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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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Final Years

Final Years

(p.161) 17 Final Years
Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

Many of the retired members of the Customs Service, including B-T, maintain strong interest and identification in the Service. Maze, one of Brewitt-Taylor's (B-T's) colleagues, wrote to B-T criticizing Aglen because of his attempts at acting independently instead of serving the Chinese government. Maze was asking B-T to comment on the situation, and William MacDonald was tasked in making sure that the material was returned to Maze. B-T felt pride in having participated in the Service and how the Service was valued in China, however his happy memories of this time were blighted by the fact that he experienced another loss as his son Leonard died on May 14, 1933 as the result of an unknown illness. After his son's death, B-T was prompted to make a will of his own and organize his property and investments.

Keywords:   Leonard's death, Service, Maze, Chinese government, will

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