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Two years after her resignation from the "lifelong Presidency" of the American Red Cross amidst charges that she had diverted relief donations to personal uses, Barton, her lawyer, another Red Cross official and a wealthy contributor, sign an agreement to waive financial claims against each other.
Document Signed: "Clara Barton", "Joseph Gardner", "Enola Lee Gardner", "L.A. Stebbins" and "W.H. Sears", 1 page, 8½x13. No place, 1906 September 17. Joseph Gardner, his wife, Enola, L.A. Stebbins, W.H. Sears and Clara Barton declare that none of the parties have any claims against or any financial obligations to each other. In full: "WHEREAS, we, Joseph Gardner and Enola Lee Gardner his wife, and L.A. Stebbins and W.H. Sears, have in times past had diverse and sundry dealings with Miss Clara Barton, both individually and as President of the American National Red Cross; and WHEREAS, realizing the uncertainty of human life and desiring that no business transaction or matter involving property right, or any claim of any kind or character whatsoever held, or which at any time might be claimed to be held against Miss Clara Barton, either individually or as President of the American National Red Cross, or by her against us, shall become a matter of dispute, either during our lives or after we shall be dead: We, the undersigned, have this day met together in conference, and having gone over all past transactions carefully and in detail, have agreed and do hereby agree, in consideration of the premises, that none of us Joseph Gardner and Enola Lee Gardner his wife, and L.A. Stebbins and W.H. Sears, have any claim of any kind or character against Miss Clara Barton, either individually or as President of the American National Red Cross. And in consideration of the premises the said Clara Barton on her part agrees that she has no claim against us of any kind or character, and that all unsettled business transactions of every kind and character are this day fully settled, determined and adjusted between us, and it is agreed that neither of us are under any financial obligation to the other." Names in text filled in by Joseph Gardner. 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 for reasons discussed below. In 1893, Dr. JOSEPH GARDNER donated a parcel of land in Bedford, Indiana, for use as a Red Cross storage facility. Barton accepted the donation and appointed Gardner to serve as an advisor in development of the property. Ten years later, John H. Morlan, Barton's former confidential secretary, alleged that Barton had diverted funds donated for relief of victims of a Russian famine and the Johnstown flood to personal use, including improvements to her home in Washington, and had also covertly paid for the Gardner land with donated funds. A committee of three, headed by Senator Redfield Proctor, held hearings in April and May of 1904, and a Treasury expert was hired to audit the Red Cross' books. After the third meeting, the investigation was abruptly dropped and no report was issued, but Barton resigned and the Red Cross was reorganized, with Mabel Barton, a former volunteer with and Secretary of the organization, succeeding Barton as President. Barton founded a new organization, the National First Aid Association of America, which taught first aid classes and developed the original first aid kits. LOUIS A. STEBBINS, a lawyer representing Clara Barton, had made counter-charges against John Morlan that he was an embittered former employee who was seeking to blackmail Barton. General W. H. SEARS, former commander of the Kansas National Guard and a former Red Cross official, had been legal counsel to the Red Cross during the Procter investigation. Slightly creased. Horizontal folds, not at signatures.

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