To Eliza Meteyard 16 November 
Down Bromley | Kent
My dear Madam
The Editor of the Autographic Mirror has applied to me for a specimen of the handwriting of Dr Erasmus Darwin & I shd be glad to oblige him.1 It ought to be a moderately long note signed with his name & if possible possessing some sort of interest or as little dull as possible.
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.2
Hoping that you will excuse my giving you this trouble I beg leave to remain | My dear Madam | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Asks her to send some specimens of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s handwriting for the Autographic Mirror.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4936,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4936