HC Deb 08 May 1884 vol 287 c1682

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether General Gordon, when he accepted his present mission and stipulated that "Zebehr should be carefully watched," gave his reasons for this request; whether General Gordon required that, if he went to Suakin, as at first intended, Zebehr should be sent to Cyprus; and, whether the Government ordered or directed General Gordon to go to Cairo instead of Suakin; and, if so, how such desire was communicated to him?


General Gordon's reasons for desiring that Zebehr Pasha should be watched are given at page 2 of "Egypt," No. 13, in his own language. General Gordon, before arriving in Egypt, suggested that Zebehr Pasha should be sent to Cyprus; but he did not make it a condition of acceptance. It was at Sir Evelyn Baring's request, as stated in "Egypt," No. 2, page 4, that General Gordon went to Cairo instead of Suakin. He was not expressly ordered or directed to go; but he received a telegram on his arrival at Port Said informing him of the request, and expressing the hope that he would agree.