Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, October 3, 1902
Cape Breton, N.S.
Dear Mabel: —
You will see from the enclosed VOLUME that I have taken a great deal of trouble to get at the facts of the case in the difficulty between Mr. Davidson and the Manager in an honest effort to reach a just decision. I now submit the whole matter to you for your approval.
The Volume consists of three parts: — Part I, contains statements of facts relating to the matter and constitutes the evidence collected; Part II contains my discussion of the evidence; Part III, the decision at which I have arrived in the form of a letter to be sent to Mr. McInnis with a copy to Mr. Davidson.
I do not propose to submit Parts I and II to either of the men. They are simply for our own information and for discussion between ourselves. If you approve of my decision send the letters to Mr. McInnis and Mr. Davidson, and use your best endeavors to have Mr. Davidson apologize.
After looking over the whole matter — and especially after reading Mr. Davidson's letters to you — I am of the opinion that a real reconciliation between the two men is impracticable and therefore will not attempt to bring it about. But the authority of our Manager must be maintained by us, and this means that an apology must be made. I think that if you bring your influence with Mr. Davidson to bear upon this point, you can secure an apology that will satisfy Mr. McInnis, and the equities of the case