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The Lieutenant-General who is credited as the founder of the Boys Scout Association pens a letter to a friend expressing him his joy to hear from him after so many years and his sadness to know he was in misfortune. He assures his friend he would try to help him, signed in iron gall ink

Autograph Letter Signed: "RSS Baden Powell" in iron gall ink, 2p, 4¼x7, front and verso. Place: South Africa. Date: April 3, 1902. On letterhead of "South African Constabulary" to Charles McDonnell. In full: "I was very glad to hear from you the other day after so many years - but am sorry to hear of the poor state into which you have come. I will see what can be done by the Regt. to give you a helping hand. The 13th have been doing very good work out here and have made quite a name for themselves for having their horses always in good condition and ready for any amount of work. I hope I shall see you fit & well when I return home." CHARLES McDONNELL had been a Corporal in the 13th Hussars, which Baden-Powell had joined as a Second Lieutenant in 1876. The 13th Hussars, who are best known for taking part in the Charge of the Light Brigade, were commanded at the time by Sir Baker Creed Russell. In 1911, nine years after this letter, Baden-Powell would become a Colonel with the 13th, which was later incorporated into the 18th Hussars. At the time of this letter, Baden-Powell, who had been promoted to Major-General in 1900, was Commanding Officer of the South African Constabulary (1900-1903), which he had organized following the siege of Mafeking during the Boer War (1899-1900). He would serve in the post until 1903, when Baden-Powell, an expert horseman, became Inspector General of the cavalry. ROBERT STEPHENSON SMYTH BADEN-POWELL (1857-1941), who distinguished himself in military service 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 paintings by Baden-Powell, who 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 Department. Lightly creased with mid-horizontal fold, not at signature. 1½-inch separation at left margin at fold affects 3 words (all legible, paper intact). Lightly foxed, soiled. Slightly chipped at blank upper edge. Otherwise, fine condition.


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

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