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Eugenics as a Creed and the Last Decade of Galton's Life 377


MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, Excuse pencil. The demon lumbago has planted beak and claws into my loins and sent me helplessly to bed. I have a good doctor and a skilful man-nurse, besides my niece and her maid. Also this hotel is most comfortable, so there is no cause for murmuring.

Hartog will fix some day for the Committee in the latter half of May that will fit in with other work. He is much pleased, as well he should be, with the work done under your supervision at the Eugenics Laboratory. What an immense amount of information, closely packed, there is in the Treasury ! I congratulate you heartily upon it. Excuse more for I write under difficulty. I am curious to learn how you will arrange about the Laboratory during your holiday absence, which I trust will be both enjoyable and healthful. It is good news that Heron lectures so well and is so promising.

The "Bull and the Earl"--I suggested it for a vignette, if arrangement could be made, in the new Review. M. Crackanthorpe rose to the idea, but I don't know what will come of it. I wonder whether you noted a most Eugenic undertaking in last week's Spectator, signed by (Lady) Constance Grosvenor. I sent it-just in time-to M. Crackanthorpe for the Review. It is worth reading and digesting.

Ever affectionately but crippled now, FRANCIS GALTON.

HAMPSTEAD. March 20, 1909.

MY DEAR FRANCIS GALTON, I am indeed sorry to hear of the lumbago and I know by recent experience, how trying it is. The only point I know in its favour is that it goes as quickly and mysteriously as it comes ! And I trust this will be your case. Curiously enough only a post or two earlier I heard from my chief craniological worker-Dr Crewdson Benington-that the fiend had seized him. I don't think you need anticipate that I shall be a long time away, probably I shall only try to get a complete summer holiday. I have got Dr Goring and two assistants coming on May 1st for a year to reduce the measurements made on the criminals in H.M. Prisons. It will be a gigantic piece of work as there are about 40 characters, physical, mental and moral, in more than 3000 criminals, and it ought to be the first real piece of criminal anthropometry effectively reduced and discussed. The Treasury are paying for the assistants and granting Dr Goring a year to do his work in. This will keep me fairly closely at it, and it ought to throw light on many Eugenics questions. It is the first "semi-official" recognition of our statistical laboratory.

I am rather anxious to see what support the Treasury meets with. We have made a bigger venture than anything since Biometrika was started, and I don't know whether the medicals will rise to the occasion. Let me have a card to say how you get on.

Affectionately, KARL PEARSON. CROWN HOTEL, LYNDHURST. March 22, 1909.

MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, The lumbago, after one week in bed, is " mysteriously disappearing." Allah be praised!!

I write now about the Eldertons' little elementary book, for the cost of publication of which I am responsible. It never occurred to me before, but the Eugenics Education Society are just the people to publish it. It is exactly in their way. They have published several essays and are about to republish mine (I received a letter this morning), and as the writing of the Eldertons' book was due to the suggestion in my Oxford lecture, it would come into their series of publications with aptness.

Thank you for all you tell me. We shall be turned out of this hotel about the end of March by a crowd of hunting men who make a practice of coming to the New Forest in April. Whether I then return to town, or stay out longer, depends much on the caprices of the mysterious lumbago. It is wonderful what capable and well educated young' doctors one finds now in such small places as this. Ever affectionately yours, FRANCIS GALTON.

I am writing to Miss Elderton.



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