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Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara", 1p, 6x9¼. The Hoffman House, Madison Square, New York, 1894 April 12. To "Harriette", her sister. In full: "Your dispatch is this moment here. We thought it best to come here after breakfast, and Judge Sheldon had arrived. ("European"Joe Know") Our journey was O.K. lovely nights sleep not once awake the time to get up lovely weather too, some snow, some rain and lots of mud; we have a little square of rooms all in a bunch and feel quite at home. The gentlemen have gone to find and call upon Mr. Shaw. I have of course no news of any kind beyond this. I thought of you alone last night don't know why I should. As I now think of myself, when I stay alone, for a week at a time. I shall write momentarily as things occur. With all love." Postscript: "Our boy comforts himself well, all things considered." Marked "over". Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara B." on verso: "Saturday" (April 14, 1894). In full: "As you see I wrote the first page of this the first day. In all the rush it laid unposted till now, when I have a great deal to tell you. The papers & letters have all come. We shall use them today. And [two lines crossed out by Barton] and we feel that we have made a success. We now decide to wait over and go the Friends meeting in Phil. Monday evening and go home Tuesday." On pictorial stationery of The Hoffman House. 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. Ink used to cross out lines of second letter shows through at text of first letter, which remains fully legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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

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