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 - The samurai are the masters of the four classes. Agriculturists, artisans, and merchants may not behave in a rude manner toward samurai. The term for a rude man is "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.
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 - Chinese subjects, yet in practice ign thing goes on, and is acquiesced in. So 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 428 - I for my part frankly state that, so far, for example, from regarding with fear and jealousy a commercial outlet for Russia, in the Pacific Ocean, which should not be ice-bound half the year, I should welcome such a result as a distinct advance in this far distant region...
Page 219 - In one way or other, 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 - Many missionaries are really zealous ciTrfatianity in the work of alienating the Chinese from their natural al.legiance, and of encouraging them to seek the protection of foreign Powers as against the native authorities. Thus a revolution of the most vital nature is in progress, and is being pushed on with all the energy which Christian, combined with ecclesiastical and political, zeal can throw into the work. Village is set against village, clan against clan, family against family, and a man's foes...
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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