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Clara Barton sends an autograph letter from her home in retirement.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 3¼p, 5x6½. Oxford (Massachusetts), 1905 August 15. To M. Wells. Marked "Personal" in pencil with notes in unknown hand in upper margin. In part: "It seems to me that I should tell you and Miss Kenrel that I survived the dangerous voyage you saw me undertake, and at 7 o clock was safely back at the directed Mansion, with a sensation of real lazy freedom which I fear may become only too pronounced and permanent. Even the Diplomas are not done-but the big range is all in place, pipes up, and one day of good hot fire to burn off all smells of varnish...etc. and water boiled...The Telegram of Sunday named that the doings of the Camp were in the 'Second Edition', but as the second Ed, did not come out here, I have no knowledge of what was said or done - and no matter so it is done...Mr Rawsen says the type writer belongs to an old client of his, an Oxford man whom he has spoken to about, and he will rend it to him when wanted, but till notified he will leave it here that it can be used again if needed -- this absolves you from all responsibility and we are 'in' a type writer. Let me know, if I can serve -- And with love to Miss Kenrel and dear Mrs Reed when you see her." Barton (1821-1912) writes from her family home in Oxford, Massachusetts. The town sits on a river and is just south of Worcester. Thus her reference to her dangerous voyage. She was probably sailing. At the time Barton was in her retirement. She had resigned as President of the American Red Cross a year earlier (June 1904). Earlier in her life she had been a teacher near her home and may be at it again with the reference to diplomas. The "second edition" referenced may refer to her publication of "The Red Cross in Peace and War...."which was published first in 1904. During the Civil War, Clara Barton solicited and distributed supplies for the wounded. In Europe, she gave aid during the Franco-Prussian War in association with the International Red Cross. Barton was the first President of the American Red Cross (1882-1904). She spent most of her retirement at Glen Echo, Maryland, but she was buried at Oxford. Lightly creased, paper clip impression in upper blank right corner, else 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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