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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857. Excerpt: ... tended for the heads of the Canton government, on the ground of its not being allowable for Chinese ministers to entertain a correspondence with the officers of a foreign government. It was recorded on this occasion, as well as on a subsequent one in 1805, that tribute had been sent by the King of England to the " Son of Heaven, ' and the record was quoted, not long ago, by the Canton government, in an official paper addressed to the writer of this, as president of the select committee in China, who stated, of course, in reply, that presents had been sent, but no tribute. No untoward events occurred for several years subsequent to the embassy, to interrupt the quiet progress of affairs at Canton. The mandarins had improved in their conduct towards the merchants, and the highly objectionable measure of stopping the trade on the most trifling occasions had not been lately resorted to by the Chinese. At the same time, some of the heaviest burthens on the European trade still continued, being too profitable to both the local government and the Hong merchants to be readily abandoned by them. The most objectionable of these were the Consoo fund, arising from a rate which the Hongs were permitted to levy upon the foreign commerce, in order to meet the heavy demands of the government on themselves; and the inordinate amount of the portcharges and fees. An unfortunate occurrence, however, in 1800 threatened for some time to place British affairs at Canton in some jeopardy, although proceeding, as very usual on such occasions, from the fault of the natives. While his majesty's schooner ' Providence' was lying at Whampoa, a party of Chinese in a small boat appeared one night to be attempting to cut the schooner's cable. As they returned no answer on being hailed, a s...

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Book: China (Volume 1); A General Description of That Empire and Its Inhabitants with the History of Foreign Intercourse Down to the Events Which Produced t
Author: , ,
ISBN-13: 9781459041097
Product Code 9781459041097
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2012-02-01
Publisher: General Books
Number of Pages: 00136
Language: English

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