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DCP-LETT-13060

To V. O. Kovalevsky   22 February [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.

Feb. 22d

My dear Sir

I received a very large box full of beautiful tea from Russia yesterday, & no doubt from you.— It is very kind of you, but you are really too magnificent. I suppose you are at Heidelberg, but I have always regretted, since your visit here,2 that I forgot to ask you to […]

[…] As for myself—my life is as regular & monotonous as a clock. I make sure, but wofully slow progress, with my new book, & do not yet in the least know when I shall go to press.3 I doubt whether I shall be ready before the end of the year […]

[…] I saw lately an allusion to some paper confirming his remarkable discovery about the chorda dorsalis in the lance of Ascidia [… ]4

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the reference to Heidelberg; see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 20 February [1870] and n. 1.
2
Kovalevsky visited Down from 30 September to 1 October 1869 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
3
Descent was published at the beginning of 1871.
4
CD refers to Kovalevsky’s brother, Alexander Onufrievich Kovalevsky, and to A. Kovalevsky 1866. There is a heavily annotated copy of A. O. Kovalevsky’s article in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. The paper confirming Kovalevsky’s discovery was Kupffer 1870. CD discussed the findings in Descent 1: 205. Chorda dorsalis: the notochord, a cartilaginous rod forming the primitive basis of the spinal column (OED).

Summary

"I have received a very large box full of beautiful tea from Russia yesterday … my life is as regular & monotonous as a clock.

I make sure, but wofully slow progress, with my new book."

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-13060
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Kovalevsky, V. O.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Swann (dealer) (1 October 1953); J. A. Stargardt (17 March 1995)
Physical description
** 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13060,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-13060

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