From the Manchu conquest to the recognition of the republic, A. D. 1913 Volume 2

9781235978302: From the Manchu conquest to the recognition of the republic, A. D. 1913 Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...of only five thousand effectives. Only two ships were engaged in the affair at Chuan pu, but by the end of June, 1840, there were seventeen men-of-war and twenty-seven troopships with four thousand soldiers at Hongkong. Canton was blockaded and Ting tai, on the island of Chusan, captured by Sir Gordon Bremer. Then the fleet sailed northwards from Ningpo to Taku at the mouth of the Pei ho. Here Captain Elliott was met by the Governor of Chih li, Ki shen, a diplomat whose career up to this time had been one long series of successes, but who from this time onward had much reason to regret his entanglement with the Empire's foreign affairs. Ki shen managed to persuade the fleet to return to Canton, where, meanwhile, things had gone from bad to worse. Poor Lin had now incurred the displeasure of the Emperor, who sent him word that he was "no better than a block of wood" and ordered him, nevertheless, to return to Peking, "with the speed of flames." Sir Gordon Bremer, returning to Canton, found nothing better to do than capture a few of the forts. This led Ki shen, now occupying Lin's former position, to suggest negotiations, and a convention was drawn up, known subsequently as the Treaty of the Bogue, by which Hongkong was ceded to Great Britain and an indemnity of six million dollars promised, to pay for the opium which had been destroyed. All this, however, was arranged independently of Peking, and the Emperor, so far from ratifying the instrument, sent more troops and peremptory orders to destroy the foreigners utterly, "and wash them clean away." As Ki shen failed to do this, he in turn was recalled. Then the war was resumed. The Bogue forts were captured, and the Imperial troops continued to assemble until there were in the nei...

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