Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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SIAM AND CHINA
So on the 5th January I left Siam (Bangkok); Bovo accompanied me to the boat, and for eleven days we rolled on the unstable waters, with the exception of a good stop yesterday at Swatow, where we were reminded it was winter.
At Swatow, which is a great centre of Chinese coolies, there was nothing interesting, with the exception of the new horrible Chinese banner. The dynasty has abdicated. China is no more!
I shall pass some days between Hong Kong and the surroundings, awaiting the next German boat for Shanghai, which I shall reach on the 27th or 28th January. Great things await me and I shall continue to write minutely of all.
Until you receive my telegram from Pekin, continue to write to me at Shanghai, via Siberia. From Pekin, in the meantime, the post is forwarded to Shanghai, so that you may always write to me at length as nothing will be lost.
Forgive this businesslike letter, which is justified after eleven days on the sea.
Infinite greetings to aunt; G.; Maffio (with much recommendation) ; to R., and I tenderly embrace my dear ones, dear sister, the children, and Alberto.
P.S. Dear mother, I beg of you to watch the Tribuna well. My next article I shall send to you.