Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, April 28, 1891
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO MABEL (Hubbard) BELL
Sheeptown — Beinn Bhreagh.
April 28th, 1891.
My dear little wifie:
Here I am — at 2 o'clock in the morning — “waiting for Gifford.” It has been a good thing my camping out by myself on the mountain.
I can pop in on the shepherds at any moment of the day and night and find out what is going on. The lambs require attention at this time every two hours day and night. Mr. Gifford claimed that Johnny couldn't sit up at night to save his life — so that he was of little use at night for the lambs — In spite of all his efforts to keep awake he would be sound asleep by ten o'clock! I noticed however that in spite of this strange failing, Johnny McKillop was left in charge nearly every evening until after midnight — and that when I looked in upon him near midnight he was faithfully and conscientiously doing his duty — keeping his sleepy eyes wide open as best he could — “waiting for Gifford.” To relieve him.
I found that Gifford was not in bed resting — but was absent in town. This seemed to be the case nearly every evening. No use asking Johnny for an explanation — he is always as close as an oyster on such matters.
I invited myself to tea one evening and about eight o'clock Gifford washes up and brushes his hair and prepares to go out. Why? I ask — Well — they are short of provisions — and he must go into town for some more. But — I say — would it not be better to send Johnny or his brother Angus. No — he couldn't see it — and so he went himself. Carrying with him my injunction to lay in a good supply — to last some time. Midnight before he returns. Next night I looked in at the hut about eleven o'clock —