FARRER, Thomas Henry, 1819-1899, Baron Farrer, civil servant

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence to and from Lord Farrer, manuscript notes and papers on Indian trade and currency, press cuttings, and printed papers concerning currency problems in India.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Henry Farrer, 1819-1899, was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. He received his BA in 1840 and became a barrister at Lincoln's Inn in 1844. He became Assistant-Secretary of the Marine Department of the Board of Trade in 1850, assistant secretary to the Board in 1854, and was Permanent Secretary from 1865 to 1886. In addition he was a member (and for several years Vice-Chairman) of the London County Council, 1889-1898, and published writings on economic subjects. He was created baronet in 1883 for his public service, and raised to the peerage in 1893.


This collection is arranged in 11 volumes as follows:
Volumes I-III. Manuscript letters to Lord Farrer
Volume IV. Letters and papers by Lord Farrer
Volume V. Printed papers on the depreciation of silver in India
Volume VI. Printed papers on currency problems, 1886-1888, including memoranda prepared for the Gold and Silver Commission, 1888.
Volume VII. Printed memoranda and successive drafts of the Report of the Gold and Silver Commission, 1888
Volume VIII. Printed papers on Indian currency, 1892-1894, including memoranda prepared for the Indian Currency Committee, 1893
Volume IX. Printed papers on Indian currency, 1895-1898, including memoranda prepared for the Indian Currency Committee, 1898
Volume X. Printed papers relating to the Indian Currency Committee, 1898
Volume XI. Press cuttings, 1893-1899.

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Other Finding Aids

Printed handlist available. The handlist to this collection contains an index of Names.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

Separated Material

Papers of or relating to Farrer are also held at the Surrey History Centre; Linnean Society of London; Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department; Buckinghamshire Records and Local Studies Service; Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts; Oxford University: Balliol College Library; National Library of Wales; National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division; West Sussex Record Office. See the National Register of Archives for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

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Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds letters of Farrer to R E Welby, 1893 (Ref: SR1017).

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