Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Henry J. Leplastrier to Alexander Graham Bell, June 30, 1889
Frances with her best love wishes to know whether you are willing to be one of the godfathers of the darlin ; and would like to know as soon as possible as she will not have the Christening until your reply has been received — She would write herself but has to be kept quiet for some time yet — We are expecting to get the photo of your younger child very shortly —
You will no doubt be glad to learn that the telephone is very greatly used in our City and at the Custom House we have communication with all our suburban stations, and although the longest distance is only 13 miles the result is extremely satisfactory — We are looking out for something else from you in the scientific line —
Frances did not get the newspaper that was sent giving an account of your school at Washington but se read the one that was sent to her Father and we were both very much interested therein — We are now in the dull season in this Colony, and although things are very prosperous with us things in the adjoining Colony of N.S. Wales have been very bad by reason of fearful droughts which have been the cause of hundreds of thousands of sheep and many thousands of cattle being lost but as the rains have since fallen it is hoped that a few months will bring about a change for the better —
With best love from Frances and with the very kindest regards from myself believe me to be
Your affectionate Cousin
Henry J. Leplastrier
Dearest love to Mabel and yourself and to the dear little girls.