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hina, and Colonel Webster accompanied him as Secretary of Legation.
He remained in China till the objects of the mission were accomplished, and reached home on his return in January, 1845.
In the course of the year after his return, he frequently lectured in public on the subject of China, and gave interesting reminiscences of his own residence there.
In 1850 he was appointed, by President Taylor, Surveyor of the Port of Boston, an office which he held by successive appointments till March, 1861, when a successor was nominated by President Lincoln.
Immediately after the firing upon Fort Sumter, and the attack by a lawless mob in Baltimore upon the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, he responded to an appeal made to the patriotic citizens of Massachusetts by the following notice, which appeared in the Boston papers of Saturday, April 20, 1861.
fellow-citizens,— I have been assured by the Executive Department that the State will accept at once an additional regiment of infa