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To T. H. Farrer   27 August [1877]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Aug. 27th

My dear Farrer

Your news is glorious & it was very good of you thus to rejoice me.— I am particularly surprised at the worms coming up through the walls. Forty holes!!!2

I cannot remember a more delightful week than the last.— I know very well that Effie will not believe me, but the worms were by no means the sole charm. Affectionate remembrances to all at the paradise.— I do hope dear Fanny continues as well as over two last days.3

I have just remembered that this note is of no use as you will be away, but as it is written it shall go.4

Yours ever very truly | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Farrer, 26 August 1877.
Katherine Euphemia (Effie) Farrer was Farrer’s wife; Frances Emma Elizabeth Wedgwood was her mother.
In his letter of 26 August 1877, Farrer had mentioned that he could not make observations the following week; he was away from 27 August to 5 September 1877 (see letter from T. H. Farrer, 23 September 1877).


CD is delighted with report from THF about activity of worms in Roman-British ruins at Abinger.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Sent from
Source of text
Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/26)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11114,” accessed on 28 March 2023,