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Lingering on (1918–1921)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028924.003.0011
Lingering on (1918–1921)

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In 1918, Reginald Johnston took his leave, travelling as usual in the interior of China. His hankering for employment outside Weihaiwei was as strong as ever, but luck seemed to be against him. But he had been offered the post of imperial tutor. In accepting the post as imperial tutor, Johnston remained a Colonial Office Official. Johnston indeed remained in close contact with James Stewart Lockhart throughout his time in the imperial post, providing him with news and gossip from the heart of the imperial court. Likewise, Stewart Lockhart kept Johnston informed of the small events in Weihaiwei. Stewart Lockhart's final months in China were not ones of romantic memories or of visits to loved places. They were months filled with packing cases and trunks, to the virtual exclusion of all else.

Keywords: Reginald Johnston; Weihaiwei; imperial tutor; James Stewart Lockhart; imperial post; China

Chapter.  5827 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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