Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, July 31, 1876
I wish you could see my Uncle Edward. He bears a good and noble character stamped upon his face. My mother and he are more like lovers than brother and sister — and they declare that the forty years that have passed since they last saw each other — appear like a day!
Their only trouble is the difficulty of communicating with one another. For some reason or other Mamma has a great difficulty in understanding his pronunciation — although to me it is perfectly distinct — and has no peculiarity about it whatever.
He speaks half the time, and then writes or uses the manual alphabet. No one else is under the necessity of doing so. I often use the manual alphabet with Mamma but only from convenience and not necessity. When I tell her for instance about you, It would be decidedly inconvenient were I to articulate so that every one else should hear what I say!
You cannot appreciate — as I do — what a blessing — the miracle of Lip-reading is — It seems to me a greater wonder every day. When I am with you dear, and speak to you freely by word of mouth — I often forget that