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Volume II: Gordon, 1874-1893

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All letters etc. addressed to Waller, unless otherwise noted.

Letters from Gordon:
  1. (fols. 1-2) change of address. London, 23 Jan 1874
  2. (fol. 3) is to leave England on the 28th. London, 26 Jan 1874
  3. (fols. 4-5) regrets not having seen him when he called. London, 28 Jan 1874
  4. (fol. 6) loan of scientific instruments by R.G.S. Turin, 29 Jan 1874
  5. (fols. 7-10) arrival and interview with Khedive. Cairo, Feb 1874
  6. (fol. 11) impressions of the Khedive's entourage. Cairo, 14 Feb 1874
  7. (fols. 12-15) reports on transport up the Nile and conditions between Khartum and Gondokoro. Khartum, 22 Mar 1874; Gondokoro, 16 Apr 1874; Khartum, 4 May 1874
  8. (fol. 16) difficulties in way of suppressing slave trade. Berber, 18 May 1874
  9. (fols. 17-19) meteorological observations. Khartum, 6 Jun 1874; Gondokoro, 11 Sep 1874
  10. (fol. 20) illness prevalent, men coming out to the Sudan should be medically examined before starting. Gondokoro, 11 Sep 1874
  11. (fols. 21-22) Long's expedition to Mtesa; Gordon wishes for scientists. Gondokoro, 22 Oct 1874; 3 Nov 1874
  12. (fol. 23) reports arrival of Watson and Chippindall. Gondokoro, 20 Nov 1874
  13. (fols. 24-28) health of his companions; question of freed slaves, suggests that some English clergy should come out and deal with the problem themselves, and that his English critics should contribute to the expense. Between Lado and Sodat River, 29 Jan 1875
  14. (fol. 29) meteorological observations. Junction of Bahr-el-Ghazal with Bahr-el-Abiad, 7 Feb 1875
  15. (fols. 30-31) problems of geography of Sobat and Nile. Between Sobat River and Lado, 16 Feb 1975
  16. (fols. 32-33) "I wish I were out of the whole affair and back at my R.E. duties again". Beddèn, 5 May 1975
  17. (fols. 34-37) reflections on English critics of his policy and on his conduct towards the natives. Laboré, 4 Oct 1875
  18. (fols. 38-39) advises cautious attitude towards Mtesa. Dufilé, 24 Feb 1876
  19. (fols. 40-43) arrival of Lucas; discussions as to his work; he is finally sent to Mtesa and Rumanika. Laboré, 20 Jun 1876
  20. (fol. 44) expects to come home in January, does not wish to meet anyone connected with or interested in Africa. Lado, 12 Oct 1876
  21. (fols. 45-47) shall he return to Egypt? If so, shall he try and "break through" from the Equatorial Provinces to the sea? Southampton, 4 Jan 1877
  22. (fol. 48) will see him in London. Southampton, 8 Jan 1877
  23. (fols. 49-50) he is to see Lord Derby that day. London, 9 Jan 1877
  24. (fols. 51-52) he has left the Khedive's service, can he get back to Africa in any other capacity? His conditions. London, 11 Feb 1877
  25. (fols. 53-54) he will go to Scotland, will Waller accompany him? London, 16 Jan 1877
  26. (fols. 55-59) Gordon's proposals for the development of East Africa and conditions on which he will serve there. London, 17 Jan 1877
  27. (fols. 60-61) encloses copy of telegram from the Khedive. London, 18 Jan 1877
  28. (fols. 62-63) doubts as to how to leave the Khedive's service. London, 19 Jan 1877
  29. (fols. 64-65) further on the same subject. London, 19 Jan 1877
  30. (fols. 66-68) as a result of pressure from the Duke of Cambridge he must go back to Egypt. London, 21 Jan 1877
  31. (fols. 69-70) regrets inability to keep an appointment with Waller. London, 28 Jan 1877
  32. (fol. 71) wishes Waller good-bye and asks him to withhold his (Gordon's) name from letters to the Press. London, 31 Jan 1877
  33. (fols. 72-73) difficulties of his task, determination to carry it through. Khartum, 1 May 1877
  34. (fols. 74-77) emancipation of slaves. Khartum, 19 May 1877
