CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED 04/28/1879 - HFSID 51966
Sale Price $552.50
Clara Barton signs an autograph endorsement for her power of attorney.
Autograph Endorsement signed: "C.B.", 1p, 8x9¾. Dansville, New York, 1879 April 28. Written on verso of integral address leaf, in response to a manuscript letter from a party in New York City, who has forwarded her power of attorney [not included] with the request that she have it notarized and return it. Addressed to Barton (unknown hand) on verso, postmarked New York, New York, April 28, 1879. She has written, in full: "Power of Atty acknowledge of Maj. Seth Hedges/Apr 27 - mailed to [2 words illegible]." 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. Manuscript letter slightly soiled. One-inch paper separation at left edge of lower horizontal fold, ¼-inch separation at top of center fold. Red ½-inch red seal at center of right edge. Overall, fine condition.
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