An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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George Leonard Staunton (1737-1801) arrived in China in 1792 as a member of a British delegation whose objective was to improve trade and establish better diplomatic relations with the Chinese, who, at the time, restricted economic activity with foreigners to the port of Canton (Guangzhou). Although the group managed to secure an audience with the Qianlong Emperor - to whom the British envoy Lord Macartney famously refused to kowtow - their mission failed. Staunton kept detailed notes throughout his time in China, and in 1797 this two-volume account of the visit was published, and later translated into French and German. Volume 1 begins with a historical account of China's diplomatic relations with Britain and other nations, and then discusses the extensive preparations for the delegation's voyage, and the long journey itself, which took them round the Cape of Good Hope and through South-East Asia before arriving in China nine months later.

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Progress of the embassy along the River Pei-Ho, towards the capital of China. Departure of the ships from the Gulf of Pe-Che-Lee
Embassy lands near Tong-Choo-Foo; proceeds through Pekin to a palace in its neighbourhood. Returns to the capital
Journey to the northern frontier of China. View of the Great Wall. Visit to the Emperor's court at his summer's residence in Tartary
Return to Pekin. Observations and occurrences there, and at Yuen-Min-Yuen
Departure from Pekin. Journey to Han-Choo-Foo, partly upon the Imperial canal
Han-Choo-Foo. Journey from thence to Chu-San; and also to Canton. Passage of the Lion and Hindostan from the former to the latter
Residence of the embassy at Canton, and at Macao
Passage to St. Helena; notices of that island. Return home
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