SIGNED LETTER OF MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES G. GORDON 'Chinese Gordon'
The letter was written on 20 April 1880 on a sheet of the United Service Club, Pall Mall. This ‘gentleman’s club’ was founded in 1815 for the use of senior officers in the British Army and Royal Navy. When Major General Charles G. Gordon became a member is not known but it must be after 1864 as the minimal rank to enter the club was Major.
On March 2, 1880, Gordon had left London for Switzerland. He made a brief visit to King Leopold II of Belgium in Brussels where he was offered to take charge of the Congo Free State. AlthoughKing Leopold II insisted to take the offer, Gordon refused because he still was attached to the Sudan and because he disliked the idea working for Leopold’s Congo Association, which was a private company owned by the King. Soon afterwards, Gordon arrived at Lausanne, Switzerland, where his brother (General Henry Gordon) and his nephews where running school together with Major Gordon and his brother William. During his time at Lausanne Gordon taught the Sunday school for several weeks and told stories to children on the lake. Naturally, ‘Chinese Gordon’ had a great impact on all the children. During his stay at Lausanne Gordon remained in the Hotel Du Faucon, 3 Rue St Pierre, famouse for its views on Lake Geneva. Gordon’s motivation to stay at the hotel was because his hero Giuseppe Garibaldi had been a former guest.
SIGNED ENVELOPE FROM MAJOR PREUDHOMME TO MAJOR GORDON
Dated 2 October 1917.
The envelope was bought on a Belgium auction site and has an important connection with an anecdote between Major Gordon, Major Preudhomme and King Albert I of Belgium. In 1916, King Albert ordered Major Preudhomme to check on the Royal children with Lord Curzon at Hackwood. He also said that the children should write letters to the Pope because his excellency had sent gifts to La Panne for them. The letters were then to be delivered to Major Gordon in order to deliver them. Once the letters arrived at Apsley House, Major Gordon put them in a large envelope and posted them to the Vatican. After his return to La Panne, King Albert asked who delivered the letters. Major Gordon then knew he had made a mistake and said he had posted them in London. The King was naturally surprised but calmly said: "Well it will be the first time such a package would be delivered to his excellency by Post."
The contents of this envelope is not been discovered.
ORIGINAL COPY CULLED FROM A DIARY WITH DUSTJACKET.
SIGNED COPY OF ADVENTURE BY LORD MOTTISTONE
(Ephemera collection of A. J. B. Kiddell - 2nd King Edwards Horse)
The book ‘Adventure’ was published in 1930 by William Heineman, London and was reprinted many times after. An introduction was written by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Birkenhead. The book gives an account of Major-General J.E.B. Seely (Late Lord Mottistone) life and service during the First World War.
The book was signed by the words:
“To my comrade in arms in France and Belgium from 1915 to 1918 with every good wish from”
With the book came to a picture of Lt. General SirEdwin Alderson which was inscribed on the back in pencil with his name and the words “Mounted Infantry in S. Africa Boer War 1900 –1902” and the phrase: “Having commanded the Mounted Infantry with the Cavalry Division changed the war.”
We found a second Lieutenant with the name Arthur James Bartram Kiddell who was mentioned on the officers roll of the 2ndKing Edwards Horse. Arthur Kiddell previous had served with the Northumberland Fusiliers where he was a Lance Corporal and was later commissioned as a 2ndLieutenantin the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1939, Kiddell was an Auctioneer & Art Expert Manager of Sotheby’s auction house.
SIGNED COPY OF 'THE CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLYING'
This book is mentioned in the final chapter of Major Gordon’s memoirs and was sold out in the first year that it was published. To find an originally signed example with its original dust jacket is naturally a treasure for the Kings Messenger Collection. The book was found in America two months ago and was bought afterwards. The Kings Messenger collection contained already a copy without the dust jacket so it was not until now that we actually had the chance to see the original dust jacket. The dust jacket mentions ‘Schneider/Gordon, Church of the Multiplying’ on the spine and holds a photograph of possibly one of the first discoveries of the mosaic. It also contains a wonderful introduction on the inner side. The back of the dust jacket is plain
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