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From Royal Geographical Proceedings.
Lord Northbrook said : a He could assure the Society that Mr. Colquhoun's journey had attracted great attention from the Government of India, because he had recently received letters both from Sir Charles Aitcheson, Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, who was formerly Chief Commissioner in Burmah, and Major Evelyn Baring, Finance Minister of India, especially commending to his notice the journey of Mr Colquhoun. From what he had heard to-night, certain parts of that journey were of great political importance to India, and more especially the discovery that the Shan States on the borders of Burmah and Siam were now independent both of China and Burmah.a
Sir James Bain, as a director of the Chamber of Commerce of Glasgow, a felt sure that it was through the British provinces of India and Burmah that China would be approached in the most effective manner. Attempts had been made by the French to enter China by Tongking, but he was convinced that the true, and best, and most advantageous route would be through the British provinces.a
Sir Thomas Wade said : aHe wished to offer his congratulations to Mr. Colquhoun, not only for having completed a journey of singular interest from a geographical point of view, for he might be said to have discovered a new country, but also for the prqspect he had given of commercial advantages by the route he indicated, whenever it became practicable in the manner which he hoped. Englishmen were to be congratulated on having found a new route, though they had not yet got the railways made, which they would be able to use without attracting the jealousy either of the French or the Chinese. He joined with Colonel Yule in the hope that Mr. Colquhoun would be enabled to continue his explorations without in any way suffering in respect to his official advancement.a
From Chamber of Commerce Journal, November 1882.
a The article which we bring before the commercial public to-day deals more especially with the possibility of opening out one or more New Markets for British manufactures, of civilizing and educating new nationalities, of attaching them to us by peace and self-interest, and of teaching them how best to exchange their produce for our merchandise.a The article which we bring before the commercial public to-day deals more especially with the possibility of opening out one or more New Markets for British manufactures, of civilizing and educating new nationalities, of attaching them to us by peace and self-interest, and of teaching them how best to exchange their produce for our merchandise.