station master (1853)
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Jun 5 19:03:55 UTC 2003
An 1851 New Hampshire case actually provides further evidence for the likely British provenance: "So in Rooke v. The Midland Railway Company, 14 Law & Eq. Rep., 175, a demand of goods made upon the station master, at the station where the goods were, and a refusal, was held to be evidence of a conversion by the defendants." Arthur v. Balch, 23 N.H. 157 (1851). I don't have the Rooke case, but there's a good chance that it's a further antedating.
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