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CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/25/1910 - HFSID 42956

 
CLARA BARTON
Clara Barton sends an autograph letter about her photographs and thanks for the letter.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 2p, 5¼x6¾ lined sheets. Glen Echo, Maryland, 1910 October 25. To Mr. Frederick Hill Meserve. In full: "I come to thank for your esteemed letter of the 20th and all the kindliness of good will it expresses. I am very proud of my little photos, and feel really opulent over such possessions, and since I see a prospect of a way to get more, when these are gone I shall be liberal with my friends who express any desire for them, and may I not hope and feel that your friends are my friends, and ask you to be my Almoner to any whom you desire - I send a few, with my coarse autograph for this - What a delightful resume you will have of our great and good President. We had no other Lincoln and never can have. God grant there never come a time when we shall so much need him. My dear friend, for such privilege I beg you to allow me wear - if circumstances call you to our capital city; I trust you will bear in mind in a little hamlet six or seven miles beyond Georgetown, is a friend who would be happy and honored by a friendly call from you. And your kind offer to come if I need will not even grow dim in my recollection. With renewed assurances of gratitude, Yours faithfully". The Glen Echo residence of CLARA BARTON (1821-1912), built for her in 1891, was used initially as a warehouse for Red Cross disaster relief supplies. In 1897, the home was remodeled as both her residence and the headquarters of the American Red Cross (until 1904, when Barton resigned from the organization she had founded in 1882). Although she was two months shy of her 89th birthday when she wrote this letter, Barton was in good health and remained active. FREDERICK HILL MESERVE (1865-1962) had purchased a collection of Matthew Brady's early daguerreotypes in 1897 and Brady's negatives in 1902. The collection included photographs of Abraham Lincoln, Union Civil War officers - and Clara Barton. Meserve, who published a number of the Lincoln photographs, corresponded with Barton, who had photographs of herself made from Brady's negatives to distribute to her admirers. Slightly creased, mid-vertical fold. Paper clip rust stain at upper left blank margin on first page. Fine condition.


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





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