1858-60 Chinese Ratification - Britain-France

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RATIFICATION BY HIS MAJESTY THE EMPEROR OF CHINA OF THE BRITISH AND FRENCH TREATIES OF TIENTSIN (1858) AND OF THE CONVENTIONS OF PEKING (1860).

[Translation.]

            On the 15th of the 9th moon of the 10th year of Hsien-feng (October 28th 1860), the Grand Secretariat had the honour to receive the following Imperial Decree: —

            “In the matter of the exchange of Treaties reported to us by Yih Sin, Prince of Kung, having on the 11th and 12th of this moon (24th and 25th October), exchanged with the English and French the Treaties concluded in the 8th year (of our reign, sc. 1858), together with the Treaties in continuance thereof (the Conventions) of the present year, we command (that it be known) that we promise and authorize the operation for evermore of each and every Article in the Treaties and Conventions, that there may be henceforward no more war between us, but that both may contribute to the consolidation of a good understanding, peaceful relations reposing on good faith, without doubt or suspicion on either side.

            “And let the high provincial authorities be directed by circular one and all to carry out everything that by the Treaty it is essential should be done in accordance therewith.

            “Respect this.”