BADEN-POWELL, General Robert, 1st Baron. 19182

£350

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Autograph Letter Signed ‘R.Baden-Powell’, addressed ‘Dear Sir’,answering a question about Colonel Gourand’s recruitment of old soldiers for service in North Africa. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine, with integral blank leaf. marked Private. Inspector General of Cavalry, War Office, 17 February 1904. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, first Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941), hero of Mafeking (relieved in May 1900), founder of the Boy Scouts. He writes, regarding Colonel Gourand, that “I know nothing of his scheme for employing men other than that he asked my advice how to make known to old soldiers he wants to get some for service in North Africa; and I suggested to him that he might consult you for being able to give him the best advice. I believe him to be acting on behalf of M.Lebandy – the ‘Jacques I, Emperor of the Sahara’.”