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A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THAT EMPIRE

AND ITS INHABITANTS;

WITH THE

HISTORY OF FOREIGN INTERCOURSE DOWN TO THE

EVENTS WHICH PRODUCED THE

DISSOLUTION OF 1857.

BY SIR JOHN FRANCIS DAVIS, BART., K.C.B.,

F.R.S., &c.

LATE HER MAJESTY'S PLENIPOTENTIARY IN CHINA; AND
GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE COLONY OF HONG KONG.

A NEW EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.

IN TWO VOLUMES.–VOL. I.

With Yllustrations.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1857.

The right of Translation is reserved.

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LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CHARING CROSS.

TO

VISCOUNT PALMERSTON,

K.G., G.C.B.,

FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY,

THE STEADY PROTECTOR OF BRITISH INTERESTS IN CHINA,

This Rebised work,

AFTER TWENTY-ONE YEARS' TRIAL,

IS INSCRIBED

BY THE AUTHOR.

320350

PREFACE.

The exhaustion of several previous Editions, and the sort of Chinomanie created by the late discussions in Parliament, with the events in which those discussions originated, as well as those to which they tended, called for a new and enlarged impression of this work, which has been augmented by an additional Chapter (the fifth), bringing the history of British transactions down to the present time.

Hollywood, Gloucestershire,

4th May, 1857.

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