many years ago;  of the estate of ATKINSON and LAIDMAN, of
Penrith but this will be found very trifling indeed];  and, early next year,
of the estate of BATSON and CO., of the Tweed Bank.

THE WATERLOO AND PENINSULAR WARRIORS. - During the week there have been on
view at MR. THURNAM's two of the most interesting pictures that we ever saw,
and which we imagine to be unequalled in this respect by any in existence,
no matter of what age or country.  They are beautiful paintings by J. P.
KNIGHT, R.A., containing portraits of the heroes of Waterloo, and the
Peninsula, so admirable as likenesses that they have been honoured by the
unqualified aprobation of the illustrious Duke, who so successfully directed
their mighty energies and valor.  What may be termed the Waterloo picture
represents the ante-room in Apsley House at the moment when the gallant
spirits who commanded at Waterloo have assembled to celebrate the
anniversary of that glorious victory which accomplished so much for the
peace and liberties of Europe, at the residence of their heroic
commander-in-chief;  and the most truthful and excellent are the likenesses
of all;  -  but PICTON is not there, and we cannot but consider this an
omission to be deplored.

It is true he died at the head of his regiment at Waterloo, and could not be
introduced as about to share in the banquet - but the heroes of Waterloo
cannot be said to be depicted where the somewhat gloomy but daring
countenance of PICTON is not seen, who equalled most in conduct and all in
courage.  He might at least have filled a niche in the wall, but even the
room, we believe, is faithfully painted to the reality, and upon this score
we must tolerate the blank which were otherwise inexcusable.

The other picture represents the club-room of the United Service Club, in
which are supposed to have assembled the distinguished officers who,
although they were not present at Waterloo, took a conspicuous part in the
toils and glories of the Peninsular campaigns which preceded it.  The
likenesses are wonderful, and we were especially gratified with those of
that gallant veteran the late LORD LYNEDOCH,    SIR GEORGE MURRAY,
GENERAL NAPIER,    LORD COMBERMERE, and    LORD KEANE, the hero of Ghuznee;
but all are of exceeding interest.

The value of pictures like these cannot be limited;  it increases year by
year, when "star after star decays", and the silent tomb has hidden those
who once were so glorious and so powerful in the battles of our county.

They ought if possible to be multiplied so as to adorn every public edifice
and private house in the kingdom, but we are glad to hear that this will be
in some measure accomplished by the splendid engravings now in progress by
MESSRS. RYALL and LEWIS, engravers, who are two of the most eminent artists
of the day, and which will be offered to the public at prices that will
place them within the reach of a very large portion of the community.

We earnestly advise all our readers, who may have the opportunity, to
inspect them at MR. THURNAM's where they remain until Saturday evening.

CAUTION. --  We beg to warn the public in this district against the arts of
an individual who has been for the last ten days levying contributions from
the charitable and unwary in this city.  He represents himself as a minister
of the Scotch Episcopal body, who lately resigned a chapel at Dumfermline,
and is now seeking employment as a missionary.

We understand that in addition to his other gains, he "borrowed" the best
shirt and white neckcloth of the landlord of his lodging house, and with
these he absconded yesterday [Thursday] morning.

The fellow is in height about 5 feet 4 inches, rather square built, bald on
the crown and fore part of the head, with black curly hair sticking out on
either side.  He has a particularly unpleasant and impudent expression of
countenance, and wears a rusty black suit of clothes.
MORMONISM. - We imderstamd that several; disciples of JOE SMITH have come
over from America to propagate Mormonism, and seek contributions for what
they term the persecuted Saints of Nauvoo.  As they will probably visit this
county, and other places within our circulation, we would entreat 'JOHN
BULL' to keep his eyes open, and pockets closed against their proceedings.
They are loudly proclaiming, in different districts in Lancashire, the
deaths of the SMITHS to be a continuation of the Apostolic persecutions, not
hesitating, at the same time, to place the blasphemous author of Mormonism
on a level with the divine author of Christianity.  We would warn our
readers, therefore, against these men, the burden of whose song is - money,
money, - for what? - for the diffusion of the worst sort of infidelity. -

LARGE TROUT. - A splendid well-grown trout was captured last week, near the
Eel-coop, Haweswater, by MR. BATEMAN, gamekeeper to the EARL OF LONSDALE,
which weighed five pounds twelve ounces.