  35. (fols. 78-80) asks for advice on emancipation; would Waller come out? Oomchanga, Darfur, 22 Jun 1877
  36. (fols. 81-85) slave trade in Shakka; defence of his policy. Dura, Darfur, 30 Jul 1877
  37. (fols. 86-90) attack on Anti-Slavery Society and defence of his own policy. En route to Shakka, 11 Sep 1877
  38. (fol. 91) he has received news of Anglo-Egyptian Slave Convention; asks Waller to write no more. En route to Khartum, 10 Oct 1877
  39. (fols. 92-93) reports end of Red Sea slave trade. Khartum, 30 Jan 1878
  40. (fols. 94-96) apparent end of Sudan slave trade; relations with Cairo. Khartum, 17 Jan 1879
  41. (fols. 97-100) report on situation in Sudan; further attack on Anti-Slavery Society. Shakka, 11 Apr 1879
  42. (fol. 101) "I look on the slave trade as utterly crushed." El Fasher, 17 May 1879
  43. (fols. 102-104) suggests meeting with 10 missionary representatives to discuss missions and slave trade. (London), 7 Feb 1880
  44. (fols. 105-106) Mackinnon's scheme on the Juba. London, 8 Feb 1880
  45. (fols. 107-108) reasons for having been out when Waller called. London, 19 Feb 1880
  46. (fols. 109-110) he has seen Mackinnon who seems ill. Southampton, 25 Feb 1880
  47. (fols. 111-112) makes appointment with Waller. Southampton, 27 Feb 1880
  48. (fols. 113-114) will go out to Zanzibar for 2 months. London, 29 Feb 1880
  49. (fols. 115-116) interviews with King Leopold; their East African scheme. Brussels, 2 Mar 1880
  50. (fols. 117-118) further interview with the King. Brussels, 4 Mar 1880
  51. (fols. 119-120) attack on German and Swiss schools taking English pupils. Lausanne, 12 Mar 1880
  52. (fols. 121-122) further thoughts on Swiss schools and Zanzibar. Lausanne, 20 Mar 1880
  53. (fol. 123) thanks Gerald Waller for information on steamers to Zanzibar. Berne, 23 Mar 1880
  54. (fol. 124) written on back of telegram from War Office offering him "command of colonial forces" (i.e. S[outh] Africa), gives his reasons for refusing it. (Berne), 23 Mar 1880
  55. (fol. 125) he will go to Brussels. Paris, 30 Mar 1880
  56. (fols. 126-127) he feels bound to King Leopold but sure that the King's plans in Central Africa will fail owing to the opposition of the Sultan of Zanzibar. Paris, 4 Apr 1880
  57. (fol. 128) if he goes to East Africa it must be as Leopold's servant; discussions at Brussels. Brussels, 6 Apr 1880
  58. (fol. 129) has just returned from Brussels. London, 7 Apr 1880
  59. (fols. 130-131) report on interview with Leopold. London, 7 Apr 1880
  60. (fols. 132-133) he is to leave England on the 13th; does not think his post (as private secretary to Lord Ripon) will suit him. London, 6 May 1880
  61. (fol. 134) acknowledges letter. London, 12 May 1880
  62. (fol. 135) does not expect to remain with Lord Ripon for long. Near Bombay, 30 May 1880
  63. (fol. 136) shall he go to Zanzibar? Bombay, 4 Jun 1880
  64. (fol. 137) "Do nothing am going China". Bombay, 7 Jun 1880
  65. (fols. 138-139) mutilation of slave boys in Sudan. Galle, 8 Sep 1880
  66. (fol. 140) acknowledges letters. En route to Suez, 25 Sep 1880
  67. (fol. 141) hopes to see Waller next week. Southampton, 21 Oct 1880
  68. (fols. 142-143) he is going to Ireland. Southampton, 1 Nov 1880
  69. (fol. 144) he is staying in London. London, 1 Dec 1880
  70. (fols. 145-150) memorandum on Egyptian anti-slavery convention and decrees (see also Volume IX, folios 31-36); corrected proof (with additions) of the same; letter from the secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society on back. Thrapston, 31 Dec 1880
  71. (fols. 151-155) memorandum on dispute over territory of Bogos between Egypt and Abyssinia. [Thrapston?], 2 Jan 1881
