From Thomas Henry Farrer 15 January 1869
3 Gloucester Terrace | R.P
My dear Mr Darwin
You always contrive to send something pleasant. It comes alas! in the midst of much Red Tape which leaves no time for Botany.1 New Ministers laudably attempting economies—many of them, I fear, impossible, give much trouble: almost as much, though more satisfactorily, as expensive & jobbing Ministers.2
Would Mrs Darwin or Miss D. kindly give me one line to say whether I shall send the beautiful French Book your son so kindly lent me back to Cambridge I heard with much regret that an accident had kept him there.3
Believe me | Most truly yours | T H Farrer
C Darwin Esq FRS
Red tape leaves no time for botany.
New ministry laudably attempting economies.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6556,” accessed on 29 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6556