Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, February 21, 1901
“With kind regards to Lady Crookes,”
I am, Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) Alexander Graham Bell.”
I was just about to send this letter when Prof. Henry called, and in the course of conversation I happened to say I proposed to give a lecture at the Royal Institution in England in June, on the subject of “The Conquest of the Air — An Unsolved Problem from the Nineteenth Century”. He said that was a fine title and very attractive. So I asked him what he thought it was all about. Well, he hemmed and hawed for a moment, and then supposed that it was about METEOROLOGY. It is only fair to say that I had been talking to him just before about the ideas concerning rain I expressed in my last letter to Daisy. I found to my surprise that the title had not aroused in his mind the idea of flying machines at all. After he had gone I hailed Duncan, to see what he thought of the title, and found him a hopeless case indeed! Didn't even know the meaning of the word conquest.
We had a very nice Wednesday evening meeting last night, and I took the opportunity of repeating the title of the lecture to two or three gentlemen to find out what idea was conveyed to their mind, by the words “Conquest of the Air”, &c. Tyler thought it evidently had something to do with the utilization of the air for practical purposes. I asked him to be more specific. “Well, — Wireless Telegraphy