An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.

Smuggler, general, journalist - the China exploits of a British adventurer

William Mesny's exploits in 19th-century China are the stuff of legend and make for a thrilling book, David Leffman’s The Mercenary Mandarin

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An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.
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