A Book of Words
Selections from speeches and addresses
delivered between 1906 and 1927
"A Doctor's Work"
1st October 1908
Last Thursday I had to deliver prizes at the Middlesex hospital and to make some sort of speech ... It was in a lecture room with benches tiering away up to the ceiling and lighted from above by a round skylight. Also it was a fervently hot day.His friend and doctor, Sir John Bland-Sutton, Surgeon to the hospital and President of the Royal College of Surgeons, had persuaded Kipling to speak. Bland-Sutton was the original for Sir James Belton in Kipling’s story, "The Tender Achilles", first published in 1929, and collected in Limits and Renewals (1932). Three years after giving the speech, Kipling donated a poem, ‘The Spies’ March’, to The Literary Pageant, sold in aid of the hospital.
(Letters, Ed. Pinney vol. 3, p. 340)