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CLARA BARTON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 27985

Clara Barton sends an autograph letter on the back of her engraved business card about coming to visit over Christmas. Engraved "Clara Barton/President of the American National Association of the Red Cross," 3¼x2¼ card. Engraved at lower right: "Washington, D.C.…"

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CLARA BARTON
Clara Barton sends an autograph letter on the back of her engraved business card about coming to visit over Christmas.
Engraved "Clara Barton/President of the American National Association of the Red Cross," 3¼x2¼ card. Engraved at lower right: "Washington, D.C./Seventeenth & F Sts., N.W." Penned by Barton at top: "Happy New year to/Dr. G. Nola/from." She has added to her printed title: "and the Red Cross Staff." On the left side she has written: "I send 2000 of these little/last year greeting to the/colored 'Brethren.'" Autograph Letter Signed: "C.B." on verso. In full: "Many thanks for the invitation to Christmas. We would come then but some of us will later when the clouds of work clear off a little. We wish you were here to help us. Had not you better come east for a little? We are well. It is just getting to seem like winter - our first snow today. With all love." 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. Soiled on engraved side, smudged on note side, else fine condition.

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