[KS] Percival Lowell

Robert N robertneff103 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 01:54:32 EDT 2015

Dear Frank

I fully agree that the spelling of names can be confusing.  I believe I
have even seen Mollendorph as a spelling in one of the earlier text but
can't remember where.

One name that comes to mind is Bekofsky (which Allen did spell right).  He
is sometimes referred to as N.S. Bekofsky, others refer to him as Bekoffsky
and I have even seen him identified as T. Belogorsky, he was, however (by
his own pen) Vladimir S. Bekofsky.  Despite the name clearly being visible
on the documents, the Seoul Customs Service elected to go with N.S.
Bekofsky.  His role in Korea may not have been of much importance but he
does enjoys the honor of holding several patents - including a
"hair-cutting machine". V.S. Bekofsky and several of the other men did not
arrive in Korea until the summer - not spring - and some of the earlier
arrivals have been neglected, even though they had very interesting

Mackbet - was actually J. R. Mackbeth.

Glanfield should have been H. G. Glanville.

Rosenbaum appears to have been Seigmond Rosenbaum and not Joseph/f.

I think my complaint is that Allen's book has mistakes that are repeated.
So many projects to complete but I do hope to some day finish my project on
the Korean Customs Department.


On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 1:31 PM, Sung Deuk Oak <sungoak at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have made a chronology (in Korean) of earliest Protestant missionaries'
> visiting and arrival dates (1883-1885) for someone else.
> It is not directly related to the current debate, yet I think it will be a
> help. See the attachment.
> Sung-Deuk Oak
> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:13:42 +0900
> From: robertneff103 at gmail.com
> To: hoffmann at koreanstudies.com; koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
> Subject: Re: [KS] Percival Lowell
> I have to disagree to some degree with Prof. Hoffman.  With the exception
> of Gottsche, none of those Germans were here in Korea at the same time as
> Lowell.
> As to Allen's list of Corean Maritime Customs - it is incomplete (as he
> notes) and some of the names were even wrong.  Unfortunately, many
> subsequent publications copied his list and the errors continued to be
> replicated.  Prof. Wayne Patterson can attest to some of this.
> I  think that the Lowell project is very important for a number of
> reasons.  As Prof. Baker noted there are a couple of archives with
> photographs and I am putting together a book based on these and other early
> photographs.  There were quite a few Westerners in Seoul - and all of them
> with very interesting histories and backgrounds that I hope to include.
> I think that as time goes by the ideas that we have of the Western
> communities in Seoul, Fusan, Masan, Wonsan (Gensan) and Chemulpo will have
> to change.  There was a lot going on in Korea - with a lot of small
> business ventures - that never made it into the books published by Allen,
> Sands, Underwood, Gale or the other missionaries.
> Robert Neff
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:16 AM, Frank Hoffmann <
> hoffmann at koreanstudies.com> wrote:
> Since Kirk mentioned Paul Georg von Möllendorff and the Westerners he
> brought to Korea:
> Alexander Kneider (not sure if he is on the KS List), who a few years
> ago published a wonderful, very detailed book on Germans in late 19th
> century Korea, lists these people:
> - several Germans for the Korea Maritime Customs Service
> - the German geologist Carl Gottsche (in 1883-84 -- for 8 months in
> Korea)
> - in 1884/85: the German American Joseph Rosenbaum (for a planned glass
> production company); August Maertens (project for rearing of
> silkworms); Louis Kniffler (for a tobacco company); a farmer of the
> name Helm for the establishment of a manor or large farm with
> agricultural production following the Prussian model)
> - for the creation a new, modern mint (to manufacure Koren coins) he
> also brought in 1894 three German engineers: Friedrich Kraus, Claus
> Dietrich, and C. Riedt
> You will find the above information in the paragraph of Kneider's
> article that begins with "Zur Verwirklichung seiner" at:
> http://www.lvk-info.org/nr17/lvk-17moelli.htm
> Best,
> Frank
> --------------------------------------
> Frank Hoffmann
> http://koreanstudies.com
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