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XXII. Second Wall Case on the south side, with the two
opposite Cases, · · · · · ·
XXV. Fifth Wall Case on the south side, . . .
XXXIV. Our Trade with China, . .
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The author of these sheets has never been in China, and yet he has attempted, to some extent, a development of Chinese character and customs. It is a fair claim on the part of the reader that he be informed of the degree of credibility that attaches to the statements made. With the view solely of satisfying this claim, he takes leave to say, that numerous works on China, of the highest repute, have been fully consulted, and the truth carefully
The author acknowledges also his indebtedness to Mr. Dunn for much original information, and the correction of some errors, into which he had been led by the authorities on whose guidance he was obliged to rely. The Collection itself has been as a well spring of instruction. It is due to the Proprietor to state, that he objected to the few sentences complimentary to himself; but the author, being a thorough-paced opponent to the sexpunging" doctrine, insisted on their being retained. This he considered as a mere act of justice; for he is free to express the opinion, that Mr. Dunn, in the Collection he has made and now offers to public examination, has done more than any other man to rectify prevalent
errors, and disseminate true information, concerning a nation, every way worthy to be studied by the philosopher who delights in the curious, by the economist who searches into the principles of national prosperity and stability, and by the Christian who desires the universal spread of that Gospel, in which are embarked the highest temporal welfare and the immortal hopes of the human race.
By some the following pages may be regarded as an 66 Apology for the Chinese ;" but, unless the author's convictions are entirely erroneous, it is no more an apology, than truth and justice make it.
Philadelphia, April, 1839.
OF THE COLLECTION.
1. Preliminary Remarks.
NATHAN Dunn, Esq., the proprietor of this vast and splendid Collection of Chinese Curiosities, having so far completed his arrangements as to be able to open it to the public, on the evening of Saturday, the 22d December, 1838, entertained a select party of his friends in the i Saloon in which it is fitted up. We should think that considerably over a hundred gentlemen were present upon that occasion, and among them were many of our most eminent citizens. Artists, merchants, mechanics, editors, literati, military and naval officers, and a goodly representation fro:n all the learned professions, graced that ample and magnificent hall, which now contains the richest deposit of curiosities from the Celestial Empire, in the whole world. Rarely have we passed a pleasanter hour, or formed one of a happier company. Every body was at his ease; conversation was brisk; the joke and the laugh were intermingled with the graver reflections which