July 4th, #chinadiary

Trains and boats and walking - days of travel from Soochow to Shanghai and Mokanshan and a canal trip "up the famous old Grand Canal" where Carl describes the many types of boat that he sees. Takes an eight-mile hike on the spare of the moment with Mr Geldhart, across a muddy plain and up to a mountain peak and in hard, driving rain. The intrepid pair arrived at 10.30 in the evening, rewarded with a "hot supper for us ... and a hot bath, and a good bed, so that our troubles for that day were ended."

He makes no mention of this significant day in North American history, other than to say "had several long talks with Luccock, and heard him make the Fourth of July address today."