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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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Change of Career:

Change of Career:

The Chinese Customs

(p.53) 6 Change of Career:
Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

After the death of his wife, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) pursued a career change that he had already been considering as it appeared to offer better prospects. He joined the Imperial Chinese Maritime Customs on November 1, 1891. This was initiated by the Chinese government who were offering foreign help. It was here that he was to spend the next thirty years of his stay in China since it was this institution that aided in financing his appointment in Foochow. The Custom Service brought about many fundamental contributions to diplomacy in China as it had to interact with the Consular Services, merchants, and foreign governments. This chapter looks into the origins, the scope, and other aspects of this Western-run Chinese body, and how this was managed by a powerful yet controversial personality for about 50 years.

Keywords:   Imperial Chinese Maritime Customs, Chinese Government, Foochow, Westerners, origins, scope

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