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The papers by Doctors Jacques Downs, Murray Rubinstein, and Nancy Davis are written by experienced researchers who have not only surveyed but also utilized the China trade archives they described. In several cases the results of their research have also been published.1 Because the authors are extraordinarily, perhaps uniquely, qualified to explicate the scope and accessibility of these collections, I will not even attempt to augment those aspects of their papers. Rather, I will discuss some general historical questions that the documentary collections evoke and perhaps can help us resolve.