MEMORIES OF MY LIFE
find myself still in accord with nearly every one of those recently re-read or referred to.
Hereditary Genius  made its mark at the time, though subjected to much criticism, no small part of which was captious or shallow, and therefore unimportant. The verdict which I most eagerly waited for was that of Charles ' Darwin, whom I ranked far above all other authorities on such a matter. His letter, given below, made me most
~a DowN, BECKENHAM, KENT, S.E.
" MY DEAR GALTON,--I have only read about 5o pages of your book (to judges), but I must exhale myself, else something will go wrong in my inside. I do not think I ever, in all my life read anything more interesting and original---and how well and clearly you put' every point ! George,' who has finished the book, and who expressed himself in just the same terms, tells me that the earlier chapters are nothing in interest to the later ones ! I t will take me some time to get to these latter chapters, as it is read aloud to me by my wife, who is also much in
terested. You have made a convert of an opponent in one sense, for I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work ; and I still think this is an eminently important difference. I congratulate you on producing what I am convinced will prove a memorable work. I look forward with intense interest to each reading, but it sets me thinking so much that I find it very hard work ; but that is wholly the fault of my brain and not of your beautifully clear style.-Yours most sincerely,
(Signed) " CH. DARWIN '~
Now Professor Sir George H. Darwin, K,C.B., F.R.S., etc.