Page:Popular Science Monthly Volume 78.djvu/321

This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.
PSM V78 D321 Autographed letter by francis galton.png
Part of an Autograph Letter from Sir Francis Galton,
written in his eighty-ninth year.

and, as is fitting, a member of a distinguished family. The tenets of his grandfather did not prevent him from making a large fortune by the sale of arms in time of war; he wrote about birds and was skilled in statistics, One of his grandsons was Sir Douglas Galton, the eminent engineer. On his mother's side Francis Galton was a grandson of Erasmus Darwin and a half cousin of Charles Darwin. His wife also belonged to a distinguished family—she was the daughter of the dean of Peterborough and the sister of the master of Trinity College; it is the irony of fate that they have left no lines of descent.

It is not needful to review here Gal-