To M. C. Lloyd 5 June 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Miss Lloyd
I received yesterday a most spirited drawing of a dog, & I have heard to day that it was sent by you.2
I admire it much, but regret exceedingly that you should have taken so much trouble in vain; for two sketches of dogs in the same frame of mind are now actually in the hands of the engraver.3 I did not understand that Miss Bonham Carter was going to apply to you; but some little time ago I expressed in her presence my trouble about drawings; & she, I presume, wrote to you.—4 I had at that time one sketch which would do moderately well, & directly afterwards I received a second from a young artist, which seemed to me so true & spirited that I at once sent it off to be engraved.5
Pray accept my cordial thanks for your great kindness, & believe me | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin
Thanks her for drawing of dog.