Erasmus Darwin commonplace book, ca. 1777-1929


Date: Circa 1777-1929 | Size: 1 microfilm_reel(s)


This commonplace book was filmed exactly as bound and contains notes on medicine, diseases, and weather; poems by Erasmus Darwin and others; family genealogy; letters; and sketches. There are notes by other family members, including his wife, his daughter, and his brother. There is a letter to "Major Darwin" dated 1929 taped inside the front cover, recounting the provenance of the book.

Background note

Erasmus Darwin was a physician, botanist, and poet, and was a grandfather of Charles Robert Darwin.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 microfilm reel.


Purchased from Micro Methods, Ltd. (£4.00) and accessioned, 06/02/1972 (1972 1172mf).

Location of originals:

Original in Down House, Kent, England.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Microfilm Collection


  • Diseases.
  • Medicine.
  • Meteorology -- Observations.