  72. (fol. 156) note by Gordon: "Three shells abstracted for British M." (enclosed in following letter, see also folio 182). 4 Jan 1881
  73. (fols. 157-158) sends some papers and copies of the Anglo-Egyptian convention and the Egyptian decree. Thames Ditton, 6 Jan 1881
  74. (fol. 159) redirection of letters. Thames Ditton, 7 Jan 1881
  75. (fol. 160) redirection of letters. Thames Ditton, 8 Jan 1881
  76. (fols. 161-162) asks for a Greek New Testament and for advice as to how to get work in the London slums. (Kensington, 9 Jan 1881)
  77. (fols. 163-164) reason for change of opinion on the Abyssinian question. Kensington, 11 Jan 1881
  78. (fols. 165-166) asks for prices of some books he wishes to buy. London, 14 Jan 1881
  79. (fol. 167) fragment of a theological memorandum? 14 Jan 1881
  80. (fols. 168-169) is to see Rev. Jones (about getting work in London slums) on 17th. London, 15 Jan 1881
  81. (fols. 170-171) quest for suitable slum work. [London?], 18 Jan 1881
  82. (fol. 172) he has found work at Lambeth. London, 25 Jan 1881
  83. (fol. 173) asks for address of Sir B. F. [Bartle Frere?]; title of a book. London, 26 Jan 1881
  84. (fol. 174) his memorandum of 31 Dec 1880 (folio 145) based on a mistaken reading of the Convention. London, 28 Jan 1881
  85. (fol. 175) Khedive must free Egyptian slaves if he is to be thought in earnest. Southampton, 1 Feb 1881
  86. (fol. 176) returns to London that day; Osman Rifki Pasha. Southampton, 4 Feb 1881
  87. (fol. 177) "the type has been broken up [of memorandum, folio 145?] so it is too late" London, 8 Feb 1881
  88. (fols. 178-179) slavery among the Boers; theological questions. London, 16 Feb 1881
  89. (fols. 180-181) Darwin on the "animal passions"; the "carping spirit". London, 18 Feb 1881
  90. (fols. 182-183) note to Waller on back of letter from British Museum acknowledging gift of shells from Gordon (see folio 156). London, [18 Feb 1881]
  91. (fol. 184) Waller must order the "V.F." [ Vanity Fair?] containing cartoon of Gordon (see folio 165) from a bookseller. London, 21 Feb 1881
  92. (fol. 185) return of some books to his sister. London, 7 Mar 1881
  93. (fols. 186-187) asks for letters from missionaries for his brother. Southampton, 9 Mar 1881
  94. (fol. 188) asks for "Colvin's letter" to be sent to him. Southampton, 10 Mar 1881
  95. (fol. 189) asks for same letter again. London, 11 Mar 1881
  96. (fol. 190) arrangements for a meeting with Waller. London, 14 Mar 1881
  97. (fol. 191) "Bethlehem" = "The house of flesh". London, 18 Mar 1881
  98. (fol. 192) now finds it means "The house of lamb". London, 19 Mar 1881
  99. (fol. 193) may go to Syria or the Cape. London, 7 Apr 1881
  100. (fol. 194) "I am just on the balance whether to go to Cape or Syria". London, 12 Apr 1881
  101. (fols. 195-196) is leaving for Beirut shortly. London, 15 Apr 1881
  102. (fols. 197-198) he leaves for Syria on May 2. London, 21 Apr 1881
  103. (fol. 199) can find nothing to do there; will try and go to Syria or Zanzibar instead. Mauritius, 9 Jul 1881
  104. (fols. 200-201) is to go to Seychelles in September until end of October; idleness of military at Mauritius. Port Louis, Mauritius, 22 Aug 1881
  105. (fols. 202-203) luxuriance of the island; can prove the Garden of Eden to have been situated near the Seychelles. Mauritius, 14 Dec 1881
  106. (fols. 204-205) may go home by way of Zanzibar, asks for information as to sailings. Mauritius, 14 Mar 1882
  107. (fol. 206) finds he will not be able to go to Zanzibar. Mauritius, 18 Mar 1882
  108. (fol. 207) has accepted post of Commandant of Colonial Forces and leaves at once for Basutoland. Capetown, 13 May 1882
  109. (fols. 208-209) likes the Cape; believes the dispute with the natives can be settled satisfactorily. Capetown, 20 Jul 1882
