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TitleLetter from D. Cameron, H.M.S. Furious, Tientsin, China, to A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain; 25 May 1859.
Date25 May 1859
Extent20 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to Lord Malmesbury's return to the Foreign Office; complains that he has been moved from Berlin to Frankfurt to Stockholm and would not be surprised if he went to Berne and then to Lima; had requested to return to England; refers to his mission in Canton; complains about conditions and the British military command; Lord Elgin had been attempting to sort things out; the Chinese episode had convinced him that close alliances, such as that with France, were of no value, but used by political parties to cover up mistakes; there were attempts to convey Lord Elgin and the French Ambassador to Tientsin [for the ratification of the Treaty]; had heard nothing of the flag of truce and hoped not to until all vessels had arrived in Tientsin, which was half way to Peking.

Describes his journey; had been fired on from forts along the shore line before the Chinese had abandoned them; an accident with gunpowder had killed five Frenchmen and several others were burnt; allied casualties were very light; had seen the French forces 'creeping into action' and striking a 'theatrical attitude' as they were certain they were out of range; asks him to thank Mrs Taylor for her letter; had heard he has dispensed with the services of Mr Knibbs and hoped his stables were in good order; he was to ride to Peking from Tung Chow.

Letter continues 1st June; acknowledges his letter regarding events in Denmark; had received a letter from Mr Abney regarding Corbett's finances; hoped Buchanan would be given a good posting and that he might also benefit from the current changes in diplomatic postings; mentions that he was now living in the Emperor's palace having left H.M.S. Furious; was attempting to arrange a residence in Peking; the change in temperature was vast and he was wearing silk clothing; comments on cultural differences, including quality of the tea; sends his regards to Mrs Buchanan and hopes to see them in St Petersburg.
Termtreaties, Treaty of Tientsin, 1858
culture, Chinese
travel, China
occupations and professions, servant
appointments, diplomatic, Canton
appointments, diplomatic, Frankfurt
appointments, diplomatic, Stockholm
military campaigns, Second Opium War 1856-60
maritime vessels, naval, H.M.S. Furious

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA987Bruce; James (1811-1863); 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine1811-1863
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
NA6233Buchanan; Georgiana E. (-1904); Lady Buchanan; née Stuart 2nd wife of Andrew Buchanan-1904
NA6119Abney; William Wotton (1807-); Mr; brother in law of Andrew Buchanan1807-
NA6200Corbett; Edwin (fl 1856-1881); Mr; diplomatfl 1856-1881
NA6327Taylor; - (fl 1859); Mr; in Londonfl 1859
NA6124Cameron; Donald (1835-1905); Mr; diplomat and M.P.1835-1905
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
PL2495/Tung Chow/China
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