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CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - HFSID 283763

 

CLARA BARTON and BENJAMIN BUTLER
Album page containing two items signed by Barton: a 4x6 photo and a 4x7 autograph letter circa 1895. On verso is a typed letter signed by general and politician Benjamin F. Butler in 1890.
Collection consisting of three items affixed to an 11½ x 10 page: 1) Photograph signed: "Very Sincerely Yours/Clara Barton". B/w, 4 x 6. 2) Autograph Letter signed: "Clara Barton", 1p, 4 x 7. Washington, Wednesday 22nd [circa 1895]. To Mr. & Mrs. [journalist Frank G.] Carpenter, in full: "Please don't say you can't come to our reception on Friday night, and then let me beg of you to be, not with our guests, but with our entertainers. And let me feel your efficient selves in charge of some place that will have need of you. Yours hopefully. Toned around edges on front and verso. Soiled on letter. 3) On verso, a Typed Letter signed: "Benj. F. Butler", 1p, 8 x 8 letter, with 3 x 4 newspaper portrait attached. Boston, 1890 April 23. On letterhead of his law office to Frank G. Carpenter, Washington, D.C. In full: "My professional duties and private affairs require so much of my time that I regret to say that you will have to excuse me from complying with the request contained in your letter of the 19th inst. Yours truly". Horizontal folding crease through signature. Good 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. A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, BENJAMIN F. BUTLER (1818-1893) entered the Civil War in a dramatic way. Leading the 8th Massachusetts, he broke the blockade of Washington five days after the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln rewarded him with an appointment as the first volunteer Major General. Butler was appointed Military Governor of New Orleans in May of 1862, but he served only until December, earning the sobriquet "Beast Butler" from angry Southerners. He returned to combat duty with command of the Army of the James in 1863. He proved inept against General P.G.T. Beauregard at the Battle at Bermuda Hundred (May 16, 1864), and Grant sent him to New York. Butler resigned his commission in January of 1865. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1867-1875, 1877-1879), where he played a prominent part in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. He changed political parties several times, and was elected Massachusetts' Democratic Governor (1882-1884). In 1884, Butler, who advocated an eight-hour workday, ran unsuccessfully for president on an anti-monopoly platform. Two items.


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





MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Born: November 5, 1818 in Deerfield, New Hampshire
Died: January 11, 1893 in Washington, District of Columbia





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