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|Title||Letters of Samuel Francis Du Pont|
|Reference||W9-1948 - W9-1983|
|Library||Hagley Museum and Library|
|Date||Jan - Jun 1858|
|Description||Correspondence from Samuel Francis Du Pont. The letters from The Hagley Museum and Library include personal and naval correspondence from Samuel Francis Du Pont detailing his voyage to China aboard the Minnesota in 1858. The letters detail the conflict at the mouth of the Peiho River between French, British and Chinese gunboats in April 1858.|
|Document Type||Correspondence, Manuscript|
|Theme(s)||Transport and Communication; Politics, War and Diplomacy; Trade and Commerce|
|Keywords||admiral, beheading, church, climate, conflict, crew, death, diplomatic etiquette, entertainment, engineer, execution, foreign affairs, foreign policy, health, merchant, minister, morale, navigation, naval etiquette, navy, Norfolk Naval Yard, officer, personal correspondence, physician, religion, sermon, treaty, voyage|
|Countries||China; USA; Philippines|
|Places||Macao; Hong Kong; Canton; New York; California; Ningbo; Shanghai; Bocca Tigris; Peiho River|
|People||Samuel Francis Du Pont; William Reed; Sophie Madeleine du Pont; Isaac Mayo; Matthew C Perry; Lord Elgin; Andrew H Foote|
Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803-1865) was a career naval officer who commanded the South Atlantic Squadron for the Union during the Civil War. His papers include personal and naval correspondence and journals describing his voyage.
On April 26th, 1858, the Minnesota joined a contingent of seventeen Western warships in a show of force at the mouth of the Peiho River. When the Chinese refused to make any concessions, a fleet of British and French gunboats opened fire on their coastal fortifications, forcing them to sign a treaty that was satisfactory to the Western powers.
Please note that some of the metadata for this document has been drawn from the Hagley Museum and Library collection catalogue. Catalog Records (c) 2013, by The Hagley Museum & Library. All rights reserved.
|Copyright||Content compilation (c) 2013, by the Hagley Museum & Library. All rights reserved.|