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  • 발신자H. H. Bell
  • 수신자R. W. Shufeldt
  • 발송일1866년 12월 27일(음)
  • 출전Shufeldt Papers, Division of Manuscript, the Library of Congress
U.S. Flag Ship Hartford
Hong Kong China
December 27, 1866

Commander R.W. Shufeldt
Commanding U.S.S. Wachussett

Sir:
 As soon as the Wachussett under your command is ready for sea, proceed in her to Chifu, and there inquire into the fact and the circumstances of the loss of the American Schooner General Sherman in the Corea, and of the murder of the people who were on board of her, namely Mr. Preston (owner), Mr. Page (master) Americans, Mr. Wilson (mate) naturalized American, two Portuguese or Malays, and Chinamen for crew, also Mr. Hogarth supercargo, and Mr. Thomas (missionary) both British subjects and a Chinese Schroff belonging to the latter party. Reports having come from Chifu that the General Sherman was loaded at that port some time in last summer by Meadows and Co a British house at Tientsin and dispatched to Corea to trade; that the schooner has not been heard from since the day of her departure except from rumors circulated by the French after their return to Chifu from the Corea in October last, in effect that the Gerneral Sherman had been wrecked and all her people murdered. Subsequently Mr. Mackie belonging to the branch house at Chifu of Messers Meadows had an interview with a junk Captain belonging to Shantung, who made three or four voyages a year to the Corea, and who stated that he saw the General Sherman in the Corea last summer, and having before known Mr. Thomas the missionary, went on board of the General Sherman and piloted her four tides up the Ping Yang River, but finding the natives hostile to the people on board the Schooner, he left her. This is the only authentic information yet received of the Schooner, and it is the only reference to the place of her misfortune.
 The Mouth of the Ping Yang or Phiang-iang River is situated in about Lat 38° N, Long 125° E, on the Northwestern Coast of Corea; ascertain, its approaches, depth of water, rise and fall of tide, at what season it is navigable, and what are its defences. The China Pilot referred to knows doubtless more of the fate of the unhappy people of the General Sherman than he has revealed. More exact information could be obtained from him if he could be found; and his services should be secured. French officers if you meet any may give some reliable information.
 Having obtained all information in your power at Chifu of the locality of the disaster to the General Sherman, proceed to the Phiang-iang River with a Pilot and an Interpreter, rating them both as Pilots and demand of the Chief Authorities the delivery to you on the deck of the Wachussett of such of the unfortunate men of the Schooner General Sherman, as may have been spared, whether they be American, British Portuguese, Malays, or Chinamen, and make such further investigation of the case as may be practicable.
 Having performed this service proceed to Port Hamilton, and examine into its advantages or capabilities.
 From Port Hamilton proceed to Shanghai, and report to me in writing, from there, the result of your investigations.
 From Shanghai you will visit Ningpo and the open ports on the Yangtze, (if the water in the river be favorable) for the encouragement and protection of American citizens and interests, giving special attention to the suppression of piracy as per General Order Number Sixteen dated September 11 1866. Shanghai will be regarded as your headquarters.
 Please keep me informed of your proceedings after you return to this coast.
 If you hear anything new about the loss of the General Sherman before going to the Corea, please inform me of it. I am anxious to receive your report as soon as possible in order to communicate it to the Navy Department.
 The regular mail being more reliable you will when opportunities offer, send your dispatches by them instead of by private hands.

I am, Sir,
Very respectfully
H.H. Bell
Rear Admiral
Commanding U.S. Asiatic Squadron

 While at Chifu you will inquire into the treatment of American missionaries at Tang-Chow, and give to our countrymen and to American interests such protection as may be necessary.

H.H. Bell
Rear Admiral
Commanding U.S. Asiatic Squadron

 
이름
Preston , Page , Wilson , Hogarth , Thomas , Mackie , Thomas
지명
Chifu , Corea , Chifu , Tientsin , Corea , Chifu , the Corea , Chifu , Shantung , Corea , Ping Yang River , the Ping Yang , Phiang-iang River , Chifu , the Phiang-iang River , Port Hamilton , Port Hamilton , Shanghai , Shanghai , Ningpo , the Yangtze , the Corea , Chifu , Tang-Chow
관서
the Navy Department
기타
Meadows and Co

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