ALS Letter from Canton, China to friend at Norwich, CT. China, Charles Smith.

ALS Letter from Canton, China to friend at Norwich, CT.

1889. A letter written by Charles H. Smith, 156 Yah Yah St., Canton, to William S. Gaylord, 119 Williams St., Norwich, CT, dated May 16, 1889. He stayed with George Thompson, a tea merchant. "Of all the cities I have seen, Canton is the most interesting, fascinating and startling." The 4pp letter describes the city wall, the residence of the Tartar General and the consulates of the great European powers; the "perfect maze of narrow streets...from five to eight feet wide", the streets paved with large slabs of marble, the ancient gates, and much on the garrison of 2100 constables, the thirty-six wards they guard and methods of intimidation for burglars. He also describes a visit to a "Cat and Dog Restaurant" and extolling "Birds nest soup." Bifold, 4 3/8 x 6 3/4". A couple small smudges otherwise very good condition. Item #27107

Price: $275.00

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