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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Hurst & Blackett   15 November [1863]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Nov 15


I see that Miss Meteyard is preparing a life of my grandfather Josiah Wedgwood.2 I have in my possession a good many letters to him from Dr Erasmus Darwin (also my grandfather) & if they would be likely to give any information, I shall be glad to send them to Miss Meteyard or to you.3

They are chiefly on semi-scientific subjects & probably would only be useful as shewing what subjects were occupying Mr Wedgwood’s mind & the dates of them.

Perhaps you will forward this to Miss Meteyard

I am Gentleman | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, [22–3 November 1863] (Correspondence vol. 11).
The novelist and journalist Eliza Meteyard had been researching the life of Josiah Wedgwood I since the 1850s (see Meteyard 1970, introduction, and B. Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 271). The first volume of her Life of Josiah Wedgwood (Meteyard 1865–6) was published by Hurst and Blackett in April 1865. It is not known how CD learned that the book was in preparation.
In the first volume of her biography, Meteyard acknowledges the receipt of letters sent to her by CD (see Meteyard 1865–6, 1: xv, 436). The letters between Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin are at Down House.


Offers letters to Eliza Meteyard for her book [The life of Josiah Wedgwood (1865–6)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Hurst & Blackett
Sent from
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection: FF8)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4672,” accessed on 26 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)