The Englishman in China During the Victorian Era: As Illustrated in the Career of Sir Rutherford Alcock, Volume 2

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W. Blackwood & sons, 1900 - China

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Page 32 - other than expected fellow " : and a samurai is not to be interfered with in cutting down a fellow who has behaved to him in a manner other than is expected. The samurai are grouped into direct retainers, secondary retainers and nobles and retainers of high and low grade ; but the same line of conduct is equally allowable to them all towards an "other than expected fellow.
Page 184 - The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler.
Page 222 - The principles of the Christian religion, as professed by the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches, are recognized as teaching men to do good and to do to others as they would have others do to them.
Page 229 - In the interest of peace it will not do for the missionaries to be demanding restitution of any chapel they may choose to indicate. During the last few years the restitution of chapels in every province has been insisted upon without any regard for the feeling of the masses, the missionaries obstinately persisting in their claims. They have also pointed out fine handsome houses (belonging to, or occupied by, the gentry or others) as buildings once used as churches, and these they have compelled the...
Page 232 - formidable, indeed, have the foreign missionaries become, that most of the provincial authorities are afraid as well as jealous of them; and peace-loving viceroys give the simple injunction to their prefects and magistrates that on no account must they permit dispute with foreigners or native Christians. This means that the Chinese Christian must be upheld, right or wrong...
Page 219 - Pressure, indeed, there must always be here if anything is to be achieved for the advancement of foreign interests and commerce. In one way or another, however we may disguise it, our position in China has been created by force— naked, physical force ; and any intelligent policy to improve or maintain that position must still look to force in some form, latent or expressed, for the results.
Page 208 - Her Majesty's Government neither wish nor have they the right to impose sacrifices on China even though they may be convinced that the inconvenience of such sacrifices will be only temporary, whereas the benefit which will result from them will be lasting. We must not expect the Chinese, either the Government or the people, at once to see things in the same light that we see them; we must bear in mind that we have obtained our knowledge by experience extending over many years, and we must lead and...
Page 231 - That is the first stage. The second is that they seek to extra-territorialize their converts also, whose battles they fight in the provincial courts and in the rustic communes, and so make it of material advantage to the people to bear the banner of the Cross. Many missionaries are really zealous in the work of alienating the Chinese from their natural allegiance and of encouraging them to seek the protection of foreign Powers as against the native authorities. Thus a revolution of the most vital...
Page 229 - We must suppose a French army entering London and there dictating the conditions of peace, and among others one that all church property confiscated by Henry VIII. should forthwith be restored to the Roman Catholic Church by the present holders, however acquired, and without compensation, and that the French Government should be appealed to in order to enforce the vigorous execution of the stipulation.

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