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Hong Kong (Gambling Houses)
[London].: House of Commons.. 9 August1869.. 93pp. Original wrappers, quarto. String tie. Good copy. These voluminous papers on government-licensed gambling houses in Hong Kong in the 1860s contain the stirring exchanges between the colony's governor, Sir Richard Graves McDonnell, and the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Earl of Buckingham and Chandos. This was a subject of major importance, given the marked proclivity of the Chinese for gambling and the associated problems to which it gave rise for the prevention of crime and the good government of the Colony. McDonnell's despatches reveal an able and strong-minded governor who did not agree with the view being taken by the Colonial Office of this subject, which, he felt, was being unduly influenced by the English lobby, spear-headed by the influential Standing Committee of the Social Science Association at the instigation of two disgruntled Hong Kong personalities, the Colony's former Attorney-General, T. Chisholm Anstey, and Edward Murrow, the editor of a Hong Kong newspaper. Both these men had been involved in the acrimonious public disputes following allegations of questionable behaviour made on each other by senior officials in the Colony of the late 1850s. Macdonnell considered that they were unduly biased, and should not be allowed to injure the case for continuing the system of licensing gambling houses which was, in his view, the lesser of two evils, and brought some tangible benefits to the maintenance of law and order. [The National Association for the Promotion of Social Science (NAPSS), often known as the Social Science Association, was a British reformist group founded in 1857 by Lord Brougham. It pursued topics in public health, industrial relations, penal reform, and female education. It was in existence for about 30 years, being dissolved in 1886: from Wikipedia]. .
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