Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, January 19, 1901
When we have agreed upon a plan — then the next thing will be to show that there is a demand for the proposed Bureau of Research — that persons all over the country are clamoring for admittance to the Departments of the Government and etc. Pressure must be put upon members of Congress by their constituents in all parts of the United States — asking for the passage of a Bill. Let the Committee of the Land Grant Colleges — stir them up to write to their representatives. Let the Committee of the N. E. A. and associated Colleges — stir up the schools and colleges to exert pressure on their constituents. Let the Washington Academy of Sciences stir the other scientific bodies of the country — and the George Washington Memorial Association stir up their local associations to action. In a word — our efforts should be to stir up outside bodies — to stir up Congress. We can only do this profitably — through others. Members must be convinced that the country demands what we want.
Your loving husband,