The Dorgon Regency, 1644–1650

  • Harry Miller


Dorgon entered Beijing through the Chaoyang Gate on June 6, 1644, with the old and the young offering incense and prostrating themselves as he approached. Eunuchs soon emerged from the imperial palace, surrendering the dead Chongzhen’s formal insignia and placing at Dorgon’s disposal the royal palanquin. Dorgon refused to ride in it, saying, “I follow the Duke of Zhou. It is inappropriate for me, merely the assistant of our Young Sovereign, to travel by palanquin.” Spokesmen for the multitude, however, replied, “The Duke of Zhou, while ‘merely assisting’ with affairs of state, sat with his back to the king’s silken screen. It is quite appropriate for you to ride.” Dorgon said, resignedly, “Having come to pacify the Empire, I can only accede to the people’s will,” and making obeisance also to Heaven, amid much ceremony, he rode in the palanquin to the Wuying Palace and ascended the throne.1


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