Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan, in the Years 1857, '58, '59, Volume 2

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Harper & Brothers, 1860 - China - 645 pages

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Page 461 - Accordingly, he crawled on his hands and knees to a place shown him, between the presents ranged in due order on one side, and the place where the emperor sat on the other; and...
Page 609 - These passports, if demanded, must be produced for examination in the districts passed through. If the passport be not irregular, the bearer will be allowed to proceed, and he shall be at liberty to procure such means of transport as he may require.
Page 466 - A duty of (5) five per cent shall be paid on the following articles. All Articles used for the purpose of building rigging, repairing or fitting out of ships. Whaling gear of all kinds Salted provisions of all kinds. Bread and breadstuffs Living animals of all kinds.
Page 309 - ... off praying and singing of psalms — entirely to avoid the sign of the cross, the calling upon the name of Christ in presence of the natives, and all the outer signs of Christianity ; and, lastly, patiently and submissively to bear the abusive and injurious behaviour of these proud infidels towards us, than which nothing can be offered more shocking to a generous and noble mind.
Page 435 - Titsingh, agree in saying that the love, oliedience, and reverence manifested by children towards their parents is unbounded ; while the confidence placed by parents in their children is represented to be without limit Parents select their children to be arbitrators in their disputes with others, and submit implicitly to their decisions; it is also a constant practice for parents to resign their state and property to a son when he shall have attained a suitable age, remaining for the rest of life...
Page 290 - ... to receive the following Imperial decree : — " Kweiliang and his colleagues have submitted for our perusal copies of the treaties of the different nations. These have been negotiated and sealed by Kweiliang and his colleague. As Kweiliang and his colleague now represent that the different nations are desirous of having our autograph acknowledgment as evidence of their validity, We (hereby signify) our assent to all the propositions in the English and French, and in the Russian and American...
Page 481 - I am not sanguine ; and I therefore more confidently, though not more earnestly, call your Excellency's attention to the only other course open to us — attempt to persuade the Chinese to put such high duties on the drug as will restrain the supply, regulate the import, and yet not stimulate some other form of smuggling, with or without the connivance of the Chinese. The economical arguments in favour of this course are so fully stated in the accompanying paper, that I need not allude to them further.
Page 85 - A. Your servant has not seen them. Those in the foreign factories on the Canton river he has seen, but he has never been into them. Q. Have you seen any barbarians or barbarian ships ? A. Your servant has seen a Flowery Flag (sc. American) steamer on the Canton river. There were barbarians on board the vessel, all dressed in white, both men and women. But she was too far off your servant's vessel for him to see them well. Q. What nation is the Flowery Flag ? A. The American. The trade of the nation...
Page 142 - Canton. The interior was invested with an air of comfort unusual in China, the walls nicely papered, and the floor carpeted. The whole establishment had been recently put into good order, and was altogether a fit residence for so elevated a functionary. At last we "begged to take our leave," and began violently to " tsing-tsing," a ceremony which consists in clasping your hands before your breast, and making a crouching baboon-like gesture. It is the equivalent of shaking hands, only one shakes one's...
Page 481 - I questioned the advantage which would accrue from the legalization of the traffic, but because I could not reconcile it to my sense of right to urge the imperial government to abandon its traditional policy in this respect under the kind of pressure which we were bringing to bear upon it at Tientsin.

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