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1836 Excerpt: ...to them by ' fast-crab' boats. The statements of
circumstances made in the memorial are not all entirely true; but,
for the most part, they are very nearly so. We, your Ministers,
after humble consideration, are of opinion, that opium having
become prevalent in the country, vagabonds who smoke it, to the
injury of their lives, and of their constitution, do so entirely
from their own obstinate stupidity and refusal to be aroused, and
are, therefore, unworthy of regret. But the loss of wealth and
waste of treasure are exceedingly great; and the evil suffered is
not indeed light or small. If, at this time, it were again suffered
to be brought in, and publicly used, with legal permission, as a
medicine, this would prevent the foreigners from raising the price
to an enormous height --thus also might a silent impediment be
placed in the way of.their avaricious plans and large profits.
Still then, would not this be a sudden acquiescence in, and give
unlimited licence to, the evil? Hut if, again, additional forces be
stationed at all the forts, outposts, passes, &c., to examine
and search, we find, on inquiry, that uot only would the tnffic in
opium, which is chiefly conducted on the open sea, be shortly
removed elsewhere, to avoid observation; but that, also, it would
open a way to piratical banditti, to assume the appearance of
Government runners, in order to stop, and clandestinely search
boats. In Canton, of late years, the plunderers of trading boats on
the coasts, and rivers, and the plunderers of travelling merchants
on land, who have, under the pretence of searching for opium,
wantonly troubled others, and involved them in this prevalent
illegality, are more than can be told. Those who, within the last
few years, have been taken up and tried, on charges...
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