Continuação da leitura Capítulo I do artigo escrito em 1845-1846, “China and the Chinese” referente à «descrição de Macau, suas igrejas e edifícios públicos, gruta de Camões e cemitério inglês» publicado no “Dublin University Magazine”, 1848. (1)

Dublin University Magazine July 1848 VOL XXXII SUMÁRIOThe view of Macao from the sea is those of the Chinese, against some exquisitely fine.
The semicircular appearance of the shore, which is unencumbered and unbroken by wharfs or piers, and upon which the surge is continually  breaking, and receding in waves of foam, whereon the sun glitters in thousands of sparkling beams, presents a scene of incomparable beauty. The Parade, which is faced with na embankment of stone, fronts the sea, and is about half-a-mile in length. A row of houses of a large description extends along its length, and has a perfectly Portuguese appearance.Some arecoloured pink, some pale yellow, and others white. These houses, with their large windows, extending to the ground, without verandahs, and with curtains, arranged in continental convey an idea to the visitor that he has entered a European rather than na Asiatic sea-port. This idea becomes still stronger, by the constanting and repassing of Romish priests, elad in cassocks and three-cornered hats. But this illusion is speedily dispelled, when the eye, turning towards the sea, beholds the numerous sanpans and matsail boats which  fill the harbour; or, glancing shoreward, rests upon figures clad in Chinese costume. The town is built upon two hills, meeting at right angles. At the rear is an inner harbour, where there is very secure anchorage; but this is said to be fast filling up with sand. Vessels of large tonnage are, therefore, obliged toderable distance from the shore.

Macau 1848 Adolphe RouargueMacau – Adolphe Rouargue, 1848 (2)

The houses of the Portuguese and Chinese inhabitants, together with the places of public worship, are curiously intremingled in the town , and form a most heterogeneous mass. I tis now between two and three centuries since Macao given up to the Portuguese, for services performed by them, when they joined their forces with  those of the Chinese, against some daring pirates, who then, as now, infested the neighbouring islands.
The Portuguese for some time carried on a most prosperous and extensive trade with the Empire, which has now dwindled down to little or nothing. Although Macao is governed nominally by a Portuguese governor , bishop, and judge, assisted by a senate, yet the interference of the Chinese, and the power which Chinese authorities exercise over the Portuguese inhabitants, to enforce compliance with their wishes, would be intolerable to British colonists.

Dublin University Magazine July 1848 VOL XXXII 1.ª PáginaIf a Chinaman feels aggrieved, he immediately lays his complaint before the mandarin who never scruples to inflict punishment upon a Portuguese subject, or to make some insolent demand. If any resistance is made to his will, or his authority is disputed, he instantly cuts off all supplies from the mainland, upon which  the inhabitants are nearly dependant for support, and issues na order directing all Chineses subjects , who are for support, and issues na order directing all Chinese subjects, who are domestics, to support, and issues na order directing all Chinese subjects, who are domestics, to leave their “barbarian masters”.Prompt compliance to this edict occasions the most serious inconvenience to the Portuguese and other European inhabitants; nor are these arbitrary measures abandoned, until the mandarin’s commands are obeyed.” …
(1) CURRY, William and Company – China and the Chinese (Chaper I – Description of Macao, its Churches and Public Buildings – Visit to Camoens´Cave, and English Burial-Ground (p. 32-48) in The Dublin University Magazine, VOL XXXII, July 1848, Dublin: JAMES McGLASHAN, 21 Dólier Street, WM.S Orrand Company, London, MDCCCXLVIII
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(2) Adolphe Rouargue (1810-187 ?), gravador e litógrafo. Tem trabalhos com o irmão, Emile Rouargue (1796-1865) desenhador e também gravador.