Recto. Letter on American Association of the Red Cross stationery, written and signed by Clara Barton, 1882.


  • Title: Letter, Clara Barton to Dr. Wayland
  • Creator: Clara Barton
  • Date: 1882
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Story: Clara Barton gained fame through her Civil War work. Following the Civil War, Barton worked with the International Red Cross to provide aid during the Franco-Prussian War. Exhausted by her experience, Barton recuperated at Dr. Jackson’s health institute in Dansville, New York. Barton repeatedly returned to Dansville for rest and relaxation over the next decade. Dansville citizens chartered the first local chapter of the American Red Cross on August 22, 1881, a year before this letter was written.
  • Provenance: Gift of Jeanne and Robert Schramm
  • Transcript:
    Washington D.C. 1882 Dansville NY Sept. 2 Dear Dr. Wayland, I have striven very hard to make a better compliance with your suggestion and send you strips of my “paper” by the 1st of the month. But- such an over press of work of many kinds crowded all at once, that I have found it impossible to do better than to post some printed slips of an abstract to Mr. Sanborn at Saratoga today, which will be there tomorrow, waiting for Monday morning. I hope to be there myself by Monday evening. Mr. Heuston Genl Ast of the N.Y. Asso Press wrote four copies. I send some to him & I inform you, thinking it may be a help to you in the circulation of yours if, indeed you find them worth the trouble of circulating. I greatly regret that the little time I have had to devote to the preparation of my paper will so seriously detract from its interest. Hoping to see you soon I remain dear Dr. heartily but Truly Yours Clara Barton
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  • Type: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 10 1/2x 8 in.

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