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The Chinese may well be termed a peculiar' people , were it only from the circumstance of their having continued the same peculiarities during two thousand years . No tea-pot , three inches thick s made of their most durable materials , and shelfed in the deepest nook of the mountain of Leushau , could have held out half so well ,, maintaining its pristine form and substance ^ as have the livinor curiosities who inhabit the vast extent of ' the four
hundred districts of the world . ' Beau Brummel , who retired from the fashionable court of George the Fourth , in order to carry on a trade in tea-cups , vases , eccentric monsters , and other porcelain valuables , was accustomed to say at the time he flourished , that ' starch made the man ! It is not improbable , therefore , that in his latter years , when his dreams of by-gone cravats had stood reproachfully on end till the stiff pile gradually changed into a pagoda , rife with all the past vagaries of his motley fancy , that
he adopted the Bel 1-and-Pagod maxim , exclaiming , ' China is the world—the world China . ' Whether he did or not , is of brittle consequence : enough for us barbarians to know , that such is the
Chinese opinion . Except a few fishing islands , and wretched rocks a long way off , they acknowledge no such nation as c the bold Britons . ' The ' Speech of Loo , ' during a private audience with our very discreet representative , appeared in the columns of the ' Morning Chronicle' of February 14 th . Its degree of authenticity speaks
for itself ; but certainl y there are many points ( judging from the actual documents which have appeared ) wherein the sentiments and character of the governor of Canton are justly represented ; and with the general tone and purpose of the whole , we * doubt not but he would entirel y coincide . But , as Loo is not present to speak for himself , let us endeavour to take up the question lor him , as well as ourselves . The speech thus commences :
After so many reasonable advices and mandates which have been communicated by and from the proper authorities of the Celestial Kmpire , it is marvellous that you , Barbarian Kye , should still root yourself in devilish perversity , turning aside the ears of your Eye ' s mind . What official instructions you may have received from the person called your Kin £ , arc not known to us ; neither is it of the slightest importance that
we should know . Our laws , brilliant as the imperial radiations from the august Brother of the Sun and Moon , and terrible to the inmost souls of ten thousand kingdoms , cannot he expected by any eijualordered ( i . c . not insane ) mind , to suffer the slightest breath of influence from the incomprehensible desires and small trading speculations of a people dwelling upon a cold hungry island of wild ducks and fishermen , * It will be perceived that the first four or five pages of this urticle were written previous to the announcement of Lord Napier ' s death ,
276 Chinese Politics .
RATIONALE OP THE < SPEECH OF LOO , GOVERNOR OF CANTON , IN A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH LORD NAPIER . ' *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1835, page 276, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2644/page/52/