[KS] Percival Lowell - 8 of 9 ...

Robert N robertneff103 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 21:28:24 EDT 2015

Frank -

Very nice - I did not know these documents were on line.  The problem with
Gubbins, if memory serves me right, is he was at Chemulpo and not at Seoul.


On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 9:44 AM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreanstudies.com>

> Sorry to be so slow:
> The no. 8 on Professor Pai's list is (very likely at least) a British
> citizen of the name William H. Gubbins (NOT to be confused with John
> Harrington Gubbins who served as the British ambassador to Korea in
> 1900-1901). Gubbins seems to have resided in Seoul from June 1883 to
> summer of 1884. He was a friend of Möllendorff from his Shanghai days
> and represented the British company Jardine, Matheson & Co.  And
> Jardine, I believe, sold a steam ship to the Korean government
> (initiated by Möllendorff, as usual), and was up to further business
> relations. One of the former German diplomats to Korea, Walter Leifer
> (wasn't he even ambassador in the early 1980s?), reports that Gubbins
> became insane while visiting Möllendorff in Seoul and soon after died
> -- I am not sure where from this info is though. Anyway, you can see
> the archive entries for the correspondence between Gubbins with
> Möllendorff as well as his company offices at the Cambridge University
> Archives:
> http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=Search
> Just enter "Gubbins" as first and "Korea" as second search term.
> Best,
> Frank
> --------------------------------------
> Frank Hoffmann
> http://koreanstudies.com
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