This talk and slide show by Penny West, author of “London Letters Home” will present a glimpse of four years in the life of Gus Farley, of the Ipswich Farleys. He shipped to London as a teenager, apprenticing as a tea taster, preparing to join his cousins’ firm of Augustine Heard & Co. from China – 1861-1865. Gus’ letters describe the daily workings of the mid-19th century tea business in London, the different political perspective of the English about the American Civil War, and hint at his coming of age there.
In 1774, the Town of Ipswich chose Michael Farley, a tanner, as a delegate to the Provincial Congress. He was appointed major-general of the Militia of Massachusetts in 1777. Farley is buried at the Old North Burying Ground beside his wife Elizabeth. The site of his home is now the Richdale store on Market St..