[Baden-Powell writes to Rudyard Kipling about his poem 'The Scout's Patrol Song'.] Typed Letter Signed ('R S S Baden Powell') to Kipling, regarding 'publishing the Patrol song with music'.

Author: 
Robert Baden-Powell [Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association and Girl Guides
Publication details: 
The Castle, Richmond, Yorkshire. 1 October 1909.
£650.00
SKU: 21187

The Kipling Society explains the background to this letter, which relates to a poem which Kipling had published a fortnight before (16 September 1909) in the London Standard as 'A Patrol Song', reprinting it two days later in The Scout as 'The Scout's Patrol Song'. The letter is 1p, 4to. In fair condition, folded four times, with patches of small holes at the head. The letter begins: 'My dear Rudyard Kipling, | Thank you so much for your letter. You did not enclose the two letters to which you refer, but I guess that they are from people desirous of publishing the Patrol song with music. So far as we are concerned in the Scouts, we should be quite willing for the song to appear wherever you prefer.' He notes that the question of setting the poem to music 'has arisen very strongly', adding that 'every post brings me applications for leave to publish a tune for it'. He has been sent 'versions' by 'a great many'. He asks whether Kipling would 'care to let us select one from among the number as the approved melody', adding in autograph: '- subject to your approval of course.' As it happens, Kipling's poem was set to music by Ernest Harcourt. As the Kipling Society explains, there was a family connection between the Kipling and Baden-Powell families in India, where the two men probably met, although it was in Capetown during the Boer War that they got to know each other. The Scout Movement was in its infancy. The first Scout Rally had taken place less than a month before the sending of this letter.