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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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TitleGongmen guobao lu 公門果報錄 [A Record of Retributions for Yamen Personnel]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorSong Chuwang 宋楚望(comp.)
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume9
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: An abridged version of Chen Hongmou’s Zaiguan fajie lu (q.v.). Deng Huaxi’s 1892 preface claims that the work was re-engraved at the suggestion of a clerk of his office who held an old copy. Song Chuwang’s preface says that the admonitions to clerks in Chen’s original work are almost like the Huanhai cihang (q.v.) for officials, but that the work may be a little above the capabilities of the less educated clerks. His own selection concentrates on entries emphasizing retribution (yinguo baoying 因果報應) in clear language. The format of each entry is the same as in the original work. Among Chen Hongmou’s 308 entries Song has kept 6 items from the general statement (zonglun), 20 items from the “examples to be followed” (falu 法錄), and 24 items from the “examples for warning” (jielu 戒錄). The last two sections in particular emphasize the kind of wrongdoing committed by officials, clerks, runners, and other government functionaries in connection with the criminal justice system at the local level; among the issues considered are abuses committed by prison officials, corruption by judicial officials and their subordinates, and the excessive use of torture and punishment. It is unclear at what point the two supplements in the 1892 and 1893 eds. were appended. The xulu 續錄 (placed after the postface) includes 9 further entries, some about events dating from the first half of the nineteenth century, dealing with topics such as the investigation of homicides, disaster relief, and the infliction of criminal punishments. The Zuozhi guobao fajie lu 佐治果報法戒錄, given as an appendix (附), introduces 20 anecdotes about private secretaries, introduced by a statement on the latter’s crucial importance to government. The work ends with a recipe to cure the wounds inflicted during official beatings (zhangchuang fang 杖瘡方). Shi Chengzu’s postface says that as a magistrate of Lianshui 漣水 [i.e. Andong 安東, Jiangsu, in the Qing] in the year guihai (1851?) he was able to examine a copy of the Gongmen xiuxing lu 公門修行錄 in 1 j. printed while Song [Chuwang] was prefect of Changzhou 常州, and endeavored to distribute it more widely [revoir]. [n.p.]
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