Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, July 17, 1878
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO MABEL (Hubbard) BELL
57 West Cromwell Rd., S. W.
July 17th, 1878.
My sweet wife:
I have just reached home after a hard day's work hunting up M.P.'s with Mr. Scott — and empty and desolate home looks without you and my baby and family.
The Post Office yesterday through the Governmental Solicitor, (Mr. Ashurst) offered to insert a clause offering us compensation and we had a Board meeting this morning to consider the course to be pursued under the circumstances. Our Solicitor informed the Board this morning that the Solicitor of the Post Office now refused to do anything and he, (the Solicitor of Post Office) elegantly added that we might “go to the d—l” if we chose!! So you see it is to be war to the knife. The Postmaster General has agreed today to receive a deputation tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock — so we have been busy hunting up M.P.'s to accompany us. We hope to secure Dr. Lyon Playfair as our spokesman and I have arranged to meet him tomorrow morning at half-past nine. At half past ten I am to see Mr. Blennerhassett and at eleven o'clock Sir Charles Dilke and Sir Charles Reed.
It was decided this morning that the public agitation should continue and I am to figure in place of the Company. The public will probably be more inclined to sympathize with the Inventor than with a Company whose only interest would be a pecuniary one.
You will probably see in tomorrow morning's papers a letter from me- which was the joint production of the solicitors (Ashurst Morris and Co.) and of the Board.
I contributed three words to the document and they were the words “Alexander Graham Bell” — However I think the letter a good one -