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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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Alone in Foochow and Mukden

Alone in Foochow and Mukden

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(p.131) 13 Alone in Foochow and Mukden
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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/9789622099616.003.0013

During his leave spent in the UK, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) had been able to tend to his wife, spend time with his sons, and meet his future daughter-in-law and the Ellis family. When he returned to China in May 1914, he was assigned to Foochow as Commissioner. The Service was in charge of the Native Customs, and B-T was expected to create reports regarding the collection and levels of dues from junks. The station also had to collect fees for “sea-blubber,” and B-T asserted that closing the station down may have been efficient as the Foochow Head Office would be able to directly manage patrols. This chapter looks into how the Customs Service addressed various issues at the outbreak of the First World War in Europe, while also illustrating how several events at Mukden shaped much of B-T's personal life during that period.

Keywords:   Foochow, Native Customs, Mukden, First World War, Customs Service

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