[April 11th 2011]
Published in pamphlet form as "The Nerve that Conquers", Doubleday, New York, 1928. Published in The Times 27 October 1928, page 9 and on the same date in the New York Times and East Anglian Times. Collected in the Sussex Edition vol. XXV, pp. 285-91, together with the earlier speeches collected in A Book of Words, and in the Burwash Edition vol. XXIV. Kipling gave permission for his speech to be printed in pamphlet form in aid of the Benevolent Society, but there is no record of such a publication.
Kipling had been asked to give the speech by Sir Percy Bates (1879-1946), the Chairman of Cunard, and of the Morning Post, with whom he stayed.
He arrived in Liverpool on 25 October and on the following day toured the docks on the Overhead Railway.
An account of his visit was given in the Liverpool Echo of Ocrober 26th under the title: Rudyard Kipling Sees Our Ships. Famous Author's Trip Along the Docks:
Youth is restless in Liverpool, today, for Rudyard Kipling is here. A glimpse of the author who has inspired every right-thinking Englishman, at some time or other, is a possibility of the streets.And middle-aged men reflect to themselves and try to recapture the magic of reading "Kim," or "Soldiers Three," or "Barrack Room Ballads" for the first time.In a letter to Elsie of October 10, Kipling wrote:
I am going up to Liverpool to stay a night with Percy Bates and make a speech to the Benevolent Shipbrokers of that Port. Did not know that that sort of people were benevolent but anything is possible at Liverpool.
(the page and line numbers below refer to the
Uniform Edition of A Book of Words Macmillan, London 1928)
[Page 287 line 1] Lord Hewart Gordon Viscount Hewart (1870-1943), Lord Chief Justice, 1922-1940.
[Page 287 line 11] Ushant Isle d’Ouessant, the most westerly part of France. An important landmark for mariners.
[Page 287 line 18] mizzen-mast the third, aftermost, mast of a sailing ship.
[Page 288 line 17] Galapagos A group of Pacific islands on the equator off the coast of Ecuador.
[Page 289 lines 11-12] since the Restoration Kipling presumably means the Restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, after the rule of Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, in the name of Parliament.
In fact, Liverpool’s great days as a seaport began in the eighteenth century with the development of the African slave trade.
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