Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, July 17, 1881
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO MABEL (Hubbard) BELL
Georgetown, D. C.
Sunday, July 17th, 1881.
My dear little May:
How are you getting on? And what have you done about nurses? I did not think of Maria as a temporary nurse. I would certainly take her rather than the young girl. My only objection to Maria was as a permanency on account of her having children of her own to take care of. I think however you could not do better than take her until you get another nurse in place of Elise. If you have already engaged the other — take her only for one week on trial.
You poor little wifie, I feel so anxious about you. How do you manage about going up and down stairs? Lina should be very careful about riding Dandy as he is or rather was quite lame. How is she getting on with her painting in the Art Museum? Is the Doctor still with you or is he now in Canada? I hope he or Johnson will remain in the house till I return. Now about self.
On reaching Washington Prof. Newcomb and Priv. Sec. Brown were at depot with President's carriage and drove us at once to White House where we saw Dr. Woodward and Dr. Bliss. I gave the basket of grapes to Priv. Sec. Brown for Mrs. Garfield with our card which read. “To Mrs. Garfield, a slight token of sympathy from Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell.” Next day Mr. Brown expressed for Mrs. Garfield her thanks. I have received a card admitting me to White House at any time. I found at the White House a Hughes Induction Balance forwarded by Mr. George Hopkins of New York with letters from him and others relative to it. I telegraphed him that Induction Balance looked promising and stated I should be glad of suggestions. Result he is constructing apparatus in New York and will communicate with me. One or two telegrams received already.