Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, April 4, 1909
I have received from the World's Work people a cheque for $50.00 for my article “When does Profit become Usury” and I am sending it to Daidums as a nest-egg for little Barbara.
How did they come to give such a barbar-ous name to the little one! I suppose she has been called Barbara after some one in David's family. It does not sound like a name that Daidums would choose unless from family association. “Jemima”, that Elsie was threatened with, is a beauty compared to it. I hope she won't be a little barbarian as the name implies but turn out a sweet little girl like her mother. “The rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and our little Barbara will be just as dear to us all as though she had the most refined and civilized name possible to give her. Remind Daisy that we had a bet about the sex of her baby and that I have won. I will claim my reward when I come down.
I had thought of leaving almost immediately just as soon as the Bulletin is off my hands, but I must confess I am tired of travelling, and in spite of my anxiety to see you all — and the baby — I dread another long journey just now. Your telegram telling me not to hurry, came last night and unless some reason exists for an immediate departure, I will put it off to the latter part of the month. I am to lecture upon Aviation in Philadelphia upon the