Lot 1212

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GEORGE EDEN 1st Earl of Auckland (1784-1849), British statesman; Governor General of India, precipitated First Afghan War by driving Dost Mohammad Khan from the throne, recalled following massacre of British troops in Kabul, First Lord of the Admiralty. A.L.S. "Auckland," 2pp. 8vo., 1845. In part: "…I send you an interesting paper which has been transmitted to me by Mr. [John] Davis and which will afford entertainment for tomorrow…The paper might perhaps be abridged…". Comes with a vintage letter, unsigned and undated, 2pp., in part: "...The accompanying paper was transmitted to Lord Auckland by Mr. [John] Davis governor of Hongkong for communication to the Royal Asiatic Society. It is a translation by Mr. Gutzlaff of sundry papers seized by the police of Hongkong in the capture of certain offenders, and it gives a curious account of a secret society, called the triad, which has long been existing in China, and which is held to encourage the commission of the most atrocious crimes and to be opposed to all orderly government. The thanks of the Society are due to Mr. Davis for his kindness in communicating this paper…" Sir John Davis (1795-1890) was Governor of Hong Kong from 1844 to 1848. Mounting stain at margin of manuscript, otherwise very good condition.

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