From V. O. Kovalevsky 22 November 1870
Berlin 7. Georgienstrasse.
22 Nov. 1870.
I did not write You such a long Time not beeing quite sure shall I remain at Berlin or go to Leipsic, and although my wife was not admitted to the University here we resolved to remain at Berlin there beeing here so many means of pursuing studies privately.1 I hope Your intended visit did You good and delayed a little the printing of Your book what I most fervently wish as I am a little backward with the translation; still, the four sheets You kindly sent me are soon finished and I pray You dear Sir to send me some more if there is any printed.—2 Could You not inform me when do You hope that both volumes will appear in England.—3
From my brother I had news before yesterday, he could not procure himself live Scalpellum’s and hopes to get them in the spring, when as the pescatori assured him they are much more abundant.4 He received an offer from the Kiev University to send him for 5 months to the Red Sea and started the 8 Nov. from Naples, I have letters from Alexandria, where he arrived safe the 11 of November and got the same day to Suez; I expect he will remain the whole time at Tor (Tûr) on the west side of the Sinai peninsula and work there on the coral reefs.5
It seems dear Sir that we are going to have a fight with You, that comes all from Your Prussian sympaties; now You allowed Your best and truest ally to be murdered, who shall prevent Russia & Prussia to divide Austria and trottle the Sick man.6 We are very anxious about the state of Paris, as my sister in Law is shut up there; the siege is drawing to the close as the provisions become scanty, so Paris will surrender without bombardement, one is happy even at this.—7 My wife send You her compliments and prays to remember her to Mrs Darwin and the ladies
Yours | Very truly | W. Kowalevsky.—
P.S. The proof sheets can be sent under cover by post, it is generally a safer way.—
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.
- experiment, scientific observation
- queries / requests
- scientific fieldwork/fieldtrips
- sexual selection
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7381,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7381