To V. O. Kovalevsky 17 May 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [Bassett, Southampton]
My dear Sir
Many thanks for your very interesting letter of May 10th.—2 What a strange & curious life you & Madam Kowalevsky3 must have led during the last 6 months, surrounded by such wonderful events.— Many thanks about the crossing of the Tritons: I shall look out for the final result with extreme interest.4
My object in sending these few lines is to say that I wrote to you about a month ago, begging you to aid me in getting an extract from a German book, & asking you about your Russian Translation of the Descent.—5
I directed my letter to your old lodgings (I forgot the name of street & am writing this note away from home; the name began I think with an S.); & I put on the address “or Anatomische Museum der Universitat.”— If you do not receive please inform me; but I am in no hurry about the German extract.
My wife is reading aloud to me Hepworth Dixon’s Free Russia: it interests us much, but I do not know whether he is to be trusted.6
How hard & steadily you seem to have been working at palæontology: you will be admirably prepared for future original investigations.
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch Darwin
Interested in W. Hepworth Dixon’s Free Russia, but does not know "whether he is to be trusted".
VOK’s hard work in palaeontology will prepare him for future original investigations.