Letter from Richard Clarke to Dr Harland

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Letter from Richard Clarke, Secretary, to Dr Harland, Secretary, Hong Kong Branch of Royal Asiatic Society, to inform that the Society's package of the transactions of his Society are held up at Post Office because £3-10-0 is due which the Royal Asiatic Society refuses to pay. The Post Office will not relent because a 'large proportion' of this amount is due to the French Government. Clarke advises that future packets should not be sent as a letter but as a packet via Southampton. He continues that the Society has not had the pleasure of a visit from Mr Bowring (who in 1849 was appointed to as British Consul in Canton). (Found on page 93)