From F. W. Farrar 21 February 1
The Lodge, | Marlborough College
My dear Sir,
I feel it a very great honour to have received from you a copy of your new work on “The Descent of Man”.2 I shall read it with the deepest interest. The severe exigencies of my daily work leave me no leisure for my thoughts or studies beyond those that affect my immediate duties, but they have not lessened the deep admiration wh I have always felt for your writings, or the honour with wh I have regarded your name.
I have recently been elected Master of Marlborough College. I have not forgotten an anecdote wh. you once gave me about the manner in wh. Science was treated at Shrewsbury in old days.3 I send you the last report of the Nat. Hist. society established among the boys here, to shew you that we do all we can to encourage a taste for observation & for Natural History here. It is my very strong desire to do more for education in science as opportunity offers.4
I am, dear Sir, with many thanks & with the sincerest respect,
Very truly yours | F W Farrar
Thanks for copy of Descent.