From Eliza Meteyard 17 November 1865
Wildwood | North End | Hampstead. NW.
Nov: 17. 1865
I send you nineteen of the letters you so kindly lent me: and hope amongst the number, one may be found suitable for the pages of the Autographic Mirror.1 If not, and Mrs Darwin2 will kindly inform me, I will send the rest, although dipping into them for the Wedgwood as I go on.3
I heartily apologize for retaining them so long, but I conscientiously feel that no one can reverence them more, or take greater care; and this perhaps makes me take unwarrantable liberties as to time.4 But your goodness I am sure pardons me. The circumstances under which my book has had to be written has much harrassed me—and with hundreds of pages to copy, and no helping hand—I necessarily take liberty where I can. But as soon as the last page of Wedgwood is off to the printers—and we begin to print though slowly on Dec. 1—I will set to, at once, and make what notes I shall further require for the Life of Thomas Wedgwood5—and then return them speedily—with very sincere thanks for your indulgence.
I sincerely hope your health is a little better than it was.
With compliments to Mrs Darwin, I am, | Dear Sir | With grateful respect | your’s faithfully | Eliza Meteyard.
C. Darwin Esq.
Returns 19 of the letters CD lent her, so that he can choose one for the Autographic Mirror.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4937,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4937