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Galton, Sir Francis (1822-1911) Knight, biostatistican, human geneticist, and eugenicist
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Letter from Janet Catherine Symonds to Henry Sidgwick

States that she was glad to receive his letter, and also to receive one that came from H.F. Brown at the same time. Agrees that the latter 'is remarkably tolerant of criticism', and remarks on the difficulty of his task. Reports that the proofs 'have now come in up to the opening of the second volume [of the biography of John Addington Symonds compiled by Brown from his letters and papers]', and expresses her relief that Sidgwick and Mrs Green are to revise them. Agrees with Horatio 'that to Bowdlerise these letters till all colour of individuality is gone - would be untrue to the subject and unfair to the readers', and maintains that the question of suppression is one of degree. Does not agree that all allusions to ill-health should be suppressed, and hopes that the 'Harrow part' in the first volume can be amended. Refers to the bad weather that they have been experiencing of late, 'and now a change to glorious October.' Reports that her cat, [Quasjee], has knocked over her inkstand and has left a paw-print on the already addressed envelope. Has decided to send it on as it is, though admits that it is more in Francis Galton's line than Sidgwick's. Reports that [Mrs] Greg has written that she is going with Walter to stay at the Hunter's Lodge, and asks Sidgwick to make friends with her. Send her love to Sidgwick and Mrs Sidgwick, and refers to there visit to her in Davos-Platz as 'the pleasantest thing that has happened' to her that year.

Symonds, Janet Catherine North (1837-1913) author

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to A.J. Patterson

Explains the delay in replying to Patterson's letter as being due to Sidgwick's wish 'to consult [Coutts?] Trotter and some other discreet and experienced person before expressing [his view].' Reports that he has discussed the first of Patterson's queries with Trotter and Michael Foster, and they have all agreed that it is highly unlikely that any publisher would be found who will pay anything to a translator of Mr Loczi Loczy Lajos's book, but that a publisher - perhaps Macmillan - might be found who would 'take the risk of the book, if a translation were offered him gratis'. Suggests that he make an application on the subject to the Geographical Society. Offers to apply to the latter society through Francis Galton; asks him to send any notices which may have appeared of it. Asks him to tell him the general character and drift of the article [ ] [ ] II. Explains that the good reviews tend not to publish translated articles, unless those by foreign authors already known to the English public. Expressed his regret that Mrs Patterson 'is not yet re[ ] to Magyar society.

Letter from J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Inch-ma-home, Cambridge - In letter of 2 June, Frazer asks Butler to sign some enclosed memorials to the Australian government about some anthropological work and has received a letter from Mr [Francis?] Galton, who had just returned from Greece and heard 'a graphic account of my first (alas! it will not be my last) journey to the Styx.'

Letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. - Has very much enjoyed reading 'Passages [of the Bible]'; wonder if he knows a passage in [John] Selden's 'Table Talk' that proves how much the English have been moulded by Biblical phraseology.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated June 14, 1895 - Has very much enjoyed reading 'Passages [of the Bible]'; wonder if he knows a passage in [John] Selden's 'Table Talk' that proves how much the English have been moulded by Biblical phraseology.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated January 24, 1901 - Has the second edition of 'The Golden Bough' and admires it; suggests a method be adopted to show the geographical distribution of the facts it relates to, either the small maps used by the Natural History Museum or the decimal system of the Geographical Classification about to be adopted by the Royal Society; comments on the general mourning occasioned by the death of Queen Victoria.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated October 18, 1902 - Answering Frazer's letter inquiring about the fear of death, suggests that Meadows Taylor had a phrase about the fear of death being a European maladay; recollects Lord Palmerston stating that Chinese men would offer themselves for execution if their funeral rites were paid for and a good dinner offered; cites 'Julius Caesar'; is heading to Rome and Sicily in November.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated Sept. 27, 1906 - Thanks him for ['Adonis, Attis, Osiris']; mentions Theodore Bent's memoir on Santorin in connection with St John and the Revelations; notes that [Eugen] Sandow would be pleased with how close his name was to Sandan [of Tarsus].

