Characterisation, especially by Letters 451
to live near Birmingham as I could not help hoping that she might live near here; we could see lmr so much oftener and there are such a many pretty houses of all sizes and descriptions; however aeherever she may be I do hope we may often be able to be with her for I do love her most rtt 'ctionately. From your letter I fear Aunt Booth has suffered much, will you give my love it, her as well as to my Aunt Sophia. Lucy comes to us to-morrow, we shall as you may suppose be delighted to see her and James. Only think sweet Francis sets off from Boulogne to-day wook. Dearest Child, how rejoiced we shall be to kiss again his dear freckled face. A card was left at our door to say that a Mr White from Cambridge is anxious to give lessons to private pupils in Greek, Latin and Mathematics. I have kept the card as . it may hereafter be useful r;id er to Francis or myself-Good bye dear Bessy.
Ever believe me your very affectionate Sister, ADhLE GALTON.
MY DEAR BESSV, I wish you would tell Aunt Sophia and Aunt Adele how much I feel for tIwju, and I should have written to tell them so, but knowing how much they have to do and think about, felt that it would only be a trouble to them. Tell Aunt Sophia I wish I could have made myself useful to her, but Papa requires so much attention that I really think it is quite necessary I should be here, as Mama and Adele are neither of them strong enough to walk up and down stairs much. It will give us such pleasure to see Aunt Sophia here, and I am sure nothing shall be wanting on my part to make her as comfortable as I can, for I can never forget how very kind she and Aunt Adele have always been to us, indeed they have been more I i Ice sisters than aunts. Tell Aunt Booth she has promised to come and see us soon and that I non looking forward with such pleasure at the thought of seeing her, and that I think she will be pleased with the pretty views about this place. What a consolation it must be to Aunt Sophia, to consider how materially she has conduced to my poor Grandfather's comfort during Iris life time and how she has given up the enjoyments of her friends' society that she might be always with him. I am so glad you have been at Dudson, for I think you may be useful to Aunt Sophia. Believe me ever, Your very affectionate Sister, E. S. GALTON.
A t Dr Jeune's School*.
[February 12, 1838.]
MY DEAR BESSY, I would have written before, only I have had so little time and that time was spent in writing Valentines as I have bought a Valentine Book and I also am so happy at thinking that the Glorious Conquest Of ST VINCENT was fought on the 11th, and by the by please send me a list of the days of the month that the principle [sic] battles were fought, like your card. To-day we had a poor fellow handcuffed in my presence for trying to commit a grievous assault by means of his fist on the person of whereby the said was put in ex
treme bodily fear for he would have been hurt without the said had luckily sprung back and avoided the blow (this is his indictment only the worst is I cannot put in-for I have
forgotten them) well the fellow kicked at and knocked off another boy; we and the person who was with us chased, when he veering to the larboard up Bennet's Hill with about two hundred small craft nearly all Free School boys after in chase till at last we came alongside and captured the prise [sic] and then towed him aloft in the Free School where he was ordered to gaol until the petty sessions. I am very happy indeed and am glad I am come here I have only seen P. once and have hardly got time to do anything. X. is a radical, says he hates Wellington arid, as he says, his country, and likes the French and Italians more; he does not know what ship Nelson was in when he fought Trafalgar nor that he lost an arm. Is it not shameful? Now I wash from top to toe every morning, head and all. I feel as if I know a great deal more than when I first came here. We fag a great deal, for instance we have to learn 50 lines of Homer and to parse any word and also the derivations in 2 hours only, which is very hard work, but now I begin really to like stewing. I would write a longer letter only I have been
* King Edward's Grammar School, Birmingham. This letter is very difficult to decipher, and the spelling and grammar sufficient to send Dr Jeune, had he seen them, into hysterics !