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Farrar, Frederic William (1831–1903) Dean of Canterbury, novelist, and philologist
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James David Forbes to William Whewell

Edinburgh - Thanks WW for his volume on the philosophy of discovery: 'I have looked (though imperfectly) into the theological part of your volume; and am pleased to see, as usual, the manly expression of Religious Thought, which so many so-called strong minded men seem to regard as an expression of weakness'. JDF is glad that WW referred him for the interpretation of WW's remarks on public schools to 'Tom Brown' and 'Eric' [by Thomas Hughes and Frederic Farrar, see JDF to WW, 5 February 1860]: 'My own judgment of Tom Brown as a book to be put into the hands of young people was not favourable, but I found I could not well keep it out of the hands of my boys. But when Eric was given to them in a present by an intimate friend, I fairly rebelled and locked it up. You, of course object still more to the thing, than to the telling of it. Yet I cannot conceive that a premature acquaintance with the ways of vice can be a safeguard to its attractions. I consider Eric to be an indefensible book'. They have had to appoint a new President to the Edinburgh Royal Society due to the death of Thomas Brisbane. JDF would have easily been elected but decided not to stand. Consequently it has gone to the Duke of Argyll - who 'was elected as a Scottish nobleman fond of science'.

Letter from E. E. Bowen to Henry Sidgwick

Expresses regret at being able to 'come up' neither the following day, nor during the remainder of the term; he must go to Marlborough. Enquires as to when 'Donne's and Smith's' dinners might be. Asks Sidgwick to write 'a line or two to explain what the state of the case is' in relation to a book that he is revising. Asks HS to tell [ ] that he got leave to write 'the Macaulay article' should he want to, and that he would like to know whether '[ ] will have it or not'. Asks Sidgwick to return some books to the Varsity Library. Enquires as to whether he has seen Farrar's book on Language [Farrer (1868), An Essay on the Origins of Language]. States that he is writing a [laudation] of long sermons. Refers to Odd People, a book by [ ] Reid, which he has drawn on.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Regrets to hear of the unfavourable circumstances under which she made her visit to London [see Mary Sidgwick's letter, ADD.MS.c/101/179]. Reports that he has made himself rather ill 'by knocking about to Oxford and London from 13th to 15th' and has been keeping very quiet in Cambridge ever since. Intends to go to London for a few days before he goes to Rugby.

Reports that he just saw the Royal Academy, referring to the work of Leighton, Millais and Brett, and declaring it on the whole to be a bad exhibition. Announces that his friend Charles Bernard and his wife are now in England, and asks his mother if she would like him to ask him 'to run down to Rugby' while Henry is there and stay for a day or so. Reports that he saw William in Oxford on 13 June, and that he seemed very well. Indicates that they may meet in Switzerland. States that he is working now, and is very well. Tells her to keep the MSS as long as she likes; does not know if they will interest her, though he finds them interesting 'as all details of one's own mental life are. One grows old in Cambridge very fast...' Comments on the fact that [Jex]-Blake has been elected principle of Cheltenham [College]. Remarks that he will prosper, and states that he does not feel quite sure that Farrar would, although he would have felt more interested in trying the experiment with Farrar.