Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, deaf and ten years younger than her groom, married Alexander Graham Bell in 1877. But things got off to a rocky start. In the summer of 1875, the pair had a falling out in Cambridge, MA and Mabel left for ‘Sconset before they reconciled. Distraught, Bell followed her to Nantucket and sent a letter from the Ocean House Hotel (now Jared Coffin House). In it he said,
“Believe me I have not come to Nantucket to wound and pain you. I respect and honour you too much for that.
I have come to show my confidence and my trust in you. Whatever those about you may do -I do not fear that you will ridicule the honest love I have for you -nor treat me lightly because I have offended you.
I await your answer as to whether you will see me or not. Do not do so if you are afraid of me. There is only one question that I wish to ask you and that is that you will tell me frankly all that there is in me that you dislike, and that I can alter.
Perhaps it is too much to ask of you -so you need not do so unless you care to do it.
I would take it as a kindness if some good friend would do it for if you are afraid to speak.
I wish to amend my life for you. Whatever may be the result of this visit – Believe me both now and ever
A. Graham Bell”
Excerpted from On This Day In Nantucket History
By Amy Jenness
The History Press
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