Lot 186: Clara Barton

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2015-10-06 13:04:51

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Lot 186: ALS signed "Clara," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, September 12, 1865. Letter to her nephew Sam, in part: "I don't know what counsel you had best employ. You are mistaken in supposing that I have any means of knowing how Genl Butler is to be employed. I could not devise it any more than I could the business of the man in the moon, and if there is any one here who knows they would not inform me. He may be going upon the Jeff. Davis trial, but I cannot believe it yet. In my opinion that would present an opportunity to distinguish himself which would scarce be allowed him,—don't you think so? I know he is retained in the service against his own urgent request for a discharge, and I heard it suggested in New York the other day that this was only preparatory for an investigation and Court Martial for himself for embezzlement…I suppose if the truth could be known that I have made greater proficiency with my part of the case than you have with yours already, and have done four hours work to your one upon it since we last compared notes—so, don't get discouraged boy and think no body helps you, but hop up and hustle around and pick up the facts and evidence when you can find them, get something to make a case of, and I guess someone can be found to conduct it…I too recd a letter from Genl Cullum tonight, which I must answer immediately, i.e. before I sleep, which has become with me lately a kind of imaginary period of time, more or less remote—My head is aching hard now for want of sleep—and I have two or three lawsuits and court material of my own on hand." In a short postscript on the reverse, she apologizes for her hurried writing, "as Maj. Genl Wilson has passed most of the evening here and, I could not get time to write." In fine condition. A superb letter accomplished during the immediate post-war period, when Barton was managing a bureau she had single-handedly established to assist in the location of missing soldiers. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $600-800
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