Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Farrar mss., 1876-1889, consist of letters from Frederick William Farrar, 1831-1903, dean of Canterbury, to his friends. Born in India, he studied at King's College, London, and then became a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. From his position as headmaster of Marborough College he went to Westminister as canon in 1876 and was made dean in 1883. He was appointed dean of Canterbury in 1895. His several books and articles dealt with the school and the church.

In writing to H. Fedden, Farrar finds it necessary because of the pressure of duties to refuse a request to come to Bristol.

An invitation is extended to Holman Hunt, 1827-1910, painter, to come to dinner to meet the Bishop of Derry, "a poet and eloquent man." Furthermore he wants Hunt's advice on a book about Christianity and Art.

Marion Edith (Waugh) Hunt, the wife of Holman Hunt, is given directions for touring the cathedral. His daughter is dangerously ill and Mrs. Farrar cannot be present.

To Mr. Lucas, and old an valued friend, Farrar writes about the difficulties of leaving Marborough and going to Westminister; subsequently offers Lucas' son Frank a curacy; and talks at some length about his own children.

Samuel Morley, 1809-1886, a politician deeply interested in religious matters, is notified that Farrar will attend a meeting if canon Wilberforce will not be there.

The invitation of William Francis Cowper-Temple, baron Mount-Temple, 1811-1888, commissioner of works, to meet the Basil Wilberforces is accepted by Farrar.

Collection size: 8 items

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