GORDON, Charles George. 18470

£250

Description

Autograph Post Card Signed ‘C.G.Gordon’, a few days before leaving England to become Governor of Equatoria, to the Rev. Horace Waller, a leading anti-slaver, at the Vicarage at Leytonstone. Post Card, in good condition, light toning. Postmarked Charing Cross 21 January 1874. “Before entrusting instruments to MacWilliam’s son, see he is conversant with them.” General C.G.Gordon (1833-1885), the Victorian hero who died at Khartoum. Horace Waller (1833-1896), anti-slavery activist, missionary, close associate of David Livingstone and others involved in central and east African mission and exploration work. ‘On the day that the news of Livingstone’s death reached England, 28 January 1874, Gordon’s forty-first birthday, [Gordon] left for the southern Sudan, scattering post-cards to relatives.’ [John Pollock, Gordon, the man behind the legend, 1993]