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China,   pp. 199-404 PDF (90.0 MB)


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                              CHINA.                           203
  One of the important questions in this case is to determine what
claim, if any, the Chinese Government had against General Ward for
moneys advanced during his life-time.
  At page 19, Ex. Doc. No. 48, Woo gives his statement of this claim.
It will be found in the dispatch of Prince Kung to Mr. Low, dated No-
vember 28, 1870. Prince Kung sets forth at length the account given by
Woo of all his transactions with Ward.
  I quote one paragraph in full:
  In March, 1862, the commander of the forces, General Ward, having received
orders
from the [acting] governor of the province (Sich Huan) to make an attack
on Su-
chan, Chang-Chan, and other places, wished to procure some foreign steamers
and
various sorts of guns and artillery. Yang and I, on getting the orders, succeeded
in
raising a loan in various places of 270,000 taels, which General Ward received
and
sent to the United States, in bills, but, after his death, not a ship or
a gun was ever
received in Shanghai. Further, the amount of $46,553 owed for arms and ammunition
bought in England was never sent forward out of this sum.
  Thus it appears that the charge that Ward had received 270,000
taels from the Chinese Government is here specifically described as
money ".which General Ward received and sent to the United States
in bills," to be used for a specific purpose. The record now presented
shows exactly how much money was received by Henry G. Ward for
that purpose and what he did with it.
  The account of Henry G. Ward adjusted by Jacob R, Telfairs (Ex-
hibit 40) shows a balance of account against Henry G. Ward of 42,309
taels, which the claimant allows as a credit against the amount claimed.
  From all the proof it does not appear that General Ward received
from Woo 270,000 taels for the purpose specified, but that he received
only two installments of £20,000 each. There can be no reasonable
doubt that this money was accounted for as claimed by Henry G.
Ward.
  With regard to the claim of 34,570 taels set up by Woo and Taikee
to purchase ammunition, it appears from Freeman's statement (Exhibit
21) that of this sum 12,000 taels were deposited with Olyphant & Co.
to pay for ammunition, and was so applied. The items 57000 taels and
17,500 taels appear to have been received from Taikee by the general
and deposited with H. Fogg & Co., in whose account they appear to the
credit of the general, and on the debit side of the same account there
are several charges for munitions of war purchased in Shanghai,
which would cover the amounts referred to.
  The statements made by the claimant, page 5 of her petition, regard-
ing the financial dealings of General Ward with the Chinese Govern-
ment, I find to be substantially correct.
  But the language of Mr. Seward (p. 89, Ex. Doe. No. 48) should be
noted, of date April 30, 1877, which is hereinafter set out totidem verbis.
The scope of it is that he had seen a Chinese paper which Woo said was
a receipt for 270,000 taels signed by Ward.
  The action of this legation as to the ", Ward estate claim" may
be sum-
marized as follows:
  May 12, 1864, Mr. Burlingame addressed to Prince Kung a letter giv-
ing a full statement of the claim and asking payment. Prince Kung
replied that he had authorized Li, governor of Kiangsu, to investigate
the matter (Exhibit 26)r.Mr. Burlingame wrote again, May 30, 1864, to
Prince Rung, transmitting a statement of the general's father (Exhibit
27). July 27, 1864, Mr. Burlingame again addressed the foreign office
oii the subject (exhibit not numbered). August 11, 1864, Mr. Burlin-
game again wrote to the foreign office (exhibit not numbered). Hie re-
quests Prince Rung to order Governor Li to examine only the account


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