chapter  XVI
The Sudan Abandoned
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The British Government had been led, much against their will, into the occupation of Egypt. They were fearful that they might unconsciously drift into military intervention in the Sudan. Lord Granville, then Her Britannic Majesty’s Foreign Secretary, was determined to guard against this danger. He refused to have anything to say about Sudanese matters. Several British officers, chief amongst whom was General Hicks, had, however, been appointed to the staff of the Egyptian Army in the spring of 1883. Shortly after his arrival at Khartoum in March of

that year, this gallant soldier made an appeal to Cairo for help.1