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Circular re Hong Kong opium trade, circa 1882

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 11/3

Scope and Contents

A printed circular containing correspondence and related documents concerning aspects of the opium trade in Hong Kong:

Letter from Francis Bulkeley-Johnson, Chairman of the Hongkong General Chamber of Commerce, to Charles Magniac, President of the London Chamber of Commerce, dated Hong Kong, 22 November 1882 (pp. 1-6).

Letter from Frederick Stewart, Acting Colonial Secretary, to Francis Bulkeley-Johnson, dated Hong Kong, 16 November 1882 (p. 6).

Extract from a report by the Colonial Treasurer and Registrar General [James Russell], 24 October 1882 (p. 7).

Henry G. Thomsett, Harbour Master of Hong Kong, to Frederick Stewart, dated Hong Kong, 13 November 1882 (pp. 7-8), with a return furnished by Thomsett of cases brought before the Marine Magistrate between April 1877 and November 1882, dated Hong Kong, 13 November 1882 (p. 8).

Return furnished by Walter Meredith Deane, Captain Superintendent of Police, of attacks and seizures by Chinese customs revenue cruisers reported to the Hong Kong police between January 1877 and November 1882, dated 15 November 1882 [Hong Kong] (p. 9).


  • Creation: circa 1882


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6 folio(s) (6 folios (sewn together))

Language of Materials



An extract from Parkes 11/3 was published in 'Report of the Commissioners Appointed ... to Enquire into the Circumstances Attending the Alleged Smuggling from Hongkong into China of Opium and Other Goods' (Hong Kong, 1883), 1898 reprint, pp. 84-88.

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