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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
Ports Canton, China
Ships Minnesota, Antelope
People Samuel Francis Du Pont; William Reed; Sophie Madeleine du Pont; Isaac Mayo; Matthew C Perry; Lord Elgin; Andrew H Foote
Additional Information 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


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