RECORD: Cheque by Charles Darwin 'to self' (Union Bank of London) 1869.06.01. McGill-CA-OSLER0-P110[.8]. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned by Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 8.2023. RN1

NOTE: Reproduced with permission from the J.C. Simpson Collection, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. See the introduction to another cheque by Darwin on display in the 1909 Darwin Exhibition at Christ's College, Cambridge by John van Wyhe.

"Pearson, Charles, 1845?-1914. Schoolteacher, innkeeper, and organist. Schoolmaster at Down National School from 1867-c.1881. 1875 P was elected a trustee of Down Friendly Club. CCD23:185. 1881 Shopkeeper, wine and spirit merchant, and proprietor of the George & Dragon, Down." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)


[Darwin's writing, all in ink, is in bold]

No. R40155 London Down June 1 1869

The Union Bank of London, CHARING CROSS BRANCH 4, PALL MALL EAST. Pay to Mr Pearson or Order Nine Pounds / 10 / 6


This Cheque must be endorsed by the party to whom it is payable

Ch. Darwin


[in an unknown hand:] Charles Pearson

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