MANNING, Thomas. Broome, Norfolk 8.11.1772 — Bath 2.5.1840. British Physician and Traveller in Asia, visited Lhasa. “Son of the Rev. William M., educated at Caius College, Cambridge. Scholar, 1790-95, private tutor, studied mathematics, friend of Porson and Charles Lamb. Studied Chinese in Paris, 1800-3, attended the Westminster Hospital, went out to Canton as a doctor in 1807-10, was unable to enter China. Went to Calcutta, 1810, went in 1811 to Lhasa in Tibet, with only a single Chinese servant, via Rangpur, Bhutan, Parijong; stayed there for some months, had interviews with the Dalai Lama. Under order from Peking, left Lhasa in April 1812. The first Englishman to enter Lhasa. Returned to Canton. In 1816 accompanied Lord Amherst’s embassy to Pekin as interpreter. Returned to England a disappointed man, 1817, led an eccentric life.”
Publications: travel notes publ. by C. R. Markham: Narratives of Bogle’s Mission to Tibet and Manning’s Journey to Lhasa. 1876.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with portrait.