Some Account of the Public Life, and a Selection from the Unpublished Writings, of the Earl of Macartney 2 Volume Set

Some Account of the Public Life, and a Selection from the Unpublished Writings, of the Earl of Macartney 2 Volume Set

by John Barrow, George Macartney

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Some Account of the Public Life, and a Selection from the Unpublished Writings, of the Earl of Macartney 2 Volume Set by John Barrow, George Macartney

George Macartney (1737-1806) had a long and distinguished political and diplomatic career. He held the post of Secretary for Ireland, was successively governor of Grenada, Madras and the Cape Colony, and served as trade envoy to Russia and China. The son of an Irish landowner, Macartney rose in his profession through diligent diplomacy, perseverance, ambition and integrity; he gradually advanced in both the British and Irish peerage. This two-volume biography by Sir John Barrow, who had accompanied Macartney to China and the Cape, was first published in 1807, and draws heavily on official documents from Macartney's periods in office. Volume 1 contains Barrow's chronological account of Macartney's career, focusing especially on the challenges he faced in Madras. Volume 2 consists of substantial extracts from Macartney's own writings on Russia, China and Ireland, which provide valuable primary source material for historians of the eighteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108026215
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/17/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries Series
Pages: 1166
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 5.91(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Preface; 1. Narrative of the public life of Lord Macartney, containing some account of his mission to the court of St. Petersburg as Envoy Extraordinary; 2. Of his Secretaryship of Ireland; 3. Of his government of Grenada; 4. Of his government of Madras; 5. Of his appointment to the government-general of Bengal; 6. Of his embassy to the court of Pekin; 7. Of his government of the Cape of Good Hope; 8. Of his character and general characteristics; Appendix. Volume 2: 9. Extracts from an account of the Russian Empire; 10. A short sketch of the political history of Ireland; 11. Journal of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China; Appendix to the journal.

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