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Memorials on Chinese railways, circa 1881

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 10/5

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).


  • circa 1881

Conditions Governing Access

Any person wishing to consult the collection must obtain written permission from Matheson and Co. Ltd, 3 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AQ. Applicants may submit their request using the standard Jardine Matheson letter of application, 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.


32 folio(s) (32 folios)

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

L15/1 in the Jardine Matheson Archive is a copy.

Repository Details

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