Cairo: 1877. unbound. Archive of two autographed letters signed and one telegram by the British General nicknamed for his victory in Beijing. Both letters were written on the day of his arrival in Cairo, and all of these items relate to the building of the Sudan railroad, which would be used by the opposition Mahdi to kill Gordon in the course of defeating the British. The telegraph is 1 page, 11 x 8.5 inches, pencil with pen notations (faded), announcing his planned day of departure: "I leave on Thursday. Gordon. Suez." Cairo, February 2, 1877. The first autographed letter signed is 1 page on onionskin, 6.25 x 4.75 inches, headed by hand "Mo. 85 So Re" (pinholes in the upper left, one rust-stained), authorizing a payment "for arrears," probably a bribe to speed work, Cairo, February 18, 1877. The second autographed letter signed is 1 page on onionskin, 6.25 x 4.75 inches, headed by hand "Soudan Railway No. 86" (pinholes in the upper left, one rust-stained), charging the Bank of Egypt for railroad materials, Cairo, February 18, 1877. The telegraph is fragile and wrinkled; good condition. The letters are both in very good condition with faint creases and tiny pinholes.