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From Eliza Meteyard   19 February 1869

wildwood. | Hampstead. N.W

Feb. 19. 1869.

Dear Sir,

I received the memorial from Sir John Lubbock—quite safely—the evening before last.1 It contains his valuable signature as also your own—and that of Sir Charles Lyell. When you see or write to these gentlemen, will you offer to them my very earnest thanks for their true goodness. And will you please receive the same yourself—with the addition of my deep respect. Such names are of the highest value to me—not only for the intrinsic weight they bear—in relation to the matter in question—but to myself as a silent guarantee of opinion. Believe me truly and respectfully grateful to you.

The memorial is now with Mr Winter Jones2 at the British Museum—for his and others’ signatures. But I am somewhat in a commotion—Mr Smiles having written urgently last night—for the memorial to be sent in to Mr Gladstone.3 There will therefore be only time to add the names of my kind friends—Mr Duffus Hardy and Mr Bennett Woodcroft.4 There are many names of great value—awaiting the memorial—as those of Mr Warren De La Rue—Mr Millais5—and others—but there is now no time for application.

Believe me—with great respect, | your’s obliged & faithfully | Eliza Meteyard

Charles Darwin Esq.


Meteyard refers to a petition to put her name on the Civil Pension list (see letter to John Lubbock, [before 13 February 1869] and n. 2).
John Winter Jones.
Samuel Smiles and William Ewart Gladstone. For more on the pension scheme, see Meteyard 1970, 1: introduction [25].
Thomas Duffus Hardy and Bennet Woodcroft.
John Everett Millais.


Her memorial [for civil list pension] with the signatures of CD, John Lubbock, and Charles Lyell has arrived. It is now going to W. E. Gladstone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Eliza Meteyard
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 171: 162
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6622,” accessed on 19 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17