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From V. O. Kovalevsky   6 September [1872]1


6 September

Dear Sir

I got Your letter only to day, the Brit. Museum is closed on the first week of September and therefore I got away from London to the sea side, and having much to do with tertiaries I selected Bournemouth, as the centre of the Hampshire basin.2 On Monday I will be back to London, where I expect letters from Russia about the translation.3 I will be exceedingly glad to visit You some day after the 10th Sept and will inform You of the day by letter.4

Your very truly | W. Kowalevsky


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 10 September 1872.
The letter from CD has not been found. The Hampshire Basin dates from sixty-five to twenty-three million years ago, during the Tertiary Period. For Kovalevsky’s work at the British Museum, see the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, [after 8 June 1872] and n. 2.
Kovalevsky was translating Expression into Russian ([Kovalevsky] trans. 1872).
Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records that Kovalevsky visited Down on 22 September 1872.


Studying palaeontology, as the British Museum is closed.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский) Kovalevsky
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 92
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8513,” accessed on 19 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20