RECORD: Farrer, Thomas H. 1882.04.28. Letter to George Howard Darwin. CUL-DAR215.7f. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN2

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

"Farrer, Emma Cecilia (Ida), 1854 Nov. 7-1946 Jul. 5. Only daughter of Sir Thomas H. F. 1880 Married Horace Darwin."

"Farrer, Sir Thomas Henry, 1st Bart (1883), 1819-99. Statistician, barrister and civil servant. Abinger Hall, Dorking, Surrey. 1873 Married 1 Frances Erskine. 3 sons, 1 daughter; Emma Cecilia ("Ida"). Married 2 Katherine Euphemia Wedgwood s.p. 1893 1st Baron. Visited Down House often. ED's diary 1854-95." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)
Leonard Darwin married Elizabeth Frances Fraser (Bee) on 11 July 1882. She was Farrer's sister. 'Ras' refers to Erasmus Alvey Darwin who died in 1881.


28 April/82


My dear George

The fault and the loss was mine – not being with the family with whom I should have wished to be. The tickets came here quite right – but I was much occupied, & having seen 12 as the hour thought I should be in abundance of time if I arrived then.- I found however that the Jerusalem Chamber was empty and the procession in


progress, & I joined the middle of it. – able to witness every thing though not with those I should have liked to be with.

Mrs Wedgwood was admirably managed for and has got safely back to Abinger.

Effie did not come- As in Ras' case, she felt averse to being present, a feeling in which in general I have much sympathy. In this case the public tribute was so great a feature that it overshadowed the private feeling – In this bustle you can scarcely yet have realised the loss. Indeed without the bustle, there are losses the real greatness of which we only feel as time goes on – losses which can never be repaired or replaced whatever else come to us.

You told me how exhausted you all were – I trust it will leave no bad effect.


Ida is to come to us on Monday and we shall then hear of you all. Poor Leonard – this is a sad precursor of his marriage.

I shall always look on the intercourse I have had with your father as one of the really good things which has come to me in life – and it is a real  [illeg]  to me to know that it is at an end. He was so kind & good to me

Ever very sincerely yours

T H Farrer

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