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. Reverend Algernon Sydney THELWALL.
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.

The Iniquities of the Opium Trade with China;
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.

London: William Allen an Co., 1839.

Octavo, [xii], 178 pp. original cloth (expertly rebacked retaining backstrip); with the publisher's advertisment leaf bound in, a good copy.

Chinese opium edicts translated for an English audience.

Pointed essay of the injustice of the opium trade by Algernon Thelwall, son of the English orator and political reformer John Thelwall.

Pointed essay of the injustice of the opium trade by Algernon Thelwall, son of the English orator and political reformer John Thelwall.

A minister of the Church of England, Algernon Thelwall beleived in expanding the role of the church in social reform within Britain and abroad. An outspoken critic of British policy in China, his book was published at a critical period after Commissioner Lin had ordered the destruction of opium stockpiled in the British factories at Canton and imprisoned the British Commissioner Captain Elliot for violation of Chinese law.

Interestingly, this book prints both English and Chinese documents relating to the trade, including a good excerpt by the the British missionary Walter Medhurst Medhurst. Chinese state edicts and memorials are likewise translated and provided to reinforce Thewall's position on the trade.

Price (AUD): $600.00  other currencies Ref: #4106411