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Despatch from Allied Commanders, 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 43/7

Scope and Contents

A copy of a despatch from the Naval and Military Commanders-in-Chief of the Allied Forces to Po-kuei proposing four regulations for maintaining order in Canton, dated the 7th year, 11th month, 25th day of Xianfeng's reign (9 January 1858). The despatch is undersigned by Real-Admiral Li (Rigault de Genouilly), the French Commodore; Real-Admiral Hsi (Michael Seymour), the English Commodore; and Ssu (Charles Van Straubenzee), the Major-General of the British garrisons at Hong Kong.


  • 1858

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1 sheet(s) (1 sheet)

Language of Materials



The despatch can be found in J.Y. Wong 'Anglo-Chinese Relations, 1839-1860: A Calendar of Chinese Documents in the British Foreign Office Records' (Oxford University Press, 1983), FO.682/1991/2, p. 263.

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