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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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The Customs College and Leave

The Customs College and Leave

(p.121) 12 The Customs College and Leave
Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

After his short leave, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T( assumed the position of full Commissioner at the ICMC Headquarters in Peking. B-T was Co-Director of the new Customs College, and he was in charge of providing selected Chinese with training for various senior positions, particularly assistant commissioner posts, in the ICMC. The Customs college was recognized as a model institution for training civil servants since it was able to provide four-year higher education courses and serve as a pathway for earning a good career in the Customs Service. The curriculum encompasses a wide variety of subjects such as economics and statistics, law, history, and languages. Teachers included academics from Peking universities and those who held positions in the Customs. This chapter illustrates B-T's work at the college, his son Raymond's visit to China, and his leave and various family issues that had to be addressed.

Keywords:   ICMC Headquarters, full Commissioner, Customs College, civil servant training, leave, family issues, Raymond Brewitt-Taylor

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