From Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya and V. O. Kovalevsky 1 September 1870
1 September. 1870.
I am exceedingly thankfull for your kind offer to procure me some books from the library of the Royal Society;1 and though I really fear that I am misusing your kindness, but the book is so indispensable to me, that I decide myself to profit by it. We ascertained today, that the Royal Society is opened the whole month of September, and the book for which I should ask you an order is Jacobi. Fundamenta nova theoriae Functionum ellipticarum.2 It is not a rare one and could be easily replaced in the improbable case of some misfortune happening to it.
I hope, that you will allow me in the course of the autumn to express you personally my thanks for your kindness. Remember me kindly to Mrss. Darwin and the Ladies.3 I am glad to hear, that your excursion to the country has done your health a great deal of good.4
Believe me Sir | Your’s truly | Sophie Kowalewsky
P.S. May I ask You Dear Sir if You know something of the dredging expedition of Mr Carpenter, I know he is at Gibraltar with the Porcupine, but will he enter the Meditteranean or confine himself only to the Atlantic,5 I received to day a letter from my brother asking me where Mr. Carpenter is; he would not shun a trip from Naples even to Tunis or Algeria if he has a chance o meeting him there.—6
Yours truly | W Kovalevsky7
Accepts CD’s offer to order books from the Royal Society Library.
VOK asks for information about W. B. Carpenter’s dredging expedition in the Porcupine.
- information, data, scientific description
- queries / requests
- scientific fieldwork/fieldtrips
- sea, sea-currents
- specimens / samples
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7314,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7314