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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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Upheaval in Peking

Upheaval in Peking

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Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

In July 1898, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) assumed the position of Second Assistant at the Customs Inspectorate's headquarters. When he became Assistant Chinese Secretary, he was responsible for the Chinese Department and the drafting of official and semi-official documents and correspondence. He was able to produce a guide in Chinese regarding economic policy that concerned Chinese traders and the value of the goods that they would be trading such as straw braid, leopard skin, and sesame seeds. The Customs were intended to be used by Chinese traders so that they would be able to have access to foreign merchants and gain a better understanding of market activity. He was promoted quickly compared to others who served as Commissioners and was tasked to move from Peking to Swatow. This chapter looks into the fact that he had not been able to take his position immediately and move because of the Boxer disturbances.

Keywords:   Chinese department, Commissioner, Peking, Swatow, Boxer disturbances

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