Asks whether JL would be prepared to sign a petition on behalf of Miss Eliza Meteyard who is seeking a civil list pension.
My dear L.
Some friends of Miss M. with Hooker amongst them, are getting up a
petition to Government to put her name on the civil Pension list. I am
going to sign & she has asked me to get a few other signatures.— As
she has done nothing for science, you may, perhaps object to signing;
but I sh
Forgive me troubling you & believe me yours very sincerely | C. Darwin—
- f1 6612.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Lubbock, 13 February .
- f2 6612.f2CD refers to Eliza Meteyard and Joseph Dalton Hooker. Meteyard was awarded a Civil List pension of £60 on 5 April 1869 (Meteyard 1970, 1: introduction ).
- f3 6612.f3CD refers to his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood I, and to Meteyard 1865--6. CD had provided Meteyard with material for the book (see Correspondence vol. 13).
- f4 6612.f4For more on the reception of Meteyard 1865--6, see Meteyard 1970, 1: introduction [20--3].