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even fuller than No. 3 is of old associations on account of my Mother. There has been difficulty in dealing with the accumulation of dear Emma's things, but Edward tells me that all her books were most methodically kept, all bills paid up to almost the last, and everything was so neatly stored. I called on Temple and saw the other two maids there; she was very lachrymose, then cheered up, then, when I went away, became all tears again. As to you, so to me, she bitterly bemoaned her sudden isolation. Anyhow she has a charming house with a little grass plot and summer-house behind and a narrow plot in front. It is close to Bertie Terrace, on the same side of the main road, and nearly opposite to, but short of, the Post Office. I go again on Monday for the greater part of the day to Bessy, and hope to find Eva there. She is, or was,
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not sure whether she could leave London by Saturday morning. I had not time on Wednesday last to go to the cemetery. We lunched to-day at Wroxall Abbey, with Edward's brother-in-law. All so hospitable and family-like. I called on Grace Moilliet, but she was out. Gussy* is at Himbleton with Lady Galtont. Yesterday I went to Wootton Wawen Church where Darwin is buried and Mary+ and Mrs Phillips and others. I liked all the memorials much, Darwin's included, which had been hardly criticised, but not deservedly, as I thought.
I trust, dear Milly, that your eyes are really mending. That horrid pamphlet tried them, I know. I wish I had never shown it you. It is so pleasant now to realise your surroundings and to think of you amidst them. It was a very delightful visit indeed to me and to Eva. Grimspound was grand and the moor most striking and beautiful in many ways, and the air felt so healthful. Give my best love to Amy. Also to the Captain and his Wife§. We expect to be back for good early in October. Ever affectionately, FRANCIS GALTON.
42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. October 8, 1904.
DEAREST MILLY, I am to blame for letting the time slip by without writing. All is well here, but I have been full of my "Eugenic" plans, so full that I have not even written up my little pocket journal for a week. I stayed last Sunday with Lady Welby at Harrow, who is a most zealous friend, and have consulted with Sidney Lee, the Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, with Barron, the Editor of the Ancestor, with Professor Weldon, with Branford, the Secretary of the Sociological and with Lionel Robinson, a general litterateur, and see no less than seven different ways of making the first effort, between which a wise choice has to be made. Every one of them seems hopeful at present. The iron is kept red hot on the anvil, and I am simply continuing to write concise family biographies, like that of the Stracheys which you saw (No, you didn't, it wasn't ready then). They too. are giving me friendly help, and writing out ideas and getting them into shape. I cherish every day before winter, with its too faithful bronchitis, sets in. Lucy Wheler is staying a week with us, and is massaged every morning. She and Eva are quite happy, and shop, and see art things together. Bessy seems to be going on very well and will have all the changes of furniture made while she keeps on at No. 5. No. 3 will soon be, perhaps is, advertised to be sold. How quickly events move. I think I must have told you of my stay at Claverdon and of the tree thinning. It was all very pleasant there, where also events are moving quickly. I am curious about the newly discovered drive
' Augusta B. Stewart, second wife of Herman Ernest Galton: see our Vol. I, Pedigree Plate A.
t Marianne Nicholson, Sir Douglas Galton's wife.
+ Mary Phillips, wife of Darwin Galton. j Captain Guy Lethbridge.
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