Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Mabel Hubbard Bell to Frederick W. Baldwin, July 9, 1922
A Letter From Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell, to F. W. Baldwin
July 9, 1922
Before you buckle down to work at the Laboratory, won't you please have a full talk with MacIver and Clarke, and see where expenses can be cut down with the least bad results.
Miss Campbell informs me that we are employing as many, if not more men, than before. Yet we are poorer — both actually, and in effect, through the raising of the discount rate.
Mr. Bell says our milk is not as good as what we had in Washington. I never take any, and so don't know, but he won't take it, and this is serious.
It breaks my heart to see the tower. Mr. Bell wanted to go there, so we drove there. I won't go again if I can help myself, I can't get it out of my thoughts. I am getting superstitious about it, I feel as if Mr. Bell's life were bound up in it. Can't it be patched somehow? It looks so neglected, uncared for. John kept pointing out all the broken strands, I could have struck him for tactlessness.
Then there is the wharf here. The shelter for small boats is a wreck, and should be removed. We can't afford a new one, but at least it shouldn't look so neglected.
MacIver bought nearly five hundred dollars worth of feed. Seems to me he had better have sold the cows, and reduced our acerage.
Yours with love,
M. G. B.
I'm not scolding — The place looks beautifully. I rejoice in the lovely lawn — its just — we are up against facts.