When the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910, one of its earliest actions was to organize a local council for Brooklyn and Queens, and its first commissioner and executive secretary was Holcombe, a cryptic figure who was also active in the settlement house movement in New York City in the 1890s. Item #32498
Signature on the closing portion of a TLS, 8½" X 3¼" slip, n.p., n.y. Near fine. At upper left, below the typed salutation "Yours very truly," Holcombe signs handsomely in black ink, with the typed title "Commissioner" below his signature. Also present is the similarly-sized masthead from the same letterhead sheet from which this signature was clipped, bearing the large ornate "Boy Scouts of America" headquarters masthead printed in blue, which cites Holcombe, notes Brooklyn, New York and bears the typed datr 17 December 1912. An unusual and exceptionally early BSA curiosity.