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Clara Barton sends an autograph letter about the sickness going around.
Autograph Letter signed: "Clara Barton", 3p, 4½x6¾. Glen Echo (Maryland), 1891 July 23. To "Dear Dr Wm Enola [?]". In full: "I must send this one word of explanation: I had written the accompanying letter as per date but for some unexplained cause did not send it. I know now that it was not to go to be an embarrassment to you late after yours should come to me. I am sorry for the sickness, but shall not be greatly troubled by change of program if it came. I very much dread a long journey just at present. I have a letter from Mr Moulans sister to the effect that he has been extremely ill, in it that his wife went for him, that he is home in Fairfield very weak but slowly recovering it is hoped. Our plan now is to leave here on Saturday evening the last day of this month with the party from here bound for the Encampment of the G.A.R. at Detroit and shall remain the week. Further than that we have not got, but will write again. It is so late I can say good night once and retire for I am already asleep, as you doubtless perceive. In all love Yours." 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. 1x1-inch spot at center of each page, not affecting legibility. Pinhead sized hole at intersection of horizontal and vertical folds on signature page. ¾-inch paper separation at bottom of page fold. 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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