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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/27/1905 - HFSID 49809

 
ROBERT BADEN-POWELL

The Lieutenant-General who is credited as the founder of the Boy Scouts Association pens a letter to a friend  referring to some Riding School Mirrors, signed in iron gall ink

Autograph Letter signed: "Robt Baden Powell" in iron gall ink. 1 page. 4½x7.  Written on official War Office letterhead. Place: Whitehall, London. Date: January 27, 1905. In full:" Dear Stopford. Here with the estimates for Riding School mirrors of which I wrote to you. Yours sincerely." In 1908 Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, a hero of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) published Scouting for Boys, based on his army manual, Aids to Scouting (1899). His Boy Scout movement spread rapidly around the British Isles, and by 1920, the year he received his peerage, Baden-Powell was recognized as "Chief Scout of the World". Second Lieutenant Baden-Powell had been detached for scouting service in Africa in the Ashanti (1895) and Matabele (1896) campaigns. In 1897, he transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards, which he commanded. While he was on leave in England in 1899, Baden-Powell was appointed to raise a force of mounted rifles to be based in Mafeking with the secret aim of making raids on the Boers (Afrikaaners) in Transvaal. Mafeking was besieged by a superior force of Boers on October 12, 1899. The siege lasted for 217 days (until May 17, 1900), and the relief of Mafeking was celebrated throughout the Empire, as it was the first victory the British had achieved in the Boer War. When he wrote this letter, Baden-Powell was Britain's Inspector General of Cavalry. Sealed. Lightly creased and soiled. Two pinholes at blank top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

 



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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL
Born: February 22, 1857 in London, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 8, 1941 in Nyeri, Kenya


Film Credits
2012 Boardwalk Empire (Sound), 2010 Masterpiece Mystery (Other), 1976 I, Tintin (Other), 1930 The Woodpigeon Patrol (in person), 1918 Boys of the Otter Patrol (in person), 1917 Boy Scouts to the Rescue (in person), 1904 Opening of the Drill Hall in Accrington by General Baden-Powell (in person), 1903 Major General Baden-Powell at St. George's Hall (in person), 1901 Baden-Powell's Arrival at Southampton (in person), 1901 Arrival of Major General Baden-Powell (in person), 1900 Earl Roberts and General Baden Powell (in person)


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