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Papers on relations between China and France, circa 1883

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 33/57

Scope and Contents

An O.H.B.M.S. envelope containing documents concerned chiefly with military and diplomatic relations between China and France. The envelope is labelled in Parkes' hand 'Tricou & French Question'. It contains the following items:

Telegram from an unnamed sender, Hong Kong, to Dunn (John George Dunn?), 9 September 1883, received in Shanghai, 1 folio.

Incomplete telegram concerning military preparations in Canton, undated (possibly Hong Kong, c. September 1883), possibly received in Shanghai, 1 folio.

Two cuttings from the 'North-China Daily News' [Shanghai, c. September 1883], including telegrams from London, 5 and 7 September [1883], regarding France and China, 2 folios.

Cutting from the 'Shanghai Courier', 10 September 1883, including a telegram from London, 8 September 1883, regarding France and China, 1 folio.

Note containing references to documents arising from United States government business, undated: Senate Miscellaneous Document No. 89 from the first session of the 47th Congress [1881-1882], a letter from a Secretary of State to the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, and a communication from Hamilton Fish to John Bingham, 1 folio.

'Note ad referendum': an undated summary (in French) of the terms of an agreement between China and France, 1 bifolio.

Undated notes in Parkes' hand, including references to Alexandre Bouet, Tseng Chi-tse, Li Hung-chang and François Fournier, 1 folio + 1 bifolio.


  • Creation: circa 1883


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From the Fonds:

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1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

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