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    Clara Barton Typed Letter Signed Regarding Her Desire to Help the First Aid Association. Three and one-third pages, 8" x 10.5", Glen Echo, Maryland, February 17, 1910, to General Roscoe G. Wells. In part: "...Yet I wanted to help, and it seemed to me that what I wanted to say in the leaflet of Greetings would, at least not harm; it would call attention, strengthen confidence, and open the way to membership. The letters... are a volume in themselves, full of love, confidence and hope for the 'Great and successful work.'... Only now and then one sees the gulf at our feet and the axe over our heads..." Signed at close: "Clara Barton".

    Condition: Two original horizontal mailing folds, light toning.


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    Partial Transcript of Letter:

    "Glen Echo, Maryland,

    February 17, 1910.

     

    General Roscoe G. Wells,

    First Aid Association of America,

    6 Beacon St., Boston, Mass.

     

    My very dear Roscoe,

    Your letter of the 16th., came to me by last night's mail, and I hasten to thank you most earnestly for it. Your plain and explicit statement of the situation is helpful to me.

     

    When you left me at Oxford the morning after that happy visit, you were to finish up the really fine lecture, and get the membership plan in action. All seemed so hopeful, that I had difficulty in getting you to accept the trifle I wanted you to take. Then followed my own neglected and accumulated matters five hundred miles away,- with several hundred dollars accruing cemetery bills still to be met in Oxford. Yet I wanted to help, and it seemed to me that what I wanted to say in the leaflet of Greetings would, at least not harm; it would call attention, strengthen confidence, and open the way to membership. The letters running into the hundreds in response more than confirm the correctness of this impression. They are a volume in themselves, full of love, confidence and hope for the "Great and successful work." Three-fourths of these people would be ready to take part. - Only now and then one sees the gulf at our feet and the axe over our heads."



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