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Letter from Prince Kong, 1864

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Parkes 44/14

Scope and Contents

A letter from Prince Kong (I-hsin) to Charles Gordon, agreeing with Gordon's suggestion that Chinese officers should undergo training in the arts of artillery, and including a transcript of the imperial edict granting Gordon's promotion and rewards. The letter is dated the 3rd year, 5th month, 15th day of Tongzhi's reign (18 June 1864). It includes English notes in pencil reading 'Prince of Kung to Gordon' on the top of the covering page, and 'Prince Kung' on the bottom of the last page. The letter is written on one sheet; a second sheet is blank.


  • Creation: 1864


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2 sheet(s) (2 sheets)

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Repository Details

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