Gordon, Charles George (1833-1885), Major-General

  • Gordon, Charles George, 1833-1885
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Letters and papers of Charles George Gordon, known as 'Chinese Gordon' and later 'Gordon of Khartoum', with related letters by his brother, Colonel S.E. Gordon, and Captain C. Orde Browne.

The letters and papers document many aspects of Gordon's career, including his service in China and the Sudan. They shed light on his political views, religious faith and personal ambitions and are especially important in showing his interest in biblical history and archaeology.

The letters were largely addressed to fellow officers in the Royal Engineers.



Physical description

11 files

Acquisition note

The letters and papers were acquired from various sources. The letters to Wilson (MS.6896) were sold by his daughter, Miss M.O. Wilson, at Sotheby's, on 6 May 1930, lot 383. Most of the letters to Watson (MS. 6897) were acquired privately by Sir Henry Wellcome after November 1925. Other letters were purchased in small lots at various sales at Sotheby's, Glendining's, Stevens' etc. (various accession numbers).

Finding aids

Described in the Library's typescript supplements to its published manuscript catalogues.


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Accession number

  • acc. nos. 67321 and 72249