Bell, Alexander Graham (1847 – 1922)

A good autograph letter signed, ‘A. Graham Bell’, four pages, Salem, Massachusetts, 9th January 1874, to [Professor Abel S.] Clarke (‘Dear Friend’) at the American Asylum for Deaf Mutes.

Bell states that he has just returned from Canada and seen the Annals, remarking, ‘Let me thank you most sincerely for the very excellent way in which you have defended Visible Speech. It gave me great pleasure to see your article’ and continuing that he had intended to visit his correspondent, but fate had intervened, explaining ‘On New Year’s Day, our horse, who has always been a very quiet inoffensive animal, took a new departure and rushed off on his own account, leaving me on my back in the middle of the road, while he went off with the carriage, and my sister. My sister jumped into a snow drift and escaped with a sprained ankle. I received some slight injuries….’

Bell further informs his correspondent that he is trying to arrange a convention of teachers of visible speech ‘for the purpose of comparing notes and discussing plans for the advancement of the system’, confirming that all of the teachers of the Clarke Institution and Boston School have agreed to meet in Worcester on 24th January and asking if his correspondent and Miss Sweet will be able to join them, adding, ‘I think that periodical conventions of teachers of visible speech to discuss practical points… will do much for the advancement of the cause’ and concluding that he envisages a session of around five hours thereby allowing the participants to travel and return to their respective towns on the same day. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by Bell.

A letter of interesting content. One very small hole to the final page, not affecting the text or signature, otherwise in fine condition.