From T. H. Farrer 17 May 1870
3 Gloucester Terrace
17 May 1870
My dear Mr Darwin
Your letter arrived just at the time that our great sorrow became certain to us: and I write without scruple because no one, I am sure, will feel more deeply for us than yourself.1 You knew what 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 charge over my little ones long after I was gone—
Dont think either the Passifloras or the statistics intrusive or in 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 what I do about the statistics when I have read your chapter.2 My kindest remembrances 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
On death of his wife. Botany a solace.