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

Robert N robertneff103 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 23:01:08 EDT 2015

Frank -

Haas left Shanghai for Korea in November 1883 and returned to Shanghai in
October 1884.  So it is very possible that he met Lowell.  The problem I
have with Haas is that we know he was in Seoul and Chemulpo but no one
mentions him except in the Customs' documents.  Even Allen, who
corresponded with Haas, doesn't mention him in his diary.  Was Haas so
elusive?  This seems to contradict his behavior in China where he was quite


On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 11:07 AM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreanstudies.com>

> > The problem with Gubbins, if memory serves me right, is he was at
> > Chemulpo and not at Seoul.
> Robert, good you bring this up -- gets me a change to add a
> postscriptum: just found that Leifer's source was Rosalie von
> Möllendorff's biography of her husband: see pages 37-39 and 64. He ALSO
> stayed in Chemulp'o, but it seems he was on a very regular basis, over
> three years, also in Seoul -- seems he was at the time Lowell was
> there, that's why I mentioned him. Reading his correspondence, I am
> sure, will clarify that (SENDEr addresses there, as you will already
> see in the searchable index, is Chemulp'o and Seoul). But please check
> on your own and do not rely on my 50 seconds research here.
> As for the Austrian Joseph Haas (aka Josef von Haas), since Haas was
> back in Shanghai by 1st of October 1883 to attend his usual business --
> getting Sicilian thieves into prison, etc. (see http://goo.gl/tb9iq3,
> based on _The North-China Herald_, 10 October 1883), he could not have
> met with Lowell during his winter 1883-84 stay, I think. Or was he
> going back and forth, and that during the winter months?
> Best,
> Frank
> --------------------------------------
> Frank Hoffmann
> http://koreanstudies.com
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