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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 55851

 
ROBERT BADEN-POWELL

The Lieutenant-General who is credited as the founder of the Boy Scouts pens his address on this 4¾x3 card, signed in iron gall ink

Autograph Note signed: "Rss Baden Powell", irregularly trimmed 4¾x3, affixed to 6½x3¾ album leaf, in turn affixed to 8¼x6½ sheet. Ink caption (unknown hand) at top of album leaf: "General Commanding forces in Mafeking. S.A." In full: "If I can be of any further use my address will be 8 St George Place, Hyde Park London SW. Yours truly".  Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) 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 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. A Colonel when the siege began, Baden-Powell was promoted to Major-General after the victory. Baden-Powell is best known for founding the Boy Scouts (1907, two years before he was knighted in 1909). Baden-Powell, who based his program on the skills he had learned as a scout in the military, wrote a number of guidebooks for the organization, many of which were illustrated by his paintings by Baden-Powell; he was an accomplished artist. In 1911, he helped his sister, Agnes, found the Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls. He returned to military service during WWI, serving with the British Intelligence. Mounted on 6½x4 and 8¼x6½ toned sheets of papers. Mounting adhesive at left edge of signature sheet. All three sheets lightly soiled. 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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