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Title: British in China

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Editorial note: Grier asserts that this note was "almost certainly" composed in 1857 (Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 5:1977).

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00684

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, and Matt Cohen



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British in China

Hong Kong (Elias Pierson tells me) is an island, something like sStaten Island in size—Of this the British have exclusive possession, and have fortified it, and keep regiments of soldiers there


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