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CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/05/1903 - HFSID 175770

 

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"I DO NOT AT ALL THINK IT WAS - OR IS LACK OF INTERST OR OF APPRECIATION NOR ARE THEY LOST TO THE FUTURE OF FIRST AID"
 
CLARA BARTON.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 5p, 4¼x5¾. Anamosa [Iowa], [1903] September 5. To Roscoe (Roscoe G. Wells). In full: "Yours of Sept 2 is just this minute here. I have not heard one word from Minn. and now scarcely expect to. I can understand it only in this way. That they had a most fearful strain with the Encampment and did, and gave all they felt they could, and were tired and didn't feel like taking up any thing else just now. I do not at all think it was - or is lack of interest or of appreciation nor are they lost to the future of First Aid - The hook is swallowed and will later pull them to the surface. Having said so much when there, and writing them once so fully I dared not write again - it did not seem wise to do so - They will [illegible] it up better a little later, and be assured the ground is broken and the seed sewn for the crop of Minneapolis you will find it later. I could have wished it now, but they did have a hand two weeks on that most insufferable of hot weather, and have not forgotten it. I expect you will return before we do and we will not meet. We are still at Anamosa but will leave soon - may stop a day in Chicago when we get there. The horses are at the door for a ride to the home from some fourteen miles out. They were here before your letter came, so you see I have spared neither time nor speed - But this must go to you however bad." Although there is no year, we have handled other letters written by Clara Barton from Anamosa, Iowa, to Roscoe G. Wells in early September 1903, on the same type of paper; one dated September 3, 1903 begins: "I shall write to you every day...." General ROSCOE G. WELLS later became Barton's assistant at the National First Aid Association of America. On May 14, 1904, CLARA BARTON (1821-1912) resigned as President of the American National Red Cross, in wake of mounting criticism of her management style, ability and age (82). In April, 1905, she established the National First Aid Association of America and served as honorary president for five years. It was based on an unsuccessful first aid program Barton had initiated within the Red Cross, referred to in this letter. The new organization emphasized basic first aid instruction and emergency preparedness and developed the first aid kit now used at homes and in schools and businesses. Ambulance brigades were formed in conjunction with police and fire departments, as well as in industrial settings. Though the organization didn't grow as she had hoped, her goal was achieved: first aid training was incorporated as one of the essential functions of the American Red Cross. Staple holes in upper left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.


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CLARA BARTON
Born: December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts
Died: April 12, 1912 in Glen Echo, Maryland





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