Correspondence of Sir Francis Arthur Aglen

Scope and Content

Manuscript and typescript letterbook containing letters from Sir Francis Arthur Aglen in Peking (Beijing) to Guy Francis Hamilton Acheson, 1921-1923, and Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra, 1924-1926, in London, including some enclosures, also including five later letters to Bowra from A F H Edwards, 1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Arthur Aglen (1869-1932) joined the Chinese Maritime Customs in 1888. He was Acting Inspector-General in 1910 before succeeding Sir Robert Hart in 1911, serving as Inspector-General until his retirement in 1928.

Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (1869-1947) joined the Chinese Maritime Customs and served in China from 1886 until 1923, including a period as Chief Secretary in Peking under Sir Francis Aglen, 1910-1923. He was subsequently employed in the London Office of Chinese Maritime Customs.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1967.

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Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds other papers relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs, comprising letters of G F H Acheson and C A V Bowra to Sir Francis Aglen (Ref: MS 211354), papers of Edward Charles Macintosh Bowra and Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (Ref: PP MS 69), George H Fitzroy (Ref: MS 258361), Sir Frederick Maze (Ref: PP MS 2), and Sir Robert Hart (Ref: PP MS 67), copies of Sir Robert Hart's letters to Sir F A Aglen (Ref: MS 211081), and copies of Sir Robert Hart's correspondence with J D Campbell (Ref: MS 211351, 211353). See published guide: Papers Relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs 1860-1943.

The State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library, holds Sir Francis Aglen's letters to G E Morrison, 1910-1920 (Ref: ML MSS 312). The Second Historical Archives of China, Nanjing, hold the administrative archive of the Chinese Maritime Customs.