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    A two page ALS from General Charles "Chinese" Gordon shortly before going to Khartoum mentioning Abyssinia explorer, Capt. Henry Mozier

    Charles G. "Chinese" Gordon Autograph Letter Signed "C. G. Gordon", two pages, 4.5" x 7", Southampton, n.d., to Harry Smith, Esquire. Gordon, a British army officer involved in the taking of Peking and suppressing the Taiping rebellion, resisted the siege of Khartoum when killed by forces of the Mahdi. The letter reads in part: "I write a line to enclose two letters one from Wilson which I found here on my arrival & one from his cousin Inglow whom I spoke to you about. When read burn them all & let the subject be buried . . . I am sorry to say that owning to a mishap I was prevented in saying goodbye to Sir. W. Gordon. You know there was Mr. Hozier & his wife & Sir. W. wanted me to go with them which I could not do as I had a second class ticket, so I kept away from them thinking Sir W. would come & look for me he never did, and you may imagine what I felt when I was whisked off without bidding him adieu. It was indeed a painful matter of reflection to me, as you may conceive. These things are no accidents however, & they are our trials. I will write again . . . The violent exercise has shaken me a good deal. Do not say this to Sir W. Kind regards to Mrs. Smith. Believe me yours sincerely. C. G. Gordon". The Mr. Hozier mentioned could be Capt. Henry M. Hozier who took an expedition to Abyssinia in 1867-1868 prior to Gordon becoming Governor in the Egyptian region. This letter is in fine condition.

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