Why won't anyone play with me? Why won't anyone play with me? It would make me so happy if someone would...
This is no way a child should spend her childhood: being so sad and lonely.
Mason Cogswell (her father) pleading Thomas Gallaudet
Please! I beg of you to go in search of a way to help, medicine or other wise! You could go across the Atlantic to find some sort of method.
Thomas Gallaudet sails east.
I hope that we can find someway to communicate and for Alice to play and communicate with other kids her age...
If this much is true, how can i learn this a bring it back to America?
Alice Cogswell is the neighbor of Thomas Gallaudet, and is often found playing by herself and sad to do so. He often felt bad for her to be so alone as so no one could really communicate with her.
Look at this everyone! A man who cannot hear or speak can communicate with us!
I've heard so much about your teachings in France at the University. What do you think we should do in America?
Mason Cogswell had heard that Thomas Gallaudet was interested in helping out Ailce, his daughter. he pleaded and suggest that maybe he go else where in search of a way for her to communicate with others.
Meeting Laurent Clerc
Well, she does look very lonely playing alone... And how can she become able to communicate without the help of my research?
I think that we could take some French Sign Language and our own made up sign language at the the new school in America.
Thomas Gallaudet agreed to go to Britain to to find a way that would make it easier for Alice to communicate and play with other kids. It would take him over two months to sail there.
1817 - Hartford, Conneticut
Thomas found the family in Britain that used an unspoken language to communicate, but they refused to speak of how they did so. They did recommend him to go to an assembly of sorts in the city about a college in France that used similar methods to communicate.
Thomas Gallaudet then met Laurent Clerc who was taught at the deaf school in Paris. They decided that they'd go back to America together and make the first deaf school in America.
In 1817 in Connecticut, the two men, Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet, opened "The American School for the Deaf" for all students to get a good education in America, learning math, science, and reading, as well as their own made up sign language with the mix of FSL.
I can't even say, or sign for that matter, how grateful I am and many other people, how thankful they are that we have this school to teach us.