The Life, Letters, and Journals of the REV. and Hon. Peter Parker

The Life, Letters, and Journals of the REV. and Hon. Peter Parker

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... private interest was the motive that prompted them, and the subject would not stand, as at present, upon its own basis. The suggestion submitted with all deference to the consideration of the Executive Department of the American government is the expediency of improving the present unprecedented crisis in the relation of this government nnd China, to send a Minister Plenipotentiary, direct, and without delay, to the court of Taou Kuaang. Several considerations urge the propriety of such an envojr: --1. Whatever course the British government may have taken, and be the result of their negotiations or coercive measures as they may, on the arrival of your minister, such will be the unsettled relations between China and America as to demand the attention of this government. 2. The second consideration, though first it may be in importance, is that an American minister possessing the requisite. qualifications of age, ability, and rank may be most timely and acceptable both to the Chinese and English as a mediator in the adjustment of the difficulties of these two nations, and the restoration of the foreign commerce upon terms advantageous and honorable to all. The mediation of America was a subject of frequent conversation with Chinese of intelligence, and not new to officers of government also, previous to my leaving that country. The mediation of William IV in the recent dispute between France and America was known to the Imperial Commissioner, Lin; and as he is in the practice of communicating directly to the Emperor every item of important foreign intelligence, it is probable that His Majesty is made acquainted with this fact. It is a subject the Chinese appreciate; they well understand the meaning of " chung-keen-jen." or middle man, and regard...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676491
  • 9781236676498