Sofya Kovalevsky not admitted to University in Berlin.
Translating the four sheets CD sent. When will book [Descent] be printed?
Alexander [Kovalevsky] has gone to the Red Sea to study corals.
Will work on live Scalpellum at Naples in spring.
Bemoans England’s Prussian sympathies. Paris will fall without bombardment.
Berlin 7. Georgienstrasse.
22 Nov. 1870.
I did not write You such a long Time not beeing quite sure shallI remain at Berlin or go to Leipsic, and although my wife wasnot admitted to the University here we resolved to remain at Berlinthere beeing here so many means of pursuing studies privately.f1 I hopeYour intended visit did You good and delayed a little the printingof Your book what I most fervently wish as I am a little backwardwith the translation; still, the four sheets You kindly sent me aresoon finished and I pray You dear Sir to send me some more if thereis any printed.—f2 Could You not inform me when do You hope thatboth volumes will appear in England.—f3
From my brother I had news before yesterday, he could not procurehimself live Scalpellum’s and hopes to get them in the spring, when as thepescatori assured him they are much more abundant.f4 He received an offerfrom the Kiev University to send him for 5 months to the Red Sea andstarted the 8 Nov. from Naples, I have letters from Alexandria, wherehe arrived safe the 11 of November and got the same day to Suez; I expecthe will remain the whole time at Tor (Tûr) on the west side of theSinai peninsula and work there on the coral reefs.f5
It seems dear Sir that we are going to have a fight with You, thatcomes all from Your Prussian sympaties; now You allowed Your bestand truest ally to be murdered, who shall prevent Russia & Prussia todivide Austria and trottle the Sick man.f6 We are very anxious aboutthe state of Paris, as my sister in Law is shut up there; the siege isdrawing to the close as the provisions become scanty, so Paris willsurrender without bombardement, one is happy even at this.—f7My wife send You her compliments and prays to remember her toMrs Darwin and the ladies
Yours | Very truly | W. Kowalevsky.—
P.S. The proof sheets can be sent under cover by post, it is generallya safer way.—