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Despatch from Lord Elgin, 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 43/10

Scope and Contents

A copy of a despatch from Lord Elgin to Po-kuei, dated 7th year, 12th month, 6th day of Xianfeng's reign (20 January 1858), preceded by an extract from a speech delivered by Elgin at a meeting with Po-kuei. Elgin states that the Anglo-French Allied forces will not withdraw from Canton before the peace agreement is achieved, and asserts that the new foreign government at the city has worked efficiently. The document includes an English note in pencil reading 'Lord E. to Pihkwei - 20th Jan. /58 Speech at Interview.'


  • Creation: 1858


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1 sheet(s) (1 sheet)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The document was originally kept in the envelope now numbered Parkes 43/6, within the wrapping paper Parkes 43/1.

Existence and Location of Copies

Parkes 43/11 is another copy.


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.682/1991/9,10, p. 264.

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