Collingwood, Henry J.
Henry Collingwood was one of the victims of Arthur Sleigh's British Columbia Overland Transit Company, which promised travellers passage from England to British Columbia, but instead left them stranded in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was chosen by the disappointed and indignant group to represent them in the hope that he would be able to bring their swindler to justice.1 Sleigh evaded the law by fleeing England, and Collingwood's appeals to the Colonial Office for assistance were rebuffed, but he was able to secure judgements for damages against most of the company's directors in civil court.2
  • 1. The Overland Transit Company, Globe (Toronto), 16 September 1862.
  • 2. Collingwood to Rogers, 18 August 1862, CO 60:14, no. 8205, 348. B626C01.html; Birmingham Daily Post, 20 February 1863, 2; James Parsons, ed., Reports of Cases [English Courts of Common Law, vol. 109], 145.; Court of Bankruptcy, Observer (London), 28 February 1864, 3; Court of Bankruptcy, Daily News (London), 13 May 1865, 6.
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