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Journals Kept by Mr. Gully and Capt. Denham During a Captivity in China in the Year 1842. Journals Kept by Mr. Gully and Capt. Denham During a Captivity in China in the Year 1842
London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. Octavo, single lithographic plate reproducing the gaol calendar, a fine copy in late nineteenth century burgundy half morocco with gilt spine lettering; bookplate of James A. Garland. Aftermath of the first Opium War. Scarce account based on the journals of two British prisoners detained by the Chinese authorities following a shipwreck off Taiwan in 1842. Existing tensions during the early 1840s were exacerbated following the wreck of two British merchant traders in southern waters, the Ann and Nerbudda. The surviving crews were captured by Chinese authorities and marched to Tainan; after several months captivity many of the officers and supercargo were publically executed. This book prints the journal and secret correspondence between two survivors of the Ann, British citizen Robert Gully and Captain Denham. Gully, described in the preface as 'a fine, gallant and excellent-hearted young man', had previously distinguished himself during the capture of Ningpo in 1841-1842. He shipped with the Ann to Macao, and although his status as an opium merchant remains ambiguous, this account vigorously defends the trade and prerogatives of British merchants in China while condemning the treatment of Gully and Denham at the hands of Chinese authorities.From the library of James A. Garland (1870-1906), Wall Street financier and father of Charles Garland (who famously disbursed his considerable inheritance through philanthropic donations).
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