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26 February 2004
GORDON, Charles G. (1833-1885). Autograph letter signed ("C.G. Gordon") to Sir Samuel Baker, Tientsin, 4 August 1880. 3 pages, 8vo.
GORDON IN CHINA DEALS WITH A "SPLENDID BARBARIAN" AND BEMOANS THE "ENERVATED AND EFFEMINATE" BRITISH
Gordon returned to China in 1880, nearly 20 years after his famous exploits putting down the Taiping Rebellion in the 1860s (when he earned the sobriquet "Chinese Gordon"). Here he asks Sir Samuel Baker to join him: "You are wanted there, for you will speak out." He agrees with Baker's assessment of the situation in India: "The British there are an enervated and effeminate race..." Gordon was back in China in order to dissuade an old ally, Li Hung Chang, from marching on Peking and deposing the Emperor. Gordon describes Chang as "a splendid Barbarian," and he succeeded in deterring the coup. Gordon went even further and met with the Grand Council at Peking to draft the terms of a peace agreement.
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