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Letter 7391

Farrer, T. H. to Darwin, C. R.

15 Dec 1870


Forgot to send books.

Saw Miss [Henrietta] Darwin; chastised her for being out when book [Descent] has not yet appeared.


3, Gloucester Terrace, | Regent’s Park.

15 Dec/70

My dear Mr Darwin,

I humbly cry Peccavi. The fact is I sent off from Abinger yourbooks which I had there, and quite forgot to get out and send otherswhich I had been keeping here.

Sprengel with several others shall go this morning to CumberlandPlace.—f1

I saw Miss Darwin there and told her she ought to be ashamed ofbeing seen about, whilst the book is not yet to be seen.f2

Sincerely yours | T H Farrer

C Darwin Esq FRS.

DAR 164: 67



Farrer had borrowed, among other books, CD’s copy of Christian KonradSprengel’s Das entdeckte Geheimniss der Natur im Bau und in derBefruchtung der Blumen (The secret of nature discovered in thestructure and fertilisation of flowers; Sprengel 1793); seeCorrespondence vol. 17, letter from T. H. Farrer, 13 October1869. Farrer’s country residence was Abinger Hall near Dorking. OneCumberland Place, London, was the home of Hensleigh Wedgwood, CD’s cousin andbrother-in-law.
Henrietta Emma Darwin had been involved in reading the manuscript of Descent (see letter toH. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870]).
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