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The Government of India having signified a desire to send a small Mission into Yun Nan, a passport was obtained last summer by the British Legation from the Chinese Government, to enable four officers and gentlemen, with their followers, to cross the frontier from the Burmese side. Mr. Margary, a young member of the China Consular Service, of great promise, was sent with a separate passport to meet the above Mission, which had been placed under the leadership of Colonel Horace Browne. Having joined Colonel Browne at Bhamo, the Mission had entered China, and was but a short distance from Manwyne, when Mr. Margary pushed on to that town. He had passed a week in it on his journey southward. At Manwyne, according to testimony too strong to be doubted, he was murdered on the 21st February. An attack was made on the following morning on Colonel Browne's party, which, however, after a sharp struggle, was enabled to draw off without serious loss.
Mr. Margary in compliance with his instructions kept a journal, and the portion of it which records his experiences as far as Ta-li Fu has happily been saved. There are various gaps in it, to be explained probably by the fact that he suffered from time to time seriously in health. The remainder was too probably with him when he was murdered.
Believing that, their interest on other grounds apart, Mr. Margary's notes will be regarded as an acceptable souvenir by the many who knew his merits and lament his cruel fate. Her Majesty's Minister has sanctioned their publication.
For completeness sake, an Itinerary has been appended to the journal.
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