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Autograph Letter Signed about the Early Progress - BARTON, Clara - 1883. 
South Framingham, Mass.: Reformatory Prison for Women. May 18, 1883. Two pages, written on the stationary of the Reformatory Prison for Women in South Framingham, listing Barton as Superintendent. Barton served as the president of the American National Red Cross for two decades with the exception of a brief term of service as the Superintendent of the Reformatory. Old folds from mailing, else a fine example. In a letter to a Mrs. Fowler, Barton begins a bit testily: "I have no time for a formal synopsis of the Red Cross and its progress..." However, Barton offers to send two publications about the organization, and mentions progress by the Red Cross, speaking specifically of state affiliates: "These societies have worked in all the great disasters since first, the Michigan fire - all through the Mississippi Floods. The Ohio Floods and the late cyclone are still fields of labor. In the former we are distributing a German Fund sent by Berlin, and the Emperor & Empress of Germany to Pres. Arthur and by him handed to the Red Cross." Further, "In the cyclone in the South the Red Cross has taken the lead in relief and is doing a most noble work." She mentions the concluded International Treaty: "The Treaty is long accomplished. No better Treaty exists under our government and our International [word indecipherable] is permanent and all that it could be." The American Branch of the Red Cross was founded in 1881, with Barton as President. The Michigan Fire in 1881 was the first disaster that the newly minted American Branch of the Red Cross contended with. The Treaty that Barton refers to was almost certainly the Treaty of the Geneva Convention, which was ratified by the United States in 1882. An interesting letter addressing the progress of the Red Cross, in the very early days of its inception. .
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