592. Life and Letters of Francis Galton
at the back of the grate, and issues warmed underneath the mantel-shelf, on either side of it, above its jambs. Campbell (of Italy) did the same to a summer-house in Niddry Lodge. Both were perfectly successful. Some fellow took out a patent, but spoilt the idea. He made it "decorative" and it acted badly. You, of course, can have anything you like set up for your
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own use, but the patent laws may prevent your selling similar things to friends. I have not heard very lately from the Butlers .... I expect a long letter from Frank Butler in a few days.... Miss Elderton, of the Eugenics Laboratory, is staying with us for this week-end. She is a bright capable girl, and does her work excellently. I have not seen Evelyn Cunliffe* since her mother's death and doubt if she has yet returned home.
Ever affectionately, FRANCIS CALTON.
My section of the fire-place is vile, but I think you and Amy will understand it and could make a cardboard model for consultation with your builder.
MEADOW COTTAGE, BROCKHAM GREEN, BETCHWORTH, SURREY. January 31, 1909.
MY DEAR Lucy, Thanks for letter and enclosure of Gussie's which I return. Poor Erasmus ! How stoical and how characteristic! The effects of the accident will take much pleasure out of his life of the sort he is accustomed to, but will I daresay lead to some compensations such as invalids learn to enjoy, as being taken care of.
I have intended to write to ask whether you would care to read, what to me is very interesting, the Journal kept by Sir Francis Darwin of his travels in Spain, Greece and Asia Minor, the first part in company with Theodore Galtont. It has been copied clearly in a limp quarto MS. book by Mrs Fellowes, a daughter of Mrs Oldenshaw, who has lent it to me. We are writing to her for permission to send it you. I was pleased to find confirmation of the fact that Dean Burgess of anti-Revised-Version notoriety did meet them abroad. There is not a word about eastern travel in his published life, but my recollection seemed certain that it was he, who spoke to me most appreciatively of Uncle Theodore at an Oxford dinner where I sat next to him. He thought him a man of rare promise, as so many others seem to have done. The pluck of Sir F. D. and of Th. G. was amazing. They travelled during most troublous times, viz. about 1809-brigands, pirates, and murderers everywhere.
Keir Moilliet's widow 1, her son Hubert and a daughter come to us to tea to-day. They are come to stay for a few days with a neighbouring relative of theirs, Miss Townshend. Is it not a pleasure that one'more winter month has passed by? You both will get out soon I hope. I too have been much kept in by the weather. It seems that your foxes are not.
Ever affectionately, FRANCIS GALTON.
Elder daughter of Sir Douglas and Lady Galton.
t See Vol. I, pp. 22-23. This diary has recently been published by the Cambridge University Press under the title : Travels in Spain and the East 1808-1810, by Sir Francis Sacheverell Darwin, Cambridge, 1927.
1 James Keir Moilliet, son of Galton's sister, Lucy Harriot, married Sophia Harriet Finlay.