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From Francis Galton   1 December 1876

42 Rutland Gate

Dec 1/76

My dear Darwin

Many thanks for the enclosed, which I have copied, & return.1

I can give you another instance in which that curious habit (in the Butler family) of raising the arm when asleep & letting the wrist fall over the nose, has occurred. You may recollect the case I sent you, which you quoted.2 The new instance is this:—

The 7th child of one of the other sons, had this peculiarity also. It was first observed and commented on by the nurse & pointed out by he〈r〉 to the mother, the nurse being wholly ignorant of the peculiarity hav〈ing〉 existed in other members of the family, & the mother who had heard of its existence had never until that time, paid attention to the account. (The son in question is Spencer Butler; the peculiarity as far as known, runs thus:—3

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The crosses are those that are known to have it.)

Their grandfather,2 out of 8 children
and3 out of 17 grandchildren (about)
are known to have it

Ever sincerely Yr. | Francis Galton

Footnotes

The enclosure has not been found.
In 1871, Galton had sent CD an account of the arm-raising habit of his brother-in-law Henry Montagu Butler, Butler’s father, George Butler, and his daughter Agnes Isabel (see Correspondence vol. 19, letters from Francis Galton, 22 December 1871 and [after 22 December 1871]). CD cited the case in Expression, pp. 33–4 n. 8.
Spencer Perceval Butler was a son of George Butler. His wife was Mary Butler, and their seventh child was Arthur Francis Butler.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Summary

Gives another instance of curious habit in the Butler family.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10694
From
Francis Galton
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Rutland Gate, 42
Source of text
DAR 105: A96
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10694,” accessed on 14 April 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10694.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24

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