Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed From Johnstown During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the Event That Tested the Mettle of the American Red Cross -- ''...we are in the midst of our heaviest work...''

Excellent Clara Barton autograph letter signed, written from Johnston, Pennsylvania on 21 August 1889 after the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Without a clear mission after the Civil War, Barton finally gained recognition of the American Red Cross in the early 1880s as a relief agency, but it wasn't until the Johnstown Flood that the organization was tested and seen as important in providing relief during disasters. On American National Red Cross stationery, Barton writes to a Lillie Sanger, ''Acknowledging the receipt of your kind note of the 20th, I must confess that we are still here, although it really must seem that [to] all the world that enough had been done for Johnstown. And yet we are in the midst of our heaviest work, viz., building houses and furnishing homes all over the town. Over a hundred families a day are provided with mattresses, bedsteads, extension [?], blankets, pillows, chairs, cooking utensils, and such clothing as needed. Taken to their houses by our five and six teams constantly running from morning till night. You will see by this that nothing comes amiss. The people will need bedding here from now till next spring. / Yours sincerely / Clara Barton''. Single page letter measures 8.5'' x 11''. Partially mounted to cardstock and separation along folds. Overall in fair condition but with no substantial loss of paper.

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Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed From Johnstown During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the Event That Tested the Mettle of the American Red Cross -- ''...we are in the midst of our heaviest work...''Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed From Johnstown During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the Event That Tested the Mettle of the American Red Cross -- ''...we are in the midst of our heaviest work...''
Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed From Johnstown During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the Event That Tested the Mettle of the American Red Cross -- ''...we are in the midst of our heaviest work...''
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