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An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China

An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China
Taken Chiefly from the Papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108045629

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  • George Leonard Staunton (1737–1801) arrived in China in 1792 as a member of a British delegation whose objective was to improve trade and establish better diplomatic relations with the Chinese, who, at the time, restricted economic activity with foreigners to the port of Canton (Guangzhou). Although the group managed to secure an audience with the Qianlong Emperor – to whom the British envoy Lord Macartney famously refused to kowtow – their mission failed. Staunton kept detailed notes throughout his time in China, and in 1797 this two-volume account of the visit was published, and later translated into French and German. Volume 1 begins with a historical account of China's diplomatic relations with Britain and other nations, and then discusses the extensive preparations for the delegation's voyage, and the nine-month journey itself; Volume 2 describes in detail the Emperor's reception of the British, and provides further descriptions of their travels around China

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108045629
    • dimensions: 297 x 212 x 62 mm
    • weight: 2.96kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Occasion of the embassy
    2. Preparations for the embassy
    3. Passage to Madeira. Notices of that island
    4. Passage to Teneriffe
    to St Jago. Notices of those islands
    5. Passage of the line. Course across the Atlantic. Harbour, city, and country of Rio de Janeiro
    6. Passage to the southern part of the Atlantic, and of the Indian, Ocean. View of the Islands of Tristan d'Acunha in the former, and those of St Paul and Amsterdam in the latter
    7. Entrance into the Straits of Sunda. Visit to Batavia and Bantam in the Island of Java. View of the southern extremity of the Island of Sumatra. Passage through the Straits of Banka to Pulo-Condore
    8. Cochin-China
    9. Passage to the Ladrone Islands near Macao
    and thence to Chu-San. Transactions and observations there
    10. Navigation through the Yellow Sea. Embassador's entrance into the River leading to Tien-sing. Volume 2:
    1. Progress of the embassy along the River Pei-Ho, towards the capital of China. Departure of the ships from the Gulf of Pe-Che-Lee
    2. Embassy lands near Tong-Choo-Foo
    proceeds through Pekin to a palace in its neighbourhood. Returns to the capital
    3. Journey to the northern frontier of China. View of the Great Wall. Visit to the Emperor's court at his summer's residence in Tartary
    4. Return to Pekin. Observations and occurrences there, and at Yuen-Min-Yuen
    5. Departure from Pekin. Journey to Han-Choo-Foo, partly upon the Imperial canal
    6. Han-Choo-Foo. Journey from thence to Chu-San
    and also to Canton. Passage of the Lion and Hindostan from the former to the latter
    7. Residence of the embassy at Canton, and at Macao
    8. Passage to St. Helena
    notices of that island. Return home

  • Author

    George Staunton

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