RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1865. Memorandum. Annuity for J. Parslow. CUL-DAR210.10.26 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrected and edtied by John van Wyhe 8.2011. RN1

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May 13th, 1865

In case of my death, I desire that a yearly annuity of £50 be paid to J. Parslow1 for his faithful services & friendship, as long as he may live; or in case of his becoming

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unfit for service. —

In case of my wifes sudden death, with no proper provision having been made for this annuity being paid, We desire our children to pay conjointly this annuity. — Ch. Darwin

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1 Joseph Parslow (1809/1810-1898), Darwin's manservant and later butler c. 1840-1876. He and his wife are buried in Downe churchyard under a handsome headstone.

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The cover or evelope for this item reads, in Darwin's handwriting, 'Memorandum | Annuity for J. Parslow | May 1865'.

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