chapter  XVII
Gladstone drafts Gordon
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Born in 1841, he entered the Royal Artillery in 1858, and attained the rank of Major before retiring from the army. In 1876 he was appointed British Commissioner of the Egyptian Public Debt. The selection of a comparatively untried major of artillery as the English representative on a Financial Board composed of delegates of all the Great Powers was considered a bold step. Within a short time, however, it was recognized that the Englishman, though keeping himself carefully in the background, was unmistakably the predominant factor on the Commission.