ACCIDENT. - Most of our readers, we suppose, are aware that a new church has
been in progress at Langholm, and is now approaching rapidly to completion.
In roofing the said structure, a scaffold, as usual had been erected;  and,
on Friday last, while a lad of the name of JOHN KNOX, was stationed on the
edge of a temporary platform, it unfortunately gave way, and precipatated
him to the bottom from a considerable height.

During the fall, in addition to an arm broken, he received several severe
contusions, none of which, we rejoice to say, are considered dangerous.

The sufferer is son to MR. KNOX, joiner, Langholm, and had been lending his
aid in the business of joisting, when the accident occurred. 'Correspondent'
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SPADE HUSBANDRY. - The contests for the premiums given by the Highland and
Agricultural Society of Scotland, for promoting dexterity in the use of the
spade, in the parish of Cannobie, Dumfriesshire, came off on the 25th
October.  The trials took place in a field at Scotch Dyke, and excited great
interest amongst the labouring classes of the district.

At eight o'clock, a.m., seventeen competitors took their stations at the
several lots, and commenced work with great zeal and animation.

The allotted task was "three falls" which was completed by the winner in
three hours and twenty-five minutes, and the whole was finished in four
hours.  The soil was a black loam, free from impediments, and the ground was
dug 10 inches deep by 10 wide, the green side down.  The work was considered
by the judges to be exceedingly well executed.

The award was as follows:

1.  JOHN MCKIE,                a labourer, Woodhouselees  25s.
2.  ANDREW DAVIDSON,         do                 do           15s
3.  JOHN BELL                            do      The Closes         10s.

The unsuccessful competitors were presented with two shillings each, and all
the competitors were then amply regaled with "the good cheer of the Border"
by JOHN SCOTT ELLIOT, Esq., who was appointed convenor on the occasion by th
e Highland and Agricultural Society.

We are glad to say that Spade Husbandry is beginning to attract the
attention of the farmers, and its extensive adoption would prove not only
the means of greatly improving the cultivation of the soil, but also afford
a desirable source of occupation for the labouring population in all the
rural districts.

UNCLAIMED LETTERS. - The following is a list of letters now lying at the
Post-Office, the owners of which cannot be found.

MR. BAKER, nurseyman, Carlisle
MR. R. CORBETT, Tanners'-burn
MR. JOHN CONNOR, Quay-lane, Carlisle
MR. JOHN STAYTON, Buston Lee, Carlisle
MR. WILLIAM BELL,Bonell,Bonnell's-lane,English-street, Carlisle
A. DIXON, Esq., Carlisle
FRANCIS FERGUSON, Parkend, Carlisle
MESSRS. W. YOUNG & SON, Carlisle
MR. JAS. HOLME, Puddon Bridge, Cumberland
MRS. GUNGER, care of JOSEPH HLOLEY, Hatin Gate-lane
MR. BRYEN JOHNSTON, Galdew-gate, Carlisle, Cumberlandshire, England
JOHN KELLY, Cuch-street, Caldewgate, No. 2, Carlisle
MRS. CATHARINE MC.  VAIN, Care of MR. J.              BROUGHTON, Carlisle,
MR. MOORE, draper and silkman, Carlisle
MR. WILLIAM FERGUSON, slater, Carlisle
THOMAS STUBBINGS, Carlisle, County Cumberland, England, England
MR. PETER HARKIN, Carlisle, Cumberland, England
MISS ARMSTRONG, Scotch-street, Carlisle
MR. ROBT. STERLING, White Ox, St. Cuthbert's-lane,Carlisle
MR. ABRAHAM ROBINSON, brandy merchant, Carlisle
MRS. J. .W. WILSON, Carlisle
MRS. G. GREGORY, Canaan Lodge, Carlisle.

This is the end of "The Morning Mail" column in the Friday, November 1, 1844
issue of The Carlisle Patriot.