RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1879]. Draft of Erasmus Darwin, folio 10. CUL-DAR212.5. 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)


impressed imagined his patients with confidence; & my father used to say that the art of gaining confidence was the chief element in a doctor's worldly success.) (His father brought him to Shrewsbury & introduced him to some of the inhabitants, before he was 21 years old & left him 20 guineas saying "let me know when you want more & I will send it you." His uncle, the rector of Elston afterwards sent him (as I gather from an old letter) 20 & this was the sole the primary assistance aid, which he my father ever received.

I have heard him say that his practice during the first year allowed him to keep two g=horses & a man0servant. His father in a letter at tells in Edgeworth [illeg] in a letter that his son Robert after being settled in Shrewsbury for only six months, "already had between 40 & 50 patients." By the second year he was in considerable & ever afterwards in vy very large practice. I remember his coming into the room one & saying "this day, sixty years ago, I received my first first fee in Shrewsbury." & have continued to practice for two or three years or two longer & [3 words illeg] It may be doubted whether any doctor will ever again get into here a good many have a considerable number of patients before arriving arriving at the age of 21 years. His success as a physician was also the more remarkable, as he for some time detested the

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