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Public Success, Private SorrowThe Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator$
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099616

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001

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Discord in Mengtze

Discord in Mengtze

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(p.101) 10 Discord in Mengtze
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Public Success, Private Sorrow
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0010

Compared to experiences in Shanghai, Mengtze proved to be in great contrast for Brewitt-Taylor (B-T). Although the experience served as a chaotic testing point for B-T and his wife, it helped B-T's reputation. In 1906, when B-T moved to Mengtze, the region felt various consequences from the Boxer collapse and the foreign settlements. Although China had to go through administrative change, the Customs Service proved to be unaffected. The Waiwupu, or the Foreign Affairs Department, replaced the Tsungli Yamen, which had previously been in charge of matters regarding the ICMC. In attempts at eradicating a dependence on foreigners, a special commission was assigned to manage the Customs. This chapter aims to examine some of the events B-T saw at Mengtze and how B-T's responsibilities were time-consuming.

Keywords:   Shanghai, Mengtze, Tsungli Yamen, Customs Service, Waiwupu, Foreign Affairs department, foreign settlements, Boxer collapse

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