494 Life and Letters of Francis Galton
at the time and we are in consequence unable to offer hospitality. You have however many friends in Oxford, and there will be, I know, no difficulty in this matter. I can say nothing more until in accordance with our standing orders your acceptance has been ratified in council.
Believe me, Yours very truly, BARTHOLOMEW PRICE.
The sole statements I have found about the conferment of the Oxford degree are the following
Sophy Bree' reported on June 21, 1894:
The candidates for D.C.L. all followed up in their turn. Uncle Frank came last. He was very much clapped and then the R.P.C.L. (Professor Goudy) stated that Mr Galton was a cousin of the celebrated Charles Darwin (shouts and claps), while still a young man he made a long and dangerous journey of exploration up the White Nile and afterwards undertook a similar expedition in Southern Africa, obtaining the medal of the Royal Geographical Society in respect of the latter journey. He was also described as a distinguished meteorologist and anthropologist. In recent years he had devoted his attention to the study of natural selection and the descent of man-having propounded a theory of heredity which is now becoming recognised as of the first importance. All that of course was in Latin. The newly made D.C.L.'s were in their Doctor of Law gowns. After that the Public Orator made his Oration in Latin.
"At the dinner," Frank said, "Lord Rosebery made an effective speech. Lord Justice Fry, having to return thanks for the new Doctors, was funny about my composite portraits." L. G.
The degree was conferred at the same time on the Earl of Kimberley, Bishop Mandell Creighton, Sir Horace Davey, Sir Edward Fry (Galton's old foe : see above, p. 122), Captain Mahan of theU.S. Navy, E+ mile Boutmy, Prof. Mendelee f Prof. W. M. Ramsay the archaeologist, John Henry Middleton and the Latin scholar Arthur Palmer, an all-round noteworthy batch.
The Oxford Gazette contains no report of the speeches.
The Cambridge Honorary Degree.
(From TRINITY LODGE, CAMBRIDGE.) 42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. May 16, 1895.
DEAREST EMMA, The ceremony went off this afternoon and Grace, who was there, will I daresay write about it. The Public Orator made some amusing hits in his speech. He will send me printed copies (2 or 3) in Latin, which I daresay Archdeacon Bree, or some other friend, will translate to you. It was all very nice-quite a quiet ceremony and several old friends present.
We are on the point of returning to London after a very pleasant stay at this most hospitable house. Excuse more now. Bessy will be on her way to Alnwickt, so I send no message to her. Ever affectionately yours, FRANCIS GALTON.
Frank bore his part bravely and looked very well, the red gown very becoming. It is so cold to-day, I hope Bessy will not suffer on her journey.
Much love, Ever affectionately, L. GALTON.
42, RUTLAND GATE, S. W. May 21, 1895.
DEAREST EMMA, Here is a copy of the speech in the Senate House, of which the Public Orator has sent me a dozen. One is being forwarded to Archdeacon Bree-the ingenious Latinity of it will amuse him-and I said that when he next happened to be with you in Leamington you would probably be glad if he translated it to you. I will send a copy to Bessy also, very likely she will soon come across a translator.
Ever affectionately yours, FRANCIS GALTON.
Sophy Adele, a daughter of Lucy Amelia Moilliet and therefore Galton's great-niece; she is sister of Lucy Evelyne Biggs, Galton's companion in later years, and married the VCR. William Bree, Archdeacon of Coventry and Rector of Allesley.
t At that time the home of her son, Edward Galton Wheler (later Wheler-Galton), now of Claverdon Leys.