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PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF THE SOCIETY

FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE

THE LIBRARY

OF

ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE.

THE CHINESE

VOL. I.

COMMITTEE.

Chairman-The Right Hon. Lord BROUGHAM, P.R.S., Member of the

National Institute of France.

Vice-Chairman-Rt. Hon. Lord J. RUSSELL, M.P.
Treasurer-WILLIAM TOOKE, Esq., M.P., F.R.S.

W. Allen, Esq., F.R. and R.A.S. Captain F. Beaufort, R.N., F.R. and

R.A.S., Hydrographer to the Ad

miralty.
Sir C. Bell, F.R.S.L. & E
G. Burrows, M.D.
J. Bonham Carter, Esq., M.P.
The Right Rev. the Bishop of

Chichester, D.D.
William Coulson, Esq.
R. D. Craig, Esq.
J. F. Davis, Esq.
J. Frederick Daniell, Esq., F.R.S.
HT, DelaBeche, Esq., F.R.S.
Rt Hon. Lord Denman.'
T. Drummond, Esq., RE, F.R.AS.
Rt. Hon, Viscount Ebrington, M.P
Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Librarian

of the British Museuin. T. F. Ellis, Esq., M.A., F.R.A.S. John Elliotson, M.D., F.R.S Thomas Falconer, Esq. I L. Goldsmid, Esq., F. R. and R.A.S. B. Gompertz, Esq., F.R. and R A.S. GB. Greenough, Esq., F.R. and L.S. H. Hallam, Esq., F.R.S., M.A M.T) Hill, Esq. Rowland Hill, Esq., F.R.A.S Edwin Hill, Esq.

Rt. Hon. Sir J.C. Hobhouse, Bt., M.P.
David Jardine, Esq., M.A.
Henry B. Ker, Esq.
The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Kerry, M.P,
Thos. Hewitt Key, Esq., M.A.
George C. Lewis, Esq., M.A.
James Loch, Esq., M.P., F.G.S.
George Long, Esq., M.A.
J. W. Lubbock, Esq., F.R., R.A., and

L.S.S.
H. Malden, Esq., M.A.
A. T. Malkin, Esq., M.A.
James Manning, Esq.
J. H. Merivale, Esq., M.A.,F.A.S.
James Mill, Esq.
The Right Hon. Lord Nugent.
W. H. Ord, Esy., M.P.
Rt. Hon. Sir H. Parnell, Bart., M.P.
Dr. Roget, Sec. R.S., F.R.A.S.
Sir M. A. Shee, P.R.A., F.R.S.
John Abel Smith, Esq., M.P.
Right Hon. Earl Spencer,
John Taylor, Esq., F.R.S.
Dr. A. T. Thomson, F.L.S.
H. Waymouth, Esq
J. Whishaw, Esq., M.A., F.R.S.
John Wood, Esq.
John Wrottesley, Esq. M.A., F.R.A.S

THOMAS COATES, Esq., Secretary, 59, Lincoln's Inn Fields.

THE LIBRARY OF ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE.

THE CHINESE:

A

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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THE EMPIRE OF CHINA

AND ITS INHABITANTS.

BY JOHN FRANCIS DAVIS, Esq., F.R.S., &c.

LATE HIS MAJESTY'S CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT IN CHINA.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

ILLUSTRATED WITH WOOD-CUTS.

LONDON :
CHARLES KNIGHT & CO., 22, LUDGATE STREET.

MDCCCXXXVI.

1 MAY 1968

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