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Edward Jarvis Transcript (Re Frederick Farr)

Dorchester, Mass  Jan 28th 1865

To the Adjutant General of Maine

Dear Sir,

Allow me to request your aid in respect to one of soldiers of your State.

Frederic Farr, son of Dr. William Farr, the Chief of the Registration Office of England, left London, without the knowledge of his family, in March 1863, landed in Portland soon thereafter, and enlisted in the 7th Maine under the assumed name of Frederic Clark. He was then 19 years old, had been a correct & steady youth, a member of the volunteer force of London, a military organization corresponding to our home militia.

Soon after being in our army he wrote to his father confirming his folly of running away secretly. And again, from time to time, he wrote to his family.  But now, for more than a year, nothing has been heard of him. He was at the battle of Gettysburg and afterward on the Rappahannock, where he was said to have been taken prisoner. But no tiding of him have since been heard.

His father, my friend & correspondent, writes me in great anxiety & distress. And we have made all possible inquiry at Washington, through the War Department & the Sanitary Commission without success.

I now venture to trouble you in the hope that the records of your office will give some information in respect to the fate or the present condition of this young man.

Will you do me the favor to search the records of your department. 7th Reg. Co. F. or make inquiry through the officers of the Regiment & Company to which Clark (Farr) belonged & then inform me whether anything, & what, is known of him.

Or will you inform me, where I can pursue this inquiry with any better hope, if nothing can be discovered in your department!

Dr. Farr is the accomplished & celebrated author of the Reports of Births & Marriages & Deaths of England, which stand at the head of all such documents in Europe. And is one of the ablest & most influential Sanitarians in Great Britain. Your efforts in this matter will oblige one of the best men of England as well as

very respectfully yours
Edward Jarvis

As Dr. Farr is a strong friend of the Union, probably Frederic caught the enthusiasm of his family & felt inspired to elope & aid in the cause his father taught him to love.