Characterisation, especially by Letters 551
Enclosure in letter above:
TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE. October 27, 1905.
MY DEAR FRANK, The Council is over and I am desired in the name of the College to thank you warmly for this beautiful gift and to say that it is gratefully accepted. It is left to the Memorials Committee, of which I am Chairman, to consider the question of where it is to be hung, and to report to the Council. We are now arranging for a very early meeting of the Memorials Committee. You know how very earnestly I hope that this noble portrait will soon be on the wall of our Hall. Always affectionately yours, (signed) H. MONTAGU BUTLER.
42, RUTLAND GATE, S.W. October 28, 1905.
DEAREST MILLY, So glad that you would like to have James's book. It shall be ordered this morning, but, being Saturday, you will hardly get it before we are off to Pau on Thursday morning next. I have had a stern reminder not to delay, in the form of a sudden severe shivering for nearly a couple of hours on Wednesday morning. The amplitude of the shiver was remarkable and interesting ; my hands shook through a range of fully 7 if not 8 inches. The doctor sent me to bed at once (two days before yesterday) on fever diet; yesterday I was much better and to-day I may leave my room a little. He promises that I shall be fit to go on Thursday and recommends it. So much for self. You recollect my picture by Charles Furse? The Master of Trinity saw it and wrote me a letter urging me to send a copy of it to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he felt morally sure it would be accepted by the Council of Fellows. Asking elsewhere, I heard the same thing, so I had an excellent copy of it made by Frank Carter, and sent it for acceptance. The Council met yesterday and accepted it " warmly" and "gratefully." The place where it is to be hung is referred to the Memorials Committee and will, as I am told, in all probability be in the Great Hall, alongside many of my betters. It is a great honour anyhow. I could never have dreamed in old times that they would elect me an Honorary Fellow and care to have my portrait. What a nuisance your Range must be. It might have occurred in bitter weather, so that trifling favour is something to be grateful for. You don't speak of the poor horse. If you want a nice animal book, get from Mudie The Call of the TVild, by Jack London. It has had an immense sale. I read it through yesterday from cover to cover, almost without stopping. They tell me that good as Hotel Gassion is, a new one, H. du Palais et du Beau Sejour, is better. It is quieter, has a large sunny balcony, and the same south view. Moreover it is next door to the Winter Garden; so 1 have written for particulars which should arrive to-night. I will recollect about the "K" in Acland. Thanks for the introduction promised. I am living' in hope that I may get the revise of my little book in page all sent to me to-night. If not, before I start, I must delegate the final look over and the index making to Schuster, but I should like to have a share in it. Always, at the very last, there is some difficulty to be settled. I think now, what with Schuster's willing help, Miss Elderton's business-like ways and the Advisory Committee, the Eugenics Office ought to run on its own legs while I am away. I will write again, at least a post-card, before we are off. But I dare not give a previous day to Leamington. Every ounce of strength must be reserved for the Pau journey, but Eva will go to Bessy for a day. Ever affectionately, FRANCIS GALTON.
HOTEL GASSION, PAU, FRANCE. November 14, 1905.
DEAREST MILLY, At last, we are all again in normal condition and comfortably housed, with the splendid view (when we can see it) right in front of our windows in the very middle of the second story. I have not yet seen Mr Acland-Troite, on whom I called on Friday, leaving a letter explaining and saying we were about to change quarters. But I went to his church on Sunday. There were two clergymen and I do not yet know which was he. 8ernwn How the forms of Christendom do change! A Rip van Winkle, sent to sleep
would have been bewildered at this service and Sere %P at the time whenI was young, have thought he must have mistaken the building. Do clerks still exist? The Clerk
hree decker arrangement of my youth has wholly disappeared, and one never
sees the Royal Arms. It always used to be there with the White Horse of
Hanover in its middle and often quartering the fleurs-de-lis of France. I recollect it gave me quite a shock, when I first went to Cambridge, hearing the choristers singing in their white surplices, but I had never, I think, at that time been at an English Cathedral Service. We