His Majesty's Ship Lion (1793-1794)

This is the original ship journal, signed by the commander, Sir Erasmus Gower. Lord Macartney voyaged to China in this ship when he became the ambassador there. The first entry reads:

August 1793 ... Light breezes and clear weather; employ'd removing the Ambassador's baggage and clearing the tackal. ... kill'd a bullock weighing 340 lbs. ...Saluted his Lordship with 3 cheers and 15 Guns as did the Hindostan.

This volume features full-page watercolor drawings of the scenery on the coast of China.

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Gift of Charles Wason.

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