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    Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed Thanking her Secretary for a Report. Five pages, 4.375" x 6.875", Oxford [Massachusetts], July 28, 1906, to "My dear Secretary". In part: "I have read the report very carefully and am more than pleased to express my entire approval my appreciation of its merit. And my thanks for the great care and pains with which our able and tireless secretary has brought it to such perfection. It speaks for itself and needs no praise. It is the wee voice in the wilderness proclaiming the gospel that is to follow." Signed at close: "Clara Barton".

    Condition: Writing is clear and dark on bright paper. Single horizontal fold, file holes at top left.


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    "Oxford July 28, 1906

     

    My dear Secretary

     

    I write to acknowledge the receipt of the Report, and the welcome letter which announced its sending.

     

    I have read the report very carefully and am more than pleased to express my entire approval; my appreciation of its merit, and my thanks for the great care and pains with which our able and tireless secretary has brought it to such perfection.

     

    <2>Taken

     

    It speaks for itself, and needs no praise. It is the wee voice in the wilderness proclaiming the gospel that is to follow.

     

    How finely the pictures came out! The type is excellent. All at these highten [sic] the value, even the text seems of more worth for these accessories:

     

    I am delighted that you will take the trouble of sending mine out, as well. I will make out a list, and am glad that Dr. Hubbell is to be here to help in this, for he is <3> very much at home at that. As you say it will [?] duplicating. I look for Dr. anytime but most likely he will not get off till Sunday or the first of the week-

     

    I did not come home until Wednesday. Found things as I left them excepting that my lawn had sprung up and mown itself. No one appeared to know anything about it. So much for meddlesome neighbors.

     

    I am all the time glad of my visit to you. It was made so lively all around and got <4> over so many little points that could have been settled so well. No other way- you would think by the appearances of my room that I was giving into the news business. Another package of Worcester posts came yesterday making me about 150 - but I shall enjoy distributing them.

     

    I see by a letter from Steve that the Herald published Dr. Lucy's letter, and did not withhold her name - she may not like it; as she requested not. Someone was careless. Steve should have held the letter and sent for an interviewer to come personally. He <5> could then have given his directions intelligently. This was what I thought he would do.

     

    Is the Herald a one or a two cent paper? If one, would you order twenty five copies sent me here from the office. I may be able to rearrange and send slips in place of the entire article - i.e. leave off the headings and commencement. The date is July 26th.

     

    Don't work too much - take it as easy as you can through Dog days, and trust that all will be well -

    Affectionately  Clara Barton"



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