The poppy-plague and England's crime

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byJ. F. B. Tinling

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876. Excerpt: ... adding, for the sake of its more scrupulous readers, the mildest expression of regret that this particular trade was not of a more respectable character. The East India Company, in retiring from China and leaving their opium in the comparatively awkward hands of the British public, seem to have felt the shadow of coming events darkening their reputation as the monopolists of the drug, and consequently deprecated criticism in these interesting words: "Were it possible to prevent the use of the drug altogether, we would gladly do it, in compassion to mankind." Their object in retaining the monopoly they declared to be the restraint of the opium habit rather than the obtaining of revenue. Fearing to find themselves at the bar of public opinion as immoral self-seekers, they stole a march on their enemies and presented themselves to the world in the character of the conservators of morality in the East, the enlightened and self-denying rulers with whom financial considerations were entirely subservient to the moral interests not only of their own subjects, but even of the uninteresting and remote Chinese. The restraint which from this time the Company put upon the use of the drug continued to be of the same character as we have seen them exercising previously. As they had committed yearly as much opium as they could dispose of to the hands of smugglers bearing their license, so, now that that license was no longer needed, they sold it in still larger quantities for transmission to China and the islands, by any hands that offered themselves for the lucrative trade. The increased irregularities of British traders in China led to a renewal of the Imperial edicts against opium with an earnestness which had never been recognised in them before. The Imperial power i...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876. Excerpt: ... adding, for the sake of its more scrupulous readers, the mildest expression of regret that this particular trade was not of a ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217131301

ISBN - 13:9780217131308

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