Correspondence Respecting Compensation for the Opium Surrendered at Canton in 1839

Correspondence Respecting Compensation for the Opium Surrendered at Canton in 1839

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...now contended for. It is totally unwarrantable to attempt to say that, at the period in question, there was any market price whatever for Opium at Canton; it being notorious that the article was then utterly unsaleable, or at most would have realised sums which it would have been ruinous folly to accept; as was stated in our Memorial of the 16th ult. The owners of the Opium had, under those circumstances, resolved not to sacrifice it; and had effectually secured it from the power of the Chinese. We are prepared to prove, that, on the coast of China, to which a large quantity of the Opium in question was destined, and much actually on its way, it was selling, at the time of its surrender, at from 500 to 800 Dollars a chest; while the Chief Superintendent, in a despatch to Lord Palmerston, dated 22d April, 1839, states, that immediately after such surrender, the selling price at Canton "was certainly nothing under 1200 Dollars a chest, and that deliveries had been made outside at about 600 Dollars a chest." The understanding of the Chief Superintendent on this subject may be further gathered from the following expressions in his public notice, issued four days only before the surrender, viz., on 23d March, 1839, wherein he "requires all Her Majesty's Subjects to forward to him, without delay, a sealed declaration, and a list of all actual claims against Chinese Subjects, together with an estimate of all loss or damage to be suffered by reason of these proceedings of the Chinese Government.' In a public notice again, issued immediately after the surrender, occur the following important passages, to which we particularly beg your attention. After stating that his demand for the surrender of the Opium "had no special...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896513
  • 9781236896513