The Reception of the First English Ambassador to China, 1792

He had been very anxious to obtain some privileges

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Unformatted text preview: of the ambassador. He had been very anxious to obtain some privileges for the British trade, but the prime minister was as anxious to evade all conversation upon business. The splendid embassy was viewed only as a congratulatory mission and treated as such. The Chinese were certainly not wanting in politeness, nor did the emperor even treat them rudely; but empty compliments were not the object of this expensive expedition. Source: From: Eva March Tappan, ed., China, Japan, and the Islands of the Pacific, Vol. I of The World's Story: A History of the World in Story, Song, and Art , (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1914), pp. 189-192. Scanned by: J. S....
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