Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, February 29, 1892
Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel (Hubbard) Bell.
Monday, Feb. 29th, 1892.
Time drifts away in a very lazy fashion on board ship — and it is Monday before I set pen again to my blessed Journal! Only hope you will read it my dear. Don't know that there is anything to write about — but will try and recall what I can. So here goes.
Let me see — where did I leave off — why at Gibraltar of course.
Revenons á nos montons.
1892 Feb. 26th, Friday — at Gibraltar. Gibraltar seen through fog and mist and rain didn't seem the same beautiful object observed on the former trip. It looked every inch however — the ideal fortress — dark — gloomy — massive — running up into the clouds with such perpendicular lines as to suggest colossal and impossible height.
A solitary boatman dared the rain — in order to sell a few violets and oranges to the passengers. The poor drenched violets didn't take — but the tangerine oranges were bought up at once. Passengers from America are glad to purchase a few bright flowers — but those who have only just left Italy don't care much for the sodden bouquets offered here.
The Quarantine boat hailed us before we came to anchor and after a few formal inquiries the officer ordered the yellow flag to be lowered and then the oranges and violets came on board. “The Colonel” was much disappointed at the refusal of the Quarantine officer to take