Clara Barton sends an autograph letter of thanks that a friend came
Autograph Letter signed: "C.B.", 1p, 4¾x8 with blank integral
leaf. Washington, D.C., September 9 . To "My dear
Marien". In full: "I am delighted that you came. No time to say
more. Some stranger is overlooking you desires, with a view to 'fixing up.' It
seems sacrilege to me, but I can't help it. With dearest love to all.
Yours, Marien." Slightly soiled. Pinhead sized spot at lower right
edge. Fine condition. Accompanied by envelope addressed in Barton's hand
to "Miss Marien E. Balevin/#284 Par Ave, Worcester, Massachusetts",
postmarked Washington, D.C., September 13, 1892. Lightly soiled. Opened
at top and right edges; slightly frayed at right. Nicked at lower corners.
Overall, fine condition. Clara Barton (1821-1912), who had served on the
battlefields of the Civil War, became acquainted with the International Red
Cross of Geneva while working abroad during the Franco-Prussian conflict and
established the American Red Cross in 1882. She served as the organization's
President until June 16, 1904, when she resigned from her "lifelong
presidency". In April 1905, the year before this document was signed, Barton,
who had originally planned to organized a Red Cross in Mexico, founded the
National First Aid Association of America, which taught first aid classes
(likely the reason for the Diplomas mentioned in this letter), developed the
original first aid kits and helped to organize community ambulance brigades. She
would serve as the organization's honorary President for five years. In
1907, The Story of My Childhood, the first and only volume of her planned
multi-volume autobiography, was published. In 1891, Edward and Edwin Baltzley
had built a three-story, 30-room home in Glen Echo, Maryland for Barton.
Remodeled in 1897 as the headquarters of the American Red Cross,
the home temporarily served as a warehouse and was crammed with thousands
of items to assist victims of wars and natural disasters. Barton would live in
the home until her death. Two items.
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