Barbarian Eye: Lord Napier in China, 1834, the Prelude to Hong Kong

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This delightfully written book tells the story of William John Napier, 9th Lord Napier of Merchiston, who was sent to China in 1834, not to stop the opium smuggling (by which all local officials profited hugely), but to seek a settlement between the British sea-traders and the Cantonese authorities. Known at home as a brave and sensible sailor who had started his career at Trafalgar, William John was noted for his calm and patience. He was at once seen by the Chinese authorities as a dangerous spy - a 'Barbarian Eye'. ...

Barbarian Eye: Lord Napier in China, 1834, the Prelude to Hong Kong 1995, Potomac Books, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781857531169

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