From T. H. Farrer 11 August 1871
Abinger Hall, | Reigate. (Post Town) | Gomshall (Station) S.E.R.
11 August 1871
My dear Mr Darwin
I am so extremely vexed that you should be coming here just as I am going away for a month.—1 And before I go—which is Sunday next—I am busy every day in London. The only chance is that you may still be here when we come back about the 10th September
My sister in law will leave this: and I trust you, or at any rate Mrs Darwin and your daughters will come over and see my Penates—2
Alas for Botany! Office with a new chief—home cares and building—have left me little time for anything else.3
With very kind remembrances to Mrs Darwin | Believe me | Sincerely yours | T H Farrer
I was almost forgetting the chief object of my note vizt to congratulate you and your daughter very heartily on what Mrs Wedgwood tells me is a very satisfactory and happy prospect for her.4 May she find as much happiness in it as we have found. I can wish no better wish.
Sorry he will be away when CD comes down.
Congratulations on Henrietta Darwin’s engagement.