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From T. H. Farrer   27 October 1870

Abinger Hall, | Reigate. (Post Town) | Gomshall (Station) S.E.R.

27 Oct 1870

My dear Mr Darwin

I am sending you back those of your books which I have here—vizt four of Delpinos—1 The rest shall come back when we get to London where they are—2 One of the “Atti” of the Italian Società des Scienze Naturali which you have marked as an useless duplicate I keep.3

Alas! when will time come for these things. I find every day full and human beings little & big require the time and attention one would willingly give to flowers. Not that the former are less interesting in their way. but one grudges the infinite number of small things to be done, & feels sympathy with womens lot in life. Surely the fact that they have all the little daily things to do is enough to account for their not succeeding in work requiring devotion & abstraction

Sincerly yours | T H Farrer

C Darwin Esqre


The books and pamphlets of Federico Delpino’s that Farrer borrowed from CD may have included Delpino 1867b, 1867c, 1869a, and the first part of Delpino 1868–74 (see Marginalia 1: 191–2). The first three are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL, and the last is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
Farrer also maintained a house at Gloucester Terrace, Regent’s Park (see letter from T. H. Farrer, 5 June 1870).
Farrer may be referring to Delpino 1867a, published in Atti della Società Italiana delle Scienze Naturali in Milano. A copy is in the Darwin Archive–CUL.


Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Returning CD’s books.

Sympathises with women’s lot in life.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Abinger Hall
Source of text
DAR 164: 66
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7351,” accessed on 26 November 2022,

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