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China,   pp. 199-404 PDF (90.0 MB)


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                               CHINA.                            201
to writing and attested by two British officers; his death, September
22, 1862.
  The instrument mentioned is set out at page 5, Senate Ex. Doc. No.
48 (inclosure No. 2 in dispatch No. 207).
  In inclosure No. 4 in your dispatch No. 207 the proof as to admis-
sions of Woo that this was a just debt may be summarized as follows:
  Albert L. Freeman,-in statement No. 21 (inclosure No. 4), of (late
April 9, 1864, says:
  With reference to the claim of 110,000 taels against Woo (the old Taotai)
and in
favor of the estate of the late General Frederick T. Ward, I beg leave to
say that
shortly after the death of the general, and previous to the affairs of the
estate coming
into my hands, the claim was admitted to be correct to General Burgevine.
   But he does not say who made the ad.mission, nor does he state that
he heard it.
   He says that-
   The same acknowledgment was made repeatedly afterwards to me by Taikee,
the
 Government banker, who represented the old Taotai as having fully acknowledged
 the amount of the claim but that a scarcity of money prevented its immediate
pay-
 ment. A promise was given that it should be paid on the return of the old
Taotai
 from Nanking.
   Messrs. Jenkins and Rodgers, in a letter dated April 13, 1864, and
 addressed to F. G. Ward, of which a copy is found in inclosure No. 4,
 exhibit No. 25, say:
 The claim for 110,000 taels due the estate of your son, the late General
Ward, was
 laid before Messrs. Woo and Taikee when they met with us to discuss the
various
 claims, and they admitted the same, but stated that they had (or became
liable for)
 a sum of 30,000 taels (or Mex. $30,000, we are at this moment uncertain
which) to
 apply against this amount.
   By the dying declaration of General Ward, Admiral Hope and Mr.
 Burlingame were designated as his executors. They declined to act.
 With the assent of the creditors, Albert L. Freeman was appointed
 administrator. He duly qualified.
   Before his appointmnent the following events had transpired, which
 are described in the letter of Mr. Seward to Mr. Twombley (p. 6, Ex.
.]Doc. No. 48).
   General Burgevine had succeeded Ward as commander of the "ever
 victorious army." When Burgevine was dismissed from his command
 he'declined at first to acknowledge the right of the Taotai Woo to re-
 move him. Afterwards he left the command but retained three steam.
 ers. Woo appealed to Mr. Seward to require Burgevine to give up the
 steamer Confucius. After consultation with Burgevine it was arranged
 that the steamer should be delivered under the terms of an agreement
 which is set out at page 9, Ex. Doe. No. 48. It provided for the pay-
 ment of all claims which should be awarded by arbitrators, to be ap-
 pointed, one by Seward and one by Woo, with provision for an umpire
 in case of disagreement. Under this agreement the Confucius was de-
 livered up and Messrs. H. B. Jenkins and J. Kearney Rodgers were
 appointed arbitrators to hear and adjudicate all the claims against the
 Chinese Government growing out of the Ward transactions. One of
 the first acts of Mr. Freeman, administrator of the Ward estate, was to
 file before these arbitrators the claim for 110,000 taels.
   The award of the arbitrators appears in the record as Exhibit No. 12.
 It was made at Shanghai, March 3, 1863, and contains the following
 entry :
 Claim 32, Bill 110, 110,000 tuels, account of F. D. Ward.


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