Sir Thomas Wade, Sir Henry Gordon and others: Papers concerning General Charles George Gordon

Scope and Content

Material relating to General Gordon's visit to China in 1880, mainly correspondence between his brother Sir Henry Gordon and Thomas Wade. The papers concern the controversy attached to Gordon's visit, such as H.W. Gordon's claim that Wade and others had encouraged Li Hung-Chang to rebel against the government in Peking, which Wade denied.

1. H.W. Gordon to T.F. Wade, 15 Oct. 1885.

2. H.W. Gordon to T.F. Wade, 21 Oct. [1885], enclosing a list of questions.

3. T.F. Wade to H.W. Gordon, 14 Jan. 1886.

4. H.W. Gordon to T.F. Wade, 18 Jan. 1886.

5. P.H.W. Currie to T.F. Wade, 17 Apr. 1886.

6. H.W. Gordon to T.F. Wade, 19 Apr. 1886, returning item 3.

7. H.W. Gordon to T.W. Wade, 21 Sep. [1886].

8. Memorandum by J.F.D. Donnelly concerning a conversation with General Gordon in 1880, undated, with cuttings from The Times, 21 Apr. 1886, and the Pall Mall gazette, 21 Apr. 1886, attached on the reverse.

9.1. Sir Robert Hart to General Gordon, 4 Aug. 1880.

9.2. Sir Robert Hart to General Gordon, 23 Aug. 1880.

9.3. H.W. Gordon to T.F. Wade, 6 May [?1886], enclosing items 9.1 and 9.2.

10. Part of a memorandum by T.F. Wade's widow, Amelia Wade, undated, concerning the reasons for T.F. Wade's father Colonel Thomas Wade removing him from Cambridge in 1838. There is also a note by the Rev. John Charles Pollock (b. 1923).

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection concerns General Charles George Gordon (1833-1885) and his visit China in 1880, which was prompted by a telegram he received from Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911), commissioner of customs in Peking. Gordon's mission was to advise the Chinese government on the threat of war with Russia. During his time in China he visited his old friend Li Hung-Chang.

Other individuals that figure in the collection are Sir Henry William Gordon (1818-1887), author of Events in the life of Gordon (London, 1886); Thomas Francis Wade (1818-1895), diplomat and first professor of Chinese at Cambridge; Sir Philip Henry Wodehouse Currie (1834-1906); Colonel Sir John Fretcheville Dykes Donnelly (1834-1902); Amelia Wade (ne Herschel), wife of T.F. Wade; Colonel Thomas Wade (d. 1846), father of T.F. Wade; and the Rev. John Charles Pollock (b. 1923).

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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