CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/28/1906 - HFSID 175772
Sale Price $1,360.00
ABOUT HER WORK: "I CANNOT TELL YOU...THE GREAT GLADNESS THERE IS IN MY BREAST...BECAUSE IT MEANS SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE WORLD...THAT THERE BE MORE OF COMFORT AND LESS OF PAIN AND MISERY FOR HAVING WALKED THE TRACKS ALONG WITH THEM...."
CLARA BARTON. Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 5p, 5¼x6¾. Anamosa, Iowa, 1906 August 28. To Mr. Wells (Roscoe G. Wells). In full: "The dispatch came, telling of the letter - then the letter, last night, telling that you will leave Boston just now, as I write you at Detroit. - Nothing could have been more opportune. and I cannot but feel that the 'whole thing' is shaping itself better than we could have planned it. I have once tested the spirit of Detroit and know how generously and spontaneously its people come up to an occasion, and it had been a hope of mine that it would be one of the points to be reached early. It seems that everything has been arranged not only for the progress of the work, but for your comfort as well. I will write Minneapolis today telling the purport of your letter, and will see that you are 'introduced' which has been already more fully done than may at first occur to you. It seemed to me, when there, that I could not get you there fast enough. The field seemed to be so ripe. The workers waited, you had only to receive your horn and the sickles would go in, but, of course, I reckoned without Detroit. This is what I feel, is better than we should have promised ourselves. Among the charming active ladies you will meet, I think, will be Miss Lydia Hopkins, a personal friend of mine, a prominent U.R.C. woman and so well known in Detroit that the name is sufficient. I met Miss Hopkins last week at Minneapolis and told her, as well as I could in a hurried moment of our work and it would come to Detroit. Of course her heart and hands were ready and I will write her of your coming. She will be a type of the charming women you will meet there. We are having most charming visits here. We go back to Minneapolis to resume our journey home. Wouldn't it be singular if we all start back together? How much I wish Miss Kensel could be with us. I have asked Dr. Hubbell to write you asking about the time and probable dates of your stay at Detroit. That we might be able to make ours to coincide. I am so glad the extreme heat is over. We are luxuriating by a brilliant wood fire this morning. The letters of 'introduction' shall go for forms sake, but I think when you reach Minneapolis and tell them you are Mr Wells of the First Aid, they will not ask you for your credentials. I cannot tell you, dear Roscoe the great gladness there is in my breast for all these prospects of repeat success in our work, and that because it means something good for the world. That we are permitted to be made instruments of and for good among our race, That there may be more of comfort and less of pain and misery for our having walked the tracks along with them and that in this humble and oftimes hard way, it is given us to do. I am rejoiced that there is so sure a prospect of our meeting again so soon - and with such unforeseen prospects. Please let us hear, often or daily, if only a line by dictation. That will be all we need." General ROSCOE G. WELLS was Barton's assistant at the National First Aid Association of America. On May 14, 1904, CLARA BARTON (1821-1912) resigned as President of the American National Red Cross, in wake of mounting criticism of her management style, ability and age (82). In April, 1905, she established the National First Aid Association of America and served as honorary president for five years. It was based on an unsuccessful first aid program Barton had initiated within the Red Cross. The new organization emphasized basic first aid instruction and emergency preparedness and developed the first aid kit now used at homes and in schools and businesses. Ambulance brigades were formed in conjunction with police and fire departments, as well as in industrial settings. Though the organization didn't grow as she had hoped, her goal was achieved: first aid training was incorporated as one of the essential functions of the American Red Cross. Fine condition.
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