  110. (fol. 201) on his way home; hopes to go out to Palestine almost at once; "cannot live in England". Madeira, 31 Oct 1882
  111. (fols. 211-212) King Leopold will not be able to do anything with the Congo unless he gets jurisdiction over foreigners. Southampton, 9 Nov 1882
  112. (fols. 213-214) abolition of R[oyal] N[avy] slave squadron at Zanzibar. Southampton, 18 Nov 1882
  113. (fols. 215-216) are missionaries to be simply preachers of the Gospel, or are they to be "civilising agents" as well? Southampton, 16 Dec 1882
  114. (fols. 217-220) theological questions; topography of Palestine. Jerusalem, 29 Jan 1883
  115. (fols. 221-227) symbolism in the language of the Scriptures. Jerusalem, 8 Apr 1883
  116. (fols. 228-229) Waller should not distress himself over events which he cannot control. Jerusalem, 23 May 1883
  117. (fols. 230-233) War Office refuses permission for Gordon to enter the service of King Leopold; he will leave the army if Leopold will give him a pension of £500 per annum for life. Jaffa, 20 Nov 1883
  118. (fols. 234-235) he is to see Leopold that night; will not go back to Egypt. Brussels, 2 Jan 1884
  119. (fols. 236-237) he is to leave the army and enter Leopold's service on February 5. Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  120. (fol. 238) he is to be at Southampton on the 7th and to leave on the 25th. Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  121. (fol. 239) "K(irk?) knows all about refusal H.M.G." Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  122. (fol. 240) he will be in London from 18th to 25th. Southampton, 13 Jan 1884
  123. (fol. 241) he is going to Brussels on 16th. Southampton, 13 Jan 1884
  124. (fols. 242-245) sketches of Temple at Jerusalem; mem[orandum] by Waller on back, "made in the railway carriage as we went together to Dover on 16 Jan 1884". (16 Jan 1884)
Miscellaneous letters and fragments:
  1. (fol. 246) asks Waller to "get bearer before W.O." no date
  2. (fol. 247) sends back a letter of Waller's, "for I wish I had not had it". no date
  3. (fol. 248) map of Bahr-el-Ghazal. no date
  4. (fol. 249) fragment of a letter from Colonel Strauch with message from Gordon to Waller on back. no date
  5. (fols. 250-251) letter from Colonel Strauch to Gordon. King Leopold hopes to see him on his way back from Switzerland to England. Brussels, 27 Mar 1880
  6. (fols. 252-253) Waller to "Captain George". Encloses notes from Gordon. 28 Nov 1874
  7. (fols. 254-255) same to same. Asks him to add enclosed note to those he already has (meteorological notes, folio 29?). 20 Apr 1875
  8. (fols. 256-257) Gordon to "Captain George". Suggests Watson should superintend reduction of maps. 22 Jan 1877
  9. (fol. 258) copies of telegram and letter from Waller to Gordon. Waller suggests Gordon should defer his decision as to re-entering the Khedive's service for a week, so that he can think it over. 19 Jan 1877
  10. (fols. 259-260) letter from Gordon's sister to Waller. The books about Gordon so far have all been failures. Southampton, 11 Apr 1883
  11. (fols. 261-262) same to same. Gordon thinks of moving to Haifa. Southampton, 2 Jul 1883
  12. (fols. 263-264) Montagu Butler to Waller. Thanks for loan of letters (from Gordon?). Cambridge, 21 Mar 1893
  13. (fols. 265-275) ten empty envelopes addressed in Gordon's handwriting and one in his sister's
  14. (fols. 276-277) facsimile of letter from Gordon to Watson. "I will never put foot in England again". Khartum, 26 Nov 1884
  15. (fol. 278) same to same (facsimile). "I think the game is up". Khartum, 14 Dec 1884

Dates

  • 1874-1893

Extent

1 volume

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MSS. Afr. s. 16/2

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