7 - 8 April 2004
GORDON, General Charles (1833-1885). Autograph letter signed to Lord Northbrook, Port Louis, 3 February 82, including a pen and ink map (95 x 90 mm) drawn in the 3rd page, 4 pages, folio, endorsed by the recipient at the head (2nd leaf roughly trimmed in left margin touching 2 words).
A letter explaining his interest in the Seychelles and his theory that the site of the Garden of Eden is there. Gordon rests his case largely on the location of the rivers flowing into the Red Sea north of the Seychelles, and the direction of Babylon and Nineveh, saying that 'Eden' is Aden. 'Eden was a district, the garden was East of it. Seychelles is not volcanic; it is of an older formation granite ... On an isle called Praslin 20 miles N. of Mahé is a tree which is found only throughout the world on this isle'. Gordon mentions also his hope of settling in Palestine, and of not being further employed.
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