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 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4936