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Despatches concerning Parkes: China, 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 5

Scope and Contents

A folder labelled 'Despatches concerning Mr Parkes Peking Campaign From October 9th 1860 to November 17. 1860' containing a table of contents and 8 documents sewn inside, 36 folios (including blanks and cover). The documents are as follows:

Despatch from James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, to Lord John Russell, dated at the 'Camp before Peking', 9 October 1860 (incomplete copy).

Proclamation by Sir James Grant [before Peking], October 1860 (draft).

Despatch from James Bruce to Lord John Russell, [Camp before] Peking, 21 October [1860] (copy).

Imperial rescript found in the Palace of Yuen-ming-yuen on 7 October 1860. A copy of an English translation of a draft, with notes.

Imperial decree [c. 18 September 1860]. A copy of an English translation by Thomas Wade, with notes.

Memorandum by Thomas Wade [October or November 1860] concerning the degradation of Sang-ko-lin-sin [Senggerinchin] and Jui-lin, including the text of an Imperial decree of October 1860 (copy).

Imperial decree [September 1860]. A copy of an English translation by Thomas Wade of a draft.

Imperial decree [7 September 1860]. A copy of an English translation by Thomas Wade of a draft.


  • Creation: 1860


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Any person wishing to consult the collection must obtain written permission from Matheson and Co. Ltd. Applicants may submit their request an application form which is available from the Manuscripts Reading Room and via the University Library web pages at They should state specifically on the form that they desire access to the Parkes Papers.


1 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials



All the documents, with the exception of the proclamation by Sir James Grant, were published in 'Correspondence Respecting Affairs in China. 1859-60' (London, 1861) (Command Paper-Accounts and Papers, 2754), pp. 188-189, 205-208, 258, 267-268 and 271-273.

Repository Details

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