Item #18201 Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross Autograph Letter Signed. Clara Barton.
Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross Autograph Letter Signed
Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross Autograph Letter Signed

Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross Autograph Letter Signed

ALS : Autograph Letter Signed

Clara Barton. Autograph Letter Signed, 28 March, 1909. A 7 pages long handwritten letter. Measures 5 x 7 inches.Clara Barton was an American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. Barton went on to become a fierce civil rights advocate decades before women gained the right to vote. "I believe I have gotten to where I can speak and continue to, without backsliding every other day," she writes to her secretary. The letter continues, detailing Barton's work teaching first aid, work with the Red Cross and new presidency of the Children's Star League. "There was such a pressure brought to bear, by the authors of the new organization here in the city, The Children's Star League, for me to take the Presidency, so much, they depended on it, and they were altogether such unexceptional people I could not well refuse them," she writes. Barton's ability to move humanitarian work from intention to action supported by structural sustainability would make her a valuable asset for philanthropic organizations eager to model their work after The Red Cross. "When I pled that I had not time, they proposed to send me help; and when I pled inability to come to them for meetings, they proposed to come to me, and hold their meetings with me...my selfishness and obstinacy gave way, a little at least, and I said I would do what I could." Barton's tone is warm, at times self-deprecating, and frequently endearing. "My dear, this is a long scribble; but how could I say anything, and say less?" she concludes. An inspired look inside the mind of a woman who conquered her own self-doubt to make history. Written in black ink by Barton's own hand and addressed to her secretary whose service she notes missing. In very good condition.

Item #18201

Price: $650.00