Asks her to send some specimens of Dr Erasmus Darwin's handwriting for the Autographic Mirror.
Down Bromley | Kent
My dear Madam
The Editor of the Autographic Mirror has applied to me for a specimen of the
handwriting of D
Will you have the kindness to see if you can find such a note among the letters & send it me or even two or three to choose from, & they shall be returned to you if required.
Hoping that you will excuse my giving you this trouble I beg leave to remain | My dear Madam | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 4936.f1See letter from Hermann Kindt, 13 November 1865 and n. 2.
- f2 4936.f2CD had sent Meteyard letters from his paternal grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, to his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood I, for use in Meteyard 1865--6 (see letter from Eliza Meteyard, 25 April 1865 and n. 4, and Supplement, letter to Hurst and Blackett, 15 November  and n. 3). The letter from Erasmus Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood I, 27 April 1766, was reproduced in the Autographic Mirror (L'Autograph Cosmopolite); this letter is quoted in Meteyard 1865--6, 1: 436.