Chinese diplomat and politician (1842-1922) who was briefly acting premier during the early years of the Republic of China. TLS, one page, 8.25 x 11, April 26, 1905. Written from Peking, a letter to J. B. Henderson, Jr., apologizing for not being able to meet with his acquaintance, a "Mr. Author S. Walcott of New York," and continuing: "I am glad to find you are well. I heard some time ago that you have married & I hope you are happy. If you wait till I am Prime Minister before you make another visit to China, you will have to wait till doomsday because there is no such office in China. Why can't you take a trip to China now with your wife? I shall give you a hearty welcome. I'll give you & your wife a Chinese dinner, not with terrapin or chapsui but with bird's nest soup & sharks fin." In fine condition, with small stains to the right edge.
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