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

Quedley, Haslemere. Dated September 27, 1907 - Admires the little book of 'Questions [on the Customs, Beliefs, and Languages of Savages']; finds it curious how many pleasures of life continue unimpaired, despite his age of 85 1/2; fears [E. B.] Tylor must regret his inability to 'do justice to his own large collections, by finishing his projected work on the origins of religion'.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated May 22, 1910 - Thanks him for 'Totemism and Exogamy'; thanks to Lilly Frazer and that of Baron von Hügel, brother of the Cambridge anthropologist, he has an 'Acoustica'[?] to help him hear, and encloses a pamphlet about it [not present].

Letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. - Has the second edition of 'The Golden Bough' and admires it; suggests a method be adopted to show the geographical distribution of the facts it relates to, either the small maps used by the Natural History Museum or the decimal system of the Geographical Classification about to be adopted by the Royal Society; comments on the general mourning occasioned by the death of Queen Victoria.

Letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. - Answers Frazer's letter inquiring about the fear of death, suggests that Meadows Taylor had a phrase about the fear of death being a European maladay; recollects Lord Palmerston stating that Chinese men would offer themselves for execution if their funeral rites were paid for and a good dinner offered; cites 'Julius Caesar'; is heading to Rome and Sicily in November.

Robert Ackerman research photocopies of Sir James George Frazer letters

Xerox photocopies of over 240 letters, many of them of originals housed in other institutions. The letters are written by Frazer to multiple recipients with a few exceptions: eight are written by Lilly Frazer (to Miss Buckley, Sir Edmund Gosse, Bronisław Malinowski, and W. H. D. Rouse); one is from Henry Jackson to Frazer and five more are from others to others (two from Macmillan & Co. to Hermann Diels, one from Sir Francis Galton to Sir Clements Markham forwarding a letter from Frazer, one unrelated letter from John Sampson to Francis Jenkinson, and one memo from Otto Stapf to Sir David Prain). Five letters include covering letters from the institutions providing the copies. In addition, there are copies of a typescript draft of Frazer's article 'Our Debt to France', the draft of an address on the founding of the Frazer lectureships, and a translation of an article.

Recipients, with the number of letters present if more than five: Aksel Andersson, Terence Armstrong, Spencer Baird, Andrew Bennett, Arthur Bigge (Lord Stamfordham), Miss Buckley (of the Loeb Classical Library), Sir Ernest Budge, John Bullbrook, Francis Burkitt, Edward Clodd, Francis Cornford (16 letters), Otto Crusius, Sir Edwin Deller (6 letters), Hermann Diels (10 letters), Samson Eitrem, S. J. Evis, Jesse Fewkes, Douglas Freshfield, Sir Francis Galton (14 letters), Ernest Gardner, Charles-Marie Garnier (6 letters), Sir Edmund Gosse (42 letters), A. C. Haddon, Sir William Hardy (6 letters), Carl Lehmann-Haupt, C. W. Hobley, A. W. Howitt (7 letters), Mary Howitt, Henry Jackson, Francis Jenkinson (8 letters), Oskar Kallas, Sir Arthur Keith, William F. J. Knight, John Mackay, Bronisław Malinowski (9 letters), William Maxwell, A. G. W. Murray, G. G. A. Murray, Sir John Myres, Theodor Nöldeke, Karl Pearson, Sir David Prain (8 letters), Edward Rapson, A. G. Ross, Sir William Rothenstein, W. H. D. Rouse, Gustave Rudler, Charles Edward Sayle, Solomon Schechter (7 letters), Douglas Sladen, William Thalbitzer, Sir J. J. Thomson (21 letters), Sir D'Arcy Thompson, Hermann Usener, Sir Emery Walker, and Alfred Rayney Waller (6 letters).

Ackerman, Robert (b 1935) biographer

Letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. - Thanks him for ['Adonis, Attis, Osiris']; mentions Theodore Bent's memoir on Santorin in connection with St John and the Revelations; notes that [Eugen] Sandow would be pleased with how close his name was to Sandan [of Tarsus].

Letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. - Thanks him for 'Totemism and Exogamy'; thanks to Lilly Frazer and Baron von Hügel, brother of the Cambridge anthropologist, he has an 'Acoustica'[?] to help him hear, and encloses a pamphlet about it [not present].

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