Dedication; Introduction: 1. The urgent need of better intelligence respecting China and Japan; 2. The need of improved principles of intercourse with the Chinese; 3. The Chinese government well disposed in the last two centuries to encourage friendly intercourse with foreign governments; 4. The general opinion, respecting the dislike of foreigners by the Chinese, erroneous; 5. The four British missions to Pekin in 1787, 1792, 1804, and 1816; 6. The Honourable Colonel Charles Cathcart's mission to Pekin in 1787; 7. Lord Macartney's embassy, 1792; 8. The success of Lord Macartney's embassy to Pekin in 1792. The results; 9. Lord Amherst's embassy to Pekin, in 1816; 10. Gio Ghirardini's residence in China in 1698; 11. Father Bouvet, the Jesuit, in China, 1698; 12. British antecedents to the French mission of 1698; 13. The law of administrative justice in China; 14. The corruption of opinion, and of our home colonial administration from 1806 to 1858; 15. British conquests, or British commerce in China; 16. Christianity in China; 17. The ceremony of the Kotou; 18. Japan; The Journal of the First French Embassy to China, in 1698, 1699, and 1700: 1. From La Rochelle to the Cape of Good Hope; 2. Table Bay at the Cape of Good Hope; 3. From the Cape of Good Hope to Achen; 4. Achen; 5. From Achen to Malacca; 6. Malacca; 7. From Malacca to Governor's Strait; 7. [sic] From Governor's Island to the Lunettes; 8. From the Lunettes to the Sancian Island; 9. From Sancian Islands to Macao; 10. Macao; 11. From Macao to Whampoa; 12. Canton River and Canton; 13. Canton and the River Tiger; 14. From Canton River to the Coast of Cambodia; 15. The Coast of Cambodia to Banca and Bantam; 16. Bantam to Java Head by the Straits of Sunda; 17. Java Head to Mauritius and Bourbon; 18. Bourbon to St Helena; 19. St Helena to Fayal; Appendix.