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Letter from Li Hung-chang, 1864

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 44/12

Scope and Contents

'Li fu-yüan cha Pa ling-shih': a copy of a reply from Li Hung-chang to a letter from Consul Harry Parkes of 18 May 1864, regarding Gordon's desire for the 'Ever-Victorious Army to be disbanded, Li's preservation of part of the Army, the currently situation on the battlefields, and the defence in Shanghai, dated the 3rd year, 4th month, 18th day of Tongzhi's reign (23 May 1864). The original western day is given as the 13th, but should actually be the 23rd (see Fang Shih-ming and Fang Hsiao-fen, eds, 'Chung-kuo shih li-jih yü Chung-hsi li-jih tui-chao piao' [Historical dates in Chinese history with comparative Chinese-Western calendars] (Shanghai, 1987).


  • Creation: 1864


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3 sheet(s) (3 sheets)

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Related Materials

Parkes' letter of 18 May 1864 is Parkes 44/11.

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