Excerpt from Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China, and of a Voyage to and From That Country 1816 and 1817 From the kindness of Sir George Staunton, to whom I gave a small collection of China plants, and of Captain Basil Hall, to whom I gave a small collection of China rocks at Canton, I have derived all the specimens which have enabled me to give the Slight geological and botanical tices of China contained in this work. To the latter gentleman, and to his friend, Mr. Clifford, I am also under other obligations of an important kind; and in naming them, have to mention the loss of collections equalling my own in value. In taking leave of the Embassy on its disembarkation in the Gulf of 'pe-tche-le, they took charge Of a' case of bottles with spirit, for the purpose of preserving any interesting marine animal. Production which might fall in theirway; and the necessary means for the preservation of plants. On rejoining the Embassy five months after wards, they presented me with a collection of Zoophytes. And an extensive collection of plants from the Lew-chew Islands. These also perished with the Alceste, but do t complete my catalogue Of losses. 'a fine collection of madrepores made by Capt. Maxwell may be added to them, and will still leave it unfinished. Whilst the Alceste and Lyra explored the Corean coast and the Lew-chew islands, the other ships of the Embassy visited the coast of Tartary. Lie'ut. Maughn, of the East India Company's service, went with them, and hav ing taken directions as, to the mode of preserving dried specimens of plants, surprised me on my arrival at Canton with an extensive geological and botanical collection from the coast of T artary. These. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.