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Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton   By: (1764-1848)

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[Transcriber's Note:

English transliterations for the Greek and Chinese words have been provided. Transliterations have not been provided when a Chinese character is followed by a transliteration in the book.

A few other substitutions have also been used in this version of the text. They are as follows:

[= ] surrounding a vowel indicates that it is a long vowel with a macron (dash) above it.

[v ] surrounding a vowel indicates that vowel has a circumflex above it.

A good number of printer's errors have been corrected, including all those in the Errata. All other spelling and grammar inconsistencies have been retained.

As a final note, the I section of the index contains both I and J entries.]

[Illustration: Hickey del^t T. Medland sculp^t

Portrait of Van ta gin

Pub. May 2, 1804, by Mess^rs. Cadell, & Davies, Strand, London. ]

TRAVELS

IN

CHINA ,

CONTAINING

DESCRIPTIONS, OBSERVATIONS, AND COMPARISONS, MADE AND COLLECTED IN THE COURSE OF A SHORT RESIDENCE AT THE IMPERIAL PALACE OF YUEN MIN YUEN, AND ON A SUBSEQUENT JOURNEY THROUGH THE COUNTRY FROM

PEKIN TO CANTON.

IN WHICH IT IS ATTEMPTED TO APPRECIATE THE RANK THAT THIS EXTRAORDINARY EMPIRE MAY BE CONSIDERED TO HOLD IN THE SCALE OF CIVILIZED NATIONS.

"NON CUIVIS HOMINI CONTINGIT ADIRE CORINTHUM ."

It is the lot of few to go to PEKIN.

By JOHN BARROW, Esq.

LATE PRIVATE SECRETARY TO THE EARL OF MACARTNEY, AND ONE OF HIS SUITE AS AMBASSADOR FROM THE KING OF GREAT BRITAIN TO THE EMPEROR OF CHINA.

ILLUSTRATED WITH SEVERAL ENGRAVINGS.

LONDON : Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, IN THE STRAND. 1804.

TO

THE EARL OF MACARTNEY, K. B.

ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL, &c. &c. &c.

THIS VOLUME OF TRAVELS IN CHINA, &c.

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

HIS MOST FAITHFUL

AND OBLIGED HUMBLE SERVANT,

JOHN BARROW.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. I.

PRELIMINARY MATTER.

Introduction. General View of what Travellers are likely to meet with in China. Mistaken Notions entertained with regard to the British Embassy corrected by the Reception and Treatment of the subsequent Dutch Embassy. Supposed Points of Failure in the former, as stated by a French Missionary from Pekin, refuted. Kien Long's Letter to the King of Holland. Difference of Treatment experienced by the two Embassies explained. Intrigues of Missionaries in foreign Countries. Pride and Self Importance of the Chinese Court. List of European Embassies, and the Time of their Abode in Pekin. Conclusion of Preliminary Subject. Page 1

CHAP. II.

Occurrences and Observations in the Navigation of the Yellow Sea, and the Passage up the Pei ho, or White River.

Different Testimonies that have been given of the Chinese Character. Comparison of China with Europe in the sixteenth Century. Motives of the Missionaries in their Writings. British Embassy passes the Streights of Formosa. Appearance of a Ta fung. Chu san Islands. Instance of Chinese Amplification. Various Chinese Vessels. System of their Navigation their Compass, probably of Scythian Origin foreign Voyages of. Traces of Chinese in America in an Island of the Tartarian Sea in the Persian Gulph traded probably as far as Madagascar. Commerce of the Tyrians. Reasons for conjecturing that the Hottentots may have derived their Origin from China. Portrait of a Chinese compared with that of a Hottentot. Malays of the same descent as the Chinese. Curious coincidences in the Customs of these and the Sumatrans. Cingalese of Chinese Origin... Continue reading book >>




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