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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
(1888-1889)

China,   pp. 199-404 PDF (90.0 MB)


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cession of military successes "we will abundantly recommend your
services;" that if he had lived he would have been rewarded in agreat
degree; that if he had a legal claim there was no sufficient offset against
it, are facts that may be deduced from the-record.
   Desiring simply and without any pride of opinion to present all the
 aspects of the case, I concede that there are inconsistencies in Woo's
 ,conduct and declarations hard to reconcile. At one time he claims as
 due him 30,000 taels, or dollars; at another, 270,000 taels.
   If the original case were firm and strong I would have no difficulty
 in coming to a different conclusion; but, unfortunately, there is no basis
 for it except the alleged admissions of this inconsistent witness.
   While, therefore, these and other considerations, which will-occur to
 you, remove from the case all reproach against those persons who have
 from time to time prosecuted this case and from the present petitioner,
 there are not, in my view, sufficient grounds for the renewal of this
 claim.
   Lest you should think that this case should have been argued more
 in extenso by me, I beg leave to state that I have intentionally avoided
 making a legal argument.       I am  sure that your own judgment and
 learning will supply reasoning, legal or otherwise, better than I can
 make. I am sure also that you will give to all the suggestions made,
 full consideration.  I have only to state in conclusion that in the dis-
 charge of the duties of my position my sole desire is to execute your
 directions, and that they will be most cheerfully and implicitly obeyed.
        I have, etc.
                                                     CHARLES DENBYo
                             flnclosure 1 in No. 445.]
                         Mr. Seward to Mr. Burlingame.
                                                SHANGHAI, September 8, 1864.
   My DEAR MR. BURLINGAME: Your semi.official open letter, dated 16th ultimo,
was
handed me by Mr. Ward on the 5th instant. As the matter is important I hasten
to
reply.
   The general intent of the letter troubles me somewhat, since it is in
fact an expres-
 sion of your.disapproval of the manner in which I have handled the Ward
estate.
   Without entering at once into the question of the feasibility of the course
deter-
 mined upon by you, I propose to recapitulate in the briefest manner the
incidents of
 iieneral Ward's history in China, and of the management of the estate.
   General Ward arrived in Shanghai as officer of the ship Matilda., on or
about the
 20th of April, 1860. His previous history had been an erratic one and embraced
ex-
 periences upon the ocean and those schools ofadventures, Texas and Nicaragua.
He
 soon found employment in taking charge of a body of 20 or 30 Manilla marines,
then
 being organized by Gough, a sort of commodore of the Chinese fleet.
 Ward found favor with the Taotai Woo, a man of acute mind and large experience,
 and with Takee, a merchant who had amassed by various means a large fortune.
The
 Manilla force grew into a large body of foreign vagabonds, who, under the
influence
 of Ward's dash and of his sternness, achieved some successes, but they were
too
 :expensive and too unreliable as a force. Ward sorted out the better men
and with
 these as officers organized the body of natives who have since become famous
as
 Ward's "ever victorious army."
 Ward then achieved a series of victories which promised to stem the current
of the
 rebellion. He fought indomitably, alike indifferent to the dangers of the
field and of
 the climate. We all remember that in the terrible summer of 1862 he was
as active
 as if fighting under the bracing atmosphere of a purer climate.
 Finally the last scene was enacted near Ningpo on the 21st of September,
1862. He
 fell while directing an attack upon Tsikee, a strongly walled city.
 For more than twenty-four hours he lingered in much pain. He was still clear'
 in mind so far as one can judge. By his request a few words were taken down
as
 follows:
 "The Taotai of Shanghai owes me 110.000 taels. Tho Take% Also wes e
30000
taels, a total of 146,000 taels.       0tes     h   ae    looe     e3   0
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