Butler Family Letters

Scope and Content

Letters between the Butler family and Sir Francis Galton, and between members of the family. Many of the letters are from Galton to his brother-in-law Arthur Butler.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) married Louisa Jane Butler (d.1897) in 1853. Louisa's father was George Butler (1774-1853), dean of Peterborough and previously headmaster of Harrow School. Her mother was Sarah Maria Gray from Wembley Park, Middlesex. Louisa had many brothers and sisters, one of whom was Arthur Butler. She and Galton had no children.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented through Dorothy Middleton in 1983 by Arthur Butler's grandaughter, Mrs Christina Colvin, in memory of her father, Professor Harold Edgeworth Butler, Professor of Latin at University College London, 1911-1943.

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