Monday, January 5, 2015

Henry Pottinger Letter to William Parker and Hugh Gough (8/29/1842)

Their Excellencies Vice-Admiral Sir William Parker, K.C.B., and Lieut.-General sir Hugh Gough, G.C.B., Commander-in-chief.

Gentlemen, - The Treaty of peace haing now been happily signed, and the Emperor's assent to it, provisions having likewise been intimated through an imperial edict, addressed to the High Commissioners and Governor General, of which I enclose a translation, I feel anxious to releive the people from the great distress and inconveniences which the present embargo on this river causes; and should your Excellencies concur in these sentiments, I beg that his Excellency the Admiral will issue the necessary orders, and also send instructions by the steamers under dispatch to her Majesty's ships at Ting Haer and Amoy not to interfere further with the trade of those places.

I have, etc.
Henry Pottinger,
Her Majesty's Plenipotentiary.
Steam Frigate, Queen, off Nanking, 29th August, 1842

Source: Murray, Alexander, Doing in China: Being the Personal Narrative of An Officer Engaged in the Late Chinese Expedition, from the Recapture of Chusan in 1841, to the Peace of Nanking in 1842, London, Richard Benntley, 1843.


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