Throughout construction, Lt. Col. By established himself as a man of integrity and honour, and earned a strong reputation with the people he worked alongside. He took great pride in knowing that “his” canal, for all its delays, was twice the size and completed twice as fast as any other canals of the period. By’s reputation with his superiors, however, was jeopardized by the erratic actions of the canal’s former clerk, a young Englishman named Henry Burgess. Burgess was dismissed in March of 1830 due to countless episodes of insubordination, intoxication, and unacceptable work habits. When By denied his request to be reinstated, Burgess notified the Governor-in-Chief that By had misappropriated public funds during the canal’s construction. The Board of Ordnance felt obligated to investigate further, and By was ordered to return to England in 1832 to face disciplinary action. Instead of the grand praise and knighthood he had once anticipated, By faced humiliating charges. In the end, he was exonerated but heartbroken, and died shortly thereafter, on February 1, 1836, while still in England.