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Darwin Correspondence Project

Letter

Francis Henry Egerton

1756–1829

Scholar and patron of learning. His literary works, many on his notable ancestors, were mostly privately published. Bequeathed £8000 in his will to commission works illustrating the "power, wisdom, and goodness of God as manifested in the Creation"; the money to be divided among eight persons. The resulting essays have become known as the Bridgewater treatises. FRS 1781.

Sources

ODNB

Record of the Royal Society of London

Topham 1993.