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Mrs Christopher Pemberton Hodgson

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From the early-seventeenth century when nearly all foreigners had been expelled from Japan, Nagasaki had held all of the power associated with trade with China and the West. From the mid-sixteenth century, religious images which included depictions of the Virgin Mary and female saints had been brought to Japan by missionaries. From 1840 to 1845 Christopher Pemberton Hodgson had lived in Australia with his brother, 'to finish an education', and during that time had been a squatter in New South Wales. In 1850, Hodgson was resident in Pau, France, and in 1851 he applied to the Foreign Office in London to be appointed British Vice-Consul at Pau, a post which was traditionally without pay. The eccentric construction of Pemberton Hodgson's narrative, with its idiosyncratic chronology and mixture of personal experiences, hearsay and conjecture, was no doubt due in large part, to the relatively hasty nature of its composition.

Keywords: China; Christopher Pemberton Hodgson; Japan; Nagasaki



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