Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Mabel Hubbard Bell to Alexander Graham Bell, April 9, 1909
I am very much interested in the sheep. It seems to me that you have perhaps advanced a step in the investigation by narrowing down the issue. Before you could not tell whether it was the feeding before or after mating that counted. Now apparently you do know. Why not buy a whole lot of sheep and try both ways, and sell both sheep and lambs in the spring. Surely you don't need specially bred sheep for this experiment.
Much love to you all.
David is worried about Casey's paper, he says it is not what Mr. Page of the World's Work wants, he wants more an account of the Aerial Experiment Association and its work. Casey's paper is too generally historical. Your address is exactly what he would like, something along that line. Don't you think this might also apply to your Philadelphian address.
Do you suppose that it ever happens in real life that the “stone the builders rejected shall become the corner-stone of my house”? Do you remember my writing you of a Mr. Sanborn whom David was looking over in connection with Mr. Booth's assistant? Well both David and Bert, Daisy and I decided that he wouldn't do, and David turned him down frankly thinking that the kindest thing to do. He wrote me outlining what he thought should be done, which is O.K., but the letter was not worded in a business-like way and he has had no business training. So I answered saying how pleased and encouraged I was with the interest he manifested in a work too little known to the public and especially the feeling he showed for the babies. And I said that even if Mr. Fairchild felt that it was not at present advisable to connect him with the Review there was no reason why he