Life of General Sir Hope Grant (Volume 1); With Selections from His Correspondence

 
9781151138064: Life of General Sir Hope Grant (Volume 1); With Selections from His Correspondence

This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. 1842-1844. THE FIRST CHINA WAR. SAILS FOR CH1N-KIANG--ATTACK AND CAPTURE OF TOWN--RUTHLESS-NESS--WHITE SUGAR AND BROWN--PROCEEDS TO NANKIN--A CHINESE Dejecs7er--SIGNING TREATY OF NANKIN--PASSAGE DOWN THE YANG-TSZE-KIANG--" DEATH "--PERILOUS BREAKFAST_CANTON--SIR HENRY POTTINGER'S DINNER-PARTY--FEVER--PROMOTION--MANILA--THE FLYING TAILOR--SAILS FOR INDIA--SINGAPORE--RAJAH BROOKE. Journal.--Our fleet consisted of seventy-three magnificent vessels, conveying 10,000 troops, all in excellent health. Every man looked forward with intense interest to exploring the Chinaman's country.1 The Yang-tsze-Kiang was a wide and a truly grand river, but intersected with numerous shoals, while its uncertain currents ran at a fearful speed, and the mandarins laughed at the idea of our large ships sailing up it; for they themselves never attempted its navigation except with small craft. They admitted their previous defeats in actual fighting, but were confident that their "Child of the Ocean"x would leave our tremendous three-deckers at their absolute mercy. The very first day it seemed likely that their anticipations would be realised. We soon ran aground in the Belleisle, and all the efforts of the Vixen, towing paddle-wheel steamer, to move her were ineffectual. The Cornwallis (74), flagship, shortly after followed suit, and both ships remained fast until the tide had risen considerably. Afterwards we were continually baffled by the winds and currents, but we finally anchored opposite the populous town of Chin-kiang. Its walled portion was five miles in diameter, while the suburbs comprised an equal additional area; and on three sides it was surrounded by the Great Canal.2 Sir Hugh Gough decided to capture the city, for it was supposed that all the power of Chi...

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