RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1879]. Draft of Erasmus Darwin, folio 4. CUL-DAR212.2. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 10.2022. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

Darwin, C. R. 1879. Preliminary notice. In Ernst Krause, Erasmus Darwin. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. (F1319)


The William Darwin who married to heiress heiress is said to have become a good work man was believed to be fond of working mechanically & he may have [2 words illeg] his mechanical task to his grandson grandson Erasmus. & I possess an ivory box made by him, prettily ornamented on one side with his crest on the other side. There is a portrait of him at Elston, showing a pleasing & refined face expression) countenance.)

He had two sons, William, & Robert, a barrister the father of Erasmus. I suppose that Cleatham & the Waring property were left to William, who seem to have followed no profession, & the Elston estate to Robert; for whom the latter married he gave up his profession & lived ever afterwards at Elston. There is a portrait of him at Elston Hall, & he looks with his great wig & bands like a dignified Doctor of Divinity. He seems to have had some taste of for science, for he was an early member of the [illeg] Spalding Spalding Club; & the celebrated antiquary Dr Stukeley in "an account of the almost entire sceleton of a large animal &c" was published in the Philosophical Transaction, April & May 1719, begin begin his paper as follows: "Having Having an account from my fired, Robert Darwin Esqr of Lincoln's Inn, a Person of Curiousity, of a known scle Sceleton (as it as then then thought) impressed in Stone, found lately by the Rector of Elston &c." Stukeley then speaks of it as a great rarity "the like whereof has not been observed before in this island ( [illeg] to my knowledge" [illeg] Erasmus 1754 lead on

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