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We possess all things,” he noted in his official reply. ” The Russians received better treatment than other foreigners, perhaps because they had long contacts with the peoples of Asia and the Chinese understood better how to deal with them. But by the time Qianlong died six years after Lord Macartney’s visit, the frenzied energy of the industrializing West was shattering 50 China Profits 51 Canton factories, 1840 China’s self-satisfaction. The Portuguese had obtained a toehold at Macao at the mouth of the Zhu Jiang, or Pearl River.

She was a giving, thoughtful hostess. When he was not traveling, she insisted he go to church with her on Sundays to be seen by respectable lawyers and bankers. On a rare occasion she took a boat trip up to Albany, but she never went to Montreal or London with him. Road travel was often painful and sea voyages hazardous. Besides, it was not customary for eighteenth-century wives to accompany their husbands on business trips. What kept wives close to the hearth, besides household duties, were frequent pregnancies.

Besides acknowledging the independence of the thirteen colonies and the settlement of boundaries, William Petty Fitzmaurice, earl of Sherbourne (and a friend of Benjamin Franklin), conceded the right of American fishermen to dry and cure fish on British coasts. The American negotiators—Franklin, John Jay, John Adams, and Henry Laurens—in turn gave in to British demands that creditors on either side should meet no Politics 37 lawful impediment to collecting their debts. This provision went a long way to explain Thomas Jefferson’s visceral hatred of Britain.

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