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s because no official had the spare room for our accommodation. The impression made on him in China was profound. I quote a few lines on this theme: My visit through China was a pleasant one,China was a pleasant one, though the country presents no attractions to invite the visitor to make the second trip. From Canton to Pekin my reception by the civil and military authorities was the most cordial ever extended Power that recognizes their right to control their own domestic affairs. My impression is that China is on the eve of a great revolution that will land her among the nations of progress. They haveg to the East. But a day of retribution is sure to come. These people are becoming strong, and China is sure to do so also. When they do, a different policy will have to prevail from that imposed nceived many and large ideas in regard to an Oriental policy for this country, especially toward China and Japan; and had he reached the Presidency again, it would have been a principal object of his
ime. But that he disclosed his interest at all showed how profoundly it must have stirred him. I had not met him for more than a year, during which period he had gone through his wonderful experience in the East, had obtained his knowledge of China and Japan, and conceived an Oriental policy for this country which he believed so important that a desire to achieve it was certainly one reason why he was so anxious to return to power. All who met him were impressed with his views in regard tobuted to it. This remark has no reference to Young. Grant followed Young's counsel, and in the end perhaps wished that others had done so too. It was at his urgent advice that Mr. Young was afterward appointed by President Arthur, Minister to China. But though Grant's disappointment was acute it was not manifested with any loss of dignity. The world knows how soon he accepted defeat and fell into line as a follower in that party of which he had so long been the head; how he supported Mr
esident Arthur appointed Mr. Young Minister to China. The joke about rough weather in the letterst interest. In the same way his letters from China and Japan and India were full of comments on tsuggest in either chapter. My visit through China was a pleasant one though the country presentsreigner no matter what his rank. The fact is Chinese like Americans better, or rather perhaps hater own internal affairs. My impression is that China is on the eve of a great revolution that will e ladies are beginning to adopt it also. From China to Japan the change is very great both in the le. The end of this century will probably see China looming up. To-morrow we go to the interiorto come. These people are becoming strong and China is sure to do so also. When they do a differeration, either for the mission to Mexico or to China or Japan. March 11th 1881. Dear Gen change there. If there should be a change in China or Japan he would have one of those places. I[1 more...]
direction of General Grant, then President-elect; and of course was submitted to him before it was sent. Burlingame had originally been United States Minister to China, but resigned that post in order to accept a roving but important commission, that of Chinese Minister both to this country and to the prominent European Governmen Minister, &c., &c. my dear Sir,—General Grant directs me to write to you and say that Dr. Wm. Martin, Professor of International Law in the Imperial College of China, has inquired of him whether Brevet Major-General Emory Upton, an officer of the American army, would be a suitable person to instruct the Chinese army in our tact He also is favorably impressed with the plan in itself, and trusts that you may find equal advantages apparent to yourself with those which he perceives, both for China and America. I avail myself of this opportunity to say how closely your countrymen have watched your career in England, and how much admiration has been extorte