Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from John Ramsey Graham to Alexander Graham Bell, November 2, 1897
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
75 State Street,
9 ELWOOD BLDG.
Rochester, N. Y. Nov. 2, 1897 189 —
Alexander Graham Bell, Esq.,
Your report to the French
A friend in reading the article referred to said: If such a capitalist and man of enterprise
is too much spread out and its wings especially would be too extended to be manageble or free from imminent danger of breakage in a machine large enough to carry even one person. It is not compact enough to stand bad weather, or to start or alight safely on a large scale, and is an evident commercial impracticability
and Mr. Bell is Bell is too practical a man not to see that a machine constructed on the Aerodrome pattern large enough to transport a few people and a load of dynamite shells for war purposes would be totally unmana
That is the way the Aerodrome looks to me, when it comes to building it on a large scale to contend with the elements and other difficulties of aerial navigation.
I mapped out in 1896 a plan of construction and operation of an air vessel or rather vehicle and have been studying it in order to find out why it is not a practical solution of the question, and the more I Contemplate and compare the plan the more practicable it seems. It is essentially different from any other within the scope of my information, is not copie