Harrington Sqr. N.W. London
the Report for 1867 of the New York Institution for the Instruction
of the Deaf and Dumb, I find you use the following words:
Committee of Instruction, at its meeting in September, authorized me
to confer with some intelligent young man who had received a thorough medical
education, with a view to his becoming a professor of articulation
in the Institution … I have taken steps in the direction indicated by the Committee, but
have not yet succeeded in finding a man qualified for this important
Perhaps you have by this time been successful, but if not, I should like you
to know that I am peculiarly fitted for the work required having been
specially trained in this department for the purpose of correcting
defects of speech. I have been engaged in teaching Articulation for
the last six years. My age is twenty-three.
name, I believe, is not unknown to you. I am a son of Mr. A. Melville
Bell, Professor of Vocal Physiology, and author of “Visible Speech,” who
had the pleasure of making your acquaintance in 1868.
have recently superintended the progress of four deaf-and-dumb children
who have been taught articulation by means of Visible Speech, and I
have become so much interested in the work, that I should be willing
to devote myself entirely to the teaching of the deaf-and-dumb if a
suitable field presented itself.
am told by those who have had an opportunity of hearing my pupils that
they already articulate better than the majority of those who have
been otherwise instructed for a much longer period. Two of the little
girls are congenitally deaf.
regard to Medical Education, I may say that I am a student of Medicine
and Science—an undergraduate of the London University.
had contemplated graduating only in Science; but, if a medical degree
would render me more eligible for the Professorship of Articulation
in the New York institution, I should, in view of a satisfactory arrangement,
continue my medical studies, and pay particular attention of Aural
the favour of a reply at your earliest convenience—
am, dear Sir,
I.L. Peet Esq., M.A.
A. Graham Bell with reference
to teaching articulation May 10, 1870 announced his candidation at
the Convention held Aug. 24/70