Sir Walter Henry Medhurst (1822 - 1885) was a British diplomat in China. Being the son of the prominent British missionary Walter Henry Medhurst, the younger Medhurst was educated at Blundell's School and in Macau. There he acquired a good command of Chinese, Dutch and Malay. In October 1840, he was appointed Chinese secretary to the British superintendent of trade in China. During the Opium War, he worked under Rear-Admiral George Elliot and Sir Henry Pottinger. In 1868, Rutherford Alcock sent him to resolve the Yangzhou riot. He was criticized in Britain for his efforts.

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  • Sir Walter Henry Medhurst (1822 - 1885) was a British diplomat in China. Being the son of the prominent British missionary Walter Henry Medhurst, the younger Medhurst was educated at Blundell's School and in Macau. There he acquired a good command of Chinese, Dutch and Malay. In October 1840, he was appointed Chinese secretary to the British superintendent of trade in China. During the Opium War, he worked under Rear-Admiral George Elliot and Sir Henry Pottinger. In the following years, he held a number of important consular positions in Chinese treaty ports such as Fuzhou, Shanghai (as H.M. Consul), Hangzhou and Hankou. Medhurst distinguished himself as a prominent advocate of gunboat diplomacy to defend what he considered to be British interests in China. Medhurst married three times, his third wife being Juliana Tryphena Burningham (1836-1881) whose son Walter Nowell Medhurst died of poisoning on Guernsey in 1880, at 17 years of age. In 1868, Rutherford Alcock sent him to resolve the Yangzhou riot. He was criticized in Britain for his efforts. Medhurst retired from consular service in 1877 and was knighted the same year. In 1881, he took part in founding the British North Borneo Company and subsequently organized coolie trade to Borneo on behalf of the company. He died at Torquay on 26 December 1885, leaving another son and at least two daughters. (en)
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  • Sir Walter Henry Medhurst (1822 - 1885) was a British diplomat in China. Being the son of the prominent British missionary Walter Henry Medhurst, the younger Medhurst was educated at Blundell's School and in Macau. There he acquired a good command of Chinese, Dutch and Malay. In October 1840, he was appointed Chinese secretary to the British superintendent of trade in China. During the Opium War, he worked under Rear-Admiral George Elliot and Sir Henry Pottinger. In 1868, Rutherford Alcock sent him to resolve the Yangzhou riot. He was criticized in Britain for his efforts. (en)
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