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Misionary and Home Intelligence, Births,
Marriages, Deaths, &c.
Shipping Intelligence, Ship Letter-Mails.
Lists of Passengers to and from India.
State of the London and India Markets.
and Fort William, and the Military Times appointed for the East-India Com-
pany's Ships for the Season.
pointments, Promotions, Births, Mar India Exchanges and Company's Secu.
FROM JANUARY TO JUNE 18
ORIGINAL COMMUNICAZIONES PARA
To the Editor of the Asiatic Jour
Ser,--The refusal on the part of Lord Amherst, but for the perniLord Amherst to perform the Tar- cious influence which the performtar ceremony of the Ko tou is ance of it might have bad on our the alleged cause of the rejection concerns at Canton ; on the other of the late embassy at the court of hand, the resolute and dignified rePekin. It is certainly on many ac- jection of it, in spite of arts, threats, counts to be regretted that the bullyings and entreaties, has upmission ended in so abrupt a man
held the honor of the British name ner. I am, however, much, dispos- even among that arrogant people, ed to thipk, that unforeseen as the and has done more to confound circumstances which led to its ter their lofty pretensions to universal mination have been, yet good will pre-eminence than any thing that nevertheless result from it. In the has occurred from the remotest first place it is to be observed, that periods of their boasted antiquity, the embassy was not dismissed In Lord Amherst's instructions from China in an ungracious man from the Secretary of State for foner; presents from the respective reign affairs, he was especially disovereigns were interchanged; rected to conform to the ceremony edicts were issued commanding of the Ko tou if expedient; but the the utmost respect to be paid precedent of Lord Macartney, who to it through whatever towns only kneeled on one knee and bow: it past; and finally, the imperial ed the required number of times, commissioners accepted an invi- added to the decided opinion of Sir tation to a public entertainment George Staunton and all the other given by the ambassador at his de- gentlemen of the Factory, of the parture from China, as a pledge and pernicious effect such a marked in honor of the good understand. submission would have on our ing .which subsisted between the commercial relations with the Chi. two monarchs. The ceremony of nese, induced his lordship very the Ko tou, though to a European wisely to resist every attempt to and an Englishman absurd and de- enforce his compliance. It is true, grading to a degree, would not have that the Emperor positively assertbeen made the sine qua non with ed that Lord Macartney had fully Asiatic Journ:--No. 25.
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