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As the Ch'ing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service, Robert Hart was one of the most influential Westerners in China for half a century. These journal entries continue the sequence begun in "Entering China's Service" and cover the years when Hart was setting up Customs procedures, establishing a modus operandi with the Ch'ing bureaucracy, and inspecting the treaty ports. They culminate in Hart's return visit to Europe with the Pin-ch'un Mission and his marriage in Northern Ireland. The authors interweave the segments of Hart's journals with narratives describing the contemporary Chinese scene and recount Hart's responses to the many challenges of establishing a Western-style organization within a Chinese milieu.