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The taking of Hong Kong : Charles and Clara Elliot in China waters

Author: Susanna Hoe; Derek Roebuck
Publisher: Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The First Opium War and the taking of Hong Kong still underpin the relationship between Britain and China. Here, those events are revisited through the correspondence of Britain's plenipotentiary Captain Charles Elliot and his wife, Clara.
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Genre/Form: History
Correspondence
Named Person: Charles Elliot; Clara Elliot; Charles Elliot; Clara Elliot; Clara Elliot; Charles Elliot
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susanna Hoe; Derek Roebuck
ISBN: 0700711457 9780700711451
OCLC Number: 41574956
Description: xxi, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1 WHENEVER THERE IS A BREEZE (1801-34) 1 --
2 BY WARSHIP TO CHINA (1834) 14 --
The Journey 14 --
To Canton 21 --
3 INTO THE TIGER'S MOUTH (1834) 24 --
Macao 24 --
Forcing the Bogue 31 --
4 CLIMBING THE LADDER (1834-6) 37 --
5 THE OPIUM TRADE (1836-7) 48 --
To Lintin 48 --
The Opium Question 51 --
To Canton 56 --
Back to Macao 60 --
6 SOME GROSS INSULT (1838-9) 64 --
Commissioner Lin's arrival 64 --
The Sailing of the Melbourne 70 --
Elliot to the Rescue 71 --
Commissioner LinScholar and Activist 77 --
7 ELLIOT'S 'TROUBLESOME FRIEND' (1839) 81 --
Back to Macao 81 --
The End of Some Opium 82 --
The End of Trade 86 --
8 ALL ENGINEERED BY ELLIOT (1839) 91 --
To Hong Kong Harbour 91 --
To the Opium War 95 --
Commissioner Lin and Superintendent Elliot 99 --
9 CHARLES ELLIOT ALONE (1839-40) 102 --
The Waiting Game 102 --
The Expeditionary Force Dispatched 104 --
Clara Elliot to Singapore 108 --
The Elliots and the Windsors 111 --
10 LOOKING WESTWARDS (1840) 116 --
The Cousins 116 --
Words at Westminster 123 --
11 TWO SUCH IMBECILES (1840) 128 --
North With the Admiral 128 --
Clara in Calcutta 140 --
12 THE ROAD TO GLOARY (1841) 145 --
The Taking of Hong Kong 145 --
Cession or Cessation 152 --
How the News was Received 156 --
13 WHIMSICAL AS A SHUTTLECOCK (1841) 160 --
Towards Canton 160 --
April Letters 168 --
14 WHIPPING OFF THE FOX-HOUNDS (1841) 174 --
To Take Canton? 174 --
Ceasefire, Again 177 --
15 WRECKED ASHORE (1841) 181 --
The Wreck of the Louisa 186 --
16 THE WEB OF CALUMNY (1841-43) 189 --
Homeward Bound 189 --
Home Again 195 --
17 ELLIOT, WHERE IS HE? (1843) 201 --
Exiled to Texas 201 --
Elliot's Successor in China 203 --
Finances 210 --
18 EXILED TO ST HELENA (1843-75) 212 --
19 EPILOGUE 224 --Notes 228 --
Genealogies 255 --
Biographies 259 --
Bibliography 269 --
Published Works 269 --
Unpublished Documents 274 --
Chronology of Family Lettersfrom Charles and Clara Elliot 276 --
Index 278.
Responsibility: Susanna Hoe and Derek Roebuck.
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Describes the taking of Hong Kong in 1841 from the angle of the man responsible, Charles Elliot, and his wife Clara. The text argues that Elliot was a man of intelligence, conscience and humanitarian  Read more...

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