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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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documentTypeBook
TitleFuhui quanshu 福惠全書 [The Complete Book of Happiness and Benevolence]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
CountryChinese
AuthorHuang Liuhong 黃六鴻
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume3
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

One of the classic, and most often referenced, standard magistrate handbooks, covering all the aspects of a magistrate’s career, his professional and personal behavior, as well as fiscal, judiciary, and other tasks. It is also one of the longest, being at places detailed to the point of verbosity. The 14 sections (部) are devoted to the following topics: selection and appointment (筮仕) (j. 1), assuming office (蒞任) (j. 2-4); taxation (錢榖) (j. 6-8), miscellanous taxes (雜課) (j.8), registration and assessment (編審) (j. 9), cadastral survey (清丈) (j. 10), crime and criminal procedure (刑名) (j. 11-20), baojia (保甲) (j. 21-23), ceremonies and rituals (典禮) (j. 24), education and public welfare (教養) (j. 25-26), famine relief (荒政) (j. 27), the postal service (郵政) (j. 28-29), miscellaneous administrative affairs (庶政) (j. 30-31), promotion and transfer (陞遷) (j. 32). Each of these major divisions begins with a general statement (總論), followed by a series of subject entries of varying number and length. The author includes a number of his own administrative papers along the way and recounts many anecdotes dating to his years as magistrate, notably in Tancheng 郯城 (Shandong), giving a strong personal voice to his considerations. Pan Biaocan’s Weixin bian (q.v.), composed only slightly before, is acknowledged as a model; however, although both are lengthy treatises discussing the same kind of problems, the organisation is fairly different, and Pan was a private secretary. Djang Chu (see below) speaks of a dozen known eds. of Fuhui quanshu, but clearly there were many more.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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