Narrative of a Recent Imprisonment in China after the Wreck by John Lee Scott

By John Lee Scott

Narrative of a contemporary Imprisonment in China after the smash of the Kite (1841) is an autobiographical account, written via the service provider sailor John Lee Scott, of his 'shipwreck and next imprisonment within the Celestial Empire' in 1840, throughout the First Anglo-Chinese or so-called 'Opium' warfare. In 8 chapters, Scott describes leaving South Shields within the Kite, 'a appealing brig of 281 lots' for Singapore so that it will 'carry shops to the British fleet destined for China'. Scott recounts how the Kite used to be capsized on its method to carry offers to the British fleet dependent round Chusan, and the way he and different workforce contributors, after being washed up at the island of Ningpo, have been captured by means of the chinese language and held prisoner for 5 months. Scott's Narrative presents an attractive perception into British perceptions of the chinese language in the course of the Anglo-Chinese conflicts of the 19th century.

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Narrative of a Recent Imprisonment in China after the Wreck of the Kite

Narrative of a contemporary Imprisonment in China after the break of the Kite (1841) is an autobiographical account, written through the service provider sailor John Lee Scott, of his 'shipwreck and next imprisonment within the Celestial Empire' in 1840, throughout the First Anglo-Chinese or so-called 'Opium' battle. In 8 chapters, Scott describes leaving South Shields within the Kite, 'a attractive brig of 281 plenty' for Singapore which will 'carry shops to the British fleet destined for China'.

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I walked on for a short time, meditating on the past events, and wondering what my fate would be, when, raising my eyes from the ground, to my astonishment I perceived a man walking before me, heavily ironed, and whom I had never seen before. He was evidently an Englishman, and seemed almost in a worse condition than myself. When he heard me clanking after him, he turned round and spoke a few words, expressing- his sorrow at seeing any one else in such a situation. I asked him who he was, and how he came there; but before he had time to answer, he was led down one passage, and I along another; so I could neither learn who he was, nor where or how he had been taken.

Some few of the cages had a hole cut in the lid, large enough to allow the top of the head to pass out: into one of these I was fortunate enough to get; but those who were not so lucky, had the misery of sitting with their heads on one side, to add to their other discomforts. Afterwards I was put into one without a hole, and miserable was my position. When we were all stowed in our separate cages, we were carried down to the side of the canal, and placed in boats, two cages in each boat, attended by a mandarin officer and several soldiers.

I forgot to say that before we were put into our cages, our jailers gave us each a loose jacket and a pair of trowsers, D 2 36 RECENT IMPRISONMENT besides as many cakes as we could carry. In these wooden contrivances—which were not much unlike what I imagine Cardinal Balue's machines to have been, only ours were wooden and portable—we had neither room to stand, sit, nor lie, so that we were obliged to place ourselves in a dreadfully cramped position. Some few of the cages had a hole cut in the lid, large enough to allow the top of the head to pass out: into one of these I was fortunate enough to get; but those who were not so lucky, had the misery of sitting with their heads on one side, to add to their other discomforts.

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