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To V. O. Kovalevsky   16 May [1867]1

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

May 16th.

Dear Sir

I write merely to say that I despatched this morning four clean sheets. I am glad to say that the 1st. Vol. will contain only about 412 pages & the 2nd. Vol. about 460 but large portions are in small type.2 I have given orders for the stereotypes.3

Dear Sir, | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S. I forgot to say in my last letter that I shall make no charge for right of Translation to you: circumstances have led me to charge nothing for German Translation & therefore it could not be fair in me to make any charge for other Translations.—4

When you have occasion to write please inform me whether I must use present long address.—


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 May [1867].
CD refers to Variation. The first volume is 411 pages long, and the second 486, not including preliminaries. For the decision to print portions of Variation in small type, see the letter from John Murray, 9 January [1867] and n. 3.
See letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 May [1867]; see also letters from V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 April 1867 and 24 April [1867].
The German translation of Variation was by Julius Victor Carus. See letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, [19 March 1867]).


Sends proof-sheets [of Variation]. Will not charge VOK for right of translation.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky
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Mittag Leffler Institut
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5531,” accessed on 20 October 2017,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15