Eminent Persons; Biographies, Reprinted from the Times. Vol. 1-6. D. Volume 2

Eminent Persons; Biographies, Reprinted from the Times. Vol. 1-6. D. Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...Divino permission if not appointment. llo never sought but rather shunned employment. Yet when any specific work was offered or forced upon him he never refused or showed lukewarmness, acceptirg the summons as the decree of Providence with aa much calmness as a Ma homedan would accept kismet. Sometimes wl on an avenue of doing some real good seemed open to him he would be filled with almost youthful enthusiasm; but such cannot bo said to have been the cise with regard to his last journey to Khartoum, for he was going to announce to a people the promiso of whose emancipation he had procured some years ago that the English people and Government had not the will and the power to redeam the pledge of their nominee the Khedive. When peoplo ask why Goneral Gordon went on this mission they forget that General Gordon was an officer of the Queen and on the Active List, and that his devotion to duty was always so strong that all his arrangements with foreign Governments wore accompanied by the proviso " unless my own Govern merit requires my services." But still if General Gordon went back to the Soudan with the absence of that enthusiasm which in the case of men of his temperament is the best guarantee of success, it cannot be said that he was hopeless of doing any good. He was not able to assure the peoples of the Soudan that he had received the fiat of.England to spare neither its treasure nor its authority in giving effect to the Convention of 1877; but still he might be ablo to bear the olive branch of peace if he could only allay the popular excitement by assuring the people that nothing would be disturbed, that the slaves should remain slaves, and that their owners should le left unmolested in all their rights of property. The policy is...show more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236571061
  • 9781236571069