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river and felt ourselves again among our own ways, it seemed that in the scenes through which we had passed the curtain had been lifted from a thousand years, and that we had been at some mediæval feast of Oriental and barbaric splendor.

Consul Lincoln also gave General Grant an entertainment in the shape of a state dinner, to which were invited the leading members of the foreign settlement to the number of forty. The house was dressed with wreaths and evergreens and American flags. At the close of the dinner there was a display of fireworks. A bamboo scaffold, sixty feet high, had been built in front of the Consulate, and from this rockets and various forms of fireworks were displayed. The next morning we left Canton and our many kind friends, to sail down the river to visit the old Portuguese settlement of Macao.

The following correspondence took place between the Viceroy of Canton and General Grant :

To His ExcELLENCY THE LATE PRESIDENT : It has been a high honor and a source of the deepest satisfaction to myself, the high provincial authorities, and the gentry and people of Canton that your Excellency, whom we have so long desired to see, has been so good as to come among us.

“Upon learning from you of your early departure, while I dare not interfere to delay you, I had hoped, in company with my associates, to present my humble respects at the moment of your leaving. I refrained from doing so in obedience to your command.

“I have ventured to send a few trifles to your honored wife, which I hope she will be so kind as to accept.

“I trust that you both will have a prosperous journey throughout all your way, and that you both may be granted many years and abundant good. Should I ever be honored by my sovereign with a mission abroad, it will be my most devout prayer and earnest desire that I may meet you again. “I respectfully wish you the fullness of peace.

“ LIU KUN."

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,' NEAR SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 16, 1879. “ His EXCELLENCY THE VICEROY OF KWANGTUNG AND KWANGHAI :

“ DEAR SIR : Before leaving Hong-Kong for more extended visits through the Celestial Empire, I was placed in possession of your very welcome letter giving expression to the best wishes of your Excellency and of all the high officials in Canton for myself and mine. Since then it has been my good

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fortune to visit Swatow and Amoy, both, I understand, under your Excellency's government, and have received at each the same distinguished reception accorded at Canton. Myself and party will carry with us from China the most pleasant recollections of our visit to the country over which you preside, and of the hospitalities received at your hands.

“Mrs. Grant desires to thank you especially for the beautiful specimens of Chinese work which you presented to her. With the best wishes of myself and party for your health, long life, and prosperity, and in hopes that we may meet again, I am, your friend,

“U. S. GRANT.”

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E sailed down the river from Canton on the morning
of the 9th of May, bound for Macao. Macao is a
peninsula on the east coast of China, within five

hours' sail of Hong-Kong, a distance of about forty miles. In the days of Portuguese commercial greatness, when Albuquerque was carrying the sword and St. Francis Xavier the cross through the East, Macao was picked up by Portuguese adventurers, and added to the Indian possessions of Portugal. That empire has crumbled, has been taken by Englishman and Hollander. Macao remains as a remnant, a ruin of an empire that once bid fair to rule the continent of Asia. The town looks picturesque as you come to it from the sea, with that aspect of faded grandeur which adds to the beauty, if not to the interest and value, of a city. As the

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