GORDON, Charles George, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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GORDON, Charles George (1833-1885). Army officer. Killed at Khartoum.
Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Dyer, 1 page 8vo with blank Leaf, 5 Rockstone Place, Southampton (on United Service Club writing paper), 8 December 1882. Acknowledging his letter and confirming that he will try to visit his correspondent before leaving England.

In November and December 1882 Gordon had made a brief visit to England, returning from South Africa, where he had been helping to reorganize the troops, and had made a perilous journey into Basuto territory. He left England in late December, or early January 1883, and spent much of the latter year in the Holy Land studying antiquities.

The United Service Club, known as 'The Senior' because its membership was confined to officers above the rank of Major or Commander, was at the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. It closed in 1978 and the premises were taken over the Institute of Directors. Gordon would have been horrified.
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