Ref NoMS/505
TitleCorrespondence and Related Papers - Thomas Henry Farrer
AdminHistoryThomas Henry Farrer, first Baron Farrer (1819-1899), civil servant and statistician, was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Farrer was the son of Thomas Farrer, a solicitor in Lincoln's Inn Fields. He was called to the bar of Lincoln's Inn in 1844 but retired from practice a few years later. He became a civil servant in 1850 when he took the post of secretary to the naval department of the Board of Trade. In 1865 he was promoted and became one of the joint secretaries of the Board of Trade, and in 1867 he became permanent secretary. Farrer was President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1894 to 1896.

He married Frances Erskine (1825-1870) in 1854 and they had four children: Emma Cecilia "Ida" Farrer (1854-1946), Thomas Cecil Farrer (1859-1940), Claude Erskine Farrer (1862-1890), and Hon. Noel Maitland Farrer (1867-1929). Ida Farrer went on to marry Horace Darwin, son of Charles Darwin (1851-1928).

Farrer's first wife, Frances, died on 15 May 1870. Farrer remarried in 1873 to his wife's half-cousin, Katherine Euphemia Wedgwood (1839-1931). Farrer died on 11 October 1899 at Abinger Hall, Dorking.
DescriptionCorrespondence and related papers of Thomas Henry Farrer. Includes Farrer's notes 1868-74 and publications upon the fertilisation of various flowers. These notes are accompanied by letters from J. D. Hooker, corrected proofs and offprints of Farrer's publications.

FARRER, THOMAS HENRY (to Don, Patrick H.).
1. Reigate. 1869 Nov 8. Requests that one of the Passiflora be sent to Hooker who can perhaps confirm it really is Coerutea - Racemosa.

HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON (to Farrer, Thomas Henry).
2. Kew. 1869 Nov 18. Likes Farrer's paper but doubts accuracy of the nomenclature.
3. Kew. 1869 Nov 18. Thinks their Racemosa is somewhat hybridged.

4. Farrer's "Notes on the fertilization of certain Passiflorae and Tacsomiae" (28 pp).
Extent1 box
Related MaterialMS/506, 507a, 507b, 508, 510, 511, 512, 513, 299, and 489.
AcquisitionDonated to the Library of the Linnean Society by Lady Nora Barlow, the Dowager Lady Farrer (and daughter of Ida Farrer and Horace Darwin), and Mrs Rees Thomas.
Creator NameFarrer, Thomas Henry
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