Excerpt from Sketches of China, Vol. 1: Partly During an Inland Journey of Four Months, Between Peking, Nanking, and Canton; With Notices and Observations Relative to the Present War
To the deep and growing interest which the present crisis in our relations with China has exc... ited in the public mind, the following work owes its publication. Whatever may be the ultimate result of our armed measures to wards the government of that country - whe ther one of renewed and more intimate inter course, or of exclusive and lasting hostility this account of the internal features, physical and moral, of the empire, may in either case be useful: in the first, as an introduction to more extended and familiar knowledge of the subject; in the last, as an improvement of Opportunities not likely very soon to recur.
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