China: Being "The Times" Special Correspondence from China in the Years 1857-58

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G. Routledge, 1858 - China - 457 pages
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Page 284 - I have now the honour to report, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that on the...
Page xxiii - At the same time the machina-facturing West will be in presence of a population the most universally and laboriously manufacturing of any on the earth. It can achieve victories in the contest in which it will have to engage only by proving that physical knowledge and mechanical skill, applied to the arts of production, are more than a match for the most persevering efforts of unscientific industry. This is the task which is before you, and towards the accomplishment of which, within the sphere of...
Page 288 - Before the landing took place, I assembled the officers, and urgently impressed upon them (as I had previously done by written orders) the necessity of restraining the men from molesting the persons and property of the inhabitants, confining warlike operations against the troops only ; and I have pleasure in bearing testimony to the forbearance of the seamen and marines.
Page 257 - ... nations. Acts of incendiarism and assassination have been promoted by the offer of rewards. Under the influence of these provocations, innocent families have been plunged into mourning by the kidnapping of private individuals, and vessels engaged in the peaceful pursuits of commerce have been treacherously seized, and the European crews and passengers barbarously murdered. The Undersigned thinks it right to remind the Imperial Commissioner that the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, in its...
Page 261 - Millions of people were eye-witnesses of these things. There is not a native of any foreign State who is not aware of them. At the very commencement, every Englishman and every other foreigner, with a sense of justice, did all that in them lay to dissuade Consul Parkes from proceeding ; "but he would not listen. He declared, too, that he would be personally responsible for all the loss they might incur, and in January last he went to Hong Kong and made out an account of their losses, with all the...
Page 344 - Plenipotentiary of equal rank and powers, whom his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of China may see fit to appoint to treat with us. Any attempt, therefore, whether by force or fraud, whether by treachery or violence, to disturb us in our possession of the city, will not fail to bring down on its authors and abettors the most severe and signal punishment. I am, however, no less prepared to...
Page 288 - Holland; the Royal Marines by Captains PC Penrose and R. Boyle. The way was most gallantly shown by Commander Bate, whom I observed alone, waving an ensign on the top of the breach. The parapet of the wall was immediately afterwards covered with the marines and seamen, who, diverging to the left and right, had within ten minutes complete possession of the defences between two of the gates, with the field pieces in the breach.
Page 261 - Kong, and made out an account of their losses with all the merchants who had suffered ; which shows that he was taking their compensation on himself. The method of effecting this has long been settled ; with it China has, in fact, no concern. Her merchants, alas! have sustained an amount of injury graver than the losses that have fallen on those of your Excellency's nation. (But) the same rule| applies to both.
Page xxii - The expectations held out to British manufacturers at the close of the last war between Great Britain and China, when they were told that a new world was opened to their trade, so vast that all the mills in Lancashire could not make stocking stuff sufficient for one of its provinces...
Page 262 - The Undersigned has received the communication which the Imperial Commissioner Yeh did him the honour to address him under date the 14th instant. The Undersigned has failed to discover in this communication, which he has attentively perused, any indication on the part of the Imperial Commissioner of a disposition to accede to the moderate demands which, in his communication to the Imperial Commissioner of the 12th instant, he preferred on behalf of the Government of Great Britain.

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