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    Alexander Graham Bell Autograph Letter Signed Announcing the Birth of His Daughter and His Intent to Perfect His Invention: The Telephone! A.L.S. "Alexander Graham Bell", 2 pp., 4.5" x 7", 57 West Cromwell Rd. [Boston, Mass.], May, 1878 to a "Miss True". He writes, in part: "You will be glad to hear of the safe arrival yesterday evening at 6:45 of a little girl. Mabel and her daughter are both doing well. I wish I could say as much for Gertrude who is really ill..." He adds as an afterthought on the following page: "I have not forgotten about Sir Willoughby's Telephones. I am very much dissatisfied with the instruments -- and intend replacing them by more perfect instruments. AGB". Bell and his deaf-mute wife of one year, Mabel Hubbard, had welcomed the birth of their daughter Elsie May Bell just a day prior to the writing of this letter. Bell's original purpose in inventing the telephone was to create a device to aid in communication with the deaf. Bell's association with Sir Willoughby Jones was similarly motivated. The inventor had a strong interest in Jones' deaf daughter Maud; no doubt hoping to improve the "instrument" to better aid her hearing.

    There are two small spots of thinning at top and bottom of page, barely affecting the text in one instance. Otherwise in very good condition with bold ink. Letters by Bell, including mention of his most notable invention, are the ideal; the announcement of a personal event such as the birth of his first-born daughter adds significantly to the desirability of this letter.


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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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