On death of his wife. Botany a solace.
3 Gloucester Terrace
17 May 1870
My dear Mr Darwin
Your letter arrived just at the time that our great sorrow becamecertain to us: and I write without scruple because no one,I am sure, will feel more deeply for us than yourself.f1 You knewwhat she was, and what we have lost.— As yet it all seems a dream.She seemed to me so full of life & so likely to keep loving chargeover my little ones long after I was gone—
Dont think either the Passifloras or the statistics intrusive orin the way— Anything external that I can interest myself in is good:and I shall plant the seeds as soon as I get to Abinger—and see whatI do about the statistics when I have read your chapter.f2 My kindestremembrances to your family who will I am sure feel for us.
Dont trouble yourself to write again
Sincerely yours | T H Farrer
C Darwin Esqre FRS