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Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 2½p, 5x7. Glen Echo, 1909 May 4. To Major General Roscoe G. Wells, Boston. In full: "I have Miss Kensel's always dear and precious letters of April 15th & 24th; a few lines from Mr. Dale saying he had called upon you on his way home; and your two letters of April 15th & 29th; all of which state scarcity of funds, and naming in bulk, the amounts required for present pressing needs, but I get from them no idea of what demands they are to meet, nor what grounds they cover as the papers are all at your hands it would, perhaps, not give you too much trouble to send me an itemized account of all the indebtedness of the society. I would not be understood as asking this statement of liabilities with a view to being able to meet them (for this year has been neither generous nor gentle with me) - but, that from the place I occupy in the Society, it would seem proper that I know what the debts of the Society are and to whom due, including loans as debts. I need not say how sorry I am for the apparent troubled times you know that from knowing me. With dear love to all." When CLARA BARTON (1821-1912) was President of the National First Aid Association of America, MARY L. KENSEL was Secretary and ROSCOE G. WELLS was Assistant to the President. CLARA BARTON, who established the American Red Cross in 1881, served as its first President until 1904. In 1905, she founded the National First Aid Association, which taught first aid classes and developed the original first aid kits. In 1909, the year of this letter, first aid training became an essential function of the American Red Cross. Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts and she spent the last years of her life (from 1897) in her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, which had first been used as a Red Cross warehouse before becoming the headquarters of the organization and her living quarters. Mid-horizontal fold lightly touches one line of text. Staple holes at upper blank margin. Lightly soiled. Overall, 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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