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Darwin Correspondence Project

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


Farrer refers to the death of his wife, Frances Farrer.


On death of his wife. Botany a solace.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Gloucester Terrace, 3
Source of text
DAR 164: 62
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7192,” accessed on 5 March 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18