RUSSIA - CHINA TRADE DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR

ID: 26560
£75.00
A letter signed by an official at the Office of Committee of Privy Council for Trade,

MANUSCRIPT: PRIVY COUNCIL FOR TRADE,, A letter signed by an official at the Office of Committee of Privy Council for Trade, to Richard Sprye of 20 Woburn Place, Russell Square [London] sending him a "table shewing the value of the export and import trade between European Russia and China for the years 1853 to 1856 inclusive", dated Whitehall, 9th April 1858.

folio, 2pp. plus 6 blank pages, held together with a single stitch, folded for posting, paper watermarked '1857', all in a neat and legible hand, in fine state of preservation.

The second leaf gives in tabular form the imports/exports between Russia and China for each of the four years. It shows that European Russia was importing large amounts of tea from China, the value of these imports being given both in roubles and in ús sterling (exchange rate: one rouble = 40d). Exports from European Russia to China included cotton manufactures, woollen cloth, leather, "gold and silver all sorts coined and otherwise", and furs. The years 1853 to 1856 of course coincided with the years of the Crimean War and the Anglo French Turkish alliance against Russia. Richard Sprye was almost certainly the Captain Richard Sprye who was the co-author in 1865 of Correspondence between Captain Richard Sprye, and William Ewart Gladstone on the commercial opening of the Shan States and Western Inland China, by railway, direct from Rangoon. He may also have been the Richard Sprye who in 1842 was a "Captain in the Madras Army and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Northern Division."