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Memorials on Chinese railways, circa 1881

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L15/1

Scope and Contents

A document containing two memorials on the establishment of railways in China. A note at the end records that the memorials were translated from the Chinese by the interpreters of H.B.M. Legation of France, Peking.

1. 'The placet of General Liou': an English translation of a memorial from Liu Ming-ch'uan to Emperor Kuang-Hsu concerning the desirability of constructing railways in China, c. 1880 (pp. 1-10).

2. 'Rapport de Li-hung-Chang sur l'etablissement de Chemins de fer en Chine': a French translation of a memorial from Li Hung-chang (Grand Secretary and Senior Guardian) to Emperor Kuang Hsu, dated Tientsin, January or February 1881 (pp. 11-32).


  • Creation: circa 1881


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1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Series D.

Existence and Location of Copies

Parkes 10/5 is another copy.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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