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From H. M. Butler to Francis Galton   7 November 1873

Harrow.

Nov. 7. 73

At 12.30 last night thumb nail came down on nose with frightful effect— Results this morning interesting to all Savans.1

CD annotations

Bottom of letter: ‘(Galton on Inheritance | Dr Butler 2d case.)’ ink

Footnotes

In his letter of 22 December 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19), Galton had described George Butler’s habit of putting his arm across the top of his head when sleeping in a chair. His arm would eventually drop, hitting his nose and waking him. Galton had noted that Butler’s son, Henry Montagu Butler, and granddaughter, Agnes Isabel Butler, inherited this habit. See also Correspondence vol. 20, letter from Francis Galton, [before 28 March 1872], and Expression, pp. 33–4, n. 8. In a note in DAR 105: A77, CD recorded a correction from Francis Galton to the passage in Expression, replacing ‘striking’ with ‘stroking’ in the account of the granddaughter. The correction was made in Expression 2d ed., and the story here about the thumbnail was also inserted in square brackets by Francis Darwin (Expression 2d ed., p. 34, n. 8).

Summary

Reports an incident of his "hereditary" habit of dozing, head in hand, such that he scratches his nose.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9136
From
Henry Montagu Butler
To
Francis Galton
Sent from
Harrow
Source of text
DAR 94: 1c
Physical description
Apc †(by CD)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9136,” accessed on 24 March 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9136

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21

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