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Great content archive of letters, mostly relating to tortoises and the giant Coco de Mer palm tree growing in the Seychelles which Chinese Gordon had identified as the location of the biblical Garden of Eden, the palm being the Tree of Knowledge; one letter recounts the story of the tortoise carrying Noah's Ark to Mt. Ararat
Mauritius, 1881-1882 Archive of 17 Autograph Letters Signed "C.E. Gordon," mostly 4.5" x 7", 33 pages in all, front and verso. Each to Charles Button of Mahé, Seychelles (north of Madagascar). With an unsigned pictorial listing of repairs to Gordon's headquarters in his hand. In an undated letter on stationery embossed with the British coat of arms, Gordon thanks Button "for your kind offer of the small Tortoises. I hope you will not give any away at all. A time will come, when they will be very valuable and it is a great pity to give any of them away, they are only neglected..." Mouse-eaten at folds and upper edge, not near signature.In 1881, Gordon published a report, original in the British Museum, entitled "Gigantic land tortoises of Seychelles," crediting the information to "a very intelligent gentleman Mr Charles Button of Providence Mahé." In another undated two page signed letter, the conclusion of an ALS, Gordon asks Button to "tell me about the Coco de Mers, for I am muc
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