What General Gordon Read.
General Gordon’s library did not consist of fifty volumes, but thirty of the great soldier’s books have just been presented to the Southampton Free Library, It is interesting to know—now so much js said on llio choice of books—what the brave General read, and from whence he derived his singular ideals. His favorite author appears to have been the Rev, Andrew Jukes; and all the works of this divine are carefully scored and marked : “ Read prayerfully, and to he returned. C. K, Gordon.” Those books include such diverse subjects as ‘ The Mystery of the Kingdom traced through the Four Books of Kings ’ (in which is written “C. E. Gordon, with the writer’s Christian regards, 7th October, 1807), the ‘ Characteristic Differences of the Four Gospels,’ the ‘ Hand of the Lord,’ the ‘ Law of Offerings,’ and the ‘ Second Death.’ The work of Mr Jukes that he prized most, however, was the ‘ Types of Genesis, Briefly Considered as Revealing the Development of Human Nature,’ and so much did ho value this, that he deliberately cut it into four parts and bound portions in brown paper to lend to comrades and friends. Tho military works he had were not many, but they included ‘ The RussoIndian Question,’ by Captain French ; the Royal Engineer prize essay of 1875 on ‘ The Defence of a Position Selected as a Field of Battle,’ by Captain T. Fraser; Burns’s ‘ Naval and Military Technical Dictionary of the French Language ‘lonian Islands iu tho year 1863,’ by Professor D. T. Anstead ; and an essay on the principles and construction of military bridges and the passage of rivers in military operations, by General Sir Howard Douglas, Bart. One of the pamphlets has a special interest. It is a report on the seizure of the Abyssinian geological and mineralogical expedition, and bears the inscription: “To His Excellency General C. E. Gordon Pasha, with the best wishes of the writer, L. H, Mitchell.” The other books are:—‘On Providing and Conducting a Trigonometrical Survey,’ by Captain Frome; two works on mathematics: ‘ The Tongue of Fire ; or, the True Power of Christianity’; theTauchnitz edition of the New Testament, with an introduction and various readings, from three most celebrated manuscripts of the original Greek texts; ‘ Notes on the Book of Genesis ’; Baxter’s ‘ Dying Thoughts ’; ‘Tho Second Advent,’ by the Rev. J. Bennett, of Chelsea; ‘ Sacred Palm Lands,’ by A. G. Weld ; ‘ The Land and the Book’; •Notes on the Book of Exodus’ (anonymous); the S.P.G. Hymn Book ; ‘ Nations Around,’ by A. Keary; ‘An Exposition of the Tabernacle,’ by Sottau; ‘ Oriental Records Confirmatory of the New Testament,’ by Dr Rule ; Archbishop Leighton’s works ; ‘ Pictorial Description of the Tabernacle,’ by the late John Delworth ; Luther’s ‘Table Talk’; and Maunder’s ‘Treasury of Knowledge,’ much blistered, evidently by a foreign clime.
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What General Gordon Read., Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
What General Gordon Read. Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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