Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, May 14, 1899
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO MABEL (Hubbard) BELL
Beinn Bhreagh, C. B.
Sunday, May 14, 1899.
At B.B. Hall.
Mrs. A. Graham Bell,
1331 Connecticut Avenue,
Washington, D. C.
My darling Mabel:
How can I write properly to you without feeling that I am stealing time from my thoughts and experiments. The best thing I think is to tell you what I am thinking about and let Beinn Bhreagh and its news take care of itself.
I am still bewailing the shortness of the time at my disposal here — only about a month so far as I can see — and I know from past experience how little can be accomplished in that time experimentally. Then the inevitable break for a much longer time — and the difficuly of starting again where I left off. I am now trying to pull my thoughts together so as to utilize to the best advantage the little clear time I see ahead. I have been looking over the records of the multitudinous experiments I have made relating to aerodromics — and asking myself the question “Where am I at?”
The invention of the balloon by the Brothers Montgolpier threw the world of inventors off the right track — in their attempts to conquer the air for navigation. It is now very generally recognized that a body specifically lighter than the air in which it moves must over be at the mercy of the wind — just in proportion