The Reception of the First English Ambassador to China, 1792

The emperor finally agreed to admit the ambassador

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Unformatted text preview: he King of England. The emperor finally agreed to admit the ambassador, who bent his knee, as he would have done before his own sovereign. The next English ambassador, Lord Amherst, who came in 1817, refused to kowtow, was told that he was a very rude man who did not know how to behave, and was bidden to go home at once. On the day of audience the ambassadors were ushered into the garden of Jeho. Tents had been pitched; the imperial one had nothing magnificent, but was distinguished from all the others by its yellow color. The imperial family, as well as mandarins of the first rank, had all collected. Shortly after daylight the sound of musical instruments announced the appro...
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