Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to James E. Gallagher, January 5, 1902
January 5, 1902.
Mr. James E. Gallaher, Principal,
Evansville School for the Deaf,
Dear Mr. Gallaher:
Your note of December 30th received. I am very glad to know that it is proposed that the Board of Education of the City of Evansville shall furnish a room for a class of deaf children, and that any deaf child from any part of the State can be admitted.
I think it is good policy on the part of the State to encourage the growth of day schools for deaf children, but I doubt the wisdom of asking the State Legislature for an appropriation for a specific locality. A grant to favor one locality would, as a rule, be opposed by representatives from other localities.
In my opinion it would be better to provide for Indiana a general law aiding day schools for the deaf in any part of the State similar to the day school laws of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Ohio, too, I think, has such an act — Why not Indiana?
While, therefore, I wish you every success in your movement, I think you would be more likely to be successful by asking for a general law for the whole State than for an appropriation in support of the Evansville Day School. I cannot undertake to initiate legislation on this matter, nor will it be possible for me to visit Indiana this winter.