The Iniquities of the Opium Trade with China: Being a Development of the Main Causes which Exclude the Merchants of Great Britain from the Advantages of an Unrestricted Commercial Intercourse with that Vast Empire. With Extracts from Authentic Documents

W. H. Allen and Company, 1839 - 178 Seiten

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Seite 143 - With his surcease success: that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgment here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor; this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.
Seite 124 - That vile drug has poisoned my son, — has ruined my brother, — and well nigh led me to beggar my wife and children. Surely those who import such a deleterious substance, and injure me for the sake of gain, cannot wish me well, or be in possession of a religion that is better than my own. Go, first, and persuade your own countrymen to relinquish this nefarious traffic, and give a prescription to correct this vile habit, and then I will listen to your exhortations on Christianity.
Seite 47 - ... dollars ; so that, in reckoning the dollar at seven, mace, standard weight of silver, the annual waste of money somewhat exceeds ten millions of taels. Formerly, the barbarian merchants brought foreign money to China ; which, being paid in exchange for goods, was a source of pecuniary advantage to the people of all the sea-board provinces. But latterly, the barbarian merchants have clandestinely sold opium for money ; which has rendered it unnecessary for them to import foreign silver.
Seite 74 - There is cause for apprehension, lest, in centuries or millenniums to come. China may be endangered by collision with the various nations of the West, who come hither from beyond the seas.
Seite 7 - I have seen in this place who had wry necks and contracted fingers, but still they cannot abandon the custom. They are miserable till the hour arrives for taking their daily dose.
Seite 73 - Now the English are of the race of foreigners called Hung-maou. In introducing opium into this country, their purpose has been to weaken and enfeeble the central empire. If not early aroused to a sense of our danger, we shall find ourselves, ere long, on the last step towards ruin.
Seite 58 - ... fearing lest the practice of smoking opium should spread among all the people of the inner land, to the waste of their time and the destruction of their property...
Seite 73 - Hungmaou (Red-haired) came thither, and having manufactured opium, seduced some of the natives into the habit of smoking it ; from these the mania for it rapidly spread throughout the whole nation ; so that, in process of time, the natives became feeble and enervated, submitted to the foreign rule, and ultimately were completely subjugated.
Seite 68 - The thing to be lamented is, instability in maintaining the laws — the vigorous execution thereof being often and suddenly exchanged for indolent laxity. It has been represented that advantage is taken of the laws against opium, by extortionate underlings and worthless vagrants to benefit themselves. Is it not known, then, that, where the government enacts a law, there is necessarily an infraction of that law?
Seite 82 - ... catties or upwards, the most severe punishment shall be inflicted. Thus happily the minds of men may be impressed with fear, and the report thereof, spreading over the seas (among foreigners), may even there produce reformation. Submitting to my Sovereign my feeble and obscure views, I prostrate implore your sacred Majesty to cast a glance on this my respectful memorial.

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