Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, June 15, 1911
June 15, 1911.
Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell,
1331 Conn. Ave., N. W.,
Washington, D. C.
Your note of Sunday (June 11) reached me last night (June 14) from Hotel Chelsea, Atlantic City. Glad Elsie is having a quiet time with you. I wish I could be with her now, but I am afraid she wouldn't have any quiet time while I'm around. There seems to be always something going where I am. Nothing, perhaps, that would interest other people, but it keeps me busy and interested all the time. First, I have been working very hard at my sheep records; and now I am off on Melville's experiments concerning ice and water, with other ideas crawling round, not yet expressed, relating to a reefing displacement for hydro-aerodromes. I shall have to start a Recorder all for myself — only three copies to be kept in three different places, all under my own control.
We now have seven volumes of the B. B. Recorder finished. I had a number of copies of Vols. 1, 2 & 3 bound. The other volumes have come out in parts while we were away.
Starting out with eight copies, we increased our circulation to fifteen, and finally to eighteen; and I could not be sure that I had complete volumes of four, five, six, and seven in Washington to bind. I was seriously troubled in Washington to find that none of the recipients of these Recorders appreciated them sufficiently to keep them in order,