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Unless otherwise specified, the descriptions of sources in this section are extracted from Pierre-Etienne Will and collaborators,Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
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TitleSanyi zhilue 三邑治略[A Brief Account of Governance in Three Counties]
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
Reprint (year of)2005
AuthorXiong bin 熊賓
CollectionLidai panli pandu 歷代判例判牘
Number of volume12
Place of publication北京
Publication typePrint

Administrative documents composed by the author as magistrate of three counties in Hubei province: Donghu  東湖  (the seat of Yichang 宜昌 Prefecture), Lichuan 利川, and Tianmen 天門. J. 1 consists of correspondences (bingdu 稟牘) on various subjects. J. 2  is composed of “communications” (jiaoshe  交涉)—that is, correspondences with foreign diplomats, companies, and missionaries, of which there is a particularly large number concerning Donghu/Yichang, a treaty port. J. 3 is composed of proclamations (gaoshi  告示); its second half is devoted to answers to requests by individuals (pi 批). J. 4-6 are devoted to judicial sentences (tangpan 堂判). The fanli claims that the sentences were written directly in the tribunal, and that not one word has been changed for the publication, as can be checked in the local archives. In his own preface Xiong insists that he did and checked everything by himself, and would spend up to six hours a day in the tribunal investigating cases; his judgments were so carefully considered that people never went to the higher courts to appeal. Like many other collections of the same sort, they provide much interesting material on everyday life and its conflicts. (n.p.) 

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