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CHINA,
Davis, Sir John Francis.

CHINA,

During the War and Since the Peace. Longman, Brown, Green and Longman 1852.
1st Ed. 2 vols. Sm. 8vo. xvi + 327pp. + viii + 342pp. 11 maps. Some browning, with the ink stamp of Percy P. Keay, contemporary gilt lettered cloth, some fading and soiling, vol 1 rebacked with much of original spine laid down, spine to vol. 2 with some restoration to head and repairs to joints fragile and with loss to tail. The scarcest of his works. John Francis Davis, 1st Baronet (17951890) British diplomat and sinologist who served as second Governor of Hong Kong from 1844 to 1848. Davis was appointed Second Superintendent of British Trade in China alongside Lord Napier in December 1833, becoming Chief Superintendent after Napier's death in 1834, resigning in January 1835. Appointed governor and commander-in-chief of Hong Kong in 1844, Davis was much hated by Hong Kong residents and British merchants due to the imposition of various taxes and apparently his abrasive treatment of his subordinates. He organized the first Hong Kong Census in 1844, which recorded that there were 23,988 people living in Hong Kong, and introduced weekend horse racing which gradually evolved into a Hong Kong institution.
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