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1839-03-23 Lin Zexu Destruction opium

Commissioner Lin Zexu ordered the arrest of Lancelot Dent, a British trader who had been one of the prime movers in resisting his demands. 1839-03-23 Faced with Lin’s summons to an interview at Canton‘s city gates, urgently reinforced by the appearance of two leading Chinese Cohong merchants in chains, Dent would have acceded if not prevented by fellow merchants.

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