Clara Barton sends an autograph letter of acknowledgment that the
photos and negative have arrived.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 3¼p, 5¼x6¾. Glen
Echo, Maryland, 1910, October 17. To F.H. Meserve, New York. In part:
"The photos and negative prefaced by your esteemed letter have all arrived
safely, and I hasten to respond by sending my check for the sum so kindly
named as $12.14 [not included]. I cannot but feel that it is a large
amount of work for the money, but you would surely tell me if all is not
correct...." 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. FREDERICK HILL MESERVE (1865-1962) was a
well-known collector of Civil War photographs, an amateur historian and an
expert on President Abraham Lincoln. Slight pinhead-size stains. Vertical
fold touches signature. Overall, fine condition.
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