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Eugenics as a Creed and the Last Decade of Galton's Life 429

42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. June 10, 1910.

MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, You are over-good to have taken such pains about my little problem. It shall now lie in a state of suspended animation. I must think well over the doubt you point out, whether the m,, etc. might be taken as of equally probable occurrence. At present, the difficulty does not strike me as it should. On all the other points I am fairly well prepared to give justification and explanation. Once again very many thanks.

The Times of to-day contains no rejoinder by Crackanthorpe to your paper, but he sent in . the morning for a copy of your memoir, which I lent him.

Affectionately yours, FRANCIS CALTON.

42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. June 23, 1910.

MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, Hartog came here yesterday and gave a most satisfying account of the friendly disposition of the University towards the Laboratory. I especially asked him whether there was anything in the supposition that it was proposed to transfer it to Sociology. It is quite unfounded, so he assured me. Then be went on about the enlargement of the accommodation, by buying the next house and bridging across, at a cost of £1500. After he left, I thought that perhaps (if you thought it pressing) I might hasten this if I offered £750 on condition of the University supplying the rest. So I wrote privately to him to that effect, asking if he and the Principal thought it probable the money could be raised, adding that I made the offer subject to your approval, for though I had heard of the scheme from you I did not know exactly how far you approved of it. Hartog replies in a letter, just received, that I should consult you at once. So I do, hereby. I feel much less disposed to offer this money unconditionally than under the proviso that the University should meet it by an equal contribution.

I shall think of you all-including dogs-to-morrow evening.

Ever affectionately yours, FRANCIS GALTON.

42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. June 27, 1910.

MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, I can assure you that I acted proprio motu and that Hartog had not given the slightest hint, direct or indirect, on the matter. He came, partly to explain a misapprehension which, for some reason, he thought I was under, that the ultimate direction of the affairs of the Laboratory was circuitous. On the contrary, he assured me it was direct through the small Committee and thence to the Senate. Partly it was a personal visit, and I naturally asked many questions. Afterwards, turning over what he had told me, I wrote the letter. I have now written again to him wholly exonerating him from the suspicion of having, in any way, suggested that I should give more at present, adding that seeing, now, that matters were more complicated than I supposed, I would withdraw the offer. But that it might be repeated, probably in an altered form, if it seemed likely to draw an equal or larger contribution from or through the agency of the University, to match it. Both my letters to Hartog were "private." So glad to hear the Soiree was a success. Affectionately, FRANCIS GALTON.

42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. July 4, 1910.

MY DEAR KARL PEARSON, Thanks for both of your sendings, (1) the cutting from the Medical Times, which I return, (2) for the letter-how on earth it ever reached you is a mystery-from Eva Biggs' servant (and more than servant), who is now married and settled in New Zealand. Yesterday I got together to tea, Miss Elderton, Crackanthorpe and Ploetz. C. made himself very agreeable in a long tete-h-tete with Miss E., but I fear was insufficiently penitent to receive full forgiveness.

About my little problem, I was appalled, on re-reading what I sent you, at its crudeness. I was ill when it was dictated and I find that an important sentence must have been omitted. Moreover it is deplorably wrong in one part. Please banish it from your memory and allow me shortly to send you a revised version. I have had two baddish days, mostly in bed, but am better and was fit for yesterday's tea. Eva is out all to-day, at and about Haslemere, looking at houses for the autumn there, of which we have had some offers.

I trust that Yorkshire retains its attractiveness to you all. We have here thunderstorms and most un-Julylike weather. I have not ventured out of doors for more than a week.

Ever affectionately yours, FRANCIS GALTON.

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