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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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TitleHailing congzheng lu 海陵從政錄 [A Record of Government Service in Hailing]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorZhou Jihua 周際華
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume6
Publication typeWoodblock

In 1835 Zhou Jihua was obliged to leave his post of Huixian 輝縣 magistrate (see Bio. under Xinyuan congzheng lu) and was transferred to Jiangsu, where he held several magistracies, both acting and substantive. The present work consists of proclamations, orders, and correspondence issued while magistrate of Xinghua 興化 (Yangzhou prefecture). (Hailing in the title refers to the name of the county of which the territory of Xinghua was part before it was created during the Five Dynasties period.) The collection contains formal reports (詳) to superiors on such topics as water management; moral exhortations and admonitions to the general populace, to yamen clerks and runners, and to women; prohibitions on various types of behavior such as pettifogging, gambling, and banditry; and numerous entries concerning sale and use of opium. There are also drafts of Zhou’s lectures to local students, as well as accounts of the reconstruction of the temples of Confucius and of the God of Literature. Obviously, Zhou transferred to his new posting the experience accumulated in Henan; the contrast between the population and administration of the two localities can also be gathered from a comparison of the two works.

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