November 25, 1863
FR has been promoted to the dignity of great aunt by the birth of her nephew's first child. This nephew, George Rolleston, son of FR's brother George, is a professor at Oxford. Mother of the child is Grace Davy.
George and Grace have named the child Humphry Davy after Grace's uncle, Sir Humphry Davy. This is particularly pleasing to FR because she was acquainted with Sir Humphrey in his youth, and she is always happy to speak of her acquaintances with scientific men.
And Humphry Davy was certainly a scientific man. He is credited with the discovery in 1808 of magnesium, calcium, strontium and barium through his experiments with electrolysis. He must also have been an enthusiastic person. Grace's father and Humphry's brother Dr. John Davy, reported that when Humphry separated potassium, he danced around, delirious with joy at his discovery.
FR admits she is proud that this child will advance Humphry Davy's name in the world.