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Clara Barton sends an autograph letter of thanks for the entertainment.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara Barton", 2p, 4½x3½. Glen Echo, [Maryland], 1897 November 29. To "Iola & Dr.". In full: "I must send a line to give my late congratulation on your lively entertainment at Huren Park. It must have been delightful. I can see you all dancing on the green in the moonlight and I am so near akin to the owl that I cant (sic) believe the night was made to sleep in, and love all its beautiful moonlight - 'Oh Heavens no.' -- I think of you now all settled in town once more, and more lively evenings with friends, no doubt. I am glad to tell you that my bronchitis has nearly left me, I always fish up one in the dear 'old countries,' and confirm it on the voyage home. A [illegible] crush of some weeks - more or less is the 'benefit' I get from a sea voyage. We are not yet quite called to Cuba, still I believe Spain would like to have us go. The Dr is here & will try to turn his fairy footsteps towards the setting sun as soon as [illegible] He will no doubt write himself and make his 'hidden things known' and his paths straight. Give worlds of love to Ma Lee., [illegible], Cassie and keep for yourselves the biggest of the best." 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 year after Barton wrote this letter, 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. Slightly soiled. Ink blot at upper margin. 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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