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Title: British in China

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00684

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Edward Grier asserts that this note was "almost certainly" composed in 1857 (Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Manuscripts, ed.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). At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook.

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

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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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