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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90

China,   pp. 199-404 PDF (90.0 MB)

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   In Prince Kung's reply you will notice the very ingenious manner in
 which Woo's admissions are avoided. Ward demanded 20,000 taels for
 each of five cities captured and when Ching was recaptured he asked
 for 10,000 more. Woo said, "1Wait until we have a succession of military
 successes and we will abundantly recommend your services." And this,
 Prince Kung ayers, is all the foundation of the Ward estate claim.
   The Prince argues with great strength that Ward expressed a hope
 "and not a recognized obligation."
   Te goes over the whole case.- His paper should be read in order to
 understand thoroughly the Chinese position on this claim. He states
 strongly that when Mr. Seward "1was promoted minister, in his frequent
 consultations with this office on the Ward and Keor jeor claims, he
 never referred to the Ward estate claim as one that needed to be settled
   During Mr. Angell's time nothing was done with this claim.
   In Mr. Angell's dispatch No. 202, of date August 18, 1881, he recites
another effort to secure the payment of the Hill and Ward claims, but
it had no reference to the "4Ward estate claim."
   In Legation Archives, volume 34, Consulate Records, Shanghai,
Seward, 1861-1863, appears a statement of the Ward estate claim, pre-
pared by Frederick G. Ward, which is very full and complete. This
statement accompanied the petition of F. G. Ward to the Chinese Gov-
ernment. It effectually disposes of the statement that the Chinese Gov-
ernment (lid not have before it the accounts of Henry Ward relating to
the purchase of steamers in New York. The account presented, as set
out at page 751 of this volume, is literally copied by me:
             Taotai Woo to General Ward's estate, September 22, 1862.
To amount due at General Ward's death, admitted by Woo and which he
  promised to pay........................ ...................... 110, 000.00
To interest from date to June 21, 1864 ...............................23,)175.
To amount due H. Fogg & Co., for supplies furnished to the army, about.
 20, 000. 00
To interest to June 21, 1864, 21 months, at 12 per cent..................4,200.
1863. By net proceeds of sale of steamers in the United States
  $90,170.43, American currency, exchange 150 per cent ...  41,621.28
Interest to June, 1864, 10 months, at 12 per cent.............4, 161.00
  Then follows a statement of the claim against Taikee. .Attached to
this statement are the following papers: Admiral Hope to F. G. Ward,
June 20, 1.864; Freeman to Hope; a copy of the general's will; memo-
randum of the general's cash account down to June 7, 1864; memoran-
duin of disbursements of Ward while in command of the Chinese Imperial
forces.; account of W. H. Fogg & Co.; Taikee's account; Freeman's let-
ter to Seward of April 8, 1864'; list of claims against the Chinese Gov-
ernment allowed by Rodgers and Jenkins; letter of said arbitrators
to Seward announcing their finding; letter of Jenkins and Rodgers to
F. Ward, April 13, 1864, containing statement of Woo's admissions;
Major Cook's affidavit; Twombley's affidavit; instructions of Tsung li
Yamn tQ Ying; protest of Frederick .-, Ward against the action of

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