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PAPERS

RELATING TO THE

PROCEEDINGS

OF

FI{ MAJESTY'S NAVAL FORCES

CANTON,

WITH

APPENDIX.

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.

1857.

LONDON:
PRINTED BY HARRISON AND SONS.

740,

LIST OF PAPERS.

PAPERS RELATING TO THE PROCEEDINGS OF HER MAJESTY'S NAVAL

FORCES AT CANTON.

No.

1. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon .. ..

Seventeen Inclosures.

2. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon .. .. ..

Three Inclosures.

3. The Earl of Clarendon to Sir J. Bowring ..

4. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon ..

Five Inclosures.

5. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

One hundred and fifteen Inclosures.

6. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond

Five Inclosures.

7. Mr. Hammond to the Secretary of the Admiralty

8. The Earl of Clarendon to Sir J. Bowring

9. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

Fourteen Inclosures.

10. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

One Inclosure.

11. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond

One Inclosure.

12. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

Thirty-seven Inclosures.

13. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

Two Inclosures.

14. Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon

One Inclosure.

15. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond

Seven Inclosures.

16. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond

One Inclosure.

17. The Chairman of the East India and China Association of London

to the Earl of Clarendon

18. Mr. Hammond to the Chairman of the East India and China Asso

ciation of London

19. The Chairman of the East India and China Association of Liverpool

to the Earl of Clarendon

20. Mr. Hammond to the Chairman of the East India and China Asso

ciation of Liverpool

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Papers relating to the Proceedings of Her Majesty's Naval Forces at Canton.

No. 1.

Sir J. Bowring to the Earl of Clarendon.(Received December 1.)

My Lord, Hong Kong, October 13, 1856.

THERE is not sufficient time to send to your Lordship a great mass of correspondence between Mr. Consul Parkes and myself, with its many inclosures, connected with an outrage committed by the Chinese authorities on the British flag, and the very unsatisfactory proceedings of the Imperial Commissioner.

My letter to Mr. Parkes, dated the 11th, will convey to your Lordship my views of the case, in which I am happy to have the complete concurrence of Her Majesty's Naval Commander-in-chief, who has dispatched Her Majesty's steamer "Coromandel" to give immediate effect to the instructions which have been given.

I have, &c.
(Signed) JOHN BOWRING.

P.S. 14th October.—I find, in consequence of the willing exertions of our functionaries, I am able to send to your Lordship copies of the whole of the correspondence connected with the "Arrow" affair, which I am glad to do, as so important a question is involved.

J. B.

Inclosure 1 in No. 1.
Consul Parkes to Sir J. Bowring.

Sir, Canton, October 8, 1856.

1 HAVE the honour to inform your Excellency that the British lorcha "Arrow," while lying with her colours flying in the river near the Dutch Folly, was suddenly boarded this morning by a force of Chinese officers in a war-boat of large size and heavy armament, who pinioned and carried away nearly the whole of her crew, leaving only two out of fourteen men on board, and added to this act of violence, the significant insult of hauling down the national ensign.

Having satisfied myself of the fact, and ascertained that the war-boat remained with the captured crew still on board in the immediate vicinity of the lorcha, I repaired on board to claim the men before they should be conveyed to a distance, and to explain to the officers, if it were possible that they had acted in error, the gross insult and violation of national rights which they had committed, and the heavy responsibilities they thus incurred. 1 informed them, and had a magistrate's officer with me who could verify my statement, that I had already demanded from the civil authorities an investigation of the subject, and called upon them if they had any charge to prefer against the prisoners to bring them in their custody to the Consulate, where due examination might be